Tarot & Crystal Cleansing 101: Ways to Clear & Cleanse Your Tools

Posted on May 17, 2019

​Tarot cards and crystals can be wonderful tools in aiding us with our daily lives. They help bring us clarity and guidance, assisting us in making the right decisions and helping others. It is important to take good care of our tools and nurture them the same way they nurture us.

Therefore, it is important to give them regular cleansing sessions to clear them of any negative energies they may pick up in the line of duty. Read on to find out more about cleansing your cards and crystals!

When Should Tarot Cards & Crystals Be Cleansed?

  • Tarot Cards. Tarot Cards require frequent cleansing because every time you do a reading you are picking up energies from the universe and it is important to have “pure” cards for every reading you do. Therefore, cleansing should be done after every reading.
  • Crystals should be cleansed regularly in order to purify them and remove various energies they may have absorbed. Crystals worn as jewelry should be cleansed after every use. Crystals should also be cleansed as soon as they are purchased.

How to Cleanse Tarot Cards

Tarot cards can be cleansed with very simple methods. Incense is the best way to cleanse cards. Palo Santo is an excellent one to use as it brightens energy and clears away other energies that may be lingering. Any incense such as frankincense, myrrh and lavender are also very good to cleanse Tarot Cards with. Storax is a particularly good resin for cleansing as it is connected to the moon, paganism and witchcraft and has a close bond with the cards.

Simply wafting the incense over the cards for thirty seconds or so and thinking, ‘Please cleanse these cards of all previous energies’ is enough to clear the deck.

Another tip for readers who may have unexpectedly run out of incense – tapping the top of the deck three times with your index finger can help clear energies from the last reading.

How to Cleanse Crystals

Crystals can be cleansed in a variety of ways. Here are some of the most popular methods!


Incense for crystals, as with Tarot Cards, is wonderful for cleansing crystals with. Palo santo, frankincense, sandalwood and cedar are particularly good for clearing energy from crystals. Sandalwood and cedar are especially powerful in clearing negative energy. Just run the crystal for thirty seconds through the smoke with positive thoughts and good intentions towards your crystal, thanking it for all it has done for you and asking it to continue aiding and guiding you

The Earth

You can cleanse your crystals by burying them in the earth for an entire day. The natural earth energies can soak up the debris energy in the stone until they are refreshed. This is particularly advised when the moon enters any of the Earth signs, Capricorn, Taurus or Virgo. If you don’t have an outdoor spot to bury your crystals in, you can bury them in an indoor plant pot.


This is a great way to charge your crystals. It is particularly potent under a full moon. Under the full moon, crystals will not only be cleansed and charged but their vibrations will increase too. Simply leave them outdoors under the moonlight or on your window sill where they can catch the moon’s gentle light. Similarly, if you leave a bowl of natural water out under the moon’s light, you can put your crystals in there too to cleanse them.

Salt water

Soak your crystals overnight in water that has a pinch of sea salt added to it. Ensure to rinse them in natural water afterwards. When using salt water methods, avoid cleansing delicate stones such as pyrite, kyanite, calcite and moonstone (a good tip is to remember is that many crystals ending in ‘ite’ are not water-friendly).


This is used among the most skilled crystal users but anyone can learn how to do it effectively! The power of your mind can cleanse your crystals just as effectively as anything else. Simply hold your crystal in your hand and focus your intention towards it, while blowing deep, gentle breaths on it.

It is important to state your intention while you cleanse your crystal with meditation. This requires quite a bit of focus, so practice is essential with this one. Doing this under a Full Moon can add more benefits and guarantee a happy, cleansed, charged crystal!

Conclusive Thoughts

Crystals and Tarot cards are no different from us when it comes to self care. If we’ve been out and about, at the gym or working hard at something, we usually look forward to a nice, long, relaxing bath or shower at the end of the day.

Our magical aides require the same – so be sure to cleanse your cards and crystals regularly to ensure they can be at their best for you!

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Related Article: How to Cleanse Crystals in Less Than 10 Minutes

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Sarah Brownlee is a harmonious Libra Sun, Conflicted Scorpio rising, and a Tiger in the Chinese Zodiac. A whirlwind writer with a passion for Tarot cards and Astrology in all forms… Read More »

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