Tarot Rituals: Things to do with your cards for accurate readings

Everyone has their own way of working with their cards and there’s no wrong or right way to use your cards, just do what feels right to you.

But, here are some ideas of things you can do with your cards to help you get a more accurate reading or just connect better with your cards.

Comment below to tell me about what you do to connect with your cards.

Cleansing: Some ways to cleanse your deck before use or when you buy a brand new deck:

  • Smoke Cleanse – Focus on cleansing your cards with incense.
  • Fire Cleanse – Hold your deck near a candle while focusing on cleansing the deck. (Make sure to use fire safety and common sense. Don’t burn yourself or your cards.)
  • Air Cleanse – Some people will blow on their cards to cleanse and remove old energy from the deck.
  • Knocking – You can knock on your deck to either wake it up or shake out the old energy. You can use a number of knocks that works for you.

Charging: Charging is like infusing and bringing a certain energy into your cards. Some ways to do this:

  • Moon: You can put your cards in your window where it can see the moon on a full moon to charge it with the energy of the full moon.
  • Crystals: You can place a crystal on your cards to charge it with the energy of the crystal of your choice. For example, Amethyst for a deeper connection to your intuition.

Meditation / Grounding: For me, this is the most important.

  • You can simply take a few minutes to meditate before working with your cards.
  • My favorite mediation is from Mat Auryn’s book Psychic Witch. I usually find meditation boring and difficult, but this one is very visual and grounding and works for me. I visualize roots going down from me to the core of the earth, then bringing up white energy from the core of the earth back through me, then visualize connecting beyond earth and to the stars and connecting this energy back to me and the earth’s energy. I take a few minutes to do this, and then I am connected, grounded and ready. I find that I get super accurate readings when I do this before reading.

Music: Personally, I love binaural beats for helping me to focus. I use it more often when typing out a tarot reading than making a video though. Something like this on youtube.

Respect: There are two really important ways to show respect to your deck.

  • During reading – In my opinion, it’s disrespectful to your deck to not trust it. You show your deck that you don’t trust it by putting cards back into the deck after you’ve pulled one – basically saying you don’t like the card or you don’t want to hear the truth. So, as long as you’re connected to your deck, always trust the cards that your deck is giving you.
  • After reading – Show respect to your deck by thanking it for giving you clarity or honesty, or whatever you want to thank it for. Give your cards gratitude for helping you.

What Rituals do you have with your Tarot Cards? Do you do anything different? Comment below and share your ideas.


I love music. I love meaning. I love tarot. Music and Tarot are a match made in heaven.

Shufflemancy – What is it?

Basically, divining with music. It’s a very intuitive form because, unlike Tarot, there are no prescribed meanings.

How do to it:

One way to do it is to ask a question, push play on a playlist, then interpret the song as your answer.

You can use your own playlist or something mostly disconnected to you, like turning on the radio to a station you don’t usually listen to, or a random song generator like Chosic, which I just discovered.


  1. Ask a question
  2. Shuffle a playlist or pick a random song
  3. Interpret


  1. I was listening to a pre-made playlist on Spotify and asked, “Will this blog be famous?”

2. Song: Cath by Death Cab for Cutie.

3. Interpretation: I know that this is not a happy song so I immediately know that the answer is no.


But, let’s dig a little deeper into the interpretation because that’s the fun part.

Vibe: Sad = no

Lyrics for more insight:

“And soon everybody will ask what became of you
‘Cause your heart was dying fast
And you didn’t know what to do”

Well… ouch. I feel called out just like my Tarot cards love to do. Every interpretation will be personal in shufflemancy because there are no prescribed meanings, right. Anyway, for me personally, this makes a lot of sense because I’ve quit my job and moved away to France and I worry that people forgot about me… and it didn’t magically solve all my problems like I thought it would… we’ll just leave it at the, “Heart was dying fast and you didn’t know what to do,” resonates with a negative feeling… so a strong, “No” to my original question.

“But it’s so random… How is it even relevant?”

Ah, the beauty of divination. For me, divination, whether Tarot, Tasseography, or Shufflemancy, is a mirror into your mind and heart. People always know the answers to their questions, they’re more looking for confirmation and things like Shufflemancy can help you answer your own questions.

What do you think?

Have you tried Shufflemancy? Insightful or bullshit?

Four of Swords

The Four of Swords is a card about resting. It’s following that … yikes Three of Swords, so the message is to rest and recover after that painful thing. Traditionally, the Four of Swords is more of a quiet, rest, but I love the more playful connection to the song that I associate with this card.

Yes, The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars.

This song is all about taking time and taking a day for yourself. Doing whatever you feel like doing. What better way to rest and recharge than to spend a day doing whatever the fuck you want, or nothing at all.

