Tarot Cards That Fall From the Deck

Tarot Cards That Fall From the Deck or Jump From the Deck

There can hardly be a tarot reader in existence who has not at some time suffered from tarot cards that fall from the deck, or a tarot card jumping from the deck, while shuffling or dealing. What you do about that card or those cards (if more than one jumps or falls) can have a profound bearing on the quality of your interpretation.

Like a lot of tarot readers, the vast majority of my study has been self-directed. However, when I was first beginning to read the cards (several decades ago now) I did have benefit of talking a few times with a local professional tarot reader.

I am plagued with not being very physically coordinated at times, and one of the first thing I did in her presence as I was nervously shuffling prior to laying out a practice reading was to drop about a third of the tarot deck on the floor.

She smiled at me and said something like “Don’t worry. That too is part of this process. Pick them up, and put them on top. Then shuffle again.” So I did, that shuffle faring somewhat better and I cut the cards and re-shuffled until I felt it was ready.

Then I laid out the first few cards of a Celtic Cross.  Two cards flew right out of my hands and landed on top of the spread. She gestured for me to stop laying them out for a moment.


Why Do They Fall or Jump?

She said when you are intently working with spirit and tarot cards, the cards behave the way that they do for a reason.  “Those particular cards are coming to the top – the forefront of your deck – because they are either meant to be the first part of your reading, or because they are meant to push the cards into the order that your spread will ultimately go into.”

Our discussion continued and she suggested that I decide what my tactic was going to be with those cards from there on out. She told me that some of the psychics she knew would insert “jumpers” into the center of the deck and then re-shuffle and completely lay out the reading again. But her approach, she said, was to take the cards and place them at the top of the deck. If they fell out while she was laying out, she made them the next card in the reading.

You have to decide what feels right to you, she said – so you will need to experiment and take note of how it comes out. So I tried her method – making it the next card of the reading if I was laying it out. That did not work for me.

Over time, in most readings, I began to see that jumper in that situation as an indication that it was not the correct next card for the reading – and I began, most of the time, to do a one card pull from the remainder of the deck in my hand to replace the jumper card. That is the process that I use, and over time, for me, it has proven to give the most accurate information.


How I Approach Falling and Jumping Card Nowadays

Nowadays when I have one or more cards fall during a shuffle, I always put those cards at the top. I then shuffle at least one more time.

The gist of the issue is this:  develop a process that works well for you. There’s no rule book and not really a “proper” way that you must do it. Experiment until you can settle on what feels right and works best of all for you. Trust your intuition.

The process I’m describing here above is the one I use when reading for clients or friends. When I read for myself, I consider the jumper card to be a somewhat pointed message from spirit for me. I do usually make it the next card, or even the outcome card of the reading. It works that way for me then but not otherwise.


Tarot Cards That Fall or Jump From the Deck – Article by Deborah (Admin)


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