What do you do if your tarot deck becomes “dirty”? This is probably a problem that every tarologist faces at some point. In the process of handling a tarot deck, the deck could become dirty both physically and energetically. The most effective ways to return the tarot deck to a suitable divination state is by cleansing with water or with fire. Let’s have a look at two situations where the tarot deck might get “dirty”. If the deck is physically dirty, it would fit to squeeze out a cotton swab which is soaked in soap water and clean the deck with it. If the swab is squeezed well, no harm will be done to paper tarot cards. Too much soap is not recommended. It is important not to forget to clean the tarot cards with a dry cotton swab afterwards, or else the cards will start to stick to each other – and this is something we want to avoid. The second situation is more problematic, when the tarot deck gets dirty energetically. This happens more often with young tarot decks. Well tried and tested decks are more resistant to such problems, and in certain cases they even prevent the contamination itself. Here’s an example on how a deck of cards could get energetically contaminated: A young girl, who has little experience dealing with tarot decks, left her deck at home and went out. Her mother discovers the deck of cards and begins to touch and examine it. The examination itself can be accompanied with feelings such as anger, curiosity, skepticism, disappointment and so on. This can break the connection between the deck of cards and the girl. The energy channel gets cut out from the owner of the deck, with which the cards could somehow protect themselves. So how do you effectively clean your tarot deck? Let’s start with cleaning using water.