Tarot Thursday Three

Hey all!  Julia over at Spiral Sea Tarot has created this awesome writing exercise called the Tarot Thursday Three.  This essentially boils down to three questions that she will post every Thursday for us tarot-y bloggers to answer and share.  Anything that gets me blogging is a good thing, and I’m excited to dive right in…

1. How do you know when to stop shuffling?

So, to be honest, I don’t remember how I shuffled when I first started learning tarot.  Eventually (months later…), I thought to ask someone (Julia, of course) for her input on shuffling (see her response on her blog, linked up top).  From her advice, I devised my own little system which, as Julia says, is essentially my shuffling ritual.  I just felt like if I kept “waiting” to know when to cut the deck or when I was done, I would be shuffling forever.

What I do is shuffle the whole deck nine times, and split it in three piles, shuffle those piles nine times, and then put the deck back together.  I shuffle with my left hand (as I’m left handed), and put the deck back together left pile on to the middle, and the right pile on top of it all.  Then, I ask my question, repeating it (usually in my head), and shuffle nine times.  I do the final nine shuffle for each question in my spread instead of turning up all the cards at once (unless there is one question that requires more than one card).  I’m generally a sloppy shuffler so I don’t acknowledge jumpers because cards be flyin’ all over the place when I shuffle. Aaand that’s about it!

2. Have you ever had a spooky or supernatural experience while working with the cards? 

I don’t view the cards as spooky or supernatural so I haven’t noticed anything crazy.  While I do consider card reading as part of my personal spiritual practice, I’m pretty adamant that the cards themselves are neutral (i.e., cannot allow for anything cray cray to come through), mostly because my mom views them as tools of the Devil (not joking) and….they just aren’t.  Though I have had a couple jumper cards that I put back in to the pile that end up as my card, which I just mostly view as happy synchronicity.

3. Is there a card that you still struggle to interpret at times (maybe even dread when it pops up!)?

Hmm… I always have a hard time with the seven of swords.  Deceit and, uh, deceit, and secrets?  I haven’t had it come up too often, though.  Most swords I find hard to interpret for others in general, though….

That was fun!  Thanks, Julia!  Make sure to check out Julia’s blog for her answers.

And Vanessa’s blog

And Ania’s blog

I haven’t noticed any other #tarotthursdaythree posts but share in the comments if you come across any more!  Especially make sure to comment if you’ve made a post yourself!

exploringly yours,
Alaina xx

Author: Alaina

writer + explorer

10 thoughts on “Tarot Thursday Three”

    1. Yes, she does. I just keep my stuff in my room there, and she comes in and eyes it, but never says anything. I’ve tried to get her to re-frame her perspective, but I think she’s still stuck on the devil thing. Ugh haha

  1. The repetition of 9 shuffles feels like it would be so satisfying!

    And re: the cards being tools for evil, I think it’s all about intention. I agree with your point that the cards are totally neutral, and it’s the intent of the user that can change everything. If the intent is to connect with something malevolent, then sure, that energy will be called to come through, not only the cards, but via any tool used (which is why the Ouija Board gets a bad rap – but it too, can be used for good!)

  2. I have a friend who is terrified of cards! Not just tarot, but regular playing cards too lol. She doesn’t want to discuss it in depth, but she is very Christian so I’m guessing that’s the deal… I find it amusing. 😉

      1. Hilarious… Meanwhile she strongly support same sex marriage and other things (which is good of course but how that fits with her super Christian beliefs I have no clue..) lol

  3. I might give your shuffling method a go! I also wrote a post for #tarotthursdaythree, just today, trying to catch up! My mom also sees my cards as bad, and my large rock collection, oh well.

    1. Oh cool let me know how the method works for you! I’m going to read your blog right now. Sad that some people can’t see beyond the stereotypes sometimes :-/

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