There are so many amazing new Oracle Card Decks to choose from… And yet, Oracle Cards are nothing new!
In fact, Oracle Cards are quite an ancient form of divination, with huge similarities to the Tarot, the ancient Runes, or even the iChing.
Oracle Cards are simply a tool that offers a way to focus your intuition so you can tune into spiritual guidance and insight. The cards themselves are not magic… But rather they offer a mechanism for you to tune into the magic and Divine guidance within you.
To understand what Oracle Cards are, we can simply break down their name into two parts.
Oracle: The word oracle comes from the ancient latin word “orare” which means to speak. There’s also an old French word, oracle, which means “temple, house, or prayer”.
Combining these two meanings a bit we can look to ancient Greece, where an “oracle” was a person whom deities were believed to speak.
There it is!
An Oracle is simply something through which the Divine speaks.
Cards: The word card can be traced back to the Greek word, khartēs which literally means papyrus leaf. The modern equivalent of papyrus is paper…
And so a card is essentially just a piece of shaped paper.
Putting the two words back together, we can surmise that Oracle Cards are essentially pieces of paper through which the Divine speaks.
Or in other words…
They are cards that we can use to access our own source of inner Divine wisdom, spiritual guidance and insight.
Yep … That’s it!
The truth is we all have the potential to be Oracles, because we’re all connected to the Divine, and can therefore allow Divine guidance to flow through us.
Honestly everyone receives Divine guidance, and it comes in many ways… Whether it is through aha moments, chance encounters, reading articles, books, or having sudden revelations, or insights.
Oracles are simply those who have opened up the channel to be able to clearly receive guidance on demand, or as needed.
You can learn to access Divine Guidance by simply going inward.
And by the way, I’ve written about how to access the inner Oracle of your Heart here.
But sometimes it helps to use a divination tool like Oracle Cards when you’re first learning to consciously tune into guidance.
One of the great things about Angel and Oracle Cards, is that they work great for both the super advanced as well as complete beginners.
If you are a beginner… Don’t be afraid to jump in!
Here’s a quick guide to get you started.
When reading Oracle Cards, there is an immense benefit in beginning with a clear intention for what you are trying to accomplish.
I like to begin my readings by calling cleansing my cards, and then calling in my team of guides and angels of love and light, and asking for the clear knowledge, wisdom and truth that will most serve according to Divine Will in the highest interest of all.
So to begin, take a few moments to breathe, relax, and shift your awareness inward. Call in your guides, and request clear and specific guidance through your Oracle Card Reading.
Next… Ask a question! The more specific your question, the more specific the guidance you receive will be.
You don’t have to ask your question aloud, but it can be helpful to do so.
Focus on asking questions that are open ended rather than yes/no type queries.
Once you’ve asked your question, start shuffling your cards.
There’s no right or wrong way to do this…
But I share some techniques for how to shuffle here.
If there was one important piece to share with you about shuffling it’s this: imagine that your cards are completely surrounded with light, and that as you shuffle the right cards to answer your question will automatically appear.
If you shuffle the way I do (and like I share above), you will likely have cards stick out or pop out of the deck in some way while you shuffle! These are your cards.
The number of cards you choose will depend on what Oracle Card Spread you’re using…
But for beginners, a one card reading, or a simple 3-card past, present, future reading is a great place to begin.
What in the image stands out for you? What does that symbolize?
What insight just pops into your awareness as to what the card means? Breathe, quiet your mind, open your heart and allow your intuitive guidance to reveal to you the meaning of the card.
Don’t hesitate to “read between the lines”, “go out on a limb” and trust that tiny little voice within. If the cards meaning is not obvious to you… Don’t worry.
Breathe, be open to receive and then read the card title out loud. Focus your awareness on your inner psychic screen and see what else appears.
Learn how to use your inner psychic screen in my Angel Intuition Course.
Most Oracle Decks come with a guidebook. While I teach you to stop using your guidebook in my Angel Intuition Course, when you’re a complete beginner it can be a helpful resource.
Find the pre-written message as to what the card you’ve drawn means inside of the guidebook that came with your deck, and read it.
As you read, listen to the message, but also read between the lines.
What is the guidebook not saying but you’re feeling? What is the deeper meaning as it relates to your personal question and situation?
