Oracle Decks

I was asked today what I thought of oracle cards and if I ever worked with them.  After a moment of thought, I responded that yes, I did work with them and that I liked them very much.  The natural follow-up question was “Why?” and that got me thinking.

Oracle cards fill a very unique niche in divination practice, in my opinion.  You will find a host of oracle decks with ideas encompassing everything from angels to dragons and fairies.   I have not personally worked with more than three or four oracle decks myself, so I cannot speak with any authority on every type.  However, the overarching theme that I have found running through the decks that I have worked with is that of more instructive messages which have a more uplifting feel to them.

For example, my favorite oracle deck right now is the lovely Vintage Wisdom Oracle by Victoria Mosely.

vintage wisdon oracle

What can I say? I’m a sucker for vintage ephemera and this deck has it in spades with its striking, feminine images and graceful collages.  It’s a substantial deck as well, with 52 cards and an 80-page guidebook.  I find the messages in this deck to be clear and instructive, giving the seeker something to meditate upon or something upon which to take action.  They strike a nice balance, without being overbearingly sweet or unendurably harsh.  I think this balance is why I enjoy their messages so much.

There is also so much room for intuition when using oracle cards.  Unlike Tarot, which often has a proscribed system or meaning for its cards, oracle cards are very free-form in how you may interpret them.  The guidebooks provide insight into what the creator intended, but the rich imagery often allows your intuition to really take flight.  I do not mean to imply, of course, that intuition plays no part in Tarot.  We know this is not the case!  I simply mean that oracle decks don’t seem to have a built-in framework to start with, and therefore you need to “wing it” a bit more, so to speak.

Another thing I have noticed with oracle decks is that most of them seem to have a more positive slant to them.  Even the “darker” cards appear to have more uplifting messages.  I honestly can’t say why this appears to be the case.  I’d be interested in opinions on this, so feel free to comment below!

In closing, I think oracle decks will always have a place in my divination repertoire.  I think they are useful, unique and quite fun to work with.  In fact, I think I will endeavor to give mine a bit more exercise in the coming months!

 

 

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Will I Ever Find Love?

As a professional tarot reader, I have been asked this question quite often.  It’s a reasonable question; people want to have love in their lives, especially if they are just leaving a relationship and are still a bit wounded from it.  However, speaking as a reader, hearing that question always makes me cringe a bit–but not for the reasons that you might imagine.

One of the things that I like about being a tarot reader is that I love being able to help people feel empowered through receiving a reading.  I want my clients to feel like they are walking away with the perspective that they are the strong, beautiful, wonderful individuals that they are.  Unfortunately, answering a string of “yes or no” questions doesn’t really allow for that type of reading.

When I get the question “Will I find love?” I usually gently re-direct with the following:  “Would it be helpful to you to know what’s blocking you from finding the right person, and perhaps get some advice on how to go about bringing the right kind of energy into your life?”  It’s amazing how much that type of question can open the door into much more insight than the simple “yes or no.”

I have a very simple spread that I do that shows what is blocking the client from progressing in their relationships and provides advice on how to move forward.  (I apologize for not being handy enough with the blog tools yet so that I could create a picture to show the spread.  I hope to be able to do this later.)  It’s rewarding how often this spread provides the type of information that is truly useful for someone to move forward in a positive fashion.

The next time you sit down with your cards and think about asking them that “yes or no” question, consider asking them for advice on how to resolve your issue instead.  I promise it will be much more fulfilling in the long run.

Working with a New Deck: Getting to Know All About You

Is there anything quite so satisfying as breaking open a new tarot deck?  I just love that feeling of taking off the shrink wrap, cracking open the box and tipping those brand new, lovely cards into my hands.  I love going through the cards, one by one, taking in their imagery, just letting it sink in on an emotional level and getting that first impression.

I can usually tell after the first pass-through if a deck and I are are going to get along well together and be able to communicate easily.  Sometimes the connection is instant, and I could easily put the cards down on the table and begin reading with them.  Sometimes that connection is not quite so rapid, however.  Since the instant connection is fairly self-explanatory, I figured I’d take a few minutes to talk about what to do when you don’t immediately connect with that brand new deck you just shelled out money for.

The first step, in my opinion is to start spending regular time with the deck, even if it’s not a favorite.  Carry it around with you.  Let it pick up some of your energy.  Charge it in your sacred space, if you have a place set aside for that sort of thing.  I’ve even been known to tuck a deck underneath my pillow on occasion.  Establishing a connection sometimes means forming a relationship that is more than just pulling the cards out occasionally to read with them.

However, speaking of reading with them–you need to do that, too.  Exercise them.  Attempt to do readings, even if they are simple ones.  You’d be surprised at how much a single card draw can do to enhance your understanding of the imagery and facilitate the ease with which you can begin to read with the deck.

Journaling is an excellent way to dive into a new deck as well.  I keep a tarot journal, and typically make notes on new decks.  I make my own notes and also take note of the things said in the LWB (Little White Book) included with the cards.  This exercise helps me seek out the details in the images; I often find things that I overlooked on previous examinations.  It also helps me put my feelings and impressions of the cards down in written form, which helps me remember them in future readings.

Finally, sometimes none of the above helps.  I’ve had decks that no matter how much work I put into them that I just could not connect with.  They ended up looking like so many bright colors and pictures on cardstock with no messages attached to them at all.  At that point, I’ve either decided to gift them to someone else who I felt would enjoy them, or just kept them in my collection for their artistic value.

I hope these thoughts have helped give a few ideas on building that connection with a new deck!  Happy shopping!