“You have to learn how to interpret the cards, they don’t do much for the unaware, or untrained, thus they are just tools - Magic not included.”
The problem sets in when people assign esoterical values to things that aren't at all esoteric. I tend to think the traditions being passed off as hard rules or "belief" systems started out as a way to create a common ground among the first readers or across the many as an evolutionary step as a form of discipline training but in the end the cards contain no magic, burying your deck in salt will not remove any "energies" the cards have collected, and any form of Tarot spells are not magic but rather again, discipline in action.
The idea behind the salt and various traditions for "keeping the deck pure" and "cleansing the deck" are rooted more in convincing the mind and bypassing hard core filters/beliefs that may be hindering your ability to fully "believe" in your ability to activate your intuition and read the cards then to articulate what happens in your thought process. It's about convincing you that your mind is clear so you stop holding on to thoughts that may be counter productive.
Think about it, if you truly believe that by burying your deck in salt for a few days would cleanse them, wouldn't you be more apt to believe they are, and thus YOU are, not encumbered by anyone else's or even negative energies?
It's about cleansing the thought stream and actually feeling clarity of thought. Belief is a very powerful medicine and it can even cure foggy thought syndrome. If you believe you can, you simply can. The inscents, lowered lights, and candles are all part of utilizing the environment externally to calm the environment internally- it's also about "getting into character"- putting your mind and focus in the right place to accomplish the task. It's also about generating the magic- ambition and focus of thought.
Think about this as a Karate Expert breaking a 6" thick board perched between two stacks of bricks with his forehead- sheer strength and thrust alone will only give the guy a concussion but focus and a SPECIFIC state of mind, clear of thought, razor sharp focus and of course practice learning how the body moves, the laws of physics.
That there is a very specific way you have to hit that board, a specific amount and control of thrust (i.e. hitting the board with the fibers), and a specific amount of counter balancing, and retraction of your body parts is required so you hit the board hard enough but don't reverberate that energy back into your scull causing a concussion
This is not an easy skill set to learn but once learned and practiced, completely understood and executed with precision- it can appear to the uninformed as a "magic" feat, or an "impossible" feat- but it's just physics and the mind working in synergy!
Luckily, the Tarot skill set is much easier to learn and develop and much safer during the development period- worse case scenario, you get it wrong but can later see (you should always record your reading on paper or video so you can review after the period you asked the question for i.e. "next week" "this month" etc...) and crystallize what the reading really was telling you. It's a great way to learn actually as you start to develop this way and it feels like a chain reaction of beautiful aha moments!
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