Have cards ever jumped out of the deck while you were shuffling them? It happens to me sometimes, no matter how careful I am. Sometimes it is clearly clumsy shuffling. Sometimes the jumping seems unaccountable. Jumping cards happen. The question is…do they mean anything and if so, how do incorporate that meaning into a reading?
There is an old tarot saying: If it falls on the floor, it’s at the door. We usually take that to mean, if a card comes out of the deck, it represents something that will happen very soon.
I do have a fancy for some of the old, charming tarot practices (such as viewing the 9 of Cups as the Wish Card), and like to bring them into my practice in a modern and useful way. Here are a few methods of dealing with jumping cards that I’ve tried. As with all things tarot, it is best if you try any method a few times and decide for yourself what resonates and what doesn’t.
- Pick it up, note what card it is, and put it back. If it comes up in the reading, pay special attention to it.
- Pick it up, put it off to the side, but bring it into the reading as a focal point.
- Pick it up, put it back in the deck, and ignore that it ever happened.
- Pick it up and use it as a significator.
- Pick it up and use it in the first position of the spread.
- Don’t pick it up. Just kidding. This is never recommended!
- Thanks to Susa Morgan Black, a Facebook friend, who reminded me of another method. Consider them as a special “outside the box” message and continue on with the reading.
I usually toggle between the first two methods, relying on my intuition to help decide which one to apply in any particular reading.