What To Do When You Lose A Tarot Card

Generally speaking, even if a card is missing from a Tarot deck, you can still use it. Use the cover card found in most decks as a replacement for an immediate fix. Sometimes missing cards have a purpose and serve as messages. You can also speak with the manufacturer or the seller to get a replacement.

When a tarot card is pulled from the deck, what does that mean?

An old tarot proverb states that if something falls to the ground, it is at the door. Typically, we interpret this to mean that when a card is drawn from the deck, it signifies an impending event.

What should you do if your Tarot deck isn’t complete?

I want to express my gratitude to everyone who shared their thoughts, especially Tim, whose words inspired others.

Tim, thanks for that

  • You have no idea where they have been or why certain cards are missing, so throw them away. Only do that if you are in a desperate situation; it’s similar to picking food out of the gutter. Tim
  • Give the undamaged cards to the people I conducted readings for, e.g. In the half deck, if I had any relevant cards from their reading, I offered them one to keep with them or place in a special spot. I let them choose a card at random from the half deck, which I briefly explained and they retained as food for thought, if I didn’t have an appropriate card available. Bev


  • To create greeting cards, mount them.
  • “Skin them to create decoupage tarot card boxes from ordinary boxes (available from craft suppliers) or even design a blanket box, chest of drawers, or place mats, coasters, or lacquer-work.
  • oh my, the list goes on forever!
  • Depending on which cards are missing, mount and frame them in groups or pairs, such as Devil with the Lovers or a set of Courts.
  • Make a Tarot jigsaw puzzle by adhering them to sturdy card.
  • Create a mobile using your favorite playing cards.
  • Laminate them, then fasten to outdoor wind chimes.
  • If you read at fairs, laminate or frame them to beautify your reading space or table.
  • To make your wheelie bin less unsightly, glue them on with adhesive back plastic.
  • Use them on the front of note cards and other stationary, and if at all feasible, use an image that will help you make your point to the recipient.
  • Rose
  • I had two cards from my original deck that I had misplaced, so I used some of the “instruction” cards that came with the deck to replace them. Despite having two cards missing, I discovered that the deck still functioned with the ones I replaced. I would be tempted to keep them and consider the reasons why certain ones were absent in comparison to or contrasted with those kept. maybe the “During a spread, the lack of a specific card may very likely become apparent. Celia
  • Use the deck as a Majors ONLY deck, a Minors ONLY deck, or a Courts ONLY deck, depending on which COMPONENT (if any) is complete. Adjust the component’s spread to reflect “what are the spiritual, “mundane,” interpersonal, etc. aspects, in that order? Not a wholly original concept ISTR utilized by Rachel Pollack “category that apply to the WHOLE Haindl deck. This is a helpful option for Minchiate decks as well, which also have “Element” and “Zodiac” cards. Chris


  • As framed photographs, mat
  • If you enjoy “scrap-booking” or other paper crafts, you can use them to depict significant events in the subject’s life.
  • Use cards in journals to add some color or to spark introspection instead of just writing on them.
  • I decoupaged angel images onto my “special box,” some of which came from an angel oracle deck. When it was finished, I sealed it in layers of lacquer until the margins of the various pictures were no longer detectable with the fingertips. It now resembles and feels like an old symbol after being around for over twelve years.


  • As an alternative, give out business cards or mementos to potential customers. The back of the card could include contact information.
  • The blank cards that have been “left as it were for you to design yourself in keeping with the rest of the deck” are the ones that are missing.
  • Lucy
  • Outstanding for a coffee table
  • a haphazard arrangement, some glue, and a glass piece placed on top
  • a fascinating talking point
  • Osmond
  • Perhaps a topic on how NOT to harm decks should come next
  • This is some counsel: Make sure plastic beakers aren’t cracked and that drinks are placed on coasters with rims. Keep drinks away from decks as an extra measure of security to prevent spills of wine, mead, etc. Also, avoid bringing cards to work that are merely in a silk bag to read to coworkers and being caught in a downpour on the way home. (Ace Deck Destroyer!) Sharon


  • Create a piece of art
  • If you really adore the deck, frame the cards.
  • You can use them as examples in your tarot diary.
  • Allow your Seekers to peruse them. You won’t be concerned about them messing up if they’re new to tarot.
  • Use them as significators while reading with other decks.
  • I suppose it depends on which cards are missing. However, if there are only a few (5 or fewer), I might make some of my own before using the deck. Xara

Do I need to put my tarot cards under my pillow at night?

Celebrity tarot card reader Angie Banicki told INSIDER that sleeping with a card under your pillow may be beneficial, just as choosing and using the card that symbolizes you is very helpful for beginners. “Pull a card, and at night, place it under your pillow.

You *Just* Had a Tarot Reading

Unless the reading is about a completely new and specific subject, I suggest waiting at least three months between professional tarot readings. Before returning to the cards, let things to develop and alter.

You Want a Redo

I frequently observe people attempting to “chase the right answer.” People will visit several tarot readers or ask the same question repeatedly to the same tarot reading until they receive the response they desire (which, by the law of averages, does happen eventually). This is basically useless!

Your Question Is About Someone Else

Tarot readings are not the solution if your entire line of inquiry is about another person’s thoughts and actions (such as what your ex is up to). Tarot is meant to help you gain understanding of *yourself,* not other people. (A better option would be to reconsider and rephrase your query as if you were looking for help on how to move past your split.)

You’re Looking for Medical Advice

Simply said, neither physical nor mental health concerns can be diagnosed or treated using the cards. Some things are better left in the hands of medical specialists rather than tarot readers!

Should your tarot deck be reset?

Every time you take a reading from it. That’s right, Magdaleno advises cleaning your deck before each reading to ensure the most accurate results. She advises starting with a cleansing to make the cards clear for your reading, whether it’s for yourself or someone else.

