For as long as I can remember I have been drawn to all things “magical” I remember making my own Rune’s when I was about 14 after reading an article in “Girlfriend” magazine – shows my age 😖
I love Crystal’s and incense and essential oils, herbs, flowers and of course Oracle Cards! I have dabbled over the years by buying a cheap oracle or a positive message deck, pulling a card here and there, and maybe having it sitting on my desk for a few days or on my bedside table. I love the art and the mystical images and colors!
But then lately I was invited to join a group of lovely people to learn about Spiritualism and amongst many other things I have learned all about Oracle Cards and now have my own wee practice and an obsession with Oracle Card decks, it just seemed a natural progression to stock Oracle Cards in my online store for myself and my customers. – Well I need to try them before I sell them right? 😂
If you feel lost or uncertain in your daily life, or you want a reliable tool to tap into your intuition and gain valuable insights, then why not try Oracle Cards? There are thousands of powerful, beautiful decks available now, that can help you unlock the hidden wisdom within yourself and guide you through life’s challenges as they arise.
What are Oracle Cards?
So…. What the heck are they? Oracle Cards are sometimes referred to as divination cards which can help you gain valuable insights into various aspects of your life, they can serve as a trusted guide to help you navigate life, from ups and downs to self-discovery to helping you with your personal growth.
In a nutshell, Oracle Cards are a deck of cards that contain meaningful symbols, images, sometimes numbers, and messages for you. Unlike traditional playing cards, each card in an Oracle Deck carries a specific meaning or message that can offer guidance, inspiration, and clarity. They come in a variety of themes and designs, from Angels and animals to Crystal’s, Forest’s, Flowers to Energies. This means you can choose a deck that resonates with you and aligns with your interests and personal style or aesthetic you love. When you choose a deck go with your intuition, one will probably stick out to you. More about choosing your deck below.
Once you choose a deck and start using it you kind of make a connection with the cards themselves. This is what sets Oracle Cards apart from other divination tools, you put your energy into the cards and create a relationship with them. Have a look through each card once you open your new deck, maybe spread them out and sit them in the sun for a day or in the moonlight – and or with some crystals on and around them. When you start using the cards tap into your intuition and allow your inner wisdom to guide you in interpreting the messages and insights revealed by the cards. The cards act as a mirror to reflect your thoughts, emotions & subconscious beliefs which offers a deeper understanding of yourself and any situations you may be facing that you would like guidance on.
Once you are ready to use your cards some people may choose to follow specific spreads or layouts to gain detailed insights. Most decks have spreads to choose from in the guidebook provided with the deck. So you can either select one card or a spread from your deck then look up the meanings of the cards in your guidebook, or you may want to take a more intuitive approach and draw some cards or one card and see what comes to mind, journal on what feelings the card brings up. Spend time with your cards and create your own practice with them. I love to take some time each morning to myself before anyone else wakes up. I have different practices depending on what’s going on in my life, but I usually meditate using my Braintap app, then write in my Gratitude Diary, pull an Oracle Card for the day, then do a quick yoga or some kind of aerobic workout.
I will do a large Oracle Card spread maybe once a month in tune with the Moon 🌒 for guidance like a crescent spread. Sometimes I journal first maybe writing down any worries or hopes and dreams, then pull a card and ask a question like “what do I need to know about this situation?”, or “how do I stay in my magic” The guidebooks also come with questions, but as you use the cards more you will develop your own rhythm.
Above is an example of a crescent spread you could try, while the moon is in the waxing stage. Find yourself a spread when you need guidance or feel the need to do a larger spread which coincides with the stage in which the moon is in. You could create a spread for each phase of the moon - full moon spreads, waning moon spreads, new moon spreads, see where the moon is and choose or create your spread.
During the waxing moon, the moon is transitioning from the New Moon (where it's not visible at all) to the Full Moon (where it's fully illuminated). This means that each night, you can see a little more of the moon's surface. The waxing moon is associated with increasing energy and momentum. It's a favorable time for starting new projects, setting intentions, and taking actions toward your goals.
