# Random Numbers: An Alternate Approach to Remote Reading

As I’ve mentioned before, when approached to do remote readings I prefer to have clients pull their own cards and e-mail me a list in the order drawn.  Shuffling and cutting the cards myself for a distant sitter can introduce subconscious “reader’s bias” and potentially hijack the focus of the reading. I believe that reading the cards for others works most effectively as an interactive undertaking and not a solo enterprise. But what happens when the client doesn’t have a deck of tarot cards? I’ve suggested using one of the free tarot apps, but I have some reservations about how impersonal they are: just press a button and get your spread. A better way would be to have the person select a random series of numbers in any order between 1 and 78, without repeating any of them and send me that string in the sequence chosen. The population of numbers would depend on the size of the spread to be used; a Celtic Cross would require a ten-number set. At my end I would thoroughly shuffle the deck to randomize the cards and then draw the required quantity in the given order while not getting anything out-of-whack. The best way to do this would be to turn the cards face-up but leave them in the deck as place-holders until ready to lay out the spread. Removing them would make it difficult or impossible to tell what’s what numerically in the remaining array. Here is an example.

The ten random numbers for a hypothetical Celtic Cross reading are: 3, 24, 11, 55, 38, 60, 7, 15, 74, 42.

After shuffling the deck, I turn up the cards in that order but don’t take them out of the pack so as to not confuse myself by scrambling the series. It’s a good idea to split the deck into 8 sub-packs, 7X10 + 8, after shuffling to make finding the correct cards easier. Here is a photo:

As I turn over the cards, I write their names down so I can place them in the correct order in the layout. (Note that this method permits reversed cards even though the number-selection process doesn’t support it; I’m prepared to accept that much “reader bias.”) Here the cards are:

3 – Queen of Swords
24 – Devil
11 – 7 of Wands
55 – Page of Swords reversed
38 – 4 of Pentacles
60 – 8 of Pentacles
7 – 4 of Wands reversed
15 – 3 of Swords
74 – 8 of Swords reversed
42 – 2 of Wands reversed

Below is the final layout. Here we appear to have someone who, although struggling to make small gains,  looks like they take two steps back for every step forward due to excessive caution or lack of confidence. From a logistical perspective I believe this is going to be a useful alternate technique for remote card selection since it creates an acceptable compromise between clients pulling their own cards and me doing it for them.