When we talk about tarot, it’s important to also discuss the ways in which we cleanse the cards and the space around us. You can check our article about the ways to cleanse tarot cards Here.
One powerful tool in spiritual cleansing is sage, an herb that has been used for centuries to purify energies and promote clarity.
In this article, we will explore why we use sage in tarot practices and how it can benefit our readings.
Sage has a rich history of being used for purification purposes, not only for objects like tarot cards but also for our surroundings and ourselves.
The use of sage in spiritual practices dates back to ancient times when it was believed that the smoke from burning sage leaves could cleanse the air and protect people from negativity.
We use sage in tarot largely because of its ability to remove unwanted energies lingering from previous readings or within our environment.
Incorporating sage into our tarot practices can help us maintain a balanced and positive energy within our reading space, promoting a clear mind and accurate interpretations.
By understanding the significance of sage in tarot practices, we can create a more focused and nurturing atmosphere for our spiritual growth and personal insight.
The Symbolism of Sage
When we think of sage, its cleansing properties often come to mind.
Sage has been used for centuries in various spiritual and religious practices, as a means to cleanse different spaces of negative energy.
Burning sage, or smudging, is a ritual that involves setting the dried sage leaves alight and allowing the smoke to waft throughout the space we wish to purify, removing stagnant energy and promoting a positive atmosphere.
Sage has a deep spiritual significance in many cultures.
In some, it is seen as a symbol of wisdom and a way to communicate with ancestors and spirit guides. The strong aroma of sage is believed to have a calming and grounding effect on the mind and body.
According to most tarot readers, the herb promotes healing by cleansing negative energy in a space.
Burning sage also has a spiritual connection to tarot reading.
Tarot is about gaining insight into ourselves and our lives. And, using a cleansed and purified space is crucial to obtaining accurate and meaningful guidance during a reading.
Using sage to cleanse the area where we do our tarot readings ensures that we are free from distractions and negative influences. That allows us to focus on the messages the cards hold for us.
Additionally, the link between sage and wisdom is particularly relevant to tarot.
As we embark on a journey of self-discovery and reflection through tarot readings, the wisdom that sage symbolizes is essential for us to gain a deeper understanding of the messages the cards convey.
Tarot and Energy Clearing
In the world of tarot, energy plays a crucial role in the quality and accuracy of our readings.
In this section, we’ll dive into the importance of energy in tarot and discuss how sage can help create a positively charged atmosphere for readings.
Why Energy Matters in Tarot
Our tarot decks, much like ourselves, can absorb energies from the environment and those we interact with. When we do tarot readings, we rely on our intuitive connection to the cards and the energy they hold.
If our decks are clouded by lingering negative energies, it can impact the clarity and accuracy of our interpretations.
By regularly clearing and cleansing our tarot decks, we ensure that we’re working with the purest energy possible, allowing us to tap into that intuitive connection with greater ease.
This, in turn, leads to more insightful and meaningful readings for ourselves and others.
Setting the Atmosphere for Readings
Creating a conducive atmosphere for tarot readings starts with addressing the energy in the space as well as that of the cards themselves.
As you know, one popular method for cleansing energy is the use of sage. The act of burning sage, or smudging, is believed to purify the environment of any negative energies lingering from previous readings or interactions.
To cleanse your tarot deck with sage, simply let the cards move in the smoke of the burning sage, allowing the natural properties of the sage to clear any unwanted energies (source). This will help create a positively charged atmosphere, making it easier for us to connect with the cards and their energy.
By using sage and other methods to clear and cleanse our tarot decks, we are better prepared to bond with our cards and provide accurate and insightful readings. That benefits both ourselves and those seeking guidance through the tarot.
Sage and Tarot: The Process in Detail
As tarot readers, we understand the importance of keeping our cards and space free of any unwanted energies. In this section, we will discuss how to use sage to help cleanse and purify both our cards and the surrounding environment.