It's nice to be in tune with the moon and your cards as your life unfolds.
Regardless of the method or practice you choose, the messages from the cards serve as a catalyst for self-reflection and can bring up things you would never of thought of relating to the situation you are currently experiencing. If you don’t understand the meaning for you straight away, just sit on that card for a few days and you will find the meaning will come to you – just be open.
I find using Oracle Cards gives me clarity and perspective in times of uncertainty or confusion. I just make sure to be in the right state before I use them. So I take the time first to calm down, I will either enhale some essential oils, or start my diffuser, sometimes light a candle, relax maybe do a meditation, or say a prayer first then, consult my cards. Whether you are seeking guidance on a specific question or simply looking for a general direction in life, Oracle Cards can help you gain a fresh perspective and uncover hidden insights. They can be a source of comfort and encouragement, reminding you of your inner strength and resilience.
Here are some of my favorite Essential Oils to use to get you in the right state of mind.
Again though like the Oracle Cards use your intuition, and choose the essential oils you are drawn too or that you love.
*"For each person a fragrance will resonate at a different tone and rate. Fragrance performs many roles - it helps the mind to focus and concentrate. It also relaxes the mind and body, and opens the heart so it can receive. More than this though, it creates a link between the conscious and subconscious mind, allowing a chain of events to come forth. It expands the space between thoughts; that space leading to the oneness of the universe"
If you are new to Essential Oils have no idea where to start you can choose an Essential Oil related to your star sign: Astrology and Aromatherapy - Astroaroma.
Why Use Oracle Cards?
Oracle Cards can be a powerful tool for tapping into your intuition, allowing you to access the wisdom and guidance that lies within you. By drawing a card or a spread of cards, you invite a deeper connection with your subconscious mind, opening yourself up to new possibilities and perspectives. I really enjoy the different perspectives I have uncovered since starting my practice. When you draw a card you a not sure of, don’t put it back – you were meant to draw that card and uncover the meaning for yourself. When I first started I would quite often put a card back thinking oh no that’s not the right one for today but soon learned when I kept picking it, yes it was the right card, I just had to change my perspective and sit with it a bit.
When you read the meanings of the cards in your guidebook, take what sticks out to you and either journal about it or mull it over in your head. I quite often find after a couple of days the meaning of the card or the answer I’m looking for just comes to me out of the blue. You must be open to receiving it, so being where your feet are – in the present. Or maybe it will come to you in a dream, which I have also experienced.
Also remember that Oracle Cards are not limited to a single interpretation or meaning. They offer a wide range of symbolic imagery and themes that can be interpreted in different ways, depending on your personal experiences and intuition. I have a journal which I write down the cards I have drawn and the meaning I took from them the day I drew them, and when I look back, I find each time I draw a card I am taking different meanings from them, depending on what’s happening in my life at the time, which is quite amazing I think. This flexibility allows you to explore different facets of a situation or question, enabling you to see it from various angles and uncover insights that may have been previously hidden.
As you engage with the cards, you become fully present in the moment, focusing your attention on the images, symbols, and messages they convey. This practice encourages you to slow down, quiet your mind, and connect with your inner self, fostering a deeper understanding of your thoughts, emotions, and desires.
Moreover, oracle cards can be a source of inspiration and motivation. They can provide the gentle nudge you need to take the next step forward or to trust your instincts in making important decisions. By offering guidance and validation, oracle cards can boost your confidence and empower you to trust your own intuition.
Choosing the Right Oracle Card Deck
In order to fully embrace the power of oracle cards and effectively incorporate them into your daily life, it is important to choose the right deck that resonates with you. Understanding the different types of Oracle Card decks and their unique qualities will guide you in finding the perfect deck that enhances your intuitive practice.
