Oracle cards for beginners
Tarot and oracle cards are way more than just a tool to predict the future. For me, tarot and oracle cards offer a different way to connect to my higher self and my intuition, just like meditation.
Oracle cards and psychic services are very popular, and they can be a great tool to connect with your inner knowing and the Field of Consciousness.
Revenue in the psychic industry has grown to reach nearly $2.2 billion in 2018. In the U.S., it is expected to grow to $2.4 billion by the end of 2024! It is quite a number if you think about it. People are searching for answers, and good reputable psychics and tarot oracle card decks can be beneficial and provide adequate guidance.
I love a good psychic reading, and even more my oracle cards.
I have been doing readings for over two decades. Never professionally, but often for myself and significant others, like friends and family members. I wrote this post for oracle card deck beginners, to help you find a great oracle card deck and show you how you can use them.
What is an oracle card deck?
I like this definition of Oracle from Ask-angels.com:
The word oracle comes from the ancient Latin word “orare” which means to speak. There’s also an old French word, oracle, which means “temple, house, or prayer”.
Combining these two meanings a bit we can look to ancient Greece, where an “oracle” was a person whom deities were believed to speak.
There it is!
An Oracle is simply something through which the Divine speaks.
Basically, an oracle card deck is a set of cards that connect to your higher self and divine presence.
It was about 25 years ago that I decided to buy the same angel card deck that one of my friends was using in Spain. It was my first deck and I loved it.
The answers always seemed so accurate. I still have it, but I don’t use it as often. I think cards carry their own vibration, and they resonate with us depending on the level of evolution we are on at that moment and what we need to learn. They are lovely cards, but quite generic, and now I’m too spoiled with the volume of other decks that I own.
Since then, I have bought about 20 more decks and I have received a few as gifts. I love getting books and card decks! I have learned which ones work better for me and which ones don’t work by trial and error.
It is crucial to choose the right deck for you.
How to choose the best oracle deck for you
It is really important that you feel connected to the cards. For me, I prefer light colors, mystical images, and symbols.
The following are a few things to consider before making a purchase:
- Use your intuition, ask your guides and angels to guide you to the best deck, and notice how you feel when you are looking at them.
- Author intent. One of the most important things to keep in mind is the intention of the author. You might be able to tell by simply looking at the author’s picture or seeing who published the deck (a big company with no clear name behind it). Generally, you won’t know straight away the intention of the author, but if you look at the author’s picture and use your intuition you will be able to feel much closer to some decks than to others. I have bought some decks that felt “too cold, or dark.” It almost felt like the good intent was not there, or perhaps I just simply didn’t connect with them. This has happened mainly when I haven’t done my research properly and I didn’t follow the guidance I’m outlining in this post.
- Read some positive and negative reviews about the deck.
- When browsing the cards online take a look at the images the publisher has put in Amazon, or search in Youtube for them. YouTube has several review videos of a lot of the decks I’m recommending in this post, so if you are still in doubt you can always take a look there.
All decks offer something unique to them, but I believe that if you feel more connected to a specific type of deck or images, you will use them more often, you will understand their images and symbolism better, and by consequence, you will start understanding their feedback better and they will become much more accurate for you.
Also, it is important to understand how to ask relevant questions.
Asking the right questions. What not to ask.
There are no questions that are off-limits. At the end of the day, it is just you and your cards alone doing what you want.
However, if you want your cards to be accurate and to empower you, you need to ask the right questions.
The right question is crucial because you will get an answer that reflects the quality of the question.
A bad question can only give you a bad or inaccurate answer.
Most booklets that come with the card decks will give you examples of good and bad questions, but here is an example of a bad question, because it is two questions in one:
- “Is my company going to give me the promotion I want in March?
The cards you pull might seem irrelevant or contradicting themselves because there could be multiple answers, one about the promotion and another about the timeline:
1) Maybe you will get that promotion but later in the year that you don’t know about.
Or 2) You will not get the promotion in this company but yes if you move jobs.
3) Other type of outcomes not foreseen by you.
The cards might want to give you a good answer to show you there are good things coming your way, but they might also want to let you know that the answer to that is NO. So, you might get good and bad cards and you don’t know what is all that about.
Please note that there isn’t really such a thing as a “bad” card, but in this case, I mean not offering the straight answer you wanted.
Instead, you could ask “What can I do to attract the promotion or salary that I want?
Another example of a poor question is when you ask about someone else instead of focusing on yourself (there is very little you can do about someone’s behavior because they have free will, and so do you).
For example, instead of asking, “Is my partner cheating on me, or thinking about another woman?” you could ask “What can I do to deepen my connection with my partner” or, “What do I need to know about my relationship with my partner or the future partner I want to attract?”
Of course, you can ask yes and no questions, but it will take practice to understand the answer as things are not usually black and white.
For yes and no answers, you could also use a pendulum or similar, which would be a better tool.
