Channeling Your Intuition
With so many amazing oracle decks out there, choosing the right one for yourself might seem a bit daunting at first. But if you take a breath and dive in, trusting your intuition to guide you, you will end up with some treasured decks to assist and support your psychic intuition.
Tarot vs. Oracle Decks
Oracle decks and tarot decks are both oracles. An oracle is a tool to access the Divine and receive guidance from Spirit, your angels, and your Higher Self. Oracle decks differ from tarot in that tarot is very structured and even with slight variations, all true tarot decks have this structure.
Tarot has 78 cards which is made of 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana cards. The major arcana represents archetypal energies and important life events, while the minor arcana represents the more day-to-day aspects of life and are divided into suits: Cups, Wands, Swords, and Pentacles. The court cards are representative of people. It requires deep, intensive study to learn Tarot and its specific meanings, but once you do, it is amazing how it opens accurate guidance for yourself and others you read for.
Oracle decks are more fluid and free-flowing, and they can be wildly different from each other. They can have any number of cards and interpretations according to whatever each author creates. Little booklets are usually included with each deck that show the author’s intended meanings. Because oracle cards are less rigid than tarot, they give you more flexibility in how you interpret them. Oracle cards help you access divine information just as tarot cards do, and neither divination system is better than the other, just different. All that matters is what works for you. Some readers use both tarot and oracle cards in their readings.
Oracle Decks Galore!
To choose the right oracle deck for you, it can be helpful to visit a store that has a wide array of oracle decks so you can find which one (or more) feels the best to you. You will find many kinds of interesting decks. Some oracle decks have words, some don’t. Among the many types, you’ll find animals, goddess, angel, shaman, tarot, wicca, and inner guidance oracle decks.
Make Your Choice
To prepare yourself to make your choice, position yourself before them, stand quietly, and center yourself. Gaze at the variety of decks before you. Which ones call to you? Pick each one that draws you in, and working with one deck at a time, see how it makes you feel while you hold it. Does it raise your energy, making you feel good? Does it lower your energy and make you feel blah? Does it make you feel nothing at all? The right oracle deck is the one that draws you in and speaks to your soul. It will raise your energy and you will feel good about it. If you attune yourself, you can even do this online.
Asking for Guidance
When you are ready to ask for answers from your oracle deck, place yourself somewhere quiet and meditate for a little bit. If you are stressed or upset, meditation will help you find the calm you need to be able to more properly interpret what the cards are telling you. This is a good time to offer up a little prayer for clear guidance. Know that your sincerity in seeking assistance makes all the difference in the kind of responses you’ll receive.
Kallista’s Favorite Oracle Decks
Here are a few of my favorite oracle decks that you might also enjoy: I like Wisdom of the Oracle divination cards by Colette Baron-Reid, and the way elements of every divination system are included; the I Ching, runes, and tarot, among others. It gives you clear answers when you need them. Sacred Path cards by Jamie Sams draws you into the Native American spiritual tradition. It feels like you’re being guided by shamanic energy as you receive accurate insights. Archangel Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue makes you even more aware of the loving presence of archangels in your life who are guiding, guarding, and helping you every step of the way. For years now, the oracle I turn to most when I need clear guidance is in the form of a book: Tarot Made Easy by Nancy Garen. I use it in conjunction with my tarot cards and it has proven to be incredibly accurate.
And a Bonus Tarot Deck!
My favorite tarot deck is the Universal Waite tarot (which is a more beautifully colored Rider Waite deck.) I tried many decks when I first began reading, and I’ve always come back to this one. It just speaks to me. You may find that one deck is your foundation deck in that it is the one you most frequently turn to for guidance.
You Don’t Have to Limit Yourself
You can have as many kinds of oracle decks as you please. There will be times you need something a little different. Some are filled with affirmations. If you’re having a difficult day or your emotions are in turmoil, these types of decks can prove very supportive.
The most important thing is to think of your oracle decks as friends who guide you when you need to see more clearly, because that is what they are.
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