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Author Topic: Dealing the Cards. Online vs Live readings  (Read 410 times)


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Dealing the Cards. Online vs Live readings
« on: August 09, 2018, 11:21:47 AM »
I read (or perhaps saw on a video) advice that cards for a live reading should be dealt faced down, then turned over in sequence and explained as you went along. I think it was for Celtic Cross, but the rational applies to all larger spreads.

This was because if you showed a distracting card, like Death, in say the near future or outcome position, the querent wouldn't hear anything you said about any earlier card; they'd be too fixated on the red button card you hadn't got to yet.

However, I've tried practicing this way online and it's hard. I don't know really know what a card means, except in the context of the other cards. This means I waffle a lot then do a big summing up at the end once I've had chance to see all the cards in relation to each other. So I've stopped even trying it, and just deal them all out at once. No problem if its online as the querent can't see my spread. Even if a card is distracting, you can go back and read the other stuff again afterward.

So what should I do when it comes to live readings? How does everybody else handle it? Do you show the full spread and explain it or do you deal/reveal the cards one at a time, and handle the interplay at the end?

Are there any other things you might do differently online and live?


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Re: Dealing the Cards. Online vs Live readings
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2018, 11:48:23 AM »
Oh, I need them all up at once! I also see them in context.

But I do think there's a point, that someone will maybe be upset to see death or the tower or the hanged man or the devil? I guess I'd just explain at once that it's not necessarily a bad card, they can be very good, too!


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Re: Dealing the Cards. Online vs Live readings
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2018, 12:50:16 PM »
I generally turn them over one at a time, and discuss each one as I go. This includes discussing the uncertainties and alternatives that inevitably arise at the beginning, and occasionally I just have to say, "I can't see the significance of this just yet - let's see how it fits with the later cards." When more cards are turned over, I do link these directly to earlier ones, and show how the connections build up. And at the end, I do go back and look at the overall aspect of the reading, any large-scale trends or suit distributions, and so on; that's the final part, which links it all together.

One advantage of doing it this way is that the story becomes clearer through the reading, and the sitter sees the reading developing, from murky and uncertain through to clarity. It sort-of mirrors their own journey as they gradually find understanding of what s troubling them.

Why do I do it this way, though..? Not sure. It just feels right. I feel that the cards are drawn in a sequence, tied to the sequence of positions in the reading, and they should be interpreted in the same sequence; otherwise, it's like reading the conclusion of a story but interpolating everything about how the plot led there. For me, something is lost when you know the solution before you see the clues.


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Re: Dealing the Cards. Online vs Live readings
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2018, 07:58:39 PM »
in live readings, and online ,,

I always read face down,, turning one over at a time,, and go back if someone comes to mind..

if i flip them all over at once,, i just couldn't focus. 1
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Re: Dealing the Cards. Online vs Live readings
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2018, 01:59:17 AM »
Hmmm... I always deal them all out first, usually face down (sometimes I’ll get jumpers that’ll be face up though), then  flip them all over and give it a moment so I can see which card draws me to read it first and start with that. I seldom read them in the order they’re drawn. I use my intuition as much as I can. If I’m having trouble with a card I’ll usually say that I’m not quite sure how it fits yet and will move onto the next one. With the cards like Death and the Devil I try to let them know straight away that they are generally not all doom and gloom.
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