Have you ever had a pesky “jumper” or two fall out of your tarot deck when you were shuffling? What should you do when a random card falls out of your tarot or oracle deck while you are shuffling your cards?
Honestly, I feel that the cards that fall out of a tarot deck while you are shuffling are very important bits of information for the reading. When I get a card that falls on the floor while I am shuffling or falls out of the deck, I set it aside and continue shuffling.
I don’t include the jumper in the tarot spread that I am working with. For example, I wouldn’t use the tarot card that jumped out while I was shuffling for any of the set positions in a Celtic Cross Spread. I would, however, use it as a card of high significance, or something that Spirit really wanted to call to the client’s attention.
What should you do if multiple cards fall out of your tarot deck when you are shuffling?
When more than one tarot card falls out of the deck when you are shuffling, take a moment to see if you are just a sloppy shuffler, or if just a few fall out.
When just a few (2-5) tarot cards fall out of the deck while you are shuffling, put those aside, just like you would if only one card fell out. Use these cards as additional information to the story or circumstances that might unexpectedly arise for the sitter while they are dealing with the main situation they are getting a tarot reading to inquire about.
If a LOT of cards fall out of the deck, you might want to put the cards back into the deck, recenter and ground yourself, and start over again. Ask yourself a few questions, like:
- Am I rushing this reading?
- Do I feel like I am in control of my energy?
- Is the client somehow distracting me or is their energy throwing me off?
- Is this the right deck for the reading?
- Should I work with a different deck?
- Is there something different that I should focus on for the reading.
Generally speaking, tarot cards that jump or fall out while you are shuffling are an interesting and usually important additional focus for your reading. Sometimes, though, they are actually more of an indication that the reader should slow down, recenter, and focus on shuffling the tarot cards.
What do you think? Have you had any interesting experiences with cards that have jumped out of the deck and into a reading? Please feel free to tell your story in the comments below!
I was reading Celtic cards asking about my family. My husband will be released from jail soon, and it was the King Of Clubs that popped out.
Sounds like he is motivated to get out. Fire is usually a pretty quick sign.
Kind regards and blessings,
I got the five cups four times in a row and no one would believe me so they asked me to reshuffle and as I did one card jumped out this time upseide down and it was the five of cups again which is a 20 billion to one chance
It’s sooooo crazy how that happens! When the Universe wants you to have a certain message, it will keep repeating it til you get it—even if it’s totally freaky like that!
Thank you for sharing your experience. I love hearing stories like these.
Can I ask? When a card jumps out, is there a significance in which way it lands? Does it still count as reversed if it is upside down?
I was shuffling asking about if I am to find love with a partner and the knight of cups jumped out. But it was upside down…
I would DEFINITELY note which way it lands and how it affects the meaning of the card. Reversals happen for a reason, IMHO.
Hope that helps!
I recently got a new oracle deck (Angel & Ancestors) & have been learning to do the Celtic spread. The last time I did a spread the High Priestess appeared in the NW position. Reading thru the meaning of the card it mentioned she is partner to the High Priest & it suggest looking at them together as they mirror each other’s energy. Which I did and put them along with the other cards back in the deck. While I was shuffling the cards for a new Celtic spread (week+ apart) the High Priest and High Priestess jumped out of the deck together. (High Priest on top.) I did not include them in my spread but step them aside. Should I be concerned. I am still trying to understand, develop and learn to use my gifts. Any insight you could offer would be greatly appreciated.
I wouldn’t be concerned about it. I would see it as a sign that the active side of life is working with the passive, receptive side of life, to make things more magical for you.
If you have a question for those cards, then lay them out (kind of as signifiers) and think up a few questions for them. Write the questions down and a single card for each of the questions you have. For example: Why did you jump out of the deck together? What lesson do I have to learn from you?
Also, just my take on the High Priestess. She represents the hidden, unseen aspects of life and mysteries yet to be revealed. She’s intuition. She is the magic of holding space and receiving. (Of course, this is the tarot version… so… ) — ultimately, she doesn’t necessarily need the energy of the High Priest to be fully herself.
I hope that helps!
Kind regards and blessings,