How to Cleanse Your Tarot or Oracle Decks: Effective Methods and Tips

As for most things in life, for something to be successful, it is all about prepping. But how do you prepare tarot or oracle cards for readings? And most importantly, why? Well, in this article we are going to find out how and why we should prep the cards before a reading.

To prep your tarot or oracle cards for a psychic reading you should cleanse your cards first, this cleansing process will ensure you clear any unwanted energies from them. This is because the cards may hold energies from a previous reading or from someone else who handles the cards that still linger. The cleansing process should happen after you acquire the tarot or oracle deck and between readings. This ensures there are no lingering energies that might transpire in your reading.

How to cleanse your tarot or oracle cards

Fortunately, you have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to cleansing your cards. All are valid and you can choose the one that resonates most with you. If unsure, you can try different options and access which one suits you best! These are the options that we are going to explore: bathing in the sun or moonlight, using sage or incense, lavender, sound, meditation, and crystals.

Sun or moonlight bathing

This is one of the simplest, yet, effective ways to cleanse your tarot or oracle cards. You only need to carefully place the cards in a place where they are exposed to the sun or moonlight. This process can take for as long as you like, let your intuition guide you to assess if the cleanse is done. There are, however, some things to consider when placing your cards in the sun or moonlight, like making sure they are safe from the weather and that they are not exposed for too long to the sun. So, the cards must be protected from the wind, which can blow them away, and rain, because the weather can suddenly change, and from a long period of exposure to the sun as with time, it will gradually wear out the colors from the print.

Using Sage and Incense

Sage and incense are two of the best ways to cleanse, they have long been used for their purifying qualities. You just need to light it, pass through your cards, allow the smoke to linger over the cards, and use a bowl to collect the ash of the sage or incense. This method can be used to cleanse anything, from a living space to objects and it's quite simple to do it. preferably choose an aroma that you are naturally drawn to to make this ritual even more pleasant.

Sound bath

To cleanse your tarot or oracle cards, you can use a bell, or singing bowl or simply clap your hands over the cards to clear negative energy. Any frequency will work. If you have any of these options, try using them near your cards. The vibrations produced by these sounds can have a positive impact on the energetic field of your cards, preparing them for new readings.


Start by sitting in a comfortable position, it can be on a chair, and hold your deck in your hands, close your eyes, and take deep, cleansing breaths. Then, focus on your intention of cleansing the cards, and imagine a white or golden glow surrounding the cards and restoring their energy. Finish by bringing into mind your intention.


Cleansing cards with crystals is super straightforward. It just requires one crystal that you can choose intuitively, the options are endless, like clear quartz, amethyst, tourmaline, citrine, selenite, aquamarine, and smoky quartz, to name a few. Or you can choose according to the tarot or oracle deck. Start by placing the crystal on top of your deck and let sit for a while.

Cleansing tarot or oracle cards is quite simple, from sun or moonlight to crystals, you have plenty to choose from. Each of these methods offers a unique way to cleanse your tarot or oracle cards, ensuring that they stay energetically clear to provide accurate and insightful readings. If you are new to tarot readings, try a few options, see what works best for you, and enjoy the process of maintaining a strong, positive connection with your cards, creating your own ritual.

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