Although I recall vague seeing a topic just like this sometime ago I can't help myself posting this anyway. Simply because I don't recall it and well; I can't help myself sharing yet another experience with you guys)
I've said it some times allready but when doing a reading with my Mage deck I tend to spread my cards in an arc shape, close my eyes and go over them untill I feel the urge to pick one. This has worked very good for me so after getting my Rider deck and getting used to it I was finally ready for a real reading (celtic cross, the "official" way, this means putting the cards 'down left up and right' of the cross itself, with the Mage deck I use 'down up right left' with the same meanings) but to my 'horror' it did not work at all
. I shuffled the cards, mixed them and then I spread them in the arc shape. Went over them several times but simply no go what so ever.
So in the end I remembered my 'first' reading and the things the books told me about readings and used the method of shuffling, cutting and mixing and then simply taking of the top. Oddly enough this will not work with my Mage deck (tried it this evening) and even more oddly; in the end both decks give me the same result (in the overall) using their own seperate method. Odd indeed IMO but still interesting.
So here I am wondering; do you guys also use different ways to shuffle your different decks ? In fact; do you even do it "official" at all?