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How do you cleanse tarot cards without using water?

I’ve been looking for a cleansing and blessing ritual for a deck of tarot cards, and I’ve noticed that a lot of the better, more ornate ones suggest that you cleanse the cards with water. How would you be able to do this since the cards ARE paper and water tends to damage paper goods? Just something I’ve always wondered about.


  1. All decks of cards produced in the last 50 or so years have a thin layer of wax or plastic on them. Unless you are dousing them, it won’t actually affect them.

  2. What you have to understand is WHY you need to cleanse them and what that act actually does.
    Once you understand this, you’ll know how to cleanse them properly and when.
    Just be aware that there’s a LOT of bogus info about tarot cards on the net. You’d be best chatting to someone who knows.
    All the best 🙂

  3. Try air instead of water – smoke, burn sage or frankincense for example. Visualizing is always a key.
    Keep cards close to you for a couple weeks, carry with you everywhere and put under the pillow during the night.


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