I belong to a couple of Tarot groups on Facebook, and the other day, I saw someone asked this question:

“Has anyone ever had a deck just suddenly go wonky and give you messed up readings? What do you do about that?”

Underneath it, a couple of folks responded with things like, “Decks don’t go wonky, they’re only paper and ink. They are merely a reflection of the person using the deck. Look inside yourself to see what’s going on.”

Hmmm. (My first reaction, pictured above.)

Of course, when a reading goes a bit awry, sometimes the last thing we want to do is blame ourselves. Especially when we’re reading for somebody else. So, sure, it always pays to take a moment to pause and breathe and see what’s going on.

BUT. But. Think about it for a minute – yes, a Tarot deck is only paper and ink. But it’s a sacred object, and as such, it gets charged with energy. When you use the same deck over and over and over (another good reason to hoard Tarot decks?), you’ll need to clear and charge that deck to keep the energy flowing.

I had a clairvoyant Tarot reader tell me that our Tarot decks need to be replaced on a regular basis, especially when you use them to read for others because all that energy can just wear them right out. And it makes sense to me, really – I mean, not only does the paper start to wear out and get thin after a while, but there’s no doubt in my mind that the energy that comes through those cards can eventually wear them out.

So how do you know when your deck needs to be replaced? The same way that Tarot works – intuition. When your deck starts to feel “off”, it’s time to replace it with a new deck.

What do you do with your old Tarot deck? Lots of things! You don’t have to destroy it, and indeed, some of us feel very fondly towards our old decks. As long as the deck is still in reasonably good condition, you can use it as a study deck or give it to someone else who wants a study deck. Another great option is to use it to make Tarot art! Old Tarot decks can be used to create jewelry, wall art, collages, journals, or anything else you can think of. (Put one of the cards in between two pieces of plastic contact paper and make a bookmark!)

Just like anything else, trust your instincts when it comes to replacing your old Tarot decks. When you’ve finally worn out your favorite deck, it’s time to look for either a replacement deck or maybe go shopping for a new deck with different images to help develop your Tarot skills!