#tarotthursdaythree for 01/12/2017

It's Thursday, which means it's time for another installment of #tarotthursdaythree. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, read more about it here!

This week's questions are brought to you by the lovely Beth @greenwitch_oracle. Please check her out and if you would like to contribute questions for an upcoming week, be sure to submit the form and I'll be in touch.

Now without further ado, let's get to the questions!

1. What do you do with a deck you don't connect with?
I take strides to try to avoid this altogether, as I'm sure many of you do too. The fact is, no matter how many pictures I look at or insights I get from others about the deck in question, I never truly do know until I can actually take it for a test drive. It's happened on more occasions than I wish were the case, actually, that a deck didn't hit the spot in the way I hoped it would. In those cases, I usually hang on to them and use them sporadically anyway. Sometimes, over time, a deck can acquire a certain specific use so I never write it off completely. If I find the deck still visually appealing (though not readable), I will use it in photos or for other purposes i.e. on my altar, in ritual or even display a card that I particularly like in a frame. I use my Dali deck a lot for this purpose actually...

2. How long do you give yourself to connect with a new deck?
There is no set time limit here, but, I usually know within one or two uses how I feel about the deck. It's kind of like with people, you usually know in a few moments and only a select few have this kind of slow burn effect. Maybe that's a terrible analogy. At any rate, I can't say I place a time figure on this and each deck is a bit unique, but on a whole, I generally know pretty quickly.

3. What consecration ritual(s) do you use with new divination tools?
This is something where my practice lacks consistency. There are some things I do, but I don't always do them. For example, with a new deck I may give it an interview and let it tell me what it excels at and how we can best work together. I may also cleanse it before working with it which may consist of any of the following techniques:
-Running each card through incense, sage or above candle light.
-Going card by card, slowly, ensuring to touch each one and take a few moments to absorb the imagery.
-Shuffle them while stating a prayer or intention.

I kind of let the energy of the tool inform how I should begin with it. Sometimes I feel called to interview and cleanse, sometimes just one and other times, it could be something totally different, such as keeping it on my bedside table while I sleep. I'm pretty flexible with this part of my practice, unlike other aspects, but perhaps we'll leave that for another #tarotthursdaythree!

Can't wait to hear your responses if you feel called to participate. Remember, you can post your answers to these questions whereever your presence is, whether that be Instagram, youtube, your blog or elsewhere.

See you next week!

Julia