Hey there everyone! It’s your Entie, Vyvyan Wormwood, the Wormwood Oracle.
Today we are going to talk about shuffling cards. This is one of those things that is very important when you are choosing your tarot deck. There are many different reasons that you should have to think about when you are purchasing your tarot deck. Obviously, the art and the vibe should match up with your ideal at first but there is more!
For example, when you pick out a deck you should take into consideration the SIZE of the deck. This is one of those times when size DOES matter (lol). Make sure the cards are not too small for your hands or too large for your hands. Often times you can find ways to shuffle that make up for the fact that the deck is too small or too large. Small decks often don’t have that much affect on shuffling but the larger decks do. To make up for the sizes, riffling is fine for the smaller decks, but when it comes to the larger decks, you will have to shuffle by picking cards and flipping through them. If you want to make sure you have reversals, make sure when you are flipping through the cards that you flip your hand over or the deck over each time so that you get reversals and upright cards in a varying manner.
Something else that is important to remember is that you need a deck of cards that has the right TEXTURE for you. Texture is important because a more matte set of cardboard is going to make it a little bit more difficult to shuffle whereas a deck that has a slick sheen to it is going to make it so the deck can get away from you. When you shuffle a deck that is too slick, create a cage with your hands when you riffle or shuffle. This will help the cards from escaping and looking sloppy.
FOIL is often a bit of an issue as well. Foil around the edges of cards can make it so that you have a hard time because the foil tends to make the cards very thick.
WEIGHT (or thicccness lol) is another issue that tends to be a problem. Between foil and thickness (or weight) tends to affect the ability to bend and riffle your cards. Because of this you may need to shuffle by flipping and not by riffling. This will be more of a problem if the cards are thick and foiled as well as too slick or too matte.
Adjusting your shuffling style is very important. Most of the time it is best to read your cards by riffling as one does poker cards. This is the most traditional manner for you to read and you will have very few jumper cards (which is the goal; too many jumper cards can cloud the reading).
If you have questions about shuffling the cards I will leave a youtube video link that will help you out.
She considers what her first method I call “flipping” to be her “traditional” method.
I use her second traditional “poker” method as riffling.
The third technique is all jumpers, but I consider that to be very sloppy. Your mileage may vary.
The fourth way is simple but effective.
The last and fifth way is how most kids will start.
Please enjoy and practice your shuffling techniques often!
Lots of Love,
-Entie Vyvyan Wormwood
The Wormwood Oracle