For those of you who are newer to Tarot, I’ve created a few posts to share some simple how-tos on pulling Tarot cards. Today I’m sharing a cut-deck card pull. You can use this to pull a single card, or you can use this when you’re pulling multiple cards for a spread.
Before you begin
The following instructions will appear at the start of each Tarot pull 101 how-to:
I always recommend that you do something to get into a focused, intentional state before slinging your cards. Some people take a few breaths, others set up protective energy circle around them, still others say a prayer, and yet others simply state (out loud or silently) their intention to receive wisdom from a place of highest vibration. Do whatever is right for you.
Cut-deck Tarot card pull
This is a variation of learning to pull cards from anywhere in the deck and not just the top. This is also one way that many professional readers involve querents in selecting cards during a reading.
Step 1: Shuffle your deck first, however you like to shuffle. Then put the deck face-down on the table.
Step 2: Cut the deck (in half, or anywhere) and set aside that top half of the deck. Pull the top card from the bottom half of the deck.
If you’re using this method to pull multiple cards, you can repeat this process for each card, OR you can cut the deck so that you have the same number of piles as the number of cards you need (so if you need 3 cards, cut the deck into three).
Step 3: Once you have your card(s), set the rest of the deck aside. Turn over your card(s) and spend a moment noticing what pops up for you, and then jot down your thoughts (and pull out the guidebook for more information if helpful).
FOR EXPERIENCED TAROT FOLKS: If you cut the deck to select cards for multi-card spreads, do you choose the cards on the tops of the piles or the bottoms for your spread?
Check out other posts in this series here.