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how do you choose your daily card?

Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 11 May 2003, and now archived in the Forum Library.



punkangelgcm437  11 May 2003 
How does everyone choose their daily card? Do you shuffle and take the top, or do you shuffle and pick somewhere in the middle, or does it differ every day??

I usually shuffle and then pick from somewhere in the middle.

And today's daily card for me is....Ten of Cups...Score! Good family times, peace, & love!! yay!!

Happy Mothers Day Everyone!!

~much love~
~punkangel~ 


Astraea  11 May 2003 
I faithfully draw between one and three cards a day (in order to journal and learn about tarot in general, and certain decks in particular), but not always in the same manner. Sometimes, I shuffle and cut the deck three times, picking a card off the top of each pile; or, if there's only time (or inclination) to draw one card, I most often shuffle, cut once, and pull the top card off the pile closest to me. 


punkangelgcm437  11 May 2003 
Hi Again!! Thats cool...cutting into piles. I usually dont do that becuz I can never cut them evenly...and for some reason it drives me crazy (is it cuz I'm a Libra? Possibly?) so I tend to stay away from cutting the cards.

Happy Mothers Day :)
~much love~
~punkangel~ 


Aerin  12 May 2003 
Recently, with no thought about it (just seemed appropriate) I've started to shuffle, then cut and take the card on the bottom of the pile (i.e. the one that has come from the middle of the deck). I then look at the card at the bottom of the deck, and take that into account as a secondary footnote to the first card.

Aerin 


astril  12 May 2003 
I shuffle then fan my cards in a nice arc on my tarot cloth and let my left hand feel whichever card feels warm. That card is MY card of the day.
I just started using this method, read about it in some book...
And it works quite well.
I use the Tao Oracle in the morning, and today I pulled the
REVOLUTION card, a card of transformation, and today it seems to fit quite nicely!

Have fun finding YOUR method!
Astril 


LittleWing  12 May 2003 
when i am in a 'ritualistic' (is that a word!?) mood i will sit and spread the cards - and run my hands over them - taking time to pull the one that draws my hand.

however - often i will just cut the cards - and this also works for me because i find myself getting 'my' card this way to. 


gloria  12 May 2003 
Choosing a daily card, I shuffle, then holding deck in left hand cut once and choose top card.
The reason I hold deck in left hand is that it is the hand closest to the heart.
I kind of like the idea of that.
If I read for someone, I use a completely different method.
Gloria 


Alissa  12 May 2003 
I usually cut the deck somewhere I feel drawn towards and look at the picture on bottom of the cut as my card. Sometimes I shuffle first and do this, or shuffle and then feel drawn towards a card that landed on top.

I rarely fan for myself, but will for others on occassion when I want them to pick a card during a reading. 


WolfSpirit  12 May 2003 
I do a daily 3-card spread (issue-advice-outcome). My "classic" way is shuffle then take the first 3 cards from the top, but often I just feel I have to pick cards from somewhere in the middle so I fan the cards and pick them. I just go with my feelings on this. Also sometimes I want to pick just one card (when I know I don't have enough time/attention for 3 cards) or I do another spread. 


celeste  13 May 2003 
I do the 'fan method' as well and run my left hand lightly over them all to see which one "feels right". I never learned this in a book I just always did that naturally. (I also do that when choosing other things besides tarot cards as well .)

Sometimes too, they just fall out as I'm shuffling. 


Aerin  13 May 2003 
Quote:
Originally posted by celeste
I do the 'fan method' as well and run my left hand lightly over them all to see which one "feels right". I never learned this in a book I just always did that naturally. (I also do that when choosing other things besides tarot cards as well .)


This is how I choose cards for a spread, except that I run my left hand just above the cards. I find my finger feels a bit tingly above certain cards, so I pick those.

Aerin 


Melissa`  13 May 2003 
I have never used the fan method. I suppose I just don't feel comfortable doing it. Maybe one day.

On the other hand. I prefer to shuffle a few times, cut the deck into three piles, then collect them back up in whatever order seems to feel right that day. After all that I choose the card on top. If I feel I need more clarity, I pull the next card off the top.

My only problem is choosing which deck to pull a daily from. I have a few decks that I like to work with. I never want any of them to feel left out. Thats when I sit there and look at them all going "hmmm"

:)
Amaya 


jema  13 May 2003 
i got my thoth sitting in a bag by the computer, so i just shuffle a bit and pick the card on top when i feel finished with the shuffling bit.
i don't use my daily cards as fortune-telling though but more as a focus of the day - a way to look at the world and as a study.
right now i use them to learn a bit more about both the qabalah and astrology.
they sometimes do act like divination though. wether i meant to or not.
i then leave the card leaning against my computer screen for the rest of the day - record it in my journal, write a bit about all the qabalah, astrology etc and describe the card and then write a few words on how i can apply the card to my day and my emotions. 


Major Tom  13 May 2003 
I do a daily "cover and cross" reading - just the two cards.