When it comes to selecting an oracle card deck, there are numerous options available, each with its own theme, imagery, and energy. Some decks focus on specific areas such as love, relationships, career, or personal growth, while others offer a broader range of topics. Exploring the various themes and designs will help you align your intentions and areas of interest with the deck that speaks to you on a deep level. When I'm looking for a new deck usually one jumps out at me in an actual shop, it's like it's calling me and I know that's my new deck. If I'm humming and haaaa'ing and can't decided then I know the right deck is not actually there for me. For finding decks online I like to have a browse through say Amazon note down a few that jump out at me, then I go and research the person who has created the deck before I buy it, since I can't feel it in person.
Consider the style of artwork that resonates with your personal aesthetic. Oracle card decks come in a wide range of artistic styles, from intricate illustrations to abstract designs. Take some time to explore different decks and observe how their artwork makes you feel. You may find that certain styles evoke a stronger connection or emotional response within you, signalling that this deck could be the ideal companion for your intuitive journey. Go with what you love.
Another important aspect to consider is the energy and vibe of the deck. Each deck carries its own unique energy, which can influence the overall experience of using oracle cards. Some decks may have a more gentle and nurturing energy, while others exude a sense of empowerment and strength. Pay attention to the energy you feel when viewing different decks, as this will help you determine which deck aligns with your personal energy and intuition.
Ultimately, the right oracle card deck is the one that resonates with you on a deep level, intuitively drawing you in and igniting your curiosity. Take your time exploring different decks, reading reviews, and even connecting with others who use Oracle Cards to gather insights and recommendations. It’s also great connecting with others who use Oracle Cards because sometimes you can choose a deck and it’s just not the right one for you for some reason, if this happens trust that feeling and gift that deck to one of these people you have connected with.
I have added a few different kinds of decks throughout this post for you to look at and see the wide range of decks available, it's amazing - there's like a deck for everything!
Interpreting Oracle Card Messages
Having a deck you love can unlock the profound wisdom and guidance that oracle cards have to offer, further enhancing our daily lives and intuitive journey.
Interpreting the messages within oracle cards is a deeply personal and intuitive process. Each card holds a unique energy and symbolism, which can offer insights, guidance, and even validation for our thoughts and feelings. When we connect with a card, it's essential to trust our instincts and rely on our intuition to uncover the underlying meaning.
One way to interpret oracle card messages is to pay attention to the imagery and symbolism depicted on the cards. Take a few moments to study the image and notice any emotions, thoughts, or impressions that arise. The colors, objects, and figures within the card can hold significant clues about the message it carries. Trust your initial gut reaction to guide you towards the core essence of the card's meaning.
In addition to visual cues, the written messages in the guidebook or keywords provided with each card can also serve as valuable interpretive tools. Also take a look at the number of the card - if your deck has numbers. Numbers have their own energy as well. These brief descriptions and numbers often offer a starting point for reflection and can help trigger further insights. However, it's important not to rely solely on these interpretations. Allow your intuition to expand upon the provided information and dive deeper into the nuances of the card's message.
Another approach to interpreting oracle card messages is to explore the card within the context of your current situation or question. Consider the aspects of your life that are relevant to the card's theme or message. Reflect on how the card resonates with your experiences and emotions. By connecting the card's symbolism with your own personal journey, you can uncover profound meanings and uncover new perspectives.
Remember, there is no right or wrong way to interpret oracle cards. The beauty of this practice lies in its fluidity and personalized nature. Trust yourself and your intuition as you explore the messages offered by the cards. As you gain experience and deepen your connection with your oracle deck, you will develop your own unique interpretation style, allowing the cards to become a powerful tool for self-reflection and guidance.
Integrating Oracle Card Guidance into Your Life
By understanding how to interpret oracle card messages, you can now move forward and explore how to integrate these insights into your daily life, enriching your intuitive journey with practical application and transformative growth. Integrating oracle card guidance into your life allows you to harness the power of these cards as a tool for self-reflection and guidance on a consistent basis.
