Hey everyone, so today I’m going to tell you about my most used card reading methods, these can be used for all types of cards – Tarot, Oracle, Lenormand, Playing Cards and others. Have you ever wondered how experienced card readers quickly pull out random cards from a shuffled deck, putting them in spreads? How to choose which cards to take out of the deck, how to find answers to your questions and make structurized readings that will give you plenty of answers and information? These are my few basic ways of reading cards that I’ve been using ever since I was in my early tweens and did basic spreads with my mum’s old playing card deck.
All the pictures are taken by me. I mention the cards used above each technique description so in case you like the deck and want to purchase a copy you know what to look for, I used different deck for each technique, but it obviously doesn't mean that exactly this deck, or only decks of this kind can be used for this technique, each technique can be done with completely any cards of your choice, different decks used only make it easier for me to remember which photos to attach to which description.
Also speaking of setting the mood for the reading, yes, sometimes I do just what’s shown in the photos, put my witchy pentacle tablecloth on kitchen table, light a candle, put some crystals on the candle holder bottom (this time I used small stones for clear quartz, blue lace agate and citrine) but it really depends, sometimes I’ll simply lay in a messy bed with my card decks, the setting largely depends on your mood that day and how spontaneous the decision to do a reading is. Sometimes we just need to take a break from trying to do everything so perfectly and aesthetically.
So let’s get started.
Deck used – The Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore.
Yes, professional readers are often seen just randomly taking out cards and putting them on table to read their meanings, but if you have ever wondered which card is the one that will give you the right answer, just pull off pairs of cards, one from the top of the deck, one from the bottom. As shown in the photo. You can take as many pairs as you want, or one for each question you want to know the answer to. For beginners – it’s often hard to get a full reply from just one card, instead taking two, gives you much more information and teaches to interpret meaning of each card to receive and response that sounds satisfying, logical and overall makes sense relating to the question asked.
Deck used – The Spirit Animal Oracle by Colette Baron-Reid
This is probably the most easy and quick method, it was my favorite back when I was a child and I still use it now very frequently. It’s a simple one card reading to get a quick answer to your question. All you have to do, is to hold your deck as shown in the photo, so it kind of looks like a fan and tiny edge of each card is on display, then, holding cards with one hand, slide a finger of other hand across the little card edges, until one of the cards sticks to your finger and gets pulled out, take this card and it’s the answer to your question.
Cards used – Gilded Reverie Lenromand: Expanded Edition by Ciro Marchetti .
This technique is the first one I ever learned, it’s super easy, just shuffle your deck and divide whole deck in multiple piles of cards (I usually put somewhere between 3 and 5 piles per reading), then take off first and last card of each pile and turn the whole pile around to see the top card. That way you get 3 card answers to a question, you can put one pile for each question you have, you can use all piles for one and the same question/theme of reading, you can put, for example, 5 piles, for the future prediction of following 5 years of your life, one for each year, you can put 3 piles for past, present and future themed readings… the choices are endless here.
Decks used – the same Lenormand deck as in #3. And Witches’ Wisdom Oracle by Barbara Meiklejohn-Free and Flavia Kate Peters
I started doing readings with multiple decks at once a quite recently, after being inspired by some of the popular pick-a-card YouTube videos, it’s really a very good technique to try, for me, each deck symbolizes a different aspect of the answer, for example in future prediction reading, you can use one deck to predict events in your future, and the other one to predict your own feelings and emotions during these events in your life. As you pull out one card from deck 1, take on from deck 2 as well to get another point of view or aspect from the same answer. If you are doing a reading about your future lover, you can use deck 1 to find out their physical traits and deck 2 to describe their personality, also you could add deck 3 to find out what your relationship will be like. The possibilities are endless again here, they are only limited by the amount of decks you own, you can combine any decks, Tarot and Lenormand, Oracle and Playing cards etc. This time I pulled out 2 cards for each question as described in #1. But multiple deck readings can be done in many more ways.