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How does 1 get rid of tarot cards.....

Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 17 Feb 2003, and now archived in the Forum Library.



cheekyminx  17 Feb 2003 
the first tarot deck I bought, I never really connected with. They were large & the pictures weren't very capturing. Don't ask me WHY I bought them. BIG MISTAKE! This deck of cards lead me to take several years to actually take tarot seriously & become familiar with them, that is until I bought a new deck. A gorgeous deck called Celtic dragon tarot. Every time I took out my old deck I felt odd, too much negative energy, it felt creepy. I kept the cards in a box & they stayed in my wardrobe. The day I bought the celtic cards I felt at home, I felt connected & i took tarot seriously. My sister told me to burn the old cards & NOT to pass them onto a friend. So I took her advice & burnt the cards & I felt great.
My question is;
How can a deck of cards produce negative energy & make me feel spooked? & How does one get rid of a deck of cards they no longer use? Was the sister right & are there different methods?? 


Diana  17 Feb 2003 
How to get rid of decks you don't want anymore? Go to the Trades Forums at Aeclectic and trade them. Lots of eager Tarotholics there who are always on the look-out for a decent trade or sale.

How can a deck spook you out? Could be different reasons. You could have bought this deck at a time when you were feeling fragile or scared or whatever - and each time you looked at it, these old feelings were triggered by the pictures - they kind of reminded you of the bad time you were going through. But this has nothing to do with the deck, this would have everything to do with your not yet having come to terms with your past.

Or else the deck itself had pictures which spoke to your deepest fears. I imagine if someone is scared of cats (there are people who are terrified of them - will have panic attacks if they're in the same room as a cat) would not feel happy with a Cat Tarot deck. And the images on your deck may have spoken to more deep-seated fears, hidden fears that you haven't yet worked on.

Instead of throwing it away, you could have tried working on these fears to get rid of them once and for all.

Too late now. Perhaps one day you'll see the deck again in a shop and will buy it to try and get to the bottom of this.

Burning decks does sound a little bit dramatic and theatrical to me. No offence meant! 


Summerdream  17 Feb 2003 
Hi Cheekyminx, I was just curious what the deck was. I've had a few decks I just didn't connect with at all and I ended up trading them here with people from Aeclectic that were more than happy to receive them. We all have different tastes and sometimes what you might dislike someone else might love.
Blessings,
Momof3girls 


Trogon  17 Feb 2003 
Hi Cheekyminx,

I actually almost addressed this very issue in your other post about buying new decks but decided to wait till I'd thought about it a little bit. But since I find this here...

In my personal opinion, in general, a relatively new deck of cards is not likely to have picked up much in the way of "negative energy". What I mean is that if you bought that deck new, that you were the first owner of said deck, I would rather doubt that it could've picked up that much negativity. What you might have been experiencing was simply a lack of connection with this deck... you just didn't like it and it just didn't work for you. This is okay... you don't have to like every single deck you get. My first deck (Tarot of Marseilles) just wouldn't work for me at all - I couldn't connect with it. I have since given it away to someone on these forums. I had also gotten the Unicorn Tarot a while back but just didn't connect with it and traded it for the Mythic Tarot.

My point is, I personally would have burned a new deck. There was probably no need. Even though you couldn't connect with it and didn't like it, doesn't mean that it wouldn't have been a good deck for someone else. Some people use cleansing rituals on decks they've recently acquired and feel they can really help. Here is a thread on a cleansing ritual which Shadow Wolf posted; http://www.tarotforum.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=9992. This thread discusses several rituals to perform when one has purchased or acqired a used Tarot deck; http://www.tarotforum.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=8771. This thread discusses some alternatives to sage smudging that might be of some interest; http://www.tarotforum.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=8847.

There are others. Perform a search on these forums for the words "cleansing" or "smudging" and it will get you a lot of information.

I personally would not be likely to burn a Tarot deck as I tend to think of this as similar to burning books. It is a huge waste of a perfectly good Tarot deck. If you felt that the deck wasn't quite right... just be sure to let the person know when you arrange the trade or pass it on to them. They may decide to give it a try anyway and perform their own cleansing ritual. I have a total of only 10 decks, but 5 of them I acquired used and I've had no problems with any of them other than just not being able to read with a couple of them.

Don't burn your decks. In the future... if you're thinking about burning a Tarot deck... just contact me and I'll take it off your hands and you won't have to worry about it... :D 


cjtarot  17 Feb 2003 
Hi,

"We all have different tastes and sometimes what you might dislike someone else might love."