One way to integrate oracle card guidance into your life is to set aside dedicated time each day for a card reading. This could be in the morning to set the tone for your day or in the evening as a way to reflect on the events that transpired. Take a few moments to quiet your mind, shuffle the deck, and select a card in whichever way you choose. Allow the card's message to guide your thoughts and actions for the day or serve as a reflection point in the evening.
Another way to incorporate oracle card guidance into your daily routine is to create a journaling practice. After pulling a card, take some time to write down the card's message and your initial thoughts or feelings about it. Use the card's guidance as a prompt for self-reflection and journal about how it relates to your current experiences or challenges. This practice not only helps you deepen your understanding of the cards but also allows you to explore your own reactions and subconscious insights.
In addition to daily card readings and journaling, you can also integrate oracle card guidance into specific areas of your life. For example, before making a decision or navigating a challenging situation, pull a card to gain insight or seek guidance. Allow the card's message to inform your thoughts and actions, helping you approach the situation with a fresh perspective and intuitive wisdom.
By integrating oracle card guidance into your life, you not only tap into your intuition but also create a powerful ritual that fosters self-awareness and personal growth. As you consistently engage with the cards and their messages, you'll develop a deeper connection to your intuition and a heightened ability to trust yourself.
More on Creating Your Own Oracle Card Spreads
Creating your own oracle card spreads can be a meaningful and empowering way to tailor your card readings to specific areas of your life or questions you might have. Just as each person's journey is unique, your personalized spreads will reflect your individual experiences and intentions. Here are a few steps to help you get started in creating your own oracle card spreads.
First, define the purpose or theme for your spread. Think about the specific aspect of your life that you want to focus on or the question you seek guidance for. Whether it's love, career, personal growth, or any other area, having a clear intention will set the tone for your spread and allow the cards to provide targeted insights.
Next, decide on the number of cards you want to include in your spread. This can range from a single card to a larger spread with multiple cards. Consider the complexity of your topic or question and how much guidance and detail you're seeking. You may also want to experiment with different numbers of cards to see what resonates best with you.
Once you have your purpose and number of cards determined, it's time to create the layout for your spread. You can be as simple or elaborate as you like – the key is to arrange the cards in a way that intuitively feels right to you. Some popular spread layouts include the "Past-Present-Future" spread, the "Five-Card Cross" spread, or the "Relationship Spread" where each card represents a different aspect of a relationship. Explore different layouts and tweak them to suit your needs. You can find all sorts of spreads on Instagram or Pinterest, or in the guidebook which come with your deck.
With your personalized spread layout ready, it's time to start the card reading. Shuffle your oracle deck while focusing on your intention, then lay the cards out according to your chosen spread. There are all sorts of ways to choose cards as well, you can shuffle maybe choose the 5th card from the top, you can shuffle split the deck and choose the top card, spread all the cards out on the floor and just pick your cards, or spread them out like a fan, again follow your intuition and create your own practice. Sometimes you get jumpers as you shuffle a card just jumps out of the deck, I always use this card as either my first in a spread or that card for my daily guidance. Take a moment to connect with the energy of the cards and the guidance they hold for you. Trust that the messages revealed will provide the clarity and guidance you are seeking – either from your own intuition or from your guidebook.
Creating your own oracle card spreads not only allows you to tailor your readings to your specific needs but also deepens your connection to the cards and their messages. As you continue to use your personalized spreads, you'll find that they become even more powerful tools for self-reflection, insight, and personal growth.
Oracle Cards can offer a powerful tool for tapping into your intuition and gaining valuable insights to navigate life's challenges. By understanding what oracle cards are and why they should be used, choosing the right deck, interpreting the messages, and integrating the guidance into your daily life, you can unlock the hidden wisdom within yourself. As you embark on this transformative journey, remember the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said, "Self-Trust is the first secret of success." Trust yourself and start harnessing the power of oracle cards in your daily life today.
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The Fragrant Heavens, Valerie Ann Worwood. pg 92
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