Read the message… But don’t take it word for word, rather remember that you have access to intuition, and the guidebook is just a trigger for those aha revelations and intuitive hits of yours to appear.
Complete the above process to intuitively analyze all the cards you’ve drawn, then thank your guides and angels for their presence, and allow your reading to be complete.
Even if the cards you drew don’t make sense… Trust that you drew the right cards. Rather than thinking you chose incorrectly and trying to repeat the reading, let it simmer for a while. Meditate on the cards you drew, and know that as you continue to practice reading Oracle Cards, you will gain deeper insight as your intuition builds and develops.
Have fun and trust in the process.
We talked above about what Oracle Cards are, and how to read them…
But wait? According to the above definition you might think that Tarot Cards are a type of Oracle Card…
And then every Tarot or Oracle Card reader would probably disagree with you. 🙂
Really, its just structure!
Tarot Cards follow a very specific structure and system, while Oracle Cards are much more free flowing.
A Tarot deck usually consists of 78 cards.
In the Tarot there are 22 Major Arcana cards that represent our journey through life and 36 Minor Arcana cards that are grouped into four suits of wands, cups, swords, and pentacles.
The 22 Major Arcana cards represent our journey through life, from the Fool to the World.
To accurately read the Tarot, its helpful to first know the system and what the different cards mean, and then your intuition can guide you deeper.
The most known and popular Tarot Deck is the Rider Waite Tarot.
Beyond the Rider-Waite Tarot Decks, there are many other decks and styles, but they mainly follow the same system as the Rider Waite Tarot, or a slightly modified version where the name of the suits are changed, but many of the elements remain the same.
Oracle cards on the other hand have no predetermined structure, other than what the author decides so they're a bit easier to pick up and run with…
But really, both are wonderful tools that are not magical in and of themselves, but rather can be used to access your inner magic, intuition, and Divine Guidance!
When it comes to choosing which Oracle Cards to work with, there are soooo many choices!
You have angel oracle oracle cards, goddess cards, animal cards, traditional tarot cards, lenormand cards, psychic intuition cards, Law of Attraction cards, sacred geometry cards, mandala cards, wisdom oracles and seriously so many more… There's literally even teddy bear cards, cat and dog cards, and zodiac cards.
So how do you choose?
I personally feel its important to choose cards that have imagery you enjoy and resonate with. So much of accurately reading Oracle Cards is based on your intuitive impressions that come through your connection with the visual imagery, so its important that you do connect and resonate with your cards.
In addition to beautiful and light filled imagery… I prefer Oracle Cards that have little text on the actual cards. This really allows the card image to trigger intuition without a long paragraph of text distracting.
Other than that…
It's up to you, and actually, choosing what deck to work with is an intuitive process in and of itself.
If you're lucky enough to live near a well stocked Metaphysical shop, I would recommend stopping in. Go to the card section and see which decks you feel intuitively drawn to. If they have open decks and you can play with the cards, and look through them, even better!
Let's face it … Most people do not live near a well stocked metaphysical store so let's talk about how to buy Oracle Cards Online!
The great thing about buying online is you have access to way more decks than you would ever be able to find locally, including some great Indie Oracle Cards Decks that are only distributed online.
Again, follow your intuition, and start by narrowing the playing field a bit.
What category of Oracle Cards do you intuitively feel you would enjoy and benefit from working with?
If you intuitively feel drawn to Angel Cards… Great! Narrow your search to Angel Oracle Cards. If you feel you would enjoy Nature or Animal Totem Cards, focus your search there.
If you're not sure… That's okay too!
I really think the biggest key is to allow your intuition to guide you, and allow the right cards for you here and now to appear.
Many people have taken the time to review different Oracle Card Decks online, and show videos or images of the actual cards. If you're not sure how to narrow your choices down between a few decks, look to see if anyone has reviewed it!
Here are some Oracle Card Decks I've personally used and can recommend.
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In addition to reading reviews about Oracle Cards, there are quite a few online card reading options where you can try the decks out for yourself first in a digital format before purchasing.
With love and blessings,
Melanie Beckler is an internationally acclaimed best-selling author, channel, and founder of www.Ask-Angels.com. Her books, Angel Messages, Angel Courses and CD's provide a direct link to the love, frequency & wisdom from the Angelic and Spiritual Realms for people around the world.
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