Learn How To Shuffle Tarot Cards – A Beginner’s Guide

The ideal way of shuffling tarot or oracle cards will be well-established in the minds of all experienced readers. Several strategies has been tried and tested until they came up with one or two that they liked the best. As a result, whether you are fresh to tarot or are still learning your way around, the methods in the current list will be of assistance regardless of the size of your cards. 


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To properly hold the deck, you will either have it vertically or horizontally, depending on your hand size and the size of the deck in question. You will then grasp the whole front portion of the deck in your left thumb while bringing the rear half over the upper edge of the front with your dominant wrist. 

Once per round, or several times per round, you can overlap the front and back cards, moving a lesser card every time you do so. It is advisable to repeat this overlap numerous times per shuffle to achieve a complete shuffle. 

No matter how often you conduct multiple shuffles; there is a saying that applies to several things in life, including various shuffles. It’s important to remember, though, that the more you use your tarot cards, the much more wear and tear will emerge on them. Caring for Your Tarot Cards provides tried-and-true strategies to assist you in dealing with this. 


It is relatively self-explanatory how to perform the Half Cut pile shuffle; you take the entire deck and take the top half, placing it to one side, and then placing the remaining half on top of the pile that was removed from the table. These results in a new single stack of cards, but the cards have been effectively divided. You can repeat the half-cut as many times as you need to, and you do not need to be accurate with the size of the initial half you take from the stack when doing the half cut. In actuality, the ‘half’ can be made up of any number of cards, ranging from a single card to as many as 77 cards. Do whatever it is that you are drawn to do. 


Half Cut pile shuffle is the major backbone of the triple cut game. But don’t go for breaking the deck into two piles, rather split the cards into three piles instead. Pick a section of cards from the top of the stack and place them on one end of the pile, then take another section and put them on the other side of the stack, and so on. A total of three piles of cards will now be in your possession. You can reassemble the deck by simply placing the three piles back together; however, you should avoid putting them back in the same order as they were when you sliced the deck in the first place. 

A simple method of verifying that the deck is split is to place the cuts portion side-by-side by piling the very last stack on atop of the first and piling the second stack on top of the first. 


We are all acquainted with the fan that Spanish women use to cool themselves during the hot summer months in their country of origin. An arc, or a curve, is the shape we can achieve by gripping the deck one or both arms and extending them out to form the shape of a fan, as seen in the illustration. This is pretty messy and performs a poor job of separating the cards. Still, it is useful when space is limited so you can lay the card numbers out in a single direction, as with the Linear Draw method, which is described below. 


Take your set of cards and tease it from one side to the other on a table, the floor or a (made) bed, or any other large flat surface. This is what I call the Linear Draw, and it creates a long line of tarot cards in a single motion. Many free-read websites and apps, such as Kindle Unlimited, provide this line of cards. The reality is that your line will not be as clean as a computerized one, but that is perfectly OK. What we’re searching for with the linear draw is a sense of individual cards that will help us choose which ones to use for our tarot reading.