Tarot Major Arcana and Crystal Associations

The Tarot Major Arcana and crystals/stones that are associated with each of the 22 cards

The Fool
Journey, trust in the Universe, the child-within, new beginnings
Blue lace agate

The Magician
Consciousness, Conscious mind, directing the will
Clear Quartz, Opal

The High Priestess
Intuition, subconscious, dreams, the bridge between our conscious and Higher selves
Pearl, azurite, chalcedony

The Empress 
Fertility, nurturance, unconditional love, looking at the world as web of relationships
Rose quartz, chrysoprase, morganite, turquoise

The Emperor
 Structure, order, rules, protector, and provider
Amethyst

The Hierophant
Librarian, keeper of knowledge, matters of faith, religion, belief, and morality
Lapis Lazuli, Sugilite, diamond

The Lovers
 Relationship, love
Pink tourmaline, emerald

The Chariot
Motion, balancing opposing forces to work together
Carnelian

Strength
Courage, enthusiasm with the whole life process
Garnet, Ruby

The Hermit 
Integrity, finding one’s own way, self-knowledge
Sodalite, sapphire, blue tourmaline

The Wheel of Fortune
Cycles, pattern, luck
Tigers eye

Justice
Evaluation, balance, Karmic law
Flourite

The Hanged Man
Altered consciousness
Aquamarine

Death
Transformation, sweeping away of the past black
Tourmaline

Temperance
Balance, the union, and harmonization of opposites
Ametrine

The Devil
Shadow self, instinctual urge
Obsidian

The Tower
Cataclysmic force, explosion of false self
Boji stones

The Star
Renewal, healing, hope
Meteorites, celestite

The Sun
Healing, happiness
Sunstone, topaz

The Moon
Natural cycles and rhythms
Moonstone, Selenite

Judgment
Re-Evaluation, the consequences of your actions
Fossils

The World
Accomplishment, reward for our earlier efforts infinite
Alexandrite

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How to Clear and Cleanse Your Tarot Deck

Have you ever wondered whether you should clear and cleanse your Tarot deck? Imagine you’ve just bought a new Tarot deck, or you’ve had a particularly challenging reading. It’s not a bad idea to clear and cleanse your Tarot deck and charge your Tarot cards with loads of good, pure energy!

Tarot is all about energy, so if you want to get the best results from your Tarot readings, it’s essential that you’re working with crystal clear energy. That all starts by cleansing your Tarot deck and infusing it with all your good vibes!

So, let’s talk about when to cleanse your deck and how to do it.

WHEN TO CLEANSE A TAROT DECK

You’ll need to cleanse your Tarot deck the first time you buy it, especially if it’s a pre-owned deck.

Remember, decks carry energy so you want to make sure that your deck carries your energy, rather than someone else’s. So make sure you give it a good energy cleanse before you start using the cards.

After you’ve cleansed your new deck, you will probably find that you need to cleanse it again as you continue to read with it. There are no strict rules about when to clear and cleanse your deck – you’ve simply got to trust your intuition about what your deck needs. Sometimes a quick shuffle is enough to clear out any stuck energy. Other times, a full moon bath is called for.

Generally, you’ll know when you need to cleanse your Tarot cards – you will get that niggling feeling that something isn’t quite right with the connection between you and your cards.

Here are some examples of when you may want to cleanse your Tarot deck:

  • You or your Tarot cards have been exposed to a lot of negative energy (for example, a particularly negative client or a challenging situation in your own personal life).
  • Your Tarot readings are confusing and unclear, and you are often drawing a blank with the cards.
  • Other people have touched your cards without your permission.
  • Your cards have fallen on the floor or had some other sort of accident.
  • You haven’t used your Tarot cards for quite some time and you want to reconnect with your cards.
  • You’ve had a major personal transformation and want to refresh your deck with your new energy.
  • It’s a full moon and you want to make the most of its powerful energy.
  • It just feels like now is the right time for a cleanse.

HOW TO CLEANSE A TAROT DECK

There are lots of different ways to clear negative energy and cleanse your Tarot deck.

The important thing is to choose the technique(s) that feel right to you and to the situation (e.g. you might use one technique in between each reading and another technique to cleanse on an annual basis).

Here are some ideas for clearing and cleansing a Tarot deck:

Sorting and Shuffling

Firstly, sort your cards in order, starting with the Major Arcana, then into each of the suits of the Minor Arcana. While you’re doing this, look briefly at each card and remember the special message it has to offer you in your readings.

