There’s this ongoing narrative that surrounds the tarot that makes it supernatural, as if the cards themselves contain magic that affects a person’s circumstance. In line with this way of thinking some people believe the reader is the only one that can touch their cards because the “magic” in the deck will be lost otherwise. In this Myth Busting post, I share my opinion regarding this idea and explain why it should be a personal preference rather than a hard-and-fast rule.
The Magic of the Cards
For some reason, people assume that the deck hold some occult power in them. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the tarot is just a collection of pretty art on cardboard. We, the readers, have the intuitive power inside of us. The art and symbolism in the cards is just the thing we try to decipher to make sense of the concepts, but our interpretations are based on our knowledge and understanding of the deck we are using plus our intuition. That means no matter who touched your deck the so-called magic of it will not go away. If you strongly believe in this then so be it. However, let’s try to move on from the idea that the cards are the source of our power because it is not.
The Power of Touch
We all have our preferences and methods that help us tap into or enhance our intuitive states that is why our sense of touch can play a role in the divinatory process. It is truly a potent form of expression. We can communicate our emotions and intentions with a single touch, so when we consult our divinatory tools we manage to do the same. That is why a lot of people prefer physical decks because the tangible and sensory aspect of it all helps enhance our divination experience. Majority of readers prefer to have the querent handle the deck in the process so that their intentions are received. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s mandatory! Again, it always boils down to your preferences and whether it aligns with your beliefs or not. If you feel uncomfortable for other people to touch your deck then don’t let them. Just do it because you don’t like it and not because of some old superstition imposed on you.
This myth isn’t as controversial as the others. I wanted to open up the conversation about it so that it can be addressed and talked about because these concepts can be discouraging for new tarot readers.
What are your thoughts regarding people touching your tarot decks? Why do/don’t you like other people to handle your cards?