How To Shuffle Your Tarot Cards

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Tarot Card Shuffling Techniques

When working with new tarot readers I often get asked how I shuffle my tarot cards.  This is a short post with a video to show you different techniques that you can use.

As always, I don’t feel that there is a right or wrong method.  You need to find what ‘feels’ right and works best for you.

I actually mix it up a bit depending on the situation I am in.  Generally, I use method 3 listed below but feel free to explore your own method.  If you use something different please write in the comments below and share your experiences.

Do’s and Dont’s

You will find that everybody has a different opinion on how you should shuffle.  I have a very practical approach and like to keep it simple.  Some will say that cards should not be touched by others, some will say that the querent should draw cards with their left hand only.  Others will tell you that you must cleanse your deck after every reading.

I’m not saying that any of this advice is wrong.  You need to work out what delivers the most insightful and accurate readings for you then find your own path.

Here are a few different techniques that you can use:

1. The Scramble Method

I’m not a huge fan of this method although you do get a very well shuffled deck.  You just lay out the cards on a big table and spread them far and wide.  When you bring them together  I always finish with an overhand shuffle, whilst thinking of the question.

The reason I don’t like this is that it almost feels disrespectful to the cards.  It’s a bit too messy for me.  It could be good if your deck is brand new or maybe in order for some other reason.  It’s a great way to get a well shuffled deck.

2. Deck Cutting Method

This method is great for encouraging reversals, if you use them.

Split the deck into 3 piles and do a 180 degree turn of the middle pile.  Now put the cards together and do an overhand shuffle.

I would recommend that you do this 3 times.

3. The Riffle Shuffle

This is my favourite method.  I find that I get a nicely shuffled deck and there is almost something quite therapeutic about the sound of the cards shuffling.

It may take a bit of practice to get this method down but I break it down in my video at the end of this post.

Again I would recommend that you do the riffle 3 times, always followed by an overhand shuffle whilst thinking of the question.

There you have it. 3 very simple techniques to get you started with shuffling your tarot deck.

This video tutorial will show you how to master each shuffle…


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