You can also use this time to check that you have every card in your deck (a few years back, I found that I had been missing the Ace of Swords for quite some time without even realizing it!).

Once your cards are sorted and in order, start shuffling and reinvigorating your cards with your energy. You might like to shuffle seven times, put your cards in a big messy pile and randomly select cards, or simply use a shuffling technique that is comfortable to you.

Knocking or Tapping the Deck

A quick way to release any stuck energy in between readings is to knock or tap the deck 3 times while also visualizing that stuck energy being released. It’s particularly helpful if you’ve had a reading that was quite intense or the energy afterward felt unresolved.

Meditation

Hold your cards in both hands, close your eyes and relax. Allow your mind to be free of any thought and just ‘be’ with your cards. You may then like to visualize the Universal energy being drawn through you and to your cards, surrounding your cards in a protective white light. Those with an understanding of Reiki may like to use this mode of energy healing to cleanse their cards by channeling their healing Reiki energy through the cards. This is personally my favorite as it is easy to do in between readings and it helps me focus and concentrate on my next client.

Moon Bath

The full moon is an excellent source of energy for your cards. On a full moon, you can simply place your cards in a window or even outside to bathe in the moonlight. Alternatively, many people use this time to conduct a special ritual or to cite different incantations for cleansing their Tarot cards.

Smudge Stick

Burn some dried sage or rosemary (or use a store-bought smudge stick) and simply pass the cards through the smoke several times. You can also cleanse any crystals that you use during the process.

Salt Burial

Salt can be used to draw out negative energy from your cards, just like you would use salt to draw out the moisture from a food item in cooking. First, wrap your Tarot in a plastic bag as tightly as you can. Then take an airtight container that is larger than your Tarot deck, place your wrapped cards inside, and completely surround your cards with salt on all sides, above and below. It is imperative that this is an airtight container as salt not only gathers the energies from a Tarot deck well, it also gathers any moisture that might be in the air, potentially damaging your cards. Keep your cards buried in the salt for at least a few days or a week before taking them out and disposing of the salt.

Fresh Air

Just after a rain shower or even in the warmth of the sun, place your cards outside to take in the fresh air and draw in the cleansing rays. Of course, keep in mind the practicalities. Be careful not to place them in a windy position or somewhere where you may end up doing more damage!

Elemental Clearing

Elemental clearing brings your awareness to using different techniques that are aligned with each of the four elements used in Tarot. For example,  use the Salt burial for Earth clearing; for Water clearing, use the Moon Bath or sprinkle a little water on your cards; with Fire clearing, pass your cards over a candle; Use a smudge stick for Air clearing. You may like to go through each of the four elements for a more comprehensive cleansing.

STORING YOUR TAROT CARDS

Now that you’ve cleansed your Tarot deck, here are a couple of ideas on how to store your cards:

  • Store your cards with a quartz crystal which is a wonderful absorber of energies. If you want to keep your crystal ‘clean’ too, then use any of the cleansing techniques above.
  • Place your Tarot cards at a specially made altar in between readings.
  • Use baby wipes to keep your cards clean and to remove any stickiness between cards.
  • Keep your Tarot cards wrapped in a special cloth or stored in a special Tarot box. Different colors have different energy so choose a color that infuses the energy you most want for your Tarot cards:
  • Black – shadows and the unknown
  • Blue – spirituality, and peace
  • Brown – earth and groundedness
  • Green – nature, and fertility
  • Pink – love, and beauty
  • Purple – higher knowledge
  • Red – energy, and vitality
  • White – purity
  • Yellow – joy and happiness

So there you have it! You have lots of different ways you can easily clear and cleanse your Tarot cards to create crystal clear Tarot readings!

Create Your Best Day, Every Day, with Tarot

How do you start your day?

For me, if I’m lucky enough to wake up before the kids do, I grab my iPhone from my bedside table and start flipping through emails, checking the weather and the news, and seeing what’s happening on Facebook. Once I’m up and have eaten my breakfast and got the kids dressed and fed, I get into my office (at home), open up the laptop and get straight into my To Do list and my work for the day.

Not the most inspiring way to start the day, is it?

Now, what if I were to start my day by connecting in with what’s really important to me right now, by listening to my inner voice and “moving at the pace of guidance” (as Christina Baldwin does in her book, The Seven Whispers)? That might just open up the possibility for an amazing day, right?!

You see, when we start our day from a more mindful and conscious place, we create the opportunity to have our best day, every day. And that’s a beautiful thing.