There are always of course exceptions. The Wisdom of the Oracle card deck, the first one I’m recommending below, has a card called “Not for you.” Nearly all the times that I intuitively knew something was not quite right, and not for me, that card came up. It was just a great confirmation.
Some great questions for oracle card beginners are:
– What would you like me to know today?
– How can I lift my mood?
– What do I need to know the most about my partner? Or about this or that situation?
– What is the lesson for me in this situation/relationship/workplace?
– How can I open myself to receive the abundance I need?
What is the difference between Tarot cards and Oracle card decks?
Tarot cards have been around for hundreds of years, and when you ask someone about divination cards they are probably most familiar with the ancient Tarot system.
A Tarot card deck has 78 cards, that will always be split into 22 Major Arcana cards, and 56 Minor Arcana cards. The Minor Arcana cards are divided into four suits, with fourteen cards per suit. There are divided into four groups (suits): Swords, Pentacles, Wands, and Cups.
In this post I’m talking about Oracle cards. Understanding tarot cards is, in my opinion, more advanced and complicated than oracle cards but if you are interested go for it, it is totally worth it.
There is a multitude of tarot decks in the market. If you wish to purchase a deck you can use the same guidelines I provided in this post earlier on.
Biddy Tarot also has great articles and information about Tarot. Check it out.
An oracle card deck is much newer than tarot. There is not a set number of cards in each pack. I own several oracle cards decks of different sizes (a 50 card pack, a 44 card pack, etc).
The images can also be very different. Some might portrait angels or other deities, some might have animals, or crystals, or symbols.
The beauty of the oracle cards versus the traditional tarot is that oracle card decks are flexible to the point that at the moment in the market there are hundreds of types of cards to choose from.
There are many card decks with different themes. I’m normally more inclined to use oracle cards but I love tarot cards too.
Can oracle cards predict the future?
Yes and no. Tarot cards can point you in the direction that you are going, given your current energetic stance; however, you are the creator of your reality and your future.
The use of Tarot cards can be traced back to the 15th century and its popularity has never stopped for good reason. People love them and find meaningful guidance in them. There has to be an element of certainty about them. Oracle cards are newer, but still as relevant in my opinion.
The reason why cards can predict the future is because everything in this universe is made up of energy that remains permanently in what is called the Field of Consciousness, a web of energy that connects everything in the universe.
Your higher self (and some reputable honest psychics) can tap into this field as needed. If you want to learn more about it I have explained it in this post: The Field of Consciousness: How It Can Help You.
Do not give your power away to the cards, this is key. At the end of the day, guidance is wonderful, but the answers and the power to transform your life lie within you.
If you ask your oracle cards if you will find the love of your dreams this year, the answer might depend on where you are energetically just now.
For example, if you had issues with your ex-partner and you are finding it difficult to let go of the past and the anger, you might have to do some internal work first before the new path or partner can manifest.
A better question to ask the cards would be, what do I need to do to attract the love I want in my life?
If you adjust your thinking and behavior in the present moment your future changes. And therefore, the same question being asked in a month’s time could have a different answer depending on your actions and decisions today.
How many cards should I pull?
What I love of all the oracle card decks that I’m recommending is that each comes with a booklet that explains how many types of spreads to do and how to use them. This is ideal for beginners. It is still ideal for me after 25 years of using them :).
As you get more used to reading the cards you will ultimately use your intuition to know how many cards are answering your question and their message.
I have read many variations on how to pull the cards. This is the process I follow which works well for me:
- Before I start shuffling I start with a prayer in my head (you can do it aloud if you wish) stating my intent, that is, stating what I want to get out from that session: “My concern is about this situation and how to make the best choice.”
- I shuffle until I feel they don’t need shuffling anymore, and I spread them over a hard surface (face down so I don’t seem them).
- I close my eyes, ask the specific question that I have, open my eyes and see which cards I’m drawn to. Then I pick as many cards as I feel drawn to pick. But please note that some guidance booklets that come with the card decks would suggest that, for example, you only pick 3 cards — for past, present, and future, or they might follow some other format. I have done them all (pick, 3, or 6 or whatever many), but now I just pull as many as I feel I need that answers the question.
- I always write the date, the question, and the answers. It is really good to be able to refer back to them at a later time. If you go by memory, in two months down the line you won’t remember what you asked or which cards you pulled. It is particularly useful if you are trying to compare answers or review things at a later time.
Some days I do a random pick in the morning, asking what I need to know the most about the day ahead.
Other times I might do a much more thorough reading pulling several cards. On this last note, when I feel I need to do a long reading (or use several decks for the same question) it is likely because I’m particularly concerned about something.
In these cases I like to write a letter to God, my guides and angels first asking for help. (it is not a necessary step at all, I do it because I find it very therapeutic and I know I set into motion more help). Our guides and angels always listen and will provide the best answer you need, sometimes through synchronistic events.
