A How-To Guide for Oracle Card Reading

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Oracle cards are one of my favourite tools to use when I want insights on what’s happening in my life. I also love reading cards for other people. It’s amazing how helpful and accurate they can be.

I’ve noticed that some people feel a bit intimidated by oracle cards, so I wanted to share some information about them to encourage you to give them a try.

What are oracle cards?

Did you ever watch the movie The Matrix starring Keanu Reeves? In the movie, there’s a lady they call The Oracle who is all-knowing, can see the future, and gives advice to people that come to see her.

I like to think of oracle cards as a way to receive messages from a higher power. This can be whatever higher power you believe in. A typical oracle card deck has 44 cards but some decks have less cards and some have more. It will tell you on the box how many cards are included.

The cards are often slightly bigger than a deck of playing cards, but this isn’t a hard and fast rule. Some decks are larger and some come in a more square shape. There are many different themes for oracle decks, so you are sure to find one that interests you.

Differences between oracle and tarot cards

Oracle cards are great for beginners because you don’t have to know the story behind each card, like you do with tarot cards. With oracle cards, anything goes!

Tarot card decks always have 78 cards: 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana. Each number of a tarot card is always a specific card even though the decks can come in different themes. For example, card six in a tarot deck is always The Lovers card.

How to choose an oracle card deck

Choosing an oracle card deck should be a very intuitive process. In other words, go with your gut! You want to choose a deck that you really resonate with to get the best messages from it. Start by looking at the artwork. If you really love it, that’s a great start.

Next, pick up a deck. Do you feel drawn to it or repelled by it. Some people will hold the deck in their hands and close their eyes to see if they feel their body moving away from the deck or closer to the deck.

How to use oracle cards

Once you’ve chosen a deck, you can get to know it by shuffling the cards, putting it under your pillow while you sleep, or reading the guide book that came with the deck.

It doesn’t matter how you shuffle the cards. Some people like to move them around gently, others will shuffle them the same way they shuffle a deck of playing cards. This is another opportunity to go with your gut and do what feels right to you.

Some people like to interview their oracle decks by asking them questions before they use them for the first time. For example, you can ask the deck, “What kinds of readings do you like?” or “How would you like to work with me?” or “What are your strengths?”

You will know the deck has a message for you if a card falls out while you are shuffling. Otherwise, if no card falls out, you can cut the deck and draw a card instead. Look at the picture and see what the card wants you to know. If you’re stuck, you can always read about the card in the guidebook.

I hope you will give oracle cards a try. They’re so fun!

Come see how I read cards by joining me for one of my Oracle Card and Chill sessions. They’re free on Facebook most Thursday evenings. You can learn more over on my Facebook page. Be sure to follow me to receive notifications for when I’ll be live.

Josie Myers is a Spiritual Motherhood GuideWith a master’s degree in education and a background in Reiki, Josie Myers is a (1)

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