How To Charge Tarot Cards

Tarot cards are a popular divination tool that has been used for centuries to gain clarity from different situations.

Lots of people assume tarot cards will tell you your future, but more often than not, they simply reflect what you are already thinking and give you hard truths to help you get through any situations you might be facing.


What lots of people might not know about tarot cards is that they can actually get tired. A bit like how crystals need to be charged every now and then, tarot cards also need the same treatment.

When the deck is tired, readings can be off and you might not feel like you’re connecting to your cards very well, but luckily, there are plenty of ways you can charge your cards. So let’s take a look at them!

How To Charge Tarot Cards

There are actually a lot more ways to charge your tarot cards than you might think (see also ’15 Best Vintage Tarot Cards to Add to Your Collection’). Below, you will find 5 methods to charge your cards. Don’t be afraid to try out and mix up which ways you do it either.

You want to find a method that works best for both you and the cards in order to get the best results.

Method 1: Sea Salt

The first method might seem a bit strange, but we promise that it works wonders! All you need to do for this method is grab your deck and spread them on your reading cloth. Once you’ve done that, simply sprinkle some sea salt over them.

Sea salt is a popular cleansing tool for many different things, it’s especially popular for cleansing crystals.

This is because sea salt has absorption properties and is well known for absorbing negative energies and “resetting” whatever tool it touches.

You don’t need to use a lot of sea salt either, just a small sprinkle will do. Once you’ve sprinkled the sea salt onto the cards, allow them to sit for a while. When you feel like the cards are charged, gather the sea salt and throw it away.

Method 2: Moonlight

Similar to crystals, tarot cards (see also ‘10 Amazing Angel Tarot Cards Well Worth the Money‘) charge wonderfully in the moonlight! All you have to do for this method is put the deck on your windowsill when the moon is out and let the mood cleanse and recharge the deck.

If you want to leave them outside overnight, you can, but be aware of morning dew or any rain, because this can damage your deck.

As the different phases of the moon represent different things, the best time to use the moon to charge your deck is actually during the New Moon.

The New Moon symbolizes new beginnings and fresh starts, so this is the perfect time to harness the power of the moon for your cards.

Method 3: Sunlight

If you’d rather not use moon magick, you can go for the exact opposite and use sun magick! To do this method, you will do exactly the same as what you’d do for the moon, but when the sun is out instead.

A few hours is all your cards will need to charge in the sun. You also don’t need to worry about phases if you charge them in the sun, so it’s a bit more of a simple method.

Some decks will prefer sun charging to moon charging, you simply have to listen to your deck to know which one it wants.

Method 4: Smudging

This is one of the most popular ways to cleanse all your tools, and it definitely works for your tarot cards too! Smudging is a practice that involves cleansing your desired tool by passing it through smoke and allowing the smoke to do the cleansing.

This is pretty much exactly what you’ll be doing with your tarot cards.

How To Charge Tarot Cards

Simply hold them in your hands while you pass them through the smoke of your chosen smudge stick, or put the deck on a surface and wave the smudge stick through and around the deck.

If you don’t have a smudge stick, incense also works for this method. Some other ways you can smudge without a smudging stick include essential oil mist (see also ‘How to Make Clove Oil‘), sound vibration, using different plants other than sage, and making a floral cleansing bowl.

Method 5: Arrange The Cards In Order

This is the most simple method of cleansing and it’s super straightforward. All you need to do is arrange your whole tarot deck in order and make sure they are upright.

As each tarot card is numbered, or you can find the corresponding number online, this method is really easy to do and quite relaxing! Here’s the order you should be following:

  • Major Arcana first. Starting with The Fool (0) all the way to The World (22).
  • Following the Major Arcana is the Suit of Wands. Starting With the Ace and finishing with the King.
  • Repeat this process next with the Suit of Cups.
  • Next, repeat the process with the Suit of Swords.
  • Finish it off by doing the same thing with the Suit of Pentacles.

This method is great because it will shuffle up any stagnant energy the cards could be holding on to and it gives them the chance to reset.

This is the order tarot cards are in when they are bought fresh, so it only makes sense to put them back in this order when they need to be charged.

How To Know When Your Cards Need Charging

The easiest way to know when your cards need charging is when they start to not make sense in readings. If you are doing multiple readings and all the results seem off, they probably need charging.

Another telltale sign is they feel heavy when you hold them and you struggle to connect with them. When the tarot cards want something, especially a charge, they will tell you!


Charging your deck is extremely important if you want your readings to work well. Try some of these cleansing methods out for yourself and see which one works best for you!

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