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Can i use tarot cards that have been owned by someone else before me? (Secondhand from friend) Thanks!?

An older friend of the family used to read tarot cards but she doesn’t anymore, someone told me that tarot cards should be a gift but can i use her old ones to start reading with or do i need to purchance a new pack? Help please.


  1. To play with the tarot cards there is no problem. If you are a believer, then there can be issues.
    First, you must have permission of the person who used to use them. Without that, nothing will come from your readings but darkness. Second, you should cleanse & sanctify the cards. Salt, crystals, etc. See your local shop that would supply such things as the tarot cards & they will have what is needed on hand. Third, you need to orient the cards to yourself through meditation and request their help in divining the future. Without the decks’ assistance & willingness, again, nothing will come but darkness. Blessed be.

  2. Use them, enjoy them!
    There are no ‘rules’ about having to only use a deck given to you. There are no ‘rules’ about letting someone else touch your cards.
    There are no rules, what & how you do with tarot is of your own design. DO what you feel is right and good.
    We all have our own way of handling and reading cards.

  3. The tarot cards work a bit like a map, they are very personalized in their energy signiture. While you certainly can read from their cards you will need to shake the etch-a-sketch and wipe the slate clean before you start. Otherwise you will end up with their map and symbols and not your own. It can be a bit confusing. So you may want to find something that you really resonate with (a cloth, bag or box) that you can put the cards in for a while to tune them to you. You can also get sage if you so wish and burn a bit of it as a cleaning tool. Simply the act of handling and working with the cards will tune them to your energies too.
    As you work with them and learn to read them ( I recommend getting a really good book for the deck before you start) it will become more and more apparent what they are trying to tell you. They are just a tool that functions as a mirror. So the more clearly we see the image in the mirror the easier it is to interpret the symbols 🙂
    Good luck and enjoy!

  4. Hello
    Tarot need not be a gift, nor brand new. They are old superstitions.
    If you like the deck that you have then it will work fine for you!


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