Instead of rolling over in bed and grabbing your iPhone as soon as you wake up, why not grab your Tarot cards and tune in? Let me show you how.

TUNE INTO YOUR DREAMS

As soon as you wake up, pick up your Tarot cards and hold them in your hands for a few minutes. Tune into your peaceful mind and reflect on your dreams from the night just gone. Bring all of those deep sub conscious thoughts from your dreams into your conscious mind, opening yourself up to the immense learning opportunities that exist for you every morning. It’s amazing how much we forget about our dreams unless we consciously recall them as soon as we wake up.

If a dream comes into your conscious mind, ask the Tarot, “What lesson can I take from this dream?” and draw a Tarot card. Note it down in your Tarot journal. And think about how you can apply this lesson during the day (and year) ahead. What new insights have you discovered?

SEEK GUIDANCE FOR YOUR BEST DAY YET

Now here’s perhaps the most powerful way to start your day. You’re going to consult your Tarot cards and connect with your inner self to discover exactly what you need to do to make this day (and every day) your best day yet.

Shuffle your Tarot cards again and this time you’re going to ask a very powerful question:

“How can I make today the best day yet?”

Draw a Tarot card and note down what you discover.

Now, I want you to take it one step further. This step will make your message even more powerful and even more ‘real’.

I want you to actually schedule activities for the day that are aligned with the message in the card you drew. So if you drew the Four of Cups, for instance, make sure you schedule some time in your day for meditation. Or if you drew the Empress, spend an hour outside in a beautiful garden.

This is where the magic happens, my friend. By tuning into what you really need for the day ahead and acting upon it, you open up the potential for an amazing day. You really do.

 

When I am feeling a little more ‘spiritually disciplined’, I start my working day with a daily card. So today, I asked the Tarot, “How can I make today the best day yet?” and I drew the Two of Fire from the Gaian Tarot deck.

Well, clearly I need to spend some quality time with my husband! It’s often difficult with a young family and a thriving business to find time to be fully present with my partner, but the message within this card is coming through loud and clear that today is the day to prioritize this. Noted!

REFLECT AND OFFER GRATITUDE

Now as the day draws to a close and you’re about to drift off to dreamland once again, take another 5-10 minutes to reflect on your day and offer gratitude for the gifts that were present.

Take out the Tarot card you drew at the start of the day and reflect on the activities you scheduled, thanks to this card. What did you experience when you followed the guidance of the Tarot? How did it support your alignment to your Higher self? And what new opportunities arose throughout the day as a result of listening to your inner voice?

You might even like to draw another Tarot card asking, “What can I learn from today’s experiences?”

Then, take a moment to think of 3 things from today for which you are truly grateful. (Bonus points if you can think of 3 things that are related to the Tarot card you drew!)

What’s beautiful here is that you go to sleep knowing that you had your best day yet, and learning what makes an amazing day for you, so that when you wake up tomorrow, you can make an even better day! Yes, it really is that easy.

What is Tarot & How Does It Work?

If I asked you right now, “What is the Tarot and how does it work?”, how would you answer?

Take a moment now and see what comes up for you.

That’s it – I won’t go anywhere while you’re thinking. I’m just here.

Was that easy? Or a little more challenging than you expected?

I know, for me, when I tried to answer the question, I really had to stop and think about it.

You see, what is a simple question on the surface is actually a very deep question when you dive into it. It raises all sorts of questions about how you personally use the Tarot, what kind of a Tarot reader you are, your Tarot reading ethics and, more broadly, your spiritual beliefs and life perspective.

Sure, every Tarot reader’s answer is going to be different – but that doesn’t matter.

What matters is that you have a clear idea in your own mind about how YOU see Tarot working.

Why? Because I bet my bottom dollar that soon enough you’re going to have someone ask you this exact question and you don’t want to be standing there, fumbling your way through an answer!

But more importantly, when you have a clear understanding of what Tarot is and how it works, you’ll know exactly how and when you can do your best work as a Tarot reader.

For example, if I believe that Tarot is a highly accurate tool for predicting the future because it allows me to tap into my psychic energy, then I know I can do my best work when I’m predicting the future, using my psychic energy.

But if I believe that Tarot is a tool for unlocking the subconscious mind and bringing thoughts and feelings into conscious awareness by identifying with the symbols in the Tarot cards, then I know I will do my best work when I’m helping my clients to connect with symbolism in the Tarot – and not when I’m trying to predict the future.

