When one gets a new deck, it is important for it to feel comfortable in your hand. This can be from the size of it, the card thickness, how flexible the cards are, as well as just the energy surrounding it. For me, when it comes to breaking in a deck, I like to take time to really get comfortable with it. There is no right or wrong way, but this is my personal process on how to break in a deck. I am wiling to share this with you so that way you can build your own routine, or maybe stick with mine. Breaking in a deck allows the cards to bond and work for the user. Putting the deck’s energies aside, it really helps for the user to feel comfortable using the deck. This can be the way it works in our hands, the way we connect with the images, or even the vibe it gives off.
When it comes to breaking in a deck, it is important for you to know what to look for. If you have multiple decks like I do, you can really tell which deck you use more than others simply by the way it feels in your hand. When a deck is properly broken into, it feels natural. Have you ever got a new pair of shoes that you adore, but it was not quite as comfortable as you would hope, so you say to yourself “they just need some breaking into”? That is basically what you do with decks. When breaking in a deck, you can shuffle it a bunch, you can notice and learn about the energy inside the deck, bond with it, or even cleanse it.
Shuffling a deck to bond with it is very important, and should be the first step. This is because when we shuffle the deck, we become aware of the deck in a new way. We notice if the cards stick together, how thick they are, how to hold it comfortably, how often cards fall out, all of it. It is important to know the quality of the deck so you can properly store it and care for it. I do not believe in a “right way” to store a deck, however, it would be irresponsible to put a delicate, and thin deck in a thin baggie to be thrown around in a drawer where they can get damaged. Also, shuffling the deck is a great way to bond with it, which we will speak of more in the next paragraph. There are multiple ways to shuffle, and the truth is there is no right or wrong way to do so. However, you should always be careful with how you shuffle. If you find your deck is flimsy, then you may not want to bend them as much. Again, the choice is yours. Do what you feel is right for you.
While you are shuffling or looking through the deck, you should notice how you feel about it. After shuffling, I like to sit and look at every single card in the deck, this can sometimes take up to five minutes. I just notice how I feel and how my body and my energies react to the deck. Does it make you nervous? Why? Does it make you feel calm? What do you feel guided to do? I also like to see what the deck thinks of itself by doing a “get to know the deck” kind-of spread. I find doing this important so that way you know what questions to ask this deck. I saw this post that said that the cards are not mean to us, we are mean to ourselves through the cards, and that is incredibly true- so what topics do you feel this deck will be more gentle and kind towards for you to interpret? Do you want certain situations to be sugarcoated in that way? You decide, and let the vibes help you.
Cleansing the deck can also be a next step. If you feel uncomfortable, or would like to start with a fresh slate, I suggest cleansing the deck. It is important to note that I believe that the deck has it’s own energy, so please keep that in mind so you can find the information you find helpful to you. Information I feel is helpful to all, however, is that instead of erasing all the energy, simply filter it. Take what is given to you (or your deck) and filter it so that it becomes positive energy. This is because if you remove all energy associated with the deck, you may also remove your energy from it or, if you believe this, remove the energy that the deck naturally has. This won’t make the deck no longer work, but I feel it does affect how it reads, and might even make the deck feel foreign to you until you bond with it again.
Bonding, however, is another story. Some people find that bonding helps, some feel like there is no need to. If you feel there is no need, then that is fine. However, if you are curious, feel free to continue. I have spoken on this in a previous post which you can find here, but I feel I should elaborate on what bonding is and why it helps to break in a deck. Bonding is, by definition is to be joined securely to something. By bonding with a deck, you work more efficiently with that deck. The deck is no longer a tool but is also a part of you. The deck and the energies attached to it become eager to work alongside you.
There you have it, this is how you can break in your deck. Now you can go out there, buy a new deck which is probably out of your budget but “looks so nice and is totally going to be worth it” or maybe it is “an investment for my business, so it is worth it,” and bond with the deck and have it work like a smooth writing pen you wish to never lose and would never run out of ink. I hope you enjoyed this post, and let me know down below your thoughts. Do you break in your deck? Do you do anything differently? Let’s learn and grow together!