When I first started exploring Tarot, one of the less than helpful myths I was exposed to was this idea that no one but you should ever touch your cards. Supposedly, according to some, if another person were to handle your deck, it would be stamped with that person’s energy-signature, which you might then never be able to remove. The concept was presented to me in pretty dogmatic terms: “Only you can touch your cards! No one else! Ever!!” Hmm.
I’m not a big fan of dogma. I realized after a while that if I’m reading for someone else, I actually like it if they pick up the deck first and shuffle it a bit or cut it a few times. I feel like this makes that person more connected to the reading, and I don’t really sweat the idea that them touching the cards will somehow taint those cards forever (assuming the person in question doesn’t have actual physical muck or grime all over their mitts). But that’s just me.
I actually bumped into quite a few equally unhelpful Tarot myths when I first started. I eventually learned that a lot of this stuff comes down to personal taste, and there really isn’t one “Right Way” when it comes to Tarot.
But I’m curious: are any of you who are more sensitive to energy than I am very reluctant to let other people handle your cards? And on the flip-side, do some of you prefer to let a querent pick up the deck first like I do? Or is this one of those things that it never even occurred to you to care about at all…?