Cleansing Tarot Cards With Incense

Can You Cleanse Tarot Cards With Incense

Can You Cleanse Tarot Cards With Incense?

Whether you bought a Tarot deck second hand, your Tarot deck was exposed to negative energy, or you just feel like it is time to give your Tarot cards a good cleanse, there are many different techniques you can choose from.

You can cleanse your Tarot cards with incense, and it is actually one of the most popular ways to clear any energy that is attached to your cards. To do this, you can let the cards move through the smoke the incense creates. There are also many other ways to cleanse your cards, such as a moon bath.

If you own a deck of Tarot cards, the process of cleansing them is important, so they remain in a positive energy state. Keep reading so you can learn all about when you need to cleanse your Tarot cards, what you can use to cleanse your cards, and how you can use each of these techniques to do so.

When Should You Cleanse Your Tarot Cards?

If you haven’t cleansed your cards in a while and you have a feeling that something just isn’t right, it may be a sign that it is time to cleanse them. However, there are some definite situations where you should cleanse them after to make sure that they maintain a positive and peaceful energy.

Here are some situations that following, you should cleanse your Tarot cards:

  • If other people have touched your cards
  • You’ve done a fairly draining or negative reading for someone
  • You bought a Tarot deck that has been used before
  • Your Tarot cards were exposed to negative energy, from your life or someone else’s
  • You have left your cards alone and haven’t used them in a while
  • Your Tarot readings feel unclear or as if something isn’t right
  • You dropped your cards all over the place
  • You just want to reconnect with your cards

Remember, you do not need a specific reason to cleanse your cards. If the time feels right, go for it.

What Can You Cleanse Tarot Cards With?

There are a variety of different ways to cleanse your Tarot cards, and whichever way you choose is completely up to you. However, whichever technique you choose should feel right to your situation, and it’s even okay to switch up or combine techniques depending on the situation.

Here is a list of the many different ways you can cleanse your Tarot cards:

  • Incense/smudging
  • Salt burial
  • Moon bath
  • Meditation
  • Fresh air
  • Sorting/shuffling
  • Singing bowl
  • And many more

Keep reading below so you can learn more about each of these cleansing techniques and how to do them so you can choose one and do it for yourself.

Cleansing Tarot Cards With Incense

How to Cleanse Tarot Cards

No matter the technique you choose it is important to do it properly to ensure that your cards were thoroughly cleansed. Cleansing your cards is a great time to also reconnect with your cards and always choose the technique that feels right for the given situation.


The process of incense, sometimes called smudging, includes burning incense that is either loose or in the form of a stick or a cone that has blessing or cleansing properties associated with it. Some incenses with these properties are white sage, sweetgrass, or palo santo.

This process is actually one of the most popular, and it is very easy to do. However, it is recommended if you have allergies or an intolerance to smoke, to opt for a cleansing spray instead, so you are not irritated by it. Cleansing sprays can come with a base of sage oil or palo santo oil, such as the Big Lost Goods White Sage & Palo Santo Smudge Spray.

To do this, you will burn the incense all around the cards, either doing it one at a time or the entire deck at the same time, letting the smoke pass through the cards. You should also go ahead and cleanse the space you do readings in as well as yourself to clear out any energy that may be around you.

You can watch this video below to see the process in action:

Salt Burial

Salt is commonly used to bring out the negative energy from spaces and can be used to draw the negative energy out from your cards as well. To do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Fill an airtight container with salt.
  2. Wrap your Tarot deck tightly in a plastic bag.
  3. Immerse your wrapped tarot deck completely in the salt, making sure the whole deck is fully covered.
  4. Then make sure you close the container so the salt can both gather the energy from the deck and so the cards do not get ruined by any moisture.

You can leave the cards in the salt anywhere from a few days up to a week, and once you take them out, they are cleansed. Remember to always dispose of the salt after.

Moon Bath

Using the full moon is a common practice for cleansing both your Tarot cards and your crystals. If you pay attention to when the full moons occur (about every 29 days), you can leave your cards on a window sill or table the night of the full moon and let them bathe in the moonlight.


You can even cleanse your cards through the process of meditation. Cleansing through meditation is a great choice to do between readings, as it is simple and efficient.

To do this, take your cards in both your hands and relax with your eyes closed. Take this time to visualize the Universal energy getting drawn through you and to your cards. In your mind, surround your cards with a bright protective white light before you finish.

Fresh Air

When it has freshly rained or the sun is warmly shining down, take your cards and place them outside to absorb the fresh air and the rays of the sun.

This is a great way to cleanse your cards, but keep in mind that you should watch them in case the wind picks up and so they don’t get damaged.


To use the method of sorting or shuffling to cleanse your cards you essentially, will be sorting your cards first and then shuffling them.

To do this, you will sort them in order starting with the Major Arcana and then followed by the suits of the Minor Arcana. You can use this opportunity to reconnect with each card’s meaning and make sure none are missing. Once you have done this, start shuffling them any way you like and reinvigorate them with your energy.

Singing Bowl

Last but definitely not least, is the option to use a singing bowl to cleanse your cards if you have one available. You can also purchase one such as the Silent Mind Tibetan Singing Bowl Set. By placing your cards in the bowl and making the bowl “sing,” the power of the sound and the ring that is created can cleanse and attune the cards.

Final Thoughts

If you are using a second-hand deck, have read somebody with your cards, been around negative energy, or you haven’t used your cards in a while, it is best to cleanse them. By doing this, you will ensure there is no leftover energy attached to the cards.

There are many different ways to cleanse your Tarot cards with the most popular being to use incense or to smudge the area with a sage, letting the smoke cleanse the cards. However, it is best to do whatever technique feels best in the moment for you from the many options available.