First, I shuffle the cards using a "rifle and bridge" shuffling method. As I shuffle, I concentrate on the question, "what will today bring me?" Then, I lay out the top two cards from the deck. I record the reading in my journal - though often this just consists of which cards came up. I only record my impressions or interpretations if I don't understand - it's usually pretty obvious to me these days. :laugh: 


punkangelgcm437  14 May 2003 
On Mothers Day, I drew the 10 of Cups as my daily card...a nice happy 'your day is gonna go well' type of card. My mom had invited everyone to our house and made the house all nice and clean and set the table with good china and all that good stuff. Turns out our electricity went out cuz of the wind at about 1:30 (everyone was coming here a 3)....and we had to move Mothers Day to my Grandma's house. Then Grandma was buggin me about my hair and junk (you have to know my Grandma, she means well but gets on my nerves). I wouldnt have called this a 10 of Cups day....so was this supposed to be a sign that even tho it was supposed to a 10 of Cups day, in was more of that reversed. Any insights? 


WolfSpirit  15 May 2003 
I see the daily card not as what will litterally happen, but something you have to give attention to that day, an energy that is around you but you have to do something with it yourself.

Maybe the card told you to concentrate on the good things in your family (seems like you have a nice family life) instead of concentrating on someone who annoys you although she means well...easier said than done, I know, I think everyone knows someone like that *LOL*

A few days ago I had as advice-card queen of cups and outcome the Star...it was a terrible day, my email that had never failed on me suddenly had hundreds of emails that were not meant for me, mails returned to the wrong sender etc...I spent all day trying to correct it and fuming over it, then at night I went to a presentation of something that turned out they just needed people to try to sell their stuff on the street or to family (not my kind of thing) so that was an evening lost...
In retrospect, I think I should not have been so worked up but try to do something I liked as well or talk to friends, that would have made the day different. You wonder why I draw an advice card if I don't follow it anyway :laugh: 


Belldandy  25 May 2003 
i just shuffle the cards... until i'm satisfied and take the 1st card from the top.. ^_^ 


lawguy51  25 May 2003 
Earlier in the year I got attached to the method described in The Tarot Handbook which essentially utilizes a fan where you designate one end the head and the other the foot. You then draw the first card asking yourself where do I feel the strongest sense of who I am (soul), where do I trust my decision making (mind) and where do I feel the healthiest or least tension (body)? The soul card represents the quality of energy within or your internal guidance system, the mind card your attitudes, beliefs and quality of thinking and the body card is how you will manifest the directions you are taking from your soul and mind influences. It's a great method. I've become quite addicted to it. With my Thoth deck, it always seems to point me in the right direction for the day. I also record the cards on a spreadsheet that's provided in the Tarot Handbook. It's very interesting to see what cards and suits come up repeatedly over time.

Lawguy51 


krysia322  25 May 2003 
Quote:
Originally posted by celeste
I do the 'fan method' as well and run my left hand lightly over them all to see which one "feels right". I never learned this in a book I just always did that naturally. (I also do that when choosing other things besides tarot cards as well .)

Sometimes too, they just fall out as I'm shuffling.


I'd create my own reply, but Celeste pretty much said it all for me. :) 


Macavity  26 May 2003 
I suspect the purists will wince, but I have to say now... by computer. But Hey, it's "random" and I'm going more for coverage than for insight at the moment ;)

Macavity

P.S. I would LIKE to envisage something involving knives and a blindfold - But... :D 


RedWood  26 May 2003 
i just started doing daily draws again. Well most days :D
I do the
Body
Mind
Spirit spread

I ususally pull from 3 different decks. I just open the box or bag. Pull a card, put it in its position.

Like the other day I used
Buckland Romani
Faeries oracle
Fairy ring

another one is
Sacred Circle
Wheel of Change
Buckland Romani

This keeps it more fun for me!
Then as a fourth card which does not have a specific meaning, I choose a soul card (I mixed one and two together to make one complete deck)
I really like this method. I have so many decks and like amaya I dont know which one to choose. this way I get to choose them all in the end! 


krysia322  27 May 2003 
Quote:
Originally posted by Macavity
I suspect the purists will wince, but I have to say now... by computer. But Hey, it's "random" and I'm going more for coverage than for insight at the moment ;)

Macavity

P.S. I would LIKE to envisage something involving knives and a blindfold - But... :D


GASP! The horror! Quickly! Get the stones!
;)
Actually, I have "Tarot Magic", and am amazed at how accurate it is; it always picks the same cards as my "physical" decks do.
Obviously, there's more going on in the tarot than the cards alone.

Of course, just as obviously, I'm not a "purist", LOL! ;)

And may I add... Verrrrry interesting envisage... ;)
LOL! 


The how do you choose your daily card? thread was originally posted on 11 May 2003 in the Using Tarot Cards board, and is now archived in the Forum Library. Read the active threads in Using Tarot Cards, or read more archived threads.

 


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