Tarot Card Spread: Connecting With Your New Tarot Deck

So, you have a new tarot deck, now what? Connecting with your new tarot deck is a great practice to implement whether it’s your first deck or fifth! 

There are several ways you can create a connection and begin to understand the best ways to work with your new deck. The two ways to go over today are cleansing your deck and using tarot card spreads as an interview tool.

How To Cleanse a New Tarot Deck?

Cleansing a new deck is done to neutralize the energy that may be around from previous owners. If the deck is brand new and never been touched, cleansing can help move stagnant energy away and gently waken the deck. 

Cleansing methods are abundant. In the end you should do what feels right for you and your new deck. Here are some points to consider:

Choose an element (earth, fire, water, air) that you work with the most. Use materials associated with that element to perform a cleansing ritual.

For example:

If you choose water, it’s probably unlikely that you can literally leave your cards under water for any amount of time. Instead, try leaving them next to a running water source overnight. 

You can use a miniature battery powered water fountain. Bonus points if you are able to leave it in nature next to a stream or river!

Once your deck is cleansed, and you feel the energy is moving, yet neutral, it’s time to perform a reading. A reading is simply the interpretation of a tarot spread.

cleanse tarot

How To Do a Tarot Spread?

Below are three tarot spreads you can use to connect with your new deck. First let’s talk about a tarot spread. A spread is any number of cards drawn from your deck intended to answer specific questions you have. 

Don’t be fooled into thinking that a tarot deck is supposed to read your mind. A tarot deck is a tool to work. Be ready with specific questions or your tool will leave you confused and frustrated.

You can create your own spreads or used ones already made. To create your own spread, write down your questions and begin to think about images that are relevant to those questions.

For example: If you want to create a career spread, and you have two questions like “What work needs to be accomplished to reach my goal?” and “Who will help me to accomplish this goal?”. 

You can place the the “Who” card at the top of the spread, and the “Work” card at the bottom. This could be because work is done closer to the physical realm. 

The “who” card could be at the top because it represents a person in your life and acts as the “head” of the reading. These associations are completely up to you and your intuition. It’s important to give yourself room to experiment until you find what works.

Now here are three tarot deck interview spreads you can use to cultivate a deeper connection with your new deck! To begin any of the following spreads, ensure your deck is cleansed and shuffled. 

You can cut—separate the deck into halves and put the bottom half on the top half—the deck or simply do a card shuffle of your choice. Pull the amount of cards necessary from your deck. 

Experiment with card placements like setting them in vertical, horizontal, or diagonal lines, but ensure they remain in the numerical order.

3 Card Spread - Tarot Card Spread

The three-card spread is a great beginner tarot spread. The energy it invokes is mostly positive and only asks to know the strengths of the tarot deck. 

Keep in mind that the “Describe yourself” card is always in the center of the spread. From the center everything expands.

  • Question 1. What can you help me with?
  • Question 2. Describe yourself.
  • Question 3. What is your first message to me?
3 card tarot spread

5 Card Spread

The five-card spread expands on the three-card spread. It brings in more elements that balance the energy of the questions. Here you will find out the strengths and weaknesses of the tarot deck.

  • Question 1. What do you need from me as a reader?
  • Question 2. What can you help me with?
  • Question 3. Describe yourself.
  • Question 4. What can you not help me with?
  • Question 5. What is your first message to me?
5 card tarot spread

9 Card Spread

The nine-card spread expands even further on the five and three-card spreads. It allows for more nuanced details to surface, giving a clearer picture of what the new deck represents and brings into your life.

  • Question 1. What do you need from me as a reader?
  • Question 2. Where will our relationship begin?
  • Question 3. What do you think of my life/choices so far?
  • Question 4. What can you help me with?
  • Question 5. Describe yourself.
  • Question 6. What do you think of me?
  • Question 7. What can you not help me with?
  • Question 8. How will our relationship grow?
  • Question 9. What is your first message to me?
9 card tarot spread

Finally, here are some good questions to ask your tarot cards in single card draws when you need to connect with the energy of the day or have a quick glimpse of what your day will bring.

  • What are some challenges I will face today?
  • What are some opportunities I should not pass up today?
  • Who will appear in my life to help me today?
  • What energy is working in my favor?
  • How can I enhance what is working in my favor?
  • What is working against me?
  • How can I change what is working against me?
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