For individuals looking to gain deeper insight in oneself, oracle cards are a good divination tool for self-reflection. Oracle decks can be just as meaningful and effective as tarot cards at providing guidance and clarity, or helping you ease your stress or anxiety and even allowing you tap into deeper knowledge within yourself, where the answers that you seek are already there, waiting for you to listen. These decks are used to support emotional and spiritual health by attuning the user to their intuition and unlocking a deeper, inner knowledge of oneself that we can sometimes ignore or forget.
Their mystical advice is waiting for you, so let’s dive in and learn how to use these cards to tap into our intuition!
What Are Oracle Cards?
Often used similarly to how one would use a set of tarot cards, oracle cards are more of an intuitive tool, one where the interpretation is based upon the reader rather than a set symbology like traditional tarot cards. And that’s great for someone who doesn’t want to have to learn about the meaning of each individual tarot card! Each deck is unique, created from an artist’s interpretation that can feature archetypes, spirit animals, angels or even a deck of affirmations, oracle cards are wide-ranging in their meanings. The good thing is, is that the meanings are written right out-right for you, so you can easily interpret and extract the wisdom from the cards much easier than you would think.
How to Read Oracle Cards
First, you must choose a deck that calls to you. Is it the artwork? Is it the colour scheme? Whatever it is, choose what feels right to you. Make sure that you store your cards in a sacred place, whether it be in an alter in your home alongside other spiritual tools or in any other special place, take care of them and keep them somewhere meaningful. It is also important to note, that you’re open to the experience when you do a reading. Sometimes what you interpret might not make sense, and that’s okay, just be open to the experience and trust what is coming through. Don’t overthink it!
Here are some ways to help you read oracle cards:
Infuse Your Cards With Your Energy
You need to establish a strong relationship with your cards before yo begin, so the cards “get to know you”, so to speak. You can do this by shuffling the deck, playing with the cards, heck, you could even carry them around in your pocket if you want to. The purpose of this is to get your vibes aligned, for lack of a better term. The more you use your deck, the more they will work for you when you go to read them.
Be Clear On What You Want
An oracle card reading is best performed when you are relaxed. Your flustered thoughts and disorganization will not help you here, you need to get clear on what you want guidance on. Get that question clear in your mind and block out the rest. What is the goal, or intention, of this reading? What are you looking to gain more perspective on? If you need to get into the right headspace, maybe light a candle, burn some incense, or sage to get your grounded and clear your head. Even if you need to step out and take a walk, do it. Get yourself in the right head space before you begin.
Shuffle and Pull
Shuffle those cards! Don’t overthink it- just go for it. After you feel like you’ve shuffled them enough (it’s a vibe, maybe it’s seven times, maybe it’s twenty, it’s up to you), cut the deck into three equal-ish piles, and then re-stack them into one pile. Now your cards are ready to be read.
Don’t forget to breathe!
Spread Out The Cards
Once you’ve shuffled and are ready to go, now you can choose your cards. Spread them out and hover your hand over top until you feel a magnetic pull over a card, then that’s the one you should pick. Let your intuition guide you- don’t second guess yourself, just go for it. You can also do a single-card spread, where you pick one card, but you can just pick as many that calls to you as well.
Take The Time and Sit With Your Cards
After you;ve pulled your cards, now its time to sit with them. You can reach to the specific guide book that came with your deck for their meaning, but perhaps it might not be a bad idea to mull it over for yourself before you dive in. Why? Well, maybe you can glean some information that you might not graps otherwise, and instead of what you feel, or trusting your gut, you read what the book says. While that’s of course good to do, maybe you need to invite your deeper subconscious into the fold and listen to what they have to say, before you listen to someone else’s interpretation. What can you see? Are there any themes, symbols or patterns that are obvious to you? What images, words or feelings come up when you read and observe the cards? Absorb what they’re trying to tell you and let yourself be open to your guides.
Use The Guide Book
After you’ve mulled over the cards for yourself, now it’s time to take a look at the guide book and see what the cards mean. Gather any parallels that you see and any additional insights to the questions that you brought forth to the deck in the first place.
Contemplate The Message
What did you learn? It’s time to summarize the message that you received. This can be done with what your intuiton told you and what the guidebook told you. Take a moment and journal or mediate on your discoveries and what came up for you.
Types of Oracle Cards
To better illustrate the unique nature of each deck of oracle cards, here are the top five oracle decks that can improve and heal your life.
Based on the ancient pattern of behaviour, or ‘archetypes,’ the archetype card is a deck that helps the reader connect to the most sacred parts of themselves as a way to understand their deepest, unspoken wants and desires. Archetypes are heavily embedded in the ‘collective unconscious’ or the unconscious mind of an individual which is rooted in ancestral memories. This is because archetypes are most active in your individual psyche, and it can help lead you to expand your self-reflective insights on your life.
The Literary Witches Cards
Throughout history, women have often found ways to persevere in an oppressive society that has its sights on tearing them down. The Literary Witches Card deck seek out advice from strong, independent women across different time periods, with an addition of a feminist lens. These women will help provide clarity to the questions you may have in your present life and spiritual journey. Using these cards will help you contact important female figures to impart some wisdom from them.
Sacred Rebels Cards
The Sacred Rebels Card deck is a set of cards catered to people who want to foster and celebrate their individualism. This deck is dedicated to individuals who want to live their own unique, authentic truths. For the healers, shakers, and rebels of the world who want to share their light with others. Using these cards will help sacred rebels learn to love their life and reject the notion that dreams are impossible to achieve! The core message of this set of cards is “what you want, wants you.”
Goddess Power Cards
For the readers on a path to healing, learning, and building a more beautiful world, this deck of cards is for you. The Goddess Power cards are each represented by the dominant energy and personalities of goddesses. This is a representation of our individual psyche and it empowers us to break away from our old selves. While the Goddess Power deck channels and helps the reader connect with the feminine divine power, it can be used by anyone to help connect them to their intuition, emotions, and love.
In the winding way of the journey called life, sometimes we get lost, stumble, or fall. It’s all a part of the path that we call life. Oracle cards can often act as a guide to help you find your way when we become lost or find ourselves at a crossroads. When you have questions or want to gain clarity, seeking guidance from oracle cards can help you find what you’re looking for.
So, what can you glean from the cards?
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