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Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 28 Sep 2002, and now archived in the Forum Library.

Meow  28 Sep 2002 
Hello everyone, I'm new to Tarot as well as this forum.

I have a big question - how, exactly, are the cards chosen for readings?
The books and sites I've read tend to skip that little yet important bit. They tend to say, "lay the chosen cards like this..." then go on to explain the spreads.
They seem to take it for granted that everyone should know how to choose. Boohoo, is it really that obvious?

Do I just pick the first card on the top after shuffling, and then the second, third, etc? 

wavebreaker  28 Sep 2002 
Hi Meow, welcome!

It's really up to you, how you choose the cards. Whatever works for you... (this is an answer you're going to get a lot here... ;) )

I always shuffle the cards, then cut them, and then I start dealing from the top.
Other people fan the cards and choose the cards from the fan.
Just try several methods and see what works best for you!

BTW, here's another thread on how to choose the cards that might be helpful. 

The How? thread was originally posted on 28 Sep 2002 in the Using Tarot Cards board, and is now archived in the Forum Library. Read the threads in Using Tarot Cards, or read more archived threads.

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