Q&A with Joy: Jumper Cards

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Q&A is a new feature on Completely Joyous!

I’m now going to be offering short answers to questions that you ask! Students and colleagues ask me questions about tarot and Reiki privately and I’ve often thought that other people might want to know the answer, but it doesn’t take a whole blog post to explain the topic. So now you can find short and sweet answers to common questions right here! Our first question is about jumper cards — the cards that fly out of the deck as you are shuffling. Do you use them? Or shuffle them back in?

See all my Q&A with Joy posts.

The Question: One Card Flew Out — Is it the Answer?

Today’s question comes from Janet from one of my meetups. Her question is:

Joy, I was doing a reading for myself and I was shuffling the cards. I was going to use the Past, Present, Future spread but prior to getting that far while I was shuffling the cards one flew out. Is this particular card the answer to my question or should it be in a specific place in the spread?

And here’s my answer:

Hi Janet! To answer your question, many people consider flying cards or “jumpers” to be significant. One teacher I know says, “If it goes to the floor, it comes through the door.” Personally, I don’t use jumper cards. The reason is that I’ve noticed for myself that when I get jumper cards I tend to be not very focused, and I want to be focused when I’m doing my readings. So if I get a jumper, I simply put it back in the deck, without looking at it if possible, and re-center myself. Then I continue shuffling in a more calm manner and cut the deck and deal out the cards from the top. It’s really up to you what feels right to you! I’d try it both ways and see what gives you a clearer answer.


If you want to ask a question, please feel free to ask it in the comments! You just might see an answer from me in the very near future!


Joy Vernon is a Certified Professional Tarot Reader and Reiki Teacher in Denver, Colorado. Her specialty is the Empyrean Key Transformational Guidance, which combines energetic and esoteric modalities to help her clients break through blocks and align themselves with their higher purpose. For information on upcoming classes or to schedule an appointment, please visit JoyVernon.com.

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Joy Vernon
Joy Vernon

Joy Vernon is widely recognized as an expert tarot teacher and respected community leader. With over twenty-five years’ experience teaching energetic and esoteric modalities, Joy brings expertise and practiced familiarity to her specialty of esoteric tarot, which layers astrological and qabalistic symbolism onto the traditional tarot structure. Under her leadership, the Denver Tarot Meetup grew into one of the largest and most active tarot-specific meetups in the world. Now Joy runs the Greater Seattle Tarot Meetup. Joy works as a tarot reader, astrologer, and teacher in Burien, Washington. To learn more, please visit JoyVernon.com.

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    • Thank you, Sinata, for commenting! However, I am not taking questions to do readings on; I am taking questions regarding tarot techniques that would be of interest to the general public. I know this question has been important to you for a long time. I hope you find your answer soon!

  1. Hi Joy & thanks for the post on “jumper cards”. Once while shuffling the cards I had a jumper fly off the table and it was folded as I tried to catch it in my lap on its way to the floor. It is now marked with a crease – disappointing since this is a favorite deck. Be that as it may, for me jumper cards often show up again soon in the readings anyway and so I too think they indicate an energy requesting special attention.

    • Thank you, Debra! I think it’s possible for some people to get caught up in the excitement of the erratic energy that for me is what leads to jumper cards (I know this, however, is not true of everyone.) But it can also feel nice to find a place of stillness for answers to come from.

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