You're settling into a reading, shuffling away and getting ready to cut your deck when - surprise!
A card leaps out of the pack and falls at your feet.
What does it mean when a card makes a great escape?
Should you pay any attention to it?
What exactly are you supposed to do with it?!
It's jumper card time!
First things first, there aren't any rules you 'have' to follow when slinging cards.
If the thought of paying attention to a jumper card doesn't jive with you, feel free to slip it back into the deck and to carry on as before.
Your intuition and your way is key, sweet friend!
If you do feel drawn towards a jumper card and sense it might be significant, here are some things you might like to consider when figuring out its place in your reading.
Hi you, it's me, The Universe!
Cards holding a message your Higher Self and Guides are really keen to deliver sometimes go rouge in order to catch your attention.
Kinda like a "look at me! Pay attention to meee!" gesture designed to make you stop and press pause.
Take a look at the card(s) in question and ask yourself if it represents an energy that resonates in some way with where you are right now.
My jumper card in the pic above is Death (eep!), suggesting a period of major transition and release - spot on with stuff going on in my life right now.
Death appeared as a friendly reminder that endings don't have to be scary. Sometimes Death is exactly what we need to see in order to give us the push required to step forward into the new.
Yo, you've been ignoring me. Why?
Desperately trying to dodge a message tap-tapping you on the shoulder?
Jumper cards can indicate that the time has come to confront whatever it is you've been resisting or turning away from.
If this is the case, take a moment to ask yourself why you've been feeling such resistance and explore how the card in hand can help you face up to the truth ready to be explored.
Have you tried switching it off and on again?
Cards that fly out of the deck might just be offering unexpected and super helpful solutions to your problems.
Perhaps there's a relationship issue that's been driving you around the bend, or a work related conundrum you just can't seem to resolve.
What advice might your jumper card be offering you now? How might it aid you in your problem solving?
You never know until you try!
Let's look at things from a different perspective...
Particularly handy when it comes to relationship issues, jumper cards can help us discover and understand different perspectives.
If we're stuck in a rather aggressive "understand me!" mode, opening ourselves to someone else's point of view can help shift us into a receptive "I'd like to understand you" frame of mind.
The same goes for times of anxiety and stress; the cards can help us reframe our experiences so that we can begin to regain a sense of personal power and choice when it comes to how we'd like to respond to our experiences and current circumstances.
Tell me what you want, what you really, really want
Jumper cards have a canny way of pointing out what we're most in need of at this moment in time in order to fill our cup and keep ourselves grounded and balanced.
If you're struggling to pinpoint where to channel your energy self-care wise, consider what your jumper card might advise.
Perhaps the Ace of Pentacles is inviting you to take a walk in the park, while the Three of Cups might suggest brunch with your friends as being the restorative tonic needed in order to set you on your feet again.
If you have a question in mind while shuffling the cards and a jumper card makes an escape, it might be offering a supercharged bolt of inspiration and wisdom, leading the rest of your reading as a guide card.
The Bigger Picture
Whatever the specifics of the card in question, I tend to place jumper cards at the top of my readings, pulling the rest of my cards as usual while reflecting on how the jumper in question relates to and adds to the reading as a whole.
As always, intuition is key - if it resonates with you in some way, go for it.
And if not, don't be afraid to spend some time asking your jumper card questions, pondering its meaning over time if you feel called to do so.
Here's to happy card slinging and jumper card busting - shuffle away!
Featured deck: The Disciples Tarot