Smudging Your Space
Before diving into a tarot reading, it is essential to ensure that we are working in a space free from negative energies that could influence the reading. Smudging our space with a sage bundle is a simple yet effective way to do this. Here’s how we can go about this process:
- Clear any clutter from the area where we’ll be reading tarot.
- Open all doors and windows to allow fresh air to circulate and carry away any stale energy.
- Light our sage bundle using a candle or a lighter. Then gently blow out the flame so the sage smolders, producing smoke.
- Move the sage bundle around the room while keeping our intention in mind, focusing on purifying and cleansing the space.
- Extinguish the sage safely once the smudging process is complete.
By smudging our space, we create a clean and energetically balanced environment where we can conduct our tarot readings with confidence.
Cleansing Tarot Cards with Sage
After ensuring our space is free of unwanted energies, it is equally important to cleanse our tarot cards before a reading. Sage can be used effectively here as well. Let’s go over the steps for cleansing tarot cards with sage:
- Gather our materials, including a sage bundle, a fireproof dish, and our tarot deck.
- Light the sage bundle and let it smolder, producing smoke.
- Hold the cards in one hand or fan them out. Pass them through the sage smoke, using our other hand to waft the smoke towards the cards.
- Focus on our intention to cleanse and purify the cards while doing so, ensuring that we cover each card with the sage smoke.
- Extinguish the sage safely once the cleansing process is complete. ( you decide when it is over, when you feel it is).
By using sage to cleanse our tarot cards, we effectively remove any unwanted energies from previous readings. That gives us the best possible connection to our intuition and makes our upcoming reading more accurate.
Alternative Methods of Clearing Energy
Aside from using sage, there are various alternative methods for clearing energy from tarot cards that we recommend.
These methods can be equally effective, and some of them include using incense, crystals, or sound. Let’s explore these methods more in-depth.
Incense is a popular choice for cleansing and purifying energies. It produces a fragrant smoke that can help clear any unwanted energies. We love using incense like palo santo or sandalwood, to create a calming atmosphere while clearing our tarot cards. To cleanse your cards with incense, simply pass the deck through the smoke and let the aroma cleanse the energy of each card.
Crystals are another fantastic way to clear your tarot cards’ energies. We tend to use crystals like black tourmaline, black obsidian, clear quartz, amethyst or amber. These crystals possess unique energetic properties. They can help absorb and cleanse negative energies from the cards. To utilize crystals for cleansing, you can either place a small crystal on top of your deck or set the deck on a large, flat crystal.
Sound is another powerful method to cleanse and purify energies. By using tools such as tuning forks, singing bowls, or even one’s own voice, we create vibrations that can help disperse negativity and cleanse the tarot cards. To use sound for cleansing, simply play the sound near your tarot cards. This allows the vibrational energy to surround the deck and clear any lingering unwanted energies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many of you have asked questions about using sage during tarot readings. In this section, we’ll address some of the most common inquiries, including best practices and safety precautions.
How often should we use sage for tarot readings?
There’s no set rule for how often to sage your tarot space or cards. But it’s a good idea to do so when you feel that the energy has become stagnant or negative. Trust your intuition. And take note when the atmosphere feels heavy or when readings don’t seem to resonate as clearly as they should. Some people may engage in saging before each reading, while others might do it on a monthly basis or whenever they feel it’s necessary.
What safety precautions should we take when using sage?
- Choose a well-ventilated area for burning sage to avoid inhaling too much smoke.
- Keep a fire-resistant container nearby to catch any ash or embers.
- Never leave burning sage unattended, and always extinguish it properly when you’re finished.
- Be mindful of any fire alarms or sprinkler systems in your space.
- If you’re pregnant, have respiratory issues, or are sensitive to smoke, consider alternative methods for cleansing your tarot space, such as sound cleansing or using essential oils like rosemary.
Using sage during tarot readings can create a positive atmosphere and enhance your intuitive connection with your cards. Just pay attention to your own needs and follow basic safety guidelines to ensure a pleasant and effective experience.