One of my favorite ways to connect to my intuition is through oracle cards. If you follow me on social media or are a part of my Facebook group, then you know I love doing oracle card readings. I also use oracle cards in my client readings because they are such a great tool for accessing my intuition!
You might have noticed that I sometimes use the word Tarot and Oracle interchangeably when I refer to doing readings with cards. Although they are different (see below) my approach to using them is the same because I use them as a bridge to my intuition, rather than reading them at face value.
Essentially, the purpose of using a tool like oracle cards is to provide your Wise Self with an outlet to express his/her message. It’s not so much about the tool itself…instead it’s about giving your conscious mind something to focus on so that it can get out of the way and let your intuition through!
What’s the difference between Tarot cards & Oracle cards?
Tarot is a more traditional deck, typically consisting of 78 cards, made up of 22 major arcana cards and 56 minor arcana cards. The deck is also made up of suits, similar to a regular deck of cards, each with its own meaning. (Which means there’s a lot to learn when it comes to reading Tarot!)
Oracle cards on the other hand don’t have any rules. Many oracle decks loosely follow the Tarot structure, but not all of them. What I love about oracle decks is that they come in all different styles – you can choose whichever deck you’re drawn to. This allows you to feel more connected to the deck, and more creatively inspired when reading the cards. I have favorite decks that I use for my weekly oracle card readings as well as for my client readings.
Getting started with any intuition tool
One of the most important things to remember when you start working with any intuition tool is to set an intention to receive guidance from your Wise Self. You’ll also want to have a clear question to request guidance on.
Remember that intuition tools help you connect with your inner wisdom, so allow yourself to feel and sense messages. (Pay attention to all of your senses!)
Guidance doesn’t always come through the way you expect it to. You may hear a word, or experience a sensation in your body or even have a picture or memory flash in your mind. Be open to guidance however it presents itself!
How to use Oracle cards
- Find a deck that you love. Browse a local bookstore or metaphysical shop and pick a deck that you’re drawn to. If you don’t have a deck yet, you can also try a website where you can pick a card online. I personally like Colette Baron-Reid’s site.
- Take some time to get acquainted with your deck. Shuffle the cards, go through the deck and have a look at each card.
- When you’re ready to ask a question, find a quiet spot and take a few deep breaths and allow yourself to relax.
- Set an intention to connect with your inner wisdom order to receive information. Take a few minutes to connect to your heart and feel your question or challenge. I like to envision white light pouring through my crown chakra and a spark of pink light glowing in my heart space and getting brighter as I focus on it.
- Shuffle the cards once more as you repeat your question in your mind and then pick a card from the deck. As you look at the card, ask yourself the following:
What was your first impression when you saw the card?
What feeling did it give you?
What did you notice most about the card?
Are there any words on the card? What do the words make you think or feel?
- You might want to journal about the messages you’ve received and reflect on how they relate to the question you asked.
- Finish by expressing gratitude for the wisdom that you have gained.
You can also experiment with pulling more that one card or even using a traditional tarot spread. Often oracle decks will come with a guide book and have a few suggestions for how to read the cards. Ultimately, always read them in the way that feels best to you!
If you enjoy using oracle cards, there are plenty of books and online resources that you can check out for more information. I really like to keep things simple, so I generally stick to the process I’ve outlined above!
In fact, the above steps are the exact process that I use when I do an oracle card reading for myself. Now that I have been doing readings for a long time, I often get words or messages that pop into my head as I look at the cards I’ve drawn.
When I do client readings using oracle cards, I set the intention to connect to my client’s higher self and guides. The cards then become more of a spark or prompt to allow messages from my client’s spiritual team to come through my own intuition. I usually use automatic writing in conjunction with the oracle cards to channel guidance for my clients.
Remember that as with any intuition tool, you’re using the cards as a tool or prompt to access your own intuition. The answers are not in the cards, but in you. <3