A Guide to Card Pulling
Pulling cards can help you access your intuition to a greater degree. When we pull cards, we really are using the cards the guide us to our own personal truth. You can use any cards you like. Some of our favorites are; The Moon Deck, The Wild Unknown, Biddy Tarot Cards, Dreamy Moons Affirmation Cards and Inner Compass Cards. Here are some simple to steps to help you guide yourself to the wisdom and guidance provided by the magic of card pulling.
1. Grab some crystals
Card pulling is all about accessing your intuition. Crystals can energetically support and help this process. Crystals which are great for enhancing your intuition are; Amethyst, Labradorite, Lapis Luzi, Azurite, Moonstone, and Clear Quartz. You can place the crystals around you in a circle or create a crystal grid in your space.
2. Clear your mind
A settled, grounded mind is essential for pulling cards. The last thing you want is random thoughts running around when you are trying to get clear answers from yourself. Clear your mind through breath work, meditation or a singing bowl. For breath work, alternative nostril breathing works well to settle the energy, including any anxieties or worries that may be floating around. For a meditation, try using a simple “So hum” meditation for 5 minutes. So Hum is Sanskrit for I am. Close your eyes and say to yourself “so” on the inhale and “hum” on the exhale. Do not try to change the breath at all, observe your natural breath, saying the words to help keep you focused. The third way to clear your mind is to use a sound frequency through singing bowls. These can either be crystal or metal bowls. Play the bowl for about 3-5 minutes to help clear your mind as you focus on the harmony of the sound.
3. Pick your deck
There are many different decks out there. You can choose as many as you like. Know, though, that they each will provide you a different energy or medicine. Tarot Cards are the most popular and should be used carefully. They can carry a darkness to them, which needs to be taken with a grain of salt, as my Aunt would say. Although very useful, Tarot cards can give the wrong impression if you interpret them harshly. I strongly like Biddy Tarot’s cards and interpretations for guidance on this type of deck. Then there are animal medicine cards, my personal favorite. These cards offer types of medicine which can help you or is needed in your life. Finally, there are affirmation cards. These cards give you guidance in the form of words or phrases. When reading these cards, it is best to meditate on the meaning of the affirmation for you. I love the Dreamy Moons Affirmation cards by Annie Tarasova. There are also plenty of other cards you can experiment with, like Goddess Cards, Angel Cards, and so on. The important thing to remember with any card deck is that they each have different angles and sides. There are often a few interpretations for the same card.
4. Decide what you will Pull
There are many spreads you can pull and most decks with come with a book of options. Before you begin to shuffle, decide what you are going to ask the deck and how many cards you are going to pull. The most simple pull, and one you can do daily, is the single card pull. As you shuffle and cut, you’ll ask the deck what energy, or medicine, you should be aware of today, this lunar cycle, or this year. Another popular pull is the past, present, future pull. Ask the deck which energies/medicines represent your past self, present self and future self. You can vary this three card pull with different questions. For the New Year some good questions are: What energies will help me let go, what energies will help me call in the lessons I need to learn, and what energies will help me become my future self. On the New Year, you can also pull a card for every month. Each Full Moon Workbook also has some suggestions on variations of the three card pull for that particular Full Moon.
Shuffling some of these decks can be fairly tricky since they can vary in size and weight. You can shuffle them like you would a playing deck of cards, or you can simply spread them out and mix them up, putting them back to together. However works best for you, keep your mind clear as you shuffle. With a clear mind, first, ask the universe for guidance. Then ask your questions, keeping the questions repeating in your mind as you shuffle.
Cards pictured: The Moon Deck
6. Cut the Deck
After you feel the cards are shuffled, hold your question in your mind and pick your card, or cards. You can do this a few ways depending on your deck. For smaller decks, I like to spread the cards out in an arc face down. Using your left hand (left is your receptive side) gently guide your hand over the arc, feeling for a tingle with the middle finger. Your finger will feel a magnetic pull to the “right” card for you. Don’t overthink this. Feel it and allow the card to pick you. Pick your card, or cards and set them off to side. If your deck is too large to spread out, use your left hand to cut the deck into three piles. Again, do this slowly feeling the cards guide you. Choose the top card from the middle pile. Put the card aside, then place the deck back together, repeating the cut a second and a third time if you a drawing more cards.
Cards Pictured: Biddy Tarot Mini Deck
7. Take the Cards in
Once you have your card or cards, flip them over. Before looking up their meaning, sit with them for a moment and allow them to speak to you. Intuit your own meaning and interpretation of the card. What is the card trying to tell you? What are you trying to tell yourself? After a few moments with the cards, look up their meaning. Sit with that information for a moment, integrating it with your intuitive meaning of the cards. If you are pulling cards for the year, take a picture of them or write them down so you may reference them at a later date. If you are pulling for the day, leave the cards somewhere you can see them and reference back to them for that day. Carry their meaning, their energy, and their medicine into your entire day. Apply them in every situation you encounter, keeping them in your conscious awareness.
As with everything, enjoy this process. Do not worry if you are doing it right or wrong. Just follow your intuition, and trust the journey. Accept the cards you are dealt and use their energy wisely to help guide you where you need it the most.