How to Shuffle & Cut Tarot Cards

Learn how to shuffle and cut tarot cards from expert Ellen Goldberg, M.A. in this Howcast video.

Transcript

Hello, I'm Ellen Goldberg and I welcome you to this Terro Moment from the School of Oracles. This segment is about how to shuffle and cut the cards. Well there are many ways, and it's nice to have a few different ways at your disposal so that you can choose, sometimes just on your mood and sometimes on the requirements of a particular layout. We'll be having segments on different layouts that you can do as well in this series. But this moment is really about shuffling itself. If you are a little bit more adept at shuffling cards, you might like to do it in that very nice way that we do when we're playing cards. Like that. I like to do that four times when I shuffle them in that manner. For each letter for the name of God: yod, hey, vav, and hey. Of course that's in Hebrew. But there are simple ways. The main thing is when you shuffle, have an intention. I like to announce to the cards when I mix them. Exactly what layout I'm gonna do, who I am; we're gonna have a segment on how to choose an significator as well meaning the card that represents yourself, and how you're going to shuffle. One of the most easy ways, I call going fishing. I put the cards on the table and I strat to move them around. You don't have to be fancy but notice I move them, I'm giving them a chance to find different borders. I'm giving them an opportunity to be up-right or reversed and then when I've moved them to my hearts content; and remember this is a short video so I'm not going to move them around very much, you can take as long or as short as you like. Choosing when you're going fishing is a non rational process, so you have to trust that whatever card you're attracted to that's the card for you. In fact I often tell my students, "you can not do it wrong." Say I was going to pick a card for myself for Whats My Lesson for Today. I would have moved them around if I'm just going fishing and then I find myself attracted to one. And lucky me it's the ten of pentacles. Why, it's the ultimate in the lord of wealth and the lord of well being. I know today is going to go very well for me, it's a rich day.

We have another segment on how to use reverse cards. You could pull maybe 10, 20 cards this way if you're doing a longer more involved layout. It's perfectly fine. Sometimes I use the round and round method which I like to think of all the ingredients of life being stirred in a big cauldron, and I stir my question into the cards which I have announced to the cards silently from my heart. I stir it in as though it were and ingredient in the stew of life and I want it to be well mixed so that I combine methods. Certainly one can do go fishing just any old time, but sometimes that's just step one for me. Then after I've moved them round and round, I bring them together and I don't worry to much. I put them together in a pile. Notice how I get the bottom ones nice and solid on the table and the ones tthat have stayed upright I turn to the side and bring them together. Now I'm ready to do any number of other kinds of cuts. One is I take them and I spread them like a rainbow ark on the table, and in that way I then let my hand or encourage the person who I'm reading for, to move their hand back and forth across the cards. Sometimes I'll feel more heat, sometimes I'll feel a little vibration, sometimes it's not that at all. Remember choosing is non rational. I'll just be attracted to a card, one will peek out at me and for some reason I want it. And I will choose. Say I'm doing a three card reading. I pull one. I go back and I feel for the next I pull two, and I go back; say I'm doing a little three card reading, and I pull the third. Turning them over is important. I like to always turn them over from them side, bcause I like them to be in the very same way that the Terro has presented them. Here is a little message for me. In the center we see the card of great contentment, but it's reversed. Maybe I'm too worried and not content about my work today. I may have started out, here's that maybe the past and the future all unsure. Maybe avoiding some things, but I'm gonna wind up strong and powerful, and working with the subconscious in a very good way. Respect reversed and upright and pleased check out our segment on the meanings of reversed cards.

Here's another way of cutting. There are so many good ways. One way is after you've done, I'm not going to do it again and again, but round and round making it into the stew of life. I take them and I shuffle them four times. Now you've already seen me shuffle like this but if you can't shuffle like that, not every body's hands are used to handling cards this size or even have that familiarity. Look, just go like this, that's a shuffle. I tell people to shuffle four times, whatever four times means to them. If it's as simple as one, two, three, four, that's good enough for me. Or if you have been able to shuffle like this four times, excellent. And then I will often just feel the cards, and we'll be having a segment on how to make an invocation. A calling for the spirit into the cards that I'll have called forth spirit, and I like to imaging that the hand of an angelic presence or my own hire self is invisibly on top of my hand and then I feel for where tha cards want to most naturally cut themselves. And I feel them, notice how I'm feeling along the side but at the same time I've given the cut over to a force hire than myself and I make a cut clean and clear. And then I will deal what ever layout I have chosen right over from the top of the cut. Say I'm doing the Celtic cross, I'll put those others aside. I'll just lay them out right off the cut because remember when I mix them I have announced to the cards what reading I'm doing. As soon as you do remember the intelligence that animates these cards is just as intelligent as you and I am, and so it will adapt to anything especially if you announce it and keep your communication clear.

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