Even better, if you’re reading Tarot for other people, you’ll start attracting those people with whom you do your best work because you can clearly articulate how the Tarot works for you (and your clients).

So go ahead and ask yourself, “What is the Tarot and how does it work?”

Now, you might be wondering, “That’s all very good, Brigit, but how would YOU answer the question?”

Firstly, let me tell you that my answer doesn’t matter! What is more important is that YOU come up with your own answer and you really think through what Tarot means to you.

But I do want to share what came to me as I was reflecting on this question.

For the first few minutes, I kept looking at all the various ways in which I use the Tarot, not just for myself but also for my clients – as a tool for empowerment, coaching, creativity, business planning, personal insight and so on.

Then suddenly it clicked.

I began to see a deep connection with the Major Arcana cards – as if each and every card spoke to a different aspect of the Tarot and how it works.

Let me show you how…

high-priestessThe Tarot opens us up to new journeys of self-discovery (Fool)

The Tarot supports us in manifesting our big goals and dreams (Magician)

The Tarot connects us to our higher self and our intuition (High Priestess)

The Tarot ‘creates’ (Empress)

The Tarot structures our spiritual knowledge within the 78 Tarot cards (Emperor)

The Tarot is our teacher (Hierophant)

The Tarot aligns us to our best selves and the Universe (Lovers)

The Tarot acts as a roadmap (Chariot)

The Tarot gives us strength and courage (Strength)

The Tarot reminds us that we already have the answers – we simply need to go within (Hermit)

The future is not set in stone with the Tarot (Wheel of Fortune)

The Tarot connects us to the source of truth (Justice)

The Tarot offers an alternative perspective we may have been missing (Hanged Man)

The Tarot supports our transformation (Death)

The Tarot integrates (Temperance)

The Tarot highlights our dependencies (Devil)

The Tarot reveals all and shatters limiting beliefs (Tower)

The Tarot offers hope and faith in the Universe (Star)

The Tarot connects us to our subconscious mind through its rich symbolism (Moon)

The Tarot shines the light of consciousness on our shadow selves (Sun)

The Tarot enlightens (Judgement)

The Tarot is whole (World)

But enough about me – what about you?

How would you answer the question, What is Tarot and how does it work? Share your personal insights below in the Comments. And remember, there is no right or wrong answers – just clarity!

An Intuitive Health Tool: The Tarot

When I began reading the Tarot Decks back in 1993, I used the traditional readings. Later on, I studied Carl Jung and his analysis of using Tarot for the study of emotional and mental problems. The many students in my area were using the Major Arcana of Tarot Cards to do the analysis. After many years, I have finally discovered a mannerism to use the entire Tarot Deck for the ‘Healing Intuitive Reading’. In this reading, we examine five planes of health in a being. The heart and blood, the liver, pancreas, adrenals and kidneys, thymus, immune system and finally, the brain, are examined.

THE MAJOR AND MINOR ARCANA

All areas in the reading are similar from the Minor Arcana and Major Arcana or trump cards. The numbered cards from Ace through Ten all have the same definition. Aces reflect the beginning of something new. This is not necessarily an illness but perhaps a dietary change or a lifestyle change. In any case, it discovers something new. Two through Ten merely defines the degree of intention within the situation, with Two being very mild and Ten reflecting a more serious problem. The court cards were the King and Queen reflects parents and genetic transfers or emotional and mental problems, are all the same. The Prince and Princess or whatever your deck depicts in the court cards are friends and co-workers who create challenges with emotional and mental blocks.

The Major Arcana are very different in that each card in each field has a different intention. The Major Arcana has within it cards that depict every planet in our solar system, including the Sun and Moon. It also has all twelve zodiac signs from the 0 of the Fool to 21 ‘The Universe’, which is the planet Saturn. Tarot is nothing more than the feminine interpretation of astrology and healing is a feminine activity. The Major Arcana will show up if something is going on. If none of these cards appear in any plane, the individual is relatively healthy but may have a pre-existing condition or a chronic condition under control. Most likely, the Major Arcana will appear somewhere and impact the reading.

THE HEALING INTUITIVE CARD LAYOUT

Using the tarot as a diagnostic tool for healing is a very effective way to analyze the five planes of existence. We create a spread of cards that has five planes of three cards each. To begin this reading, start in the middle of the reading area and place three cards face down diagonally left to right so that the bottom right corner touches the upper right corner of the card below it. Then we move to the lower right of this center spread and place one card face down. We move to the upper right just beyond the center spread and place one card face down. Repeat this in the upper left area and the lower left area and then continue placing one card into each plane until all four areas have three cards each.

