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What do you do when you first open a new deck?

Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 09 Apr 2004, and now archived in the Forum Library.



Kittaine  09 Apr 2004 
Would love to learn any rituals you guys might do. 


Khatruman  09 Apr 2004 
When I get a new deck, first thing I do is look at each and every card. This is for two reasons: for the excitement of seeing the beauty of the images and to also see that there aren't any missing or damaged cards.

Sorry if you were looking for some mystical, shamanic hoodoo voodoo. I simply want to connect with my new deck... :D 


contrascarpe  09 Apr 2004 
I do basically the same as Khatruman - I look through each card to make sure they are all there. I had received one deck with eight missing cards so do a headcount before I look through them all closely (if I have to bring it back, I don't want to get too attached). Then, I go one card at a time really looking at it closely to see what distinguishes this deck from the pack. Finally, I peruse the LWB to see if there is any wisdom special to this deck.

Nothing mystical to my approach either. When I started tarot, I would take my new deck and put it under my pillow for the night (actually would put it in the pillowcase) but I stopped when I started getting too many welts (plus that darn Thoth caused me to have nightmares that night). 


WolfyJames  09 Apr 2004 
I'm not going to repeat what they said, because I do all that. I would add that I smell carefully the deck as well, I love the paper's smell, the book's smell (I'm still waiting for a perfume based on these to come out ;)). If I love the deck, but so far I have loved them all, then for a week or so, I'm going to bring the deck with me everywhere, and play with the cards, caress them. After that, I'll try to put back some sense into me and tell myself I can leave the deck alone, that nothing terrible is going to happen if I do it. I always bring my new deck to my mother, to show it to her. Sometimes she wants me to read her with it, sometimes not. Sometimes I sleep with a new deck, sometimes not; I usually only sleep with the deck if I have difficulties connecting with it. 


mj07  09 Apr 2004 
I do what everyone else before me said (except smelling them, interesting concept! :D) The only thing I add is that I shuffle them a LOT after looking at each card and getting to know it a bit.

Another weird thing I've noticed for myself is that usually the first few readings I do on a new deck don't make any sense. For that reason, I usually just do a few "just for fun" readings before really trying to use it.

Wonder if anyone else has that problem? 


ncefafn  09 Apr 2004 
I don't sleep with a new deck unless it buys me dinner first.

In addition to looking through each card, to check they're all there and to ooh and ahh over their beauty, I'll usually sit with them in front of the TV at night and just shuffle. I don't usually do a spread or anything, though I will note the poppers. Shuffling familiarizes me with a deck.

If something doesn't pop from the deck, I will however shuffle, cut and look at the top card to see how the deck and I are going to get along. The Hanged Man is a bad sign.

Kim 


galadrial  09 Apr 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by mj07
The only thing I add is that I shuffle them a LOT after looking at each card and getting to know it a bit.

Another weird thing I've noticed for myself is that usually the first few readings I do on a new deck don't make any sense. For that reason, I usually just do a few "just for fun" readings before really trying to use it.

Wonder if anyone else has that problem?


Hi, mj07. I found that just shuffling the deck a lot was not enough. I would sometimes get suspicious readings, like the 3, 4 and 5 of Cups in a three card spread, for the first few tries. Now, after shuffling a lot, I go through the deck card by card and if there are, say, 3 cards in numerological order, or 4 or 5 of one suit I disperse them. Then I shuffle the deck ten more times (my ritual for every reading), and Then I use it. I've never had any suspect readings since. 


KelarSkye  09 Apr 2004 
I do a lot of the stuff above. Sometimes I will put it under my pillow, sometimes not, but I do that with existing decks too so that isn't a new deck tradition.

One this that I do a lot is shuffle, throw out some random readings, shuffle, fun reading, reorder...repeat. I will reorder that deck and then shuffle it tons of times before I will actually try a real reading with it.

My poor cosmic tribe hasn't been read yet because the book is so dense and the deck is a little different than traditional. I just keep shuffling and ordering and looking and repeating :-)

Kelar 


Orion  09 Apr 2004 
I look through the entire deck, for two reasons: to connect with it and to check that every single card is there. I don't do anything special like sleep with it under my pillow or set it on the window sill when the next full moon comes around. I do, however, mix up or shuffle the cards in the same seat at the same table I do readings at when I am at home. Not sure why I do this, I just always have! 


WolfyJames  09 Apr 2004 
The first readings I do with my new decks are usually dead on. 


laura_borealis  09 Apr 2004 
KelarSkye -- you should try reading with your Cosmic Tribe! I love mine -- I agree the book is dense, but the meanings just seem to come right off the cards in a reading.

What I do with a new deck -- pretty much the same as earlier people said. I make sure all the cards are there, and look at them all. I also look at the suits together to note colors and progressions, and look for common symbols and so on in the whole deck.

