Over at the Aeclectic Tarot forum, there was a conversation about shuffling. Well, it started off as about asking the question, but wandered over into shuffling.

Shuffling is something those of us who have been doing it forever don’t really think about. But those who are new to tarot sometimes have concerns about doing everything just right. They have an idea that tarot is this magic formula that unless you do everything just so, then it won’t work. There may be tarot readers who believe that. However, among my tarot friends and colleagues, the common belief is that there is no magic formula and that every practitioner has their own methods.

I like the idea of making the shuffling part of the ritual of a reading. Shuffle a certain number of times, cut a certain way, then start flipping over the cards.

Some people in the Aeclectic conversation pointed out that they found counting the number of times they shuffled distracted them. They either preferred to focus on the question or to be in the moment, paying attention to the flow of the reading. There were similar comments when I discussed the importance of setting up a reading space. Some people said that focusing on accessories, cloths, candles, etc. was distracting and took their attention away from the flow of reading.

I’ve always thought that ritual actions (such as shuffling in a certain way) or adding candles, stones, incense, etc. added to the flow and the experience. But I do understand this other point view.

A few questions for you then: how do you shuffle? do you shuffle the same every time? Do you use ritual or do you find it distracting?

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Written by Barbara Moore
The tarot has been a part of Barbara Mooreโ€™s personal and professional lives for over a decade. In college, the tarot intrigued her with its marvelous blending of mythology, psychology, art, and history. Later, she served as the tarot specialist for Llewellyn Publications. Over the years, she has ...