Momof3girls,

Boy is that statement true.

A lot of times we think we are gonna just love a deck. For me it was the Dragon Tarot (see and cheekyminx76 loves the deck) I loved the art, got it and basically wanted to just toss it. It didn't give me the heebee jeebee's...I just couldnt read it.

I traded it and got a beautiful deck that I connected with.

I think also each deck has different energies...and some just don't mix with our individual energies. This doesnt mean it's evil, just not for us.

Ok..curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brough her back, which deck did you burn cheekyminx76?????

Blessings and enjoy the Dragons (take a look at the Shapeshifter deck - similar feel..)


Cj 


scheherazade  17 Feb 2003 
I have a dinky Running Press TarotNova that looks like a toy - it was the first Tarot deck I'd ever had. I never loved it really - it taught me Tarot basics, that was all. I'd never felt its negative energy like it was spooky - I just felt guilty when I started ignoring it for decks I felt more connected to - like I was neglecting a retarded child or something. *shrug*

I never really got rid of it - it's still mine, just tucked away in a box somewhere. Maybe I'll give it to my baby sister when she gets old enough. She watches me read and perform spells with the cards as if I were the most magical thing in the world.

I would say that if a Tarot deck gives its first owner bad vibes like yours did, it wouldn't be a bad idea to burn it. I trust intuition in things like that - there is a distinct difference between spooky unease and disconnection. I wouldn't like to pass something a deck like that - just as I wouldn't advocate black magic to my baby sister. 


Woof  17 Feb 2003 
When in doubt mail it to me!!!

Sorry, I couldn't resist!
Woof 


cheekyminx  17 Feb 2003 
Quote:
Originally posted by scheherazade
I would say that if a Tarot deck gives its first owner bad vibes like yours did, it wouldn't be a bad idea to burn it. I trust intuition in things like that - there is a distinct difference between spooky unease and disconnection. I wouldn't like to pass something a deck like that - just as I wouldn't advocate black magic to my baby sister. [/b]


That's exactly what I mean. I felt spooked out by the cards. My sister who is one fine tarot reader told me to burn the cards. She believes that if a 'tool' is giving someone bad/negative energy & your feeling a little spooked then why should you pass these cards onto someone else? 


RedWood  17 Feb 2003 
LOL Woof..I was thinking the same thing.. Cheeky go with what you think..but what may be spooky to you..may not for someone else.. 


Alex  17 Feb 2003 
donate it to a community or local cafe?

There's one in town that I'm thinking to donate extra-decks when I leave. They have board games, a few toys and books, re playing cards, but no tarot decks. You know, sometimes you can help a lost lonely soul find out about the tarot when trying to pass the time in the cafe.

Just an idea. 


Centaur  18 Feb 2003 
Quote:
Originally posted by cheekyminx76
That's exactly what I mean. I felt spooked out by the cards. My sister who is one fine tarot reader told me to burn the cards. She believes that if a 'tool' is giving someone bad/negative energy & your feeling a little spooked then why should you pass these cards onto someone else?


It depends on your belief system. Personally, if I felt bad energies from a tarot deck, I would bin them. I would not give them to someone else.

This I did with a Mythic tarot deck which I purchased a few months back.




Ursula  20 Feb 2003 
if you felt good about your decision, then why question it? as someone said, too late now! maybe that was exactly the right decision or not, but it's over now.

i think burning a deck is something of an extreme measure--not to mention wasteful! i get rather creeped out by several decks i've seen & just avoid them. maybe, as i think Diana said, they speak to my fears, but more importantly, i want my deck to give me positive energy. i use tarot to recharge my batteries--as i do with any of my spiritual rituals--so it won't do a very good job if i'm getting negative or creepy energy from it.

i think the "one man's garbage" theory applies: try passing the deck on (cleanse it with crystals or smudge with sage first, if you like) and let the new owner decide if its energy is good for him/her or not.

peace,

~Urs :OL 


AmounrA  20 Feb 2003 
Personally , I have got rid of a few decks in my time-either by giving them to a friend, or better still, just leaving the deck in the middle of the pavement [sidewalk]...some-one will come along and pick it up. 


Hummingbird  21 Feb 2003 
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The How does 1 get rid of tarot cards..... thread was originally posted on 17 Feb 2003 in the Talking Tarot board, and is now archived in the Forum Library. Read the active threads in Talking Tarot, or read more archived threads.

 


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