Hello Kindred Community!
Our focus at Mystic Mother is to share self help tools and techniques from many different modalities to help guide and encourage your spiritual journey. We believe that every individual can benefit from using Oracle cards daily, as an addition to your morning practice or as the first step in creating one. We know firsthand about the power of oracle cards as self care tools and wish to break down some of the basics for you, so that you too may experience their transformational power.
What is the difference between Oracle and Tarot cards?
Both Oracle and Tarot decks are used for insight, guidance and self exploration. Tarot cards have been used since the 15th century, and have existed the same since their introduction. They always have 78 cards: 22 Major Arcana or trump cards, and 56 Minor Arcana cards. Although the artwork may vary between decks, the lexicon remains the same. While Tarot cards can be interpreted through the experiences of the reader, their meanings tend to be more fixed.
Oracle cards are a fluid system, and every deck is different. The artwork and the messages are channelled through the author who breathes life into each new deck. We consider Oracle decks to be more psychologically accurate because they are channelled through the modern collective consciousness. That being said, neither system is better than the other, it is up to the individual to decide which type of deck serves them better. Because Oracle decks are so different and do not follow any rules, there is a deck out there for everyone.
How do I find the right Oracle deck for me?
We often talk about being drawn to a deck, but not everyone knows right away which deck speaks to them — this terminology itself might even seem foreign to you. Basically, each individual is guided in a different way. You might feel that your eyes keep wandering back to the artwork of a certain deck, or you might identify with the words that are on the cover of a deck, or you might even just think that for some reason you want to choose this one over that one. Any of these indicators are valid, and you should listen to them when choosing your deck.
If you find yourself staring at a few decks and thinking “I’ll just go with my gutt” but your gutt still isn’t telling you anything, that’s fine too! It takes time to build the confidence within ourselves to make big decisions, so try just picking the one that you noticed first and enjoy the learning experience that that deck gives you. The most important thing about choosing a deck is going home with one in your hands and starting your practice. Don’t allow yourself to block your spiritual journey by being fearful of taking the first step — there is no such thing as the wrong deck.
So, now I have an Oracle deck. What’s next?
When you start working with Oracle cards, you might feel excited, scared, or overwhelmed (or likely a mix of all three). Remember, we’ve all felt this way, and our suggestion to get over the initial learning curve is to start by choosing just one card. Take out your deck, set the intention to receive guidance and to practice self care, shuffle your cards, and pull one. Take a look at the artwork, read the messaging, and refer to the guidebook if one is included. Make sure to acknowledge how this makes you feel and listen to your own thoughts about what your card is telling you. We also suggest that you keep a journal to record your sessions, even just writing one line can help you hone in on your own readings.
The most important thing to strive for with your readings is to practice consistency, so try to start out with picking one card every morning as part of your daily routine and notice how quickly your spiritual journey takes off.
Setting aside a small part of each day for self care is the kindest gift that we can give to ourselves. It allows us to listen to what our hearts want us to know.
If you have any questions about Oracle cards, choosing a deck, or starting your personal card reading practice, Lady Lorie invites you to message her on Instagram or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sending love and light your way,
The Mystic Mother