Same Tarot Card Keeps Coming Up?

Tarot Probability: What are the odds of drawing the same tarot card twice?

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Tarot probability

Same Tarot Card Keeps Coming Up.

Tarot cards are often viewed as a cliche in New Age Culture, represented by a canon of literature.

In most of my readings, I normally select the same card more than once? Why? If the cards have been shuffled well then the probability of the same card appearing is very low. If a given card repeats in a reading this could represent a significant impact on future events. Drawing the same card in different tarot readings is slim. In my experience, a card that repeats itself successively is known as the “ruling card.” Statistically speaking, the chances of pulling the same tarot card in a deck in two separate shuffles is 1 in 6084, based on the fact you return the 78th card back into the deck.

The elitist in me, designed a large electronic spinning tarot wheel of fortune in 2008, much like the ones found in glitzy gaming casinos. (https://www.auntyflo.com/wheel-fortune) The options being the 22 essential keys or trumps. Which correspond to the psychology archetypes of Carl Jung’s collective unconscious. This wheel was designed for one intent - to spin and uncover “your own game of chance.” After clicking the mouse, a brief hypnotic effect is felt which then takes you to a random programmed tarot card result. Since its inception, the tarot wheel has been spun millions of times. 

This wheel operates along the basic rules of random selection. I recently had an e-mail from one reader who used the wheel and pulled “The Star card” twice in a row. I checked that the code which was correctly working in statistical random sequences. Probability wise, choosing the same card from the 22-cards in the tarot wheel would be 1 in 484 so the odds of selecting the same card is very rare. 

What are tarot cards? For those who are new to this. I have summarized as follows:  There are 78 cards in a tarot deck, which are broken down into Major Arcana and Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana which is one to twenty-one, representing the state of your well-being. is known as a trump suit and the Minor Arcana which are divided into four suits: Cups, Pentacles, Swords, and Wands. 

There are a vast amount of theories on the origins of the tarot, but no-one knows for sure where and how the cards were created. Some believe that the cards originated from the Chinese divination system known as the I Ching, others believe the tarot was created in ancient Egypt. A book called “The key to occult science” by Papus explains that the tarot is about secrets of ages attributed to the early Christian sects of the Gnostics. Most people use the tarot as a divination tool to find answers to questions. The cards are designed to draw on your own conscious mind to help you understand the truth.  If you have never seen a tarot card before you might be amazed by the beautiful images, especially on the major arcana 22 cards: The Sun, Devil and The Star, for an example. Thousands of years ago the tarot was used to play simple card games. Spontaneous patterns, spinning wheels and a connection with playing cards, consulting the cards is much like a game of life. 

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