I thought it will be nice to write up a few tips and tricks I have learned over the years for anyone that is learning Tarot reading.
1. Find your Way
When you first start doing Tarot readings you are not sure how to shuffle, set the cards, if you should let someone else touch the cards, how to take the energy from the person and channel it, ect. There has to be one way of doing it right?!
Wrong. There is no one way in reading Tarot. Find the most comfortable way that you want to do your readings. You can find your way by seeing how others do their readings and change it up a bit or just do what you feel is right.
I do my readings by shuffling my deck (without bending the cards) or sometimes I spread the cards out on the floor/table and mix them up. Than I hand them to the person I am reading so they can shuffle while thinking of their issue/question (without bending the cards). They hand me the deck in one way, not sideways. *If the person is asking for a relationship spread I ask the name of the other person.*
I have seen someone do a reading by shuffling his cards and than take a necklace and hold it above the cards. This, of course, I highly disliked because I did not understood how he was using my energy or any part of me. But if you want to do something like that then go right ahead.
2. Make sure to shuffle it (you/the person being read to)
I didn't learn or making sure the deck was shuffled until later on. But I have noticed a greater chance of a read being a failure or wrong when the deck was shuffled poorly. So make sure that you shuffle it until you feel it is ready and make sure, if you do let the other person touch your cards, to make them shuffle until they are ready (Once in a while I have to encourage them to shuffle).
3. Try to use only one deck.
For just starting out, you only need one deck to be honest. By having only one deck you only have one set of cards to learn from and how to read them correctly. Remember, there are different types of decks (pictures, only have one Arcana, Switched Major Arcana places, a new type of tarot deck, ect.). Later on if you choice to do so you can pick up another deck. Some people found out that one set of cards is good for a certain question like love questions and another set is great at doing general questions. In my case I have not seen this because my deck seems to work well with all types of questions.
I'll post some more when I can, hope this helps.