"Do you do a pre-reading set up or ritual? Do you feel this is necessary? Why or why not?"
I only do an intense ritual set up if I'm going to be using tarot as a sacred tool within a larger ritual.
If I'm just reading for myself or for clients I'll occasionally use a cleansing room spray, or clear my deck with some incense, but I don't do that too often, and definitely not before every reading.
Afterwards, however, I'll always thank my deck for it's messages and services, and I wrap it up in a tarot wrap that I made for it.
I don't believe it's necessary to cast a circle, or do a big ritual before every reading if it's not within a ritual/spellwork context. I find it to be overkill and just makes the practice of reading exhausting.
However, I do like the idea of having a small daily ritual with tarot, of which I might start practicing again. Lighting a candle, saying a quick intention setting and pulling a daily card may be a way to form a stronger bond with my deck, something I have admittedly been lacking lately. Hmmmmmm, now the wheels are turning!
Do you have a daily tarot ritual? Tell me all about it?