My kind of journey is ONE STEP AT A TIME...

.I don't like to rush in things which don't have any appeals or pull at me at the moment..., nor force my will to be indulged in any  sort of activity just to fit in or whatever....I do believe that everything  falls in place...,  in the right time...,  thus, there's no need to rush...

I always trust my INSTINCTS and INTUITION..., and I keep  my senses open to any forms of signals....I'll simply know if it is time.., or if I am ready for a certain  activity or function.... It doesn't matter if I am at a slow pace of learning.., there's no need to rush.., after all.., learning is constant and never-ending..... If that feeling has gotten ripe ..., then..., I take the move....



Getting to know your deck
Part 1: Choosing Your Deck
This can seem daunting when you are first starting out as there are hundreds of decks to choose from. I always suggest the Rider-Waite deck as most books and sites use the illustrations from this deck to help bring meaning to the card. Some Rider-Waite decks have key words on the illustration as well to help you remember the meaning. Most importantly, the deck should speak to you. You have to be comfortable with them and their energy should be familiar and of course you need to like the look of them as well. You'll know your deck when you see it, it tends to jump out at you.

Part 2: Getting Familiar With Your Deck
When you get the cards home, open them up and look thru each one. Look at the illustrations and make and makes notes as to your first impression of each card in your Tarot Journal (see Part 5). Most decks come with a little booklet with a general idea of what the card means. Go thru the booklet with the cards and see how your first impressions match up with the book. Don't worry if they're not exact or even close, what the Queen of Cups means to me may not be the same for you. I'll include a few books that I have found useful over the years at the bottom of this post.

Part 3: Starting Your Deck
This is my favourite part of getting a new deck. I usually spend a week or two with them before I start to read with them, but that's just my personal preference. You should start by shuffling the deck really well as when you first get it, it's in numerical order so they need s good mixing. As you shuffle the cards, see your energy, whatever colour it is, start to surround and infuse the cards. You can say the following or something similar if you feel you should:
I consecrate this deck to bring light where there is darkness
I consecrate this deck or guidance and wisdom or myself and others for the higher good of all concerned
I consecrate this deck to enlighten myself and those concerned
May all who use and touch this deck know the love of spirit and find their inner spirit of light
I dedicate this deck to serve others with spiritual growth, for wisdom, knowledge, and to bring peace to those who seeks it's wisdom
(Found on Pinterest) 
I also suggest smudging each card with with sage or sandalwood as it'll help release any collected energy the cards have. All you need to do is run each on thru the smoke. To help connect your enemy to the deck I suggest sleeping with them under your pillow or near your bed at night.

Part 4: Storing Your Deck
There are many different ways to do this. You can keep them in their original box, but the problem with this I find is that the box gets damaged quite easily and therefore you risk damage to your cards. You can store them in a wooden box with some Quartz and amethyst or a tarot card bag with the same crystals. (See first pic attached) You can also wrap them in a scarf or towel. As for colour, I always go for gold on the inside (to reflect and keep the good energy in) and black in the outside (to keep the negativity out). Again this is also personal preference so do what feels comfortable to you.

Part 5: Your Tarot Journal
This is a great tool for those of you just starting out as it helps with remembering the cards as well as a great way to look back and see how you've grown as a reader. I have to books going currently. One I have just for card interpretations and my impressions of the cards and the other one is for when I do readings on myself or others that I know so I can look back and see how accurate I was and if I need to look a card card from a different angle. These books don't have to be fancy, a notebook or loose paper in a binder also works just as well. You can also store the info on your computer or tablet, just remember to back it up! How you organize it, is up to you. See second pic attached for an example of the journals.

Recommended books:
Power Tarot by Trish MacGregor and Phyllis Vega
Tarot for the Green Witch by Ann Moura

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