I’ve been into oracle cards for a while, and have also gotten into tarot within the past year or so. As I explore different spiritual/soul practices and tools, it’s fun to see what truly resonates with me, and what innate skills I have that I maybe didn’t know about until now.
Hint: cards is one of them 😉
So if you’re not into cards or a newb, you may not know the difference between oracle cards vs. tarot. Here’s the gist:
Oracle cards are less structured than tarot, and the types of cards and meanings can be wide and ranging and basically up to the creator of the deck. Tarot, on the other hand, is more structured. There’s 78 cards in a deck, and the deck is split into major arcana (think major life milestones, bigger picture) vs. minor arcana cards (think daily, everyday moments or details). The minor arcana makes up the majority of the deck, and is split into four suits: cups, pentacles, swords, and wands. To me, oracle cards have prescribed meanings, and tarot needs to be interpreted.
I use both types of cards in various ways. With tarot, I tend to pull a card a day to do a daily reading. I also do detailed spreads for all different things – general advice on a topic, the year ahead, diving deep into a specific situation and getting detailed advice. I like to use my oracle cards for weekly wisdom. I tend to pull one card from each of my favorite decks to represent the week ahead, more specifically, anything I should know, be aware of, or set intentions around.
These are my favorite oracle decks:
And this is my favorite tarot deck and tarot guide:
If you’re interested in cards, I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the decks above. What I like to do is research decks online and pick the ones that call to me. Sometimes you may get a new deck and realize you just don’t have a connection with it and you need to find something else. That happened to me when I was picking my traditional tarot deck. I went with the widely used and recommended Rider Waite tarot deck and felt NO connection to it at all. I eventually heard of the golden universal deck, and felt very drawn to it, and since getting it, it definitely works waaaay better for me.
I’d love to know if you have a favorite deck to work with, or any recommendations around decks, spreads, guidebooks, and the like. Comment below to share 🙂