Do Tarot Cards Get Tired? | Answered! A Complete Guide

  • By: Reece
  • Date: 20 February 2023
  • Time to read: 3 min.

Due to the fact that Tarot cards almost behave like humans, it comes as no surprise that they also get tired. 

When overused, Tarot cards may give sluggish readings which don’t fit the accuracy of the situation. This can then tire the reader, making the whole experience even more difficult.

In this article we will talk about:

  • How to tell if your Tarot cards are tired
  • Five different methods for charging your Tarot cards
  • How to take care of yourself during a divination burnout
Do Tarot Cards Get Tired

Why Do Tarot Cards Get Tired?

One of the main reasons why Tarot cards get tired is because they interact with the energies of the reader and environment surrounding them. This is why some readers don’t allow other people to touch their cards, and why shuffling cards to clear previous energy is so important.

How To Know if Tarot Cards Are Tired

Luckily, there are several things to look out for when you think your Tarot cards are tired. These are:

  • They start to behave sluggishly
  • Readings no longer make any sense
  • Readings are no longer getting to the point of the matter
  • The cards stop talking to the reader
  • The cards feel heavy in the reader’s hands

How To Charge Tarot Cards – Method 1

When your cards are tired, the best thing you can do is charge them. One of the easiest ways of doing this is by arranging the cards in their order, all facing the right way. 

Then, you should put them back in their box, place a crystal upon it, and thank the deck for its work so far.

This is a great way of charging a deck as it puts the cards back in their correct order, bringing back the balance.

How To Charge Tarot Cards – Method 2

Alternatively, you may prefer to place the deck in an area where it can catch the moonlight. 

It is best to do this on a full moon as this represents new beginnings, achievements, and satisfaction. It is a feminine, creative energy, and is a great way to charge a tired deck of Tarot cards.

How To Charge Tarot Cards – Method 3

Another method for charging Tarot cards is by placing the deck in direct sunlight. Usually, after a few hours of charging them in warm sunlight, they would be back to their former colours!

The sun contrasts the moon in that it represents, masculine, logical, and clear energy, so depending on how you feel, this option might be better.

How To Charge Tarot Cards – Method 4

The next method is referred to as smudging. This is where you hold the deck in your hands and pass them through fumes of sage or lavender. 

Each smudging herb comes with its own properties to consider. For example, lavender is soothing and calming, whereas sage comes with healing properties. As such, be sure to choose the herb which best suits your deck.

Alternatively, you may choose to use incense.

How To Charge Tarot Cards – Method 5

The final method for charging your tired Tarot cards is by spreading the cards on your reading cloth and then sprinkling sea salt on them.

You would do this to absorb all of the negative energies that the deck may have acquired over time. Then, collect the sea salt and throw it away.

Take Care of Yourself

Whilst it is important to take care of your cards, it is also important to take care of yourself!

Burnout can happen when you spend a lot of time reading Tarot and extending your energy to divination.

To take care of yourself during a divination burnout, start by watching your breath. This will help to ground your body and balance your spirit.

Following that, you should wash your hands and then spray the air around you with either a cleansing spray or incense. 

You could then follow this with journaling, focusing on being present, or meditating. It might be a good idea to lay off the Tarot until you’re feeling charged yourself.


Everyone gets tired once in a while – even Tarot decks! As such, giving them a little extra attention and charging them up every now and then can be a great way to get them back to their former glory. 

Don’t forget, though, that the reader can also tire out. So be sure to listen to your body and soul, and take a break when you need it.

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