What is the proper way to dispose of tarot cards?

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What is the proper way to dispose of tarot cards?
My tarot deck was ruined by some water damage. They are totally destroyed. What is the best way to dispose of them. Could I bring them to my local shop and (partially) trade them? I don’t want to actually physically throw them in the trash, but they have more or less disintegrated and are totally useless. What should I do??

Answer by xanzibar
physically throw them in the trash

Answer by Snowie
In the dark of night they should only be placed into the “Good Will Box”

Answer by topazelf
Trash can.
Why would you have to do anything special? It’s just cardstock.
I guess if you’re really environmentally conscious, you could recycle them.

Answer by Meddy
tear them up and throw them away.

or if your cold, you can burn them in the fireplace

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Should you read you own tarot cards for your own benifit?
ive been reading my own deck. Is this good tarot ettiquette or does someone else have to read your cards for you?

Answer by Nelle P
Im not sure. I have a deck of tarot cards that I read too. I assume it is fine but Im not sure about tarot etiquette

Answer by ChainLightninG⅜
If you are going to buy random psychic ability, try The Magic 8 Ball ®. I am the only professional reader in the world and soon will have a DVD of lessons for sale. Also I’m going to have a limited amount of balls that have astrology signs instead of the number 8. Just imagine your psychic ball with the symbol of your choice.

My system is guaranteed to work as good as tarot cards or better.

Answer by Voodoomoonchild
I’ve been reading my own cards for years. In fact, I’ve never had my cards read. I choose to read them for myself. There is a lot of rubbish out there about Tarot etiquette that is just plain hog wash.

Do what feels right for you and forget about “etiquette” it’s all a myth.

Answer by Blackbird
Hi Lorena

You definitely can, and should read your own cards, its a wonderful way of getting to know your deck and familiarizing yourself with the Tarot over all.

That said, the more important the reading is to you, the less likely you should make the Pull yourself; this has nothing to do with etiquette but rather the fact that your hopes, dreams, fears; will bias the pull; for a reading that is of substantive importance to you I would suggest you seek out an unbiased reader, either a friend, someone you know Through an online forum (I have done online readings they are no harder than in person ones) or through your local metaphysical store.

As I am guessing you are a beginner I would suggest this exercise to you; you might wish to purchase a 2nd deck for it; once a week pull 7 cards face down, and place them on a small easle (such as any craft store will sell) someplace safe.

Then each evening turn over one card, and reflect on if and how that card manifest in your day. I think you will find Blasé days are more often off, but days with an intensity to them are very much more accurate and on point. The reason you do this at the end of the day is if you should pull – oh Death the Tower, something scary to beginners, you dont want that weighing on your head all day; reflecting on the cards at the end of the day you will see these “Scary” cards often have quite trivial manifestations.

I have read for 10 years, done well over 500 readings, and I still engage in this routine, like a Ballerina’s Bar; it is just the basic exercise of Tarot. Blessings, BB.

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What are some good books or websites about the history of tarot cards?
I love using them, but I realized I have no idea how they came about or how the cards were named and I’m curious. I am a firm believer in understanding what you use to use it better, so any help would be great!

Answer by Coop
don’t waste your time

Answer by Fireball
its a cult belief….KINGDOM OF THE CULTS BY MARTIN HAS all the cults…choose JESUS

Answer by Wood
There are several good books regarding this — Michael Dummett has two of them. “The History of Occult Tarot” traces the beginnings of Tarot to do readings; “The Game of Tarot” follows the origins of the game originally played with Tarot cards. Note that this last book is nearly impossible to find and can cost hundreds of dollars if you do find one. I often see the first one in used bookstores and clearance tables at very reasonable prices.

Stuart Kaplan has a series of “Encyclopedias” of Tarot decks as well as good information on origins. You can find these at regular book sources.

Answer by Aisha
Historians believe that playing cards first arrived in Europe from the Middle East in the late 14th century. However, according to historian Tom Tadfor Little, the first known record of tarot cards is a 15th century letter from the Duke of Milan requesting several decks of cards for “triumph,” a game similar to bridge. Triumph included four suits of cards numbered one through ten; court cards including a king, a queen, a knight and a page; and a series of 22 picture cards that functioned as permanent trump cards. The game was popular throughout Europe. In Italy it was known as tarocchi while in France it became known as tarot.

You can see the rest of the article at http://www.tarot-house.com/historyoftarotcards.html

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  1. Central N.Y. Guy says

    There is no proper way and these things of evil deserve no proper burial . Just throw them away or burn them. There not to be respected or revered. I take that back. You probably should burn them so no one else ignorant gets their hands on them.

  2. Tales of a 31yo nothing says

    Just like a Bible, it might be kind of rough at first but it should be used as toilet paper.

  3. Average Mike says

    >>What should I do??<< First you need to send me all your money wrapped around the tarot deck and I will dispose of it in the approved way. Second and much more important, you should get to work on obtaining your GED.

  4. philebus says

    There are some excellent books on the subject, though they are not always easy to get hold of. The best and broadest account of the cards’ history is this one:

    The Game of Tarot
    by Michael Dummett with the assistance of Sylvia Mann
    Duckworth 1980 ISBN 0 7156 10147

    However, it is very hard to obtain if you want to buy it. You’re best chance of reading a copy is to ask your local library.

    There is a two volume set of books that give a very detailed account of how Tarot cards became associated with the occult and its development by occultists from the late 18th century through to the 1970s:

    A Wicked Pack of Cards
    By Ronald Decker, Thierry Depaulis & Michael Dummett
    St Martin’s Press 1996 ISBN 0 312 16294 4

    A History of the Occult Tarot 1870-1970
    By Ronald Decker and Michael Dummett
    Duckworth 2002 ISBN 0 7156 3122 5

    If the games of tarot are of interest to you, then this two volume set traces their development throughout Europe from the very earliest accounts of the games to the present day. It is a massive work and sadly a bit costly – but your library may be able to get them for you:

    A History of Games played with the Tarot Pack Volumes One & Two
    By Michael Dummett and John McLeod
    Edwin Mellen Press 2004
    Volume One ISBN 0 7734 6447 6
    Volume Two ISBN 0 7734 6449 2
    Supplement from Maproom Publications 2009 ISBN 978 0 9562370 0 2

    For the internet, there are a number of good sites, though as I write this, the wiki page is providing a rather good account just now:


    There are some excellent sites by serious researchers into the history:


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