How to Work with Oracle Cards

One of the key tools I use in my Goddess Readings are oracle cards. Not familiar with them? Allow me to introduce you.

What the Eff Are Oracle Cards?

A lot of people think oracle cards are tarot cards. They're more like their free-spirited hippy cousin. Tarot cards are a bit more structured in terms of their meanings. They have a long history, and a deepness that can require a lot of study! I've been studying them hard-core all summer and feel I've barely scratched the surface.

I say oracle cards are free-spirited because they have less structure and no particular rules about interpretation. They can be so varied, as witnessed by the fact that there are more than 4,000 oracle cards for sale on Amazon!

Oracle cards can provide guidance. That might come in the form of a short message, like in these cards, The Answer is Simple by Sonia Choquette.

They might have deities on them, like the Goddess Guidance Oracle Deck by Doreen Virtue:

You can even make your own oracle cards, like I've done!

Typically, oracle cards come with a book that will dive deeper into that message.

What to Ask Oracle Cards

Remember: oracle cards, like other spiritual tools, including tarot cards, pendulums, and Goddess readings, help you access your higher self.

You might have a question about whether you should take a brave step in a particular direction. How to move past some relationship pain. Whether a decision is the right one.

Even if you don't have a particular question, you could simply ask:

  • What do I need to be aware of?

  • What blocks can I work on removing?

  • Where do I need to focus my energy?

It's up to you whether you listen to the advice or not!

Tips for Working with Oracle Cards

While there's no right or wrong way to work with oracle cards, here are some tips I use in my work with the cards.

Get grounded. I try not to haphazardly pull a card if I'm not 100% focused on it. That means I stop multitasking, put away my phone, and focus on the cards. I might burn sage or spray an energy-clearing spray around me and the cards.

Connect to the cards. There's a theory that the more you work with your cards, the more they hold your energy. Many practitioners won't let others touch their cards to keep other energies from muddying them. If you have a new deck, spend some time shuffling them. Each time I draw a card, I shuffle three times and hold my hands on top of the stack for a moment, taking a deep breath.

Ask your question. I ask my question out loud three times accompanying each of the three shuffles. You can also think it to yourself.

Read the book...or not. Some die-hards say not to read the book that accompanies your cards and just intuit the message you need from the cards. I personally get a lot out of the book, so let your intuition guide you on whether you read it or not!

Have fun! Oracle cards are meant to make you aware of what your waking consciousness may not see. They're not meant to force you into doing something you don't want to do. So take the advice as you see fit!

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