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Proper Treatment of Tarot Decks

To: alt.tarot,alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick,alt.divination,alt.pagan
From: (Lorax)
Subject: Proper Treatment of Tarot Decks (Was Re: New at Tarot...questions...)
Date: 10 Oct 1995 14:13:32 -0700

ky951010 (Emily) writes:

|What is the "proper" way to handle your tarot cards?  

Isn't this in the FAQ?  It should be if not.  The proper way to handle
your cards is with rubber dishwashing gloves.  If you don't have any
of those, then use cooking mittens or surgical gloves.  You mustn't
pollute the cards with your animal nature.

|Can other people touch/use them, or does that ruin the energy about them..... 

That depends on the circumstances.  If you get your lovers to touch them,
then that may increase your ability to connect with them.  If someone you
don't like handles the cards in any way, then your will and discipline
will determine the repercussions.  I know some who will not let anyone
else use their cards, some who won't let anyone else touch them even with
asbestos gloves.

I also know some who don't care who touches what.

|how should the decks be stored,

They should be kept in a special place, wrapped in skins of some sort.
Preferrably human skin, but if that is illegal where you live, then
try some pelt of an endangered species of some kind.  Spotted owl
feathers and emu plumage is highly sought after.  The neoshamanic
grocery store is stocking up on extinct animal jellies.

The one thing you should never do is burn your deck, for this will
release the demons which are inhabiting the cards.  It's one thing to
be sacrificing the deck for a particular magical or religious purpose,
but to haphazardly burn them may result in an angry ectoplasmic reaction.

Be kind to slugs and snails.  They are my family.

[this post not created for the benefit of the humor-impaired]

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