Oracle & Tarot Cards

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I’ve been into oracle cards for a while, and have also gotten into tarot within the past couple of years. As I explore different spiritual practices and tools, it’s fun to see what truly resonates with me, and what innate skills I have.

Hint: cards is one of them 😉

So if you’re not into cards or are a newb, you may not know the difference between oracle cards vs. tarot (cause I didn’t when I first started using them lol). Here’s the gist:

Oracle cards are less structured than tarot, and the types of cards and meanings can be wide and ranging and basically up to the creator of the deck.

Tarot, on the other hand, is more structured. There’s 78 cards in a deck, and the deck is split into major arcana (think major life milestones, bigger picture) vs. minor arcana cards (think daily, everyday moments or details). The minor arcana makes up the majority of the deck, and is split into four suits: cups, pentacles, swords, and wands.

TLDR: oracle cards have prescribed meanings, and tarot needs to be interpreted.

I use both types of cards in various ways, but as I develop my daily rituals and practices, I notice that I tend to resonate more with oracle cards and use them more than tarot. I use them for weekly wisdom, monthly wisdom, and various and daily pulls and spreads whenever I feel called. I also frequently feel called to randomly pull cards for others. For example, last Monday, I was calling it Mystical Messages Monday because spirit was nudging me to pull and interpret cards for a few people.

These are my favorite oracle decks:

The Starseed Oracle Deck by Rebecca Campbell

Mystical Shaman Oracle Cards by Alberto Villoldo, Colette Baron-Reid, & Marcela Lobos

Sacred Rebels Oracle Deck by Alana Fairchild

The Good Tarot by Colette Baron-Reid

The Psychic Tarot Oracle Cards by John Holland

And this is my favorite tarot deck and tarot guide:

Golden Universal Tarot Deck and The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Readings by Brigit Esselmont

If you’re interested in cards, I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the decks above. What I like to do is research decks online and pick the ones that call to me. Sometimes you may get a new deck and realize you just don’t have a connection with it and you need to find something else. That happened to me when I was picking my traditional tarot deck. I went with the widely used and recommended Rider Waite tarot deck and felt NO connection to it at all. I eventually heard of the golden universal deck, and felt very drawn to it, and since getting it, it definitely works waaaay better for me.

I’d love to know if you have a favorite deck to work with, or any recommendations around decks, spreads, guidebooks, and the like. Comment below to share 🙂

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