How should my tarot deck be cleaned?

While rearranging the cards in the tarot deck is a good approach to purify and clear their energy, there are some circumstances in which you might wish to perform a more specialized ritual. If you’re just getting started with tarot, cleaning your deck can be an excellent place to start.

You might want to clean your tarot deck for a variety of reasons, including:

  • beginning with a fresh deck
  • readings for other people
  • You think you need to recharge.
  • Your card readings seem a touch “odd” or “disconnected”
  • Your deck hasn’t been used recently.
  • Your deck has been handled by others
  • You think you’ve been utilizing your deck a lot. A LOT, especially for books with strong emotional content

Why should you cleanse or clear your tarot deck?

Tarot deck cleansing helps keep the energy flowing between you and your deck. Consider it as a little spiritual hygiene to maintain a strong and clear connection. It’s not necessary, but if you have any of the aforementioned symptoms, try a few of the energetic cleansing techniques listed below and note which ones seem to work the best for you.

How often should you cleanse your tarot deck?

This is another way of stating USE YOUR INTUITION: there are no hard and fast laws. Don’t stress if you don’t believe it is necessary for your deck. Alternately, if you like to cleanse them once per week or once per month, that’s great. If it feels appropriate to you, you can even place your favorite crystal on the balcony each night.

If you frequently place crystals on your deck and store it on an altar while not in use, you might not feel the need to cleanse it frequently because this quick ritual will likely be sufficient to keep your deck feeling nice.

There are numerous ways to cleanse your cards, just as there are numerous reasons why you might desire to do so.

Different ways to cleanse your tarot deck

Use holy smoke. Light a dried rosemary, lavender, cedar, sage, or palo santo cleansing wand until it begins to smoke. Hold the smoke a safe distance below the deck while holding the burning herbs in one hand and the deck in the other so that the smoke drifts upward onto the cards. Turn the deck so that the smoke covers it from all angles. Next, safely put your deck to the ground and put out the fire.

On the deck, set a selenite stone (or a black tourmaline or a transparent quartz). I like to let it set like this overnight, but an hour would fine, too.

Set them on display during a new moon. The New Moon is energy of a blank slate; you can purify the deck by setting it on a window sill on a new moon night. At this moment, you can also make a brand-new intention for your deck.

Place the cards in a salty dish. A strong and stabilizing cleaner is salt. My preferred choice for a thorough cleansing is this. Allow it to sit anywhere from one to eight hours in a dry area.

Unorderly shuffle. Spread the cards out on the ground, then shuffle them around like a child playing in dirt. This method’s freedom and randomization serve as an excellent reset.

the shuffle and sort. Set up the deck in rows of seven cards across, commencing with the Major Arcana numbers 0 to 22. (see photo above). Next, arrange the cards, Ace through King, one for each suit, as follows: Swords, Pentacles, Cups, and Wands. View the deck in this configuration, then mix everything up (like the chaotic!) and shuffle it thoroughly.

Lay some simple ground rules with yourself

Before you even pull your card, Marmanides advises you to consider what your gut feeling is telling you about the solution.

We are expected to consult the tarot guides for knowledge or direction, but we should also trust our instincts. Therefore, whether you’re performing a tarot card spread or just picking cards, you should follow the High Priestess’ advice and go inward. Concentrate on the directions you want to be led in and the feelings you already have about a specific circumstance, then channel that energy into your reading.

There are how many tarot cards?

The Venetian or Piedmontese tarot served as the inspiration for the typical modern tarot deck. The major arcana, which contains 22 cards and is also known as the trumps, and the minor arcana, which has 56 cards, make up the 78 cards that make up this deck.

Should you use Tarot to sleep?

It’s crucial to have a deck you identify with because tarot reading is such a very personal experience for each reader.”

Find the deck that resonates with you. Avoid looking at the most well-liked decks. Even if you’re purchasing online, Katelan advises taking a closer look at each deck to see which one appeals to you.” To discover a deck that speaks to you, consider how they are drawn and how they are arranged. She claims that several times she purchased or was given a deck that was lovely but didn’t exactly fit her needs. If you want accurate tarot readings, according to Katelan, you can’t force it.” Finding the deck that works for you is worthwhile.

Make sure you’re attuned to your new tarot deck when you first obtain it. Tarot cards contain a lot of energy, so while you’re getting used to them, you should be sure to clear them of any outside energy. When you receive a fresh deck, Katelan advises taking some time to browse the cards and take in the imagery. “Make careful to thoroughly mix them up, and you can use some incense to clear any energy. I wrap all of my playing cards in scarves and put them under my pillow for three nights. During that period, you’ll have some incredibly bizarre dreams, but it will also attune your energy to the cards.

Katelan advises choosing a location for your tarot card reading based on where you feel most at ease. Her home arrangement is less formal than when she reads cards professionally. She used to practice at the Bronx Botanica, which had a table set up in an altar room. “I frequently sit on the ground. If I’m performing a three-card spread, I prefer to pull cards on these old trays I have. I will either do a big spread on the couch or the floor.

In order to feel more rooted and engaged to the practice, Katelan also advises reading up on the background of tarot reading. She cites its antecedents in Jewish New York tenements throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as in Romani society. “When wars broke out or other significant events occurred, there were frequently spikes in interest in fortune telling, card reading, tea reading, and other related practices. People are looking for explanations and purpose in their own life now because of the pandemic.

What should you do initially while using a Tarot deck?

What to Do First:

  • Get out your tarot deck.
  • The cards are in your hand.
  • “Knock or tap the pile of cards numerous times while holding them in your palm to disseminate your energy throughout the deck.
  • Shuffle the cards completely.
  • The cards are divided into three heaps, which are subsequently reassembled into one pile.