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.
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!