Prior to reading Tarot cards, there are certain procedures involved that should be carried out. The first and foremost is the shuffling of the Tarot deck. Different Tarot readers have different opinion on this. Some prefer that the querent shuffles the deck, whereas other readers prefer to shuffle their own Tarot decks. Many feel that it hardly matters who shuffles the deck, as long as the reader concentrates on the querent’s question, and on the need to give the querent, the reading he wants.
However, while shuffling, the reader should concentrate on the querent and his questions. How he shuffles does not matter, as long as he follows his intuitions. If he so wishes to, he can cut, re-position, draw out a few cards and insert them elsewhere in the deck. It is very important that he follows his intuition. Concentrating on the question and following his intuition while shuffling is what will work well during the interpretations.
It is for the Tarot reader to decide whether he wishes to ‘cut’ the deck, or should he allow the querent to do it. If the querent is to cut it, the reader needs to explain that the deck needs to be cut into three piles, and that the querent should break wherever he feels it right to break.
The reader, if he wishes to, can ask the querent to choose one of the three piles he feels is right for him. Alternately, the reader himself can choose a pile. If the reader’s intuition opts for a different pile than the one selected by the querent, he can keep this pile aside for future reference. He can always use this pile, which he had intuitively selected, for later reading if the querent is not satisfied with the result of the pile he himself had selected.
Spreads Or Layouts
During a reading, Tarot cards are laid out on a table in a pattern known as a ‘spread.’ Every card within the laid out pattern has a meaning in relation to each other. There are many layouts, and it all depends on the Tarot reader, which spreads he prefers. Some make their own spreads, depending on their intuition.
The Celtic Cross – a 10-card layout – is the most common Tarot spread. All the Tarot reader needs to do is concentrate on the layout to be used while shuffling the cards. As mentioned, the pattern of the spread does not matter, but many traditionalists believe that with more people concentrating on popular spreads, such as the Celtic Cross, such spreads are more powerful than the lesser used layouts.
Many Tarot readers have their own views on how a layout should be carried out. Some prefer to use a wooden table as it reflects vibrational energy well. Although Tarot can be read anywhere with good results, many prefer a quiet room, as meditation is required prior to each reading. What is most important for a good reading is the concentration of the Tarot reader. To ensure clean energy, Tarot cards are usually kept in a wooden box along with citrine crystals, among other crystals.
Therefore, this is how it goes. The reader concentrates on the question of the querent as he shuffles the cards. If for some reason the querent does not want to say the question out aloud, the querent concentrates on the question, while the reader concentrates on answering his question, while the shuffling is going on. The reader then, starting from the top of the pile chosen by either himself or the querent, lays the cards out on the table in the pattern chosen.
Next comes the reading and the interpretation of the cards.