There was a time when I would have done a sort of dedication ritual with a new deck -- take them to my altar and cast a circle, bless them with earth, air, fire and water and so on. But I've kind of fallen away from doing ritual, so I haven't done that with any of my newer decks. 


Nevada  09 Apr 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by Khatruman
When I get a new deck, first thing I do is look at each and every card. This is for two reasons: for the excitement of seeing the beauty of the images and to also see that there aren't any missing or damaged cards.
Same here, exactly.

Nevada 


mysticalowl  09 Apr 2004 
Besides looking at the whole deck, I like to read any of the material that came with the deck. This helps me to get a feel for what the author and/or artist was feeling when they created the deck. While I may not always agree with there interpretations I do find it helpful. 


jema  09 Apr 2004 
* Look at all the cards

* Look once more while reading the LWB at least for a few of the cards that sparked my interest

* Mix the cards and take two or three to get a general feel for it.

* Use it in a reading

* Look at all the cards again with a specific symbol in mind (like with the Golden tarot I counted how many cards had books in them)

* Use it for daily cards a while


This of course poses a problem when I get more then one deck at a time. I like to work fairly intense with a new deck and if I have two or three (or like one summer I had 8 new decks the same day) I usually tend to "forget" about one of them and somehow that deck will never be as loved as the others. The poor steph-child deck.
*snif* 


eastarot  09 Apr 2004 
Shuffle shuffle shuffle shuffle
Spread it out
Shuffle shuffle shuffle shuffle

And in the process, cards do fall out and I note them

Then I sit down and look at it picture by picture. Usually requres a lot of time and concentration.

Rarely slept with a deck under my pillow. Must try it sometime 


Savoyali  09 Apr 2004 
Basically the same as everyone else here, including the smelling bit...ah, so good! I especially love the smell of my Vampire deck and hope it will last a while yet--smells like someone burned incense while packing it :D

I usually also do a new deck reading, nothing fancy, just three cards to give me a feel for it right off. They've all made sense so far, although I did get a feeling the Templar was pulling my leg when I did the new deck spread with it; as if it was saying, 'come on, what are we doing this for, you know how we'll get along!'. Rather funny :) 


Jypsie  09 Apr 2004 
I might try sleeping with my Victoria Regina deck. I *LOVE* the deck, I can never get rid of it, but everytime I do a reading with it I get sooooo confused.
I do have one deck that I blessed in a ritual... it doesn't speak to me any differently than the others do but I definately enjoyed the ritual to the fullest and I carry this particular deck around with me everywhere. That is until I find a new favorite (always on the hunt...)
I must say the *first* thing I do when I open the mailbox and there is a new deck inside, I do a little fairy dance of glee... wheee!!!! 


Umbrae  09 Apr 2004 
The first thing I do is spit the cellophane out from between my teeth... 


Gerbear  09 Apr 2004 
I check the deck for the correct number of cards, and then check out a few favorites, such as the Hermit, Tower, Star and Moon. Then I get it entered in my database. After that, it gets entered into my speadsheet, which has a different set of data. Then I find a spot for it in my collection. 


mj07  09 Apr 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by Jypsie
I must say the *first* thing I do when I open the mailbox and there is a new deck inside, I do a little fairy dance of glee... wheee!!!!


oh, yes, I forgot about that part! me, too!!! 


Myrrha  10 Apr 2004 
The first thing I do with a new deck is smell it. Am I the only one? I'm really surprised no one else has mentioned this.

My last new deck was the Heron Marseilles back in December and it didn't have much of an aroma. The smelliest deck ever was the Piatnik Deva Tarot which I had for a couple years and rarely used before trading it away but even after that time it still smelled strongly of "new deck". My Vertigo tarot had a lovely inky magical scent as well.

--Myrrha 


Strange2  10 Apr 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by Myrrha
The first thing I do with a new deck is smell it. Am I the only one?


I love the smell of a new deck, and it is also the first thing I do after opening the packaging. I believe that unique deck smell is sometimes due to the linseed oil in the ink that is used to print the deck.

I can usually tell a new Lo Scarabeo deck with my eyes closed, due to that new deck (linseed oil) smell.

Smell is such a fascinating sense. It tickles brain cells in an almost ecstatic fashion at times, and leaves lasting yet often buried memories, that may be reawakened years later when a hint of that smell caresses our nostrils again. 


tmgrl2  10 Apr 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by Umbrae
The first thing I do is spit the cellophane out from between my teeth...


and then you run the edge of the card over a table edge? to bend it ...and then you add...powder?......

oh....easier to just post the link...well worth reading...(I don't remember the cellophane part?? })

http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/learn/process_introduction.shtml

enjoy...there are more articles on home page....worth the read....

terri 


crystal cove  10 Apr 2004 
Well, it's nice to know that I'm normal.

