The main difference between the two is that a tarot deck is based on a fixed system and usually includes a deck of 78 cards, each with its traditional meaning. Oracle decks, which are also used as an intuitive divination tool, do not necessarily follow a set structure.
The creator and artist of each oracle deck selects all the details, including the theme, the images, the number of cards, and the meanings of each of the cards. There are decks with archetypes, animal spirits, angels, and affirmations, like Gabrielle Bernstein’s deck, The Universe Has Your Back. While the options for illustrations and meanings are essentially endless, the best part is that these meanings are usually written for you right there on the card, making extracting wisdom that much simpler.
Reading: How to connect with oracle cards
“oracle decks support emotional and spiritual health by attuning the user to their intuition and deeper inner knowing.” —aarona lea pichinson, founder of the moon platform
oracle cards can be just as effective as tarot cards in providing guidance and clarity; relieving fear and anxiety, and helping you tap into your intuition and answers that are already within you. “Oracle decks support emotional and spiritual health by attuning the user to their intuition and deeper inner knowing that we can sometimes forget during the busyness or transitions of life,” says Aarona Lea Pichinson, Author, Ritual Wellness Teacher and founder of oracle card. set the moon cover.
In other words, think of oracle cards as your ever-available mystical advice that can answer any questions you have. ready to try oracle cards? Read on for tips and a step-by-step guide on how to use oracle cards to tap into your intuition.
3 tips for reading oracle cards
1. keep your cards in a sacred place
Oracle cards are sacred intuitive tools, so Pichinson recommends that you treat them as such and keep them on an altar or designated shelf in your home, along with your other crystal- and sage-filled spiritual toolkit. white.
2. don’t think about it too much
While intuitive messages may not always make a lot of sense, trusting them is still the point. “When you get your intuitive hits, do your best not to think about them too much,” says Rebecca Campbell, creator of Work Your Light Oracle and co-creator of Starseed Oracle Decks. “Instead, thank your soul for the information and ask for more. Following your intuition requires trust, faith, and openness and a willingness to be surprised.”
3. create card reading rituals
To step up your oracle card reading game, pichinson recommends incorporating little rituals into your day where you take a moment to pause, connect with yourself, and draw some cards for just a couple of minutes. he also suggests taking out the cards to play on special occasions, like when you’re out with friends or for a new moon ritual.
7 steps to use oracle cards to harness your intuition
1. infuse the cards with your energy
To create a strong relationship with your oracle cards, pichinson recommends first infusing them with your energy by playing with them or even carrying them with you. “The more you use your decks and play them, the more they work for you and you,” she says.
2. be clear about what you want guidance on
As with tarot cards, the power of the information you receive will depend on how good the question is. That’s why Campbell recommends first being very clear about what, specifically, you want guidance on and asking a question about it.
3. shuffle your oracle cards well
Shuffle the cards, Pichinson says, until you feel complete, which is usually around seven decks or more. then cut the platform into three stacks and stack them back into a single stack. remember to breathe and be present as you do so, and allow your energy to merge with the energy of the cards.
4. spread the cards
“Lay out your cards and run your hand over them until you feel a magnetic pull and pick that card,” says Pichinson. “You can do a single card spread or select multiple cards, depending on which spread you choose and how deep you want to go with this reading.” Many oracle decks often come with a booklet with tips on how to use different spreads. but, if you want to keep it super simple, just draw a card.
5. sit with the card(s)
once you’ve drawn a card or cards, pichinson suggests not diving into the guide immediately to search for meaning. “Let her intuition guide the meaning for a few minutes,” she says. “This will allow her intuition to lead the way while inviting her deeper subconscious to also receive some medicine from this process.”
Notice any themes, words, phrases or symbols on the cards, Campbell says. Did images, words, sounds, or feelings come up as you read them? Or, was there an insider knowing about something?
6. look in the guide
once you’ve considered the cards on your own and noticed the intuitive messages, pichinson says you can read the description in the guide (if the deck comes with one) to note any parallels you notice and gather information additional.
7. summarizes the main message
Finally, summarize the main message you received from the oracle cards based on what came intuitively and what you learned from the guide. you can meditate or write a journal about what occurred to you.
Finally, says Campbell, identify what action steps you can take based on that guidance, because what good is universal guidance if we don’t put it into practice?
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