We turn the center area over first. This will represent the activity of the heart in the person. All Tarot decks have some form of ‘Pentacles’ which represents the element ‘Earth’. All decks have Swords or some facility representing ‘Air’. All decks have Wands or some facility reflecting the element ‘Fire’. All decks have some form of ‘Cups’ reflecting the element ‘Water’. All healing intuitive diagnosis is a combination of either Earth, which normally indicates a physical anomaly or existing manifested illness; Swords, which reflects a supporting mental disposition aiding the illness; Wands, which indicates the depletion of energy or compromising energetic position due to the illness; and Cups, the fluid environment being affected.

The diagnosis will often indicate a precursor condition leading towards a potential illness. In this reading, we learn how to evaluate the hormonal balance, the endocrine system, the meridian system, and the universal life flow patterns in the body. We will also learn to sense the ‘free radical’ level in the body as well as DNA disruption levels. The sympathetic nervous system feeds generously into the Tarot to teach us about our clients. We will work on the basic premise that the client has a 90% chance of being too acidic in both dietary discipline and mental attitudes. The reading will further indicate light body energy and proximity to higher levels of conscious awareness.

What Is Tarot Astrology?

Tarot astrology is the system through which a reading of the cards in a tarot deck help you through troubled times by offering a reflection on your past, present, and future. Tarot is closely associated with astrology as each card relates to a planet, element, or astrological sign.

Tarot cards are used for divination, often known as fortune telling. But, many psychologists have used them as well, feeling that the cards often make patients delve in to how they feel about themselves. This is done through the subconscious. For example, let’s say you know work is not going well, but you do not allow yourself to think about it. Getting a tarot card reading that shows you need to change occupations is not really telling your future so much as it is making you face what is really going on in your life.

A tarot card deck consists of 78 cards that fall into two distinctive parts. The first part is called the Major Arcana. This part of the deck has 22 cards, 21 suitless cards referred to as trumps and one card called The Fool. It is believed that these cards represent different stages of life that we go through. Many are recognizable such as the Magician (associated with the planet Mercury), the Lovers (associated with the astrological sign Gemini), and the Death card (associated with Scorpio).

The other 56 cards are in the Minor Arcana. Arcana is taken from the Latin word “akanum,” meaning secret. The Minor Arcana is divided into four suits, just like regular playing cards. The four suits are the Cups, the Wands, the Swords, and the Pentacles. Each of these cards represents a certain element of the Earth and is associated with certain astrological signs. The Cups represent water and are associated most closely with Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. The Cups stand for emotions, spirituality, and the unconsciousness. The Wands represent fire and are associated with Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. The Wands stand for action, creativeness, and personal growth. The Swords represent air and are associated with Libra, Gemini, and Aquarius. The Swords stand for the mind, intelligence, and knowledge. The final suit, the Pentacles, represents earth itself and is associated with Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. The Pentacles stand for the physique, bodily experiences, and practicality. In addition to the four suits, there are also Court cards including the King, Queen, Prince, and Princess for each suit.

The Minor Arcana cards provide more details to the Major Arcana cards. The Major Arcana gives an individual direction and information about their personal life and emotional and mental state. The Minor Arcana cards offer additional guidance in areas such as relationships, activities, failures, and successes. The Major Arcana cards are seen as more spiritual while the Minor Arcana cards are seen as material.

Over the years, the interpretation of the cards has evolved. Modern decks of tarot cards are much more expressive that than an earlier version, due in part to the pictures being more closely associated with their meaning. Tarot readers prize their cards and often will not let others touch them as they are viewed as sacred tools of their trade. Many card sets are often viewed as works of art because of the detailed pictures on each one.

Finding a psychic for a tarot reading is easy. If you are looking to visit a psychic in person, check in your local Yellow Pages under Psychic. If you live in a remote area or are leery of visiting a psychic in person, you can also get tarot card readings online. If you use your favorite Internet search engine to search on “free tarot reading,” you will find many sites appear. If you are leery that free readings might not be as accurate as paid reading, you can also find online psychics who will charge to do a reading. Some psychics will base their charges on how many questions you wish to ask about the reading while some will just charge a flat fee for so many minutes.

Whether you get a tarot card reading online or in person, there are several things you should keep in mind. The tarot card reading should not scare you, but rather give you a better understanding of yourself. They will help you with not only what your future holds, but also what is presently going on in your life. You should leave the reading with a positive attitude and feel enlightened.