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1. How do you shuffle your deck? I know it's a manner of preference, but I want some opinions. This leads into...
2. Should I encourage reverse cards? Is this also a manner of preference?
3. What is a good spread for asking simple questions? Just shuffle and draw a card as an answer?

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First thing abt Tarot - FOLLOW your INTUITION.
1. U can shuffle any way u like. Tarot cards r sacred. so handle them with respect. I shuffle like playing cards jus tht i do it much more respectfully and lovingly This is the easiest way for me as my hands ar a little small. They r ur companions.
2. Again its a matter of ur chioce. Reverse cards also indicate the same except tht the intensity of the msg of the card is reduced. Its more like planets going retrograde. I generally dont use reversed cards. Only if they fall from deck in a reversed manner i read them in tht way.
3. For simple questions u can do a one card reading or 5 card reading. again go with ur intuition. Sometimes a single card cant give u info as the issue goes deeper, so u can take either a clarification card or do a complete reading. Use bigger spreads for getting deeper insights.

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1) Overhand (I have never been able to riffle shuffle any cards and I and don't want to damage my cards)
2) Not as a beginner, but later to add some depth to your dictionary/vocabulary
3) Single card or three card spread (past, present, future) or 2-card challenges spread (situation and challenges), or 2-card challenges spread plus likely outcome of current path/direction (the 3 main cards from the celtic cross spread for a specific issue).
There are some great tips in this site:
tarotstudies.50webs.com

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I shuffle my deck as I would any other cards and it is a matter of preference. Some readers don't use reverse cards but I think that it limits you in your readings if reverse is not used. You don't have to encourage them, they will just happen.
I don't use a spread for questions. I throw 3 - 5 cards and sometimes even more if I don't get the answer right away.

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