No matter whether it’s tarot or oracle cards you lean towards, it’s not really the cards themselves which affect the reading but the reader.
Both tarot and oracle cards act as a tool or prompt to help guide the reader; they should serve as a gateway to guidance and encourage a deeper connection and understanding of the guidance, rather than hold a power in and of themselves.
Ultimately, it’s the reader – their connection, intuition and interpretation – that shapes the reading, not just the cards. This is also why you may have a reading by two people that are so vastly different, even if the same cards were pulled. If you’re looking for someone to do a reading for you, you will want to resonate with not only the prompts they use (if any) but also the energy and integrity of the reader themselves.
Pulling cards is a great way to build your intuition, psychic abilities and connection to Universal knowledge – but ultimately the guidance comes from a higher power, not the cards.
So, if you want to build your psychic ability and trust your own intuition, which is better – tarot or oracle cards? Again, this depends on you and where you’re drawn. The structural differences between tarot and oracle cards may help you decide.
The differences between tarot and oracle cards
In a traditional deck of tarot, there are 78 cards that are broken down into 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana. The minor arcana are then broken down into suits, typically pentacles, swords, wands and cups. Each suit has a meaning, as does each card positioned within the suit and of course each of the major arcana also have their own meanings.
For beginners, clearly there is more to learn in reading tarot and remember the cards’ meanings. Remember, however, that it’s not so much the defined meaning that matters than the reader’s interpretation of the cards. This may mean if you like structure in your learning, tarot may be for you – however, my experience has been when it comes to building intuition and connection to my guides, less structure is better.
There are a number of tarot decks available and each will have their own energy, possibly from their tradition, the designer or the printing process themselves. You must always work with the deck that speaks to you (knowing that may change over time).
Personally, I find the energy of the tarot much heavier and darker than energy I like to work with. For me, it was something with the structure and the archetypes depicted that felt too rigid, too old and perhaps a little too foreboding for my personal liking.
Unlike the tarot, there is less tradition and structure in an oracle card deck. They come with any number of cards, with or without a reference book and they may be designed around a particular theme (like romance or healing) or call on particular deities (like angels or ascended masters).
With less structure to an oracle card deck, there is more scope to allow divine guidance to truly shape the reading. It’s over to you, your intuition and your interpretation. Your intuition is left to its own devices to guide you, as opposed to a structured reading from a tarot card. Depending on what you want out of the reading, this may be helpful or not.
I personally used oracle cards to develop my intuition and connection with my spirit guides and angels. That was more important to me than the cards themselves; the cards are a prompt for your connection, not the answer in and of themselves.
Ultimately, it’s not a contest between the two types of cards. Both have merit and it all comes down to which you are drawn to work with. That may change from day to day or year to year. Each will help build your intuitive muscle, perhaps just in different ways.
How to choose between tarot and oracle cards
When trying to decide if you want to work with oracle cards or tarot cards, these pointers may help. They all come down to your own intuition of course.
- Where you’re pulled first – is it tarot or oracle cards?
- How the deck makes you feel – do you respond to the energy of the deck, the artwork, the message? Even a strong reaction away from a deck is important as resistance shows areas for growth.
- If working with a particular deck leaves you feeling more positive, uplifted and empowered or does it feel less than this? Remember change and surprise twists and turns in your life don’t need to be foreboding. It shouldn’t feel heavy, scary or like a death sentence.
- Whether you crave structure to your readings or not. Why? Do you trust your guidance exists even without the presence of a guidebook or even the deck itself? Be honest with yourself and your needs.
- How your feelings change. Today you may want tarot; tomorrow oracle cards.
Over to you – do you use both? Are you a fan of only one? Join in the conversation in the comments below.