I make sure all the cards are there, I shuffle incessantly to make them mine, and yes, I smell them. ;) 


Cerulean  10 Apr 2004 
I check and count the contents, crack open any brochure or book and if there's a book, read the back first to see if there's an index.

I have an incense stick that I never light up but sometimes put with the cards. If not that, then dried rosemary, which is good for me.

Actually, my Golden Tarot was taken out several times and the pixie dust of iilt had me put it in various bags--it still leaves a residue, so I'm not putting it a bed area. I have a nightstand for decks that I am working with so I can scoop them up before work or when ready to leave for whatever.

Over time, a deck will be pulled out as I remember an idea or color or certain characterization or scene or something significant...and then I can connect to the deck.


Mari 


Ivy Rhiannon  11 Apr 2004 
throw away the little book inside! LOL Then look at each and every card, shuffle them, and take in that new card smell! 


smokey  25 Apr 2004 
Look @ each card./ Smell each card,Big Whiff; I mean,Whew!!!/
Have @ hand journal, so I can jot down immediate any/all intuitions that "spring to mind" what I see upon viewing card(s)be
fore I foget!!!
Smudge t/deck If it's gonna' be in major use instead of just in a
"collection "group.
Allow it to "pick" its bag or box;also, Only If it's a favorite &/or classic...(I know... this probably sounds rather silly...but; then ...again;so am I;haha!!)
" Seal "the smudged, now-happily-homed-cards with "their" choice
crystals/gemstones.
Very Lightly rub (annoint) a Few edges (tips of rims, only!) if not
cards(depending on quality of material)then the lining of bag or
edges of box to smell good w/favorite oil...or cedar chips w/sage...
MY... but; we(cards) 'twould'nt be a "tad" spoilt 'twould we?!? (haha;grin,Big blush & laughs @ self par course!!!) 


smokey  25 Apr 2004 
Myrrha,
You have a pm,All my Best 


hyatt  25 Apr 2004 
wow- i didn't know so many people smell their cards! i guess i go the opposite direction and make my cards smell like me instead of savoring their new smell. i lay out all my cards so i can look at them individually then i bless each one with incensce. i do sleep with them for a while but during the day i keep them wrapped up with the incense till they smell yummy. 


diane drizzy  25 Apr 2004 
Sniff (guilty!)
Take attendance to see that everyone is there.
Check out my particular favorites.
Visit with all the others.
Decide on a new bag. 


JulieG  25 Apr 2004 
Me too!!! I sniff all my decks. I've long been a book sniffer too - just love the smells of different papers and inks etc. Sad, I know but very true.
I usually open by deck and ditch the cardboard case, placing my deck in a silk Tarot pouch. I'll check the deck, get to know each card. I have to give them a really good shuffled several times before I consider the deck settled enough to read from.
I'll usually do some quick play readings - nothing serious - just to break the cards in an get a feel for how they interact with me.
I almost treat my decks personally - in that I try and treat them with great care and respect. I have even been known to talk to them.
You're sorry you asked the question now, aren't you?! 


Kittaine  25 Apr 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by JulieG
Me too!!! I sniff all my decks. I've long been a book sniffer too - just love the smells of different papers and inks etc. Sad, I know but very true.
I usually open by deck and ditch the cardboard case, placing my deck in a silk Tarot pouch. I'll check the deck, get to know each card. I have to give them a really good shuffled several times before I consider the deck settled enough to read from.
I'll usually do some quick play readings - nothing serious - just to break the cards in an get a feel for how they interact with me.
I almost treat my decks personally - in that I try and treat them with great care and respect. I have even been known to talk to them.
You're sorry you asked the question now, aren't you?!


Well, some people talk to plants...I guess cards aren't any different? O.O

When I asked this question, I thought the answers I'd get would involve prayers and rituals, you know, HELPFUL stuff. But no...@_@ 


Agathe  26 Apr 2004 
First I look at each card and I try to hold my deck as often as possible to give it some energy. I don't do anything else...no rituals or anything like that. I just want to make it my own :D.

Agathe 


Marion  26 Apr 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by Kittaine
When I asked this question, I thought the answers I'd get would involve prayers and rituals, you know, HELPFUL stuff. But no... [/b]
lol... hum, knowing the AT crowd and their collective sense of humour I must admit that I expected what showed up... lol 


full deck  26 Apr 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by WolfyJames
. . . I would add that I smell carefully the deck as well, I love the paper's smell, the book's smell (I'm still waiting for a perfume based on these to come out ;)).
Yeah, I love that ink smell too since I do design, I always think of a project done when I smell that. I'm just glad I don't work up in a print shop since those fumes get to be really strong. 


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