“Oh Yes! I said it, I said it, I said it ’cause I can

Today I don’t feel like doing anything
I just wanna lay in my bed
Don’t feel like picking up my phone, so leave a message at the tone
‘Cause today I swear I’m not doing anything”

The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars

What I love about this song for this card is that it’s unapologetic about being “lazy”. Being lazy isn’t a bad thing – sometimes you need to give yourself a break.

Finally, this song is so happy and upbeat. It makes me want to dance around and enjoy my time of and my resting. Yeah, taking a break with the Four of Swords can be about sleeping more and getting more literal rest. But I much prefer the idea of tuning into yourself and doing whatever feels like fun. We don’t do that enough!

What do you think? Do you agree with my song association? Do you have another song that you associate with this card? Let me know!

IX – The Hermit

Musical Tarot Associations

The Hermit card is about taking time on your own to connect with yourself and do some self-reflection, away from the influence and distraction of others. The Hermit’s knowledge is an inner wisdom that comes from solitude.

What better place to be alone with your thoughts than the desert. The song that I associate with the Hermit is A Horse with No Name by America. It tells the story of a man going through the desert all by himself on a horse with no name.

Horse With No Name by America

What a Hermit card thing to say, “In the desert you can remember your name because there ain’t no one for to give you no pain.”

Then, as he spends day after day alone in the desert, observing and learning along the way. He connects with nature and starts to be more receptive to the subtleties of nature,

“The heat was hot and the ground was dry

But the air was full of sound”

Horse With No Name by America

Eventually he lets his horse go and realizes some of the bigger impacts that humans have on nature.

‘Under the cities lies a heart made of ground

But the humans will give no love”

Horse With No Name by America

So, in his desire to get away from other humans, he connected with himself, and gained wisdom about the world as well.

What do you think? What song do you associate with the Hermit card? What do you associate with the song Horse With No Name? Let me know.

Here’s a link to the Youtube playlist with all of the songs.

XVII – The Star

Musical Tarot Associations

The Star card represents hope, especially a renewed hope. It’s the card right after The Tower.

The Tower came in to uproot you and shake up your life in a major way (lose your job? Relationship? Your faith in your religion? An idea about the world or yourself?). The Tower is the universe saying, “This is going to hurt, but it’s in your best interest.

Then the Star card comes in to renew your faith and hope. The Star card comes and gives you a hug and reminds you that it’s going to be okay. If the Tower card is the father – who coldly does what’s best for you without telling you why, the Star card is the mother who hugs you and shows you the reason why you had to have that rude awakening and how it’s actually better for you.

The song that is like a warm hug and renewal of hope for me is “Here Comes the Sun,” by the Beetles.

There are some obvious connections between renewal in the song like, “It’s been a long, cold, lonely winter… It feels like years since it’s been here,” but it’s more about the feeling that the song inspires.

What makes it feel like a warm, comforting message of hope and better things to come is the, “Little darling,” like something our mother or father would say to us when cheering us up.

Or maybe it’s the idea of a sunrise – I’m all about new beginnings, so maybe that’s just my personal interpretation. What about you? What song do you associate with the Star card? Or what does the song remind you of? Let me know.

Here’s a link to a playlist of all the Musical Tarot Associations, if you’d like to listen to more.

Learning Tarot through Associations – The Devil – Hotel California

Musical Tarot Associations

Rider-Waite Smith

The Devil. Scary Card right? Well… yes. Let’s get into it.

What is the Devil card about?

Earthly pleasures at best, and addiction at worst. The Devil card is about bad habits, addictions, and feeling like we’re trapped or being trapped by our addictions and bad habits. So, yes, you can get out, but it may take a lot of will and even outside help.

One of those addictions may be substance, materialism, obsession with someone or something, or just every day self-sabotage.

Let’s talk about “The Devil” (Baphomet in this card) another day. Today we’ll focus on the couple in the card. The woman has the grapes on her tail and the man has the fire on his tail – representing materialism and power. They have loose chains around their necks, so they’re free to go, sure, but the longer they stay, the harder it is to leave.

This brings us to my musical association of this card – Hotel California by the Eagles, released in 1977.

Why do I associated Hotel California with the Devil card?


“You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.” This lyric is the best example of the card. Like the Devil in the card, the Night man in the song says that you can leave, but can you really?

Let’s go through the song

The song starts out as the main character is driving through the desert with the “Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air.” Apparently, colitas is a term for weed – which links us to addiction. Then the character stops at the Hotel California because he’s tired. He meets the woman of the story, and shows her vices of materialism, and hedonism.

And finally, we have this part of the song the cements the idea of the Devil and the association of the card for me. Between the “We are all just prisoners here, of our own device,” (those loose chains), and the people trying to kill the “beast” with their steely knives.

Anyway, what do you think? What song do you associate with the Devil card? Do you have other interpretations?

You can find a Youtube playlist with all of my Musical Tarot Associations here