Tarot Thursday Three

Welcome to the very first #tarotthursdaythree!

For those who don't follow me on Instagram, I'll explain a little bit about what this is and why I started it.

When I began blogging in the early 2000s, I would participate in something called the Friday Five. It actually started on LiveJournal and still exists today, so there ya go! The Friday Five is basically 5 random questions that bloggers of all sorts could answer and post, especially if they were lacking content or motivation to post something otherwise. It was simple, easy, fun and most of all, it got you typing.

Lately, I've been focusing on other efforts so my blog has taken a bit of a backseat. But, I still want to maintain it, even if just to post small updates, and this is why the Tarot Thursday Three was born. 

So, each Thursday morning I will post 3 new questions relating to tarot and other metaphysics which will be published on a separate page from my blog (spiralseatarot.com/tarotthursdaythree). Once posted, any other tarot or metaphysical blogger may copy the questions and answer them on their own website or social media using #thursdaytarotthree. 

I am also inviting others in the community to create 3 questions that we can use for this activity. If your questions are selected for an upcoming #thursdaytarotthree, you will be credited with a link to your website or social media profile (if you have one). If you'd like to contribute questions, please fill out this form! P.S. you don't need to come up with 3. Upcoming question sets may be a combined effort.

That's about it! Feel free to participate as much or as little as you like! It's supposed to be light and fun as well as a way to get to know each other in the community a little better. So without further ado, here are this Thursday's Tarot Three: 

1. How do you know when to stop shuffling?

2. Have you ever had a spooky or supernatural experience while working with the cards? 

3. Is there a card that you still struggle to interpret at times (maybe even dread when it pops up!)?

My answers are below:

1. How do you know when to stop shuffling?
Strangely (or maybe not so strangely) enough, shuffling was one of my biggest hangups as I was attempting to get to the "next level" in my practice. 

"Should I stop now? How about now? Surely it's about time. Okay....and....now. Wait, I think I screwed that up let me start again."

Learning to trust when to stop was tough for me because I sometimes have a difficult time deciphering my ego mind from my intuitive mind. And even if I told myself that it didn't matter, that I would always call it right, the fact is I was second guessing myself a lot, and that my friends is an intuition killer. No good tarot reading starts with questioning whether you shuffled adequately, that's for sure.

How did I overcome it? I devised a system.  I think systems are actually just the analytical way of describing a ritual. It's a series of steps that you perform each time to obtain similar desirable outcomes. The day I decided I needed a system, everything changed. I told myself, my guides, my higher self exactly how I would shuffle and because it would be the same every time, that would remove the guesswork. What does my system look like? Basically, I have a preliminary shuffle where I imbue my intention into the deck. I do this until a card shifts, jumps, or  the deck gets stiff. Then, I rifle shuffle 3 times and cut the deck three times. Finally, I shuffle the deck 11 times and stop. If a card flies out during the final shuffle to 11, I place it aside and use it in the reading and continue shuffling for the remainder for the cards I need. It's not as complicated as it sounds. I think the moral of this story is basically, do what works for you. 

2. Have you ever had a spooky or supernatural experience while working with the cards? 
Nothing too spooky. Certainly nothing that's made me want to stop reading and that's the key! I have experienced degrees of anxiety and being light headed, which can throw me off, so I make efforts to ground when this happens. Probably the spookiest thing that's happened when reading is having some of my tools moved on me or broken. It could be totally unrelated to spookiness, but I don't have any normal explanations. It's happened a few times and I've shared some of that in social media. But like I said, nothing to make me stop reading. At the end of the day, I truly don't feel as if anything with ill intention can harm me. I really shrug that kind of energy off; pay it no mind. So maybe there is something to be said for "ignore it and it'll go away." 

3. Is there a card that you still struggle to interpret at times (maybe even dread when it pops up!)?
If I had to pick one card that can still trip me up now and then, it's the 2 of Swords. It's almost as if that card has the power to make me feel as blind and unknowing as the character depicted in it. "I don't know, you can't see clearly, you can't make up your mind, you're stuck and you have two swords. I don't know."
Usually when a card pops up in a reading that throws me, my best advice is to take a deep breath and ignore it for a bit. Look at the other cards around it and see instead how it fits into the landscape. Often when a card trips me, it's because my intuition is trying to inform me that I shouldn't be taking it at face value or "book definition" and that I need to be like the Hanged Man and flip my perspective. Usually after working through the rest of the reading, the outlier will reveal its message and I can breath a sigh of relief. Usually.

That's all for me! Feel free to copy and paste the questions and then answer away on your own blog or social media. New questions will be posted next Thursday!