Oracle Decks and Tarot
Like many Tarot Readers I also have an abundance of Oracle decks that I use in my spiritual practice. I use these decks on their own and also with the Tarot.
I am going to discuss a few ways in which you can use Oracle decks with the Tarot in readings. This is from my personal experience and I encourage you to take what you feel inspired by and incorporate it into your practice and leave the rest.
Yes there is a difference between Tarot and Oracle decks. They often get labelled as the same thing when they are different systems.
Where they are the same, is that they full under the umbrella of Cartomancy. Which is using cards to divine or tell the future and more modernly used as tools for self development and reflection.
I talk about this subject in Tarot Essentials but basically a Tarot deck is very structured. There are usually 78 cards (some decks have more or less but the majority have 78 cards) and they are divided into the Major Arcana, Minor Arcana and the Court Cards.
Oracle decks are all individual. You can pick up five different Oracle decks and have five completely different structures and card count. Where as you can see that the structure of a Tarot deck is exact or only altered slightly deck to deck.
There are a bunch of other ways that they differ but look at the title and the number of cards and that will tell you if you are working with a Tarot deck or an Oracle deck.
Here are my offerings in how to use Oracle decks and the Tarot together and what I have experience in. I would love to hear from you as to how you use Oracle decks and if you even do with your Tarot readings.
Before a Reading
It can be a really nice practice to have your Client pick a card from an Oracle deck to start the reading session.
I find that it can get the Client and you in the zone. We all have busy lives and your Client could have just come from a stressful day at work or be feeling low energy. A nice way to get everyone in a nice space is to pick a deck and just ask them to hold it, breathe deeply and pick a card when they feel ready.
I love pulling a Vanessa Ives from Penny Dreadful and fanning them out on the table (minus being so DAM graceful, honestly she is a total goddess) and ask my Clients to close their eyes, breathe deeply and hoover their hands over the cards until they pick the one.
It is also a way to find out what the theme of the reading may be or where your Client is really focused on.
Within a Tarot Reading
This would involve laying out Oracle cards alongside Tarot cards in a reading or spread. I love doing this and I usually lay out my Tarot Cards first using the Tarot Spread I have picked out for the Client and then place Oracle cards afterwards.
It’s all about layers.
Because Tarot cards are deep and multifaceted having an Oracle card which are usually more direct can assist in focusing the reading and the meaning of the Tarot cards. Oracle cards can also help connect the Tarot cards, as a sort of bridge.
Is there something dominating in the Tarot reading or missing? Often an Oracle card can help shed some light or bring some balance to the reading.
Another helpful aspect of using Oracle cards alongside a Tarot reading is seeing how they relate to each other. Is there compatibility or opposing forces? What does that mean for your Client and the situation?
If you find this to be too confusing don’t force anything. Trial a few things out and pick what works for you.
This is something I have done for years after seeing my Tarot mentor do this in her readings when I learnt from her.
This is a beautiful way to close out a reading and seal the circle.
By allowing your Client to pick a single Oracle card is gives the overall theme for the reading and a final message for the session.
It may be one of the main things they remember.
I have found that 90% of the time when I do this the Oracle card is ALWAYS spot on with giving a wonderful positive message with the theme of the reading to my Clients.
This is some of my practices and as I mentioned before I would love to hear from you about your relationship with Oracle cards. Did you start with them or the Tarot? Do you use Oracle decks with your readings?