How to Shuffle Tarot Cards

The way that you shuffle Tarot cards for a psychic reading is more important than you think!

During the shuffle of the cards, your subconscious is using your hands to place the cards in a sequence that shows symbolic images as an answer to your query, so give yourself plenty of time to shuffle them beyond any random order.

Before you shuffle the cards, you need to decide on the purpose of your reading. In order for your subconscious to be able to offer a definitive answer to any query, it needs to be channeled through a simple, clearly defined, unambiguous question. You need to be able to hold a clear question in your mind if you want your subconscious to be able to give some straightforward direction. Therefore, you must work out in your mind the basic essence of the question for which you would like an answer.

It is best if you avoid questions that normally result in a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. Those sorts of questions don’t leave any avenue of expression for other options that may need to present themselves. Another fault with this type of question is that you are asking your subconscious to give an answer to your query within the limited reference of the present time. By incorporating a time frame into your question, you can get a better idea of what will happen during the coming weeks or months.

Work out in your mind which type of Tarot spread you are going to use. Then reduce your question to its simplest form. It’s a bit like using an Internet search engine. The more you refine the wording for your search, the closer you get to the information that you desire.

Once you have established your question, shuffle the cards with nothing but your query in mind. If your thoughts stray while shuffling, think back to your question and shuffle some more. Do not allow your thoughts to wander to other topics while shuffling.

A recent study found that it takes 7 complete shuffles of a deck of playing cards before they are randomly dispersed in a pack. A Tarot deck has 26 more cards than a normal deck of cards, so it takes at least 9 shuffles before your subconscious has enough opportunity to sort the cards into the appropriate order for an accurate psychic reading.

When you feel you have the cards properly shuffled, you can deal them into your spread. This is not an easy judgment to make, but you will develop a feeling for it eventually.

Lots of Tarot authors tell you to cut the deck after shuffling, but this is not necessary. Shuffling the cards is sufficient for their arrangement within the deck.

Is it significant if a card falls out while you are shuffling? It’s only significant of you want it to be! If you like the idea of it being an indicator of what the customer should be aware of, or if you want to see that wayward card as a sign of the overall influence of the reading, then consider those cards in that way. But make sure that you have an idea of how you are going to interpret any card that flies out of your hands before you begin. And if you don’t want to give any extra importance to cards that fall from your hands while shuffling, then stick with that notion. It’s your choice!

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