#### New2Tarot

Yesterday I was working through the Complete Idiot's Guide to Tarot & Fortune-Telling, and I arrived at the section about seasoning your deck.

I put the cards from each suit upright in their own respective piles. Then, I seasoned each pile, and collected them together. I shuffled them about 10 times and then realized that when I went to do a reading all of my cards came up reversed. (Because I had intitially organized them all upright).

So this leads me to two questions...

1) When you have the deck of cards in your left hand and begin to draw cards with your right hand, you take the card from the top, picking it up from the bottom and flip it over vertically so the card is face-up, right??

2) When you season the cards, are you supposed to organize them all upright?

Lastly, critique my shuffling method.

I take the entire deck at the bottom (vertically) with my right hand, and fan through the deck at the top of the cards with my left thumb until roughly half-way through the deck. I then take the half of the deck that I have gripped with my left hand, flip it over so both halves have the back design of the cards facing up, and proceed to "riffle" (as it was referred to in another thread).. except without the "bridge" part because the cards are either too big, or too new for them to bend enough for that. I do this a few times and then I either cut the deck into three piles, and draw one card from each, or cut the deck and then shuffle 2 more times, or just draw three cards from the top of the deck ... for a three card spread, for argument's sake.

Is that method of shuffling alright, or do you use a more effective one??

Thanks,

New2Tarot