To answer one question cropping up, its not only Incese, you also can keep the cards close to you in a special pouch, with either special stones (moonstone for example or quartz etc..) or other 'dear' personal things to purify them/ get them used to your aura to be able to 'reach' the divine. .. trying to grasp english terms to connect the meanings... anyway.
Incense is interesting by the way.. is it an asian thing?
I didnt hear it should be given to me until today - interesting.
What I did read though is that you should not let other people touch your personal set of cards. Not even family, close friends or requesters.
Especially cards that you use for yourself /your own divinations.
Yes, Rider - Waite + book also was my first tarot deck. ( i still have it but mostly use the other I will tell you about later)
I bought it out of curiousity - there were no people around me who could have taught me.
I also did not feel anything special at that time and used the "learning method by looking up what it means" and slowly learning about the cards.
Mostly did things like 1-3 daily card reading or just "reading to memorize" basically asking questions and then pondering on what connections can be there.
This was the first set, and tarot for me was - something interesting, but nothing special.
Story incoming~~~ ♪ Just passing through hehe
Until one day I had come across a specially drawn set of tarot cards. commissioned by an artist, and with the art book - later I also read the interpretations of each one - each card's spiritual story in my country's language.
The cards were very beautiful and nothing of these drawings would have implied otherwise, but even before I touched them I felt they were dangerous for me - I was like "they are so beautiful, this beauty is to cry for I felt something from them and ... honestly at first I put them back and thought not to buy them.
But I could not resist the temptation of beauty and danger in the end. . .
... why dangerous you ask? Because divination power is dangerous.. We do not always want to pry open the vulnerable part inside of us.
And these cards do it. I seem to connect very easily to the feelings and intentions during the reading, and honestly, I do have a picture/photo diary of each of the reading with them. I also keep them close and still in the box to be able to connect easier.
Well, long story short - Until today , each time I use this set
(and I mostly use it for personal purposes because of this reason)
I cry after the read. Or during the read. Or both.
And, while I did become more easily touched in the recent years (not the cards fault)
I am a person that does not cry easily at all.
I hate crying, and I hate crying even more infront of other people.
So - were they dangerous or is it their price?