Related post: 7 Excellent Self-Help Journals
Also, I like to use different card decks for the same question because in some instances they provide different perspectives of the same issue. I use my intuition to decide which card deck will answer my question.
Before we get the core of the post, I want to give you some final general tips:
General oracle card reading tips for beginners
- Once you receive the cards and before starting a reading straight away, make sure to read the booklet that comes with it with all the instructions. It is always useful to understand how the cards came about, the author tips for using them, etc.
- Treat the cards with respect. There is an aspect of the energy of your cards that is very important. I believe that the more you care for your cards the better the readings will be.
- When you open the pack, it is good to infuse your energy into them. I like to touch the cards one by one and separate them. Sometimes they are a bit stuck together. I don’t look at the image as I like to be surprised as I go along with my readings, but I like to touch every single one upside down. Then I shuffle.
- The booklet is excellent to give you guidance about the answer, particularly in the beginning. But be mindful of what you ask, write down the question and the answer, and read the answer in the context of what you asked. Not every single thing that is being said in the booklet for that card will apply to your question. Use your intuition and notice which sentences are ringing true with you. Also, the images have their own messages, look at them and see what they are telling you.
- Last but not least, don’t overuse your cards. I now it is easy to ask multiple times, particularly when we are upset about something and we want quick positive answers. But if you have followed all the steps I mentioned earlier and you have prayed and put forth your intent, your first answer should be all you need. Of course, there is always validity in asking follow up questions, just don’t overuse them.
If you think the answer you have received does not answer your question don’t despair. Oracle cards sometimes answer what they think we need to know the most at a moment in time (that is what our intuition does), which might not seem to be directly related to your question.
For example, imagine you ask if you will ever get back with your ex-partner. The card that comes up might be about your finances or career.
Although it might feel like you are not getting the card you want, these cards might be telling you that concentrating on your career and finances will bring about the love that you are seeking which might not be your ex (or it might be, but for now it is best to concentrate on whatever the specific aspect the cards are trying to tell you about).
When you are starting out try to avoid asking heavily charged questions that you might be too emotionally involved with. Give yourself smaller readings to get acquainted with the cards first so when it comes to asking the bigger questions you are more used to the cards and their meanings.
Top 7 best oracle card decks for beginners
The following oracle card decks are the best ones that I have used for many years and I think they are ideal for beginners because of the lengthy amount of explanations in their respective booklets.
As you go through reading my recommendations, see how you feel when you look a the images. Your intuition will let you know which deck will be more suitable for you at this time.
Please bear in mind that these decks have worked for me really well over the years, but this was my experience for what I needed to hear and learn at that time. Your case might be different, although each deck has something unique to offer for sure.
In no particular order:
1. Wisdom of the Oracle Divination Cards, by Colette Baron-Reid
This deck contains 52 cards.
The imagery is beautiful and uplifting. I always feel they answer exactly what I asked. Even better, they give me additional information I might not have thought of or directly asked about.
I love reading the booklet that contains the meaning of the cards, not just because I’m looking forward to the detailed answer, but because it contains a lot of motivational and uplifting messages for everyday life. It is very well written and in-depth.
Each card also provides several meanings depending on what you ask:
- The essential meaning
- The Oracle’s message
- A relationship message
- A prosperity message
- A protection message (for reversed cards)
This is the only card deck that I own that contains a specific relationship message. It is very useful.
(From the publisher): Colette Baron-Reid has expertly blended elements of the I-Ching, Norse runes, traditional tarot, and other ancient divination tools into a sacred communication system: Wisdom of the Oracle.
2. Angel Tarot Cards, by Radleigh Valentine
These cards are lovely.
The deck has been made to mirror the traditional tarot (The Major Arcana, The Minor Arcana, etc.) and contains 78 cards, but is not a traditional tarot deck.
The imagery is very gentle and beautiful to look at. Each card in the Major Arcana features an archangel, for example, Michael or Raziel who is associated with the card’s message.
I use these cards often to complement other decks when I’m asking something I’m concerned about and I need a different point of view. I like the traditional tarot and these cards offer a beautiful resemblance.
Sometimes, I head first to this deck, depending on what I’m asking and what I intuitively feel guided to do.
3. Titania’s Fortune Cards, by Titania Hardie
On a whim I bought this deck about 15 years ago in a bookstore in Scotland. I knew nothing about the deck or the author.
Titania’s fortune cards are special. I love their peculiarity; compared to normal tarot decks they are smaller, pictures are unusual (a lighthouse, a fox, a lily, etc.), and there is no writing on the cards; you need to refer to the booklet for explanations.
I enjoy this deck because they are incredibly accurate for me and so different from all the other decks. I get a lot of information in a simple spread and the cards have many meanings depending on which cards lie beside them. That is an approach that I haven’t seen with any other decks.
I recently found this deck in one of our moving boxes and I’m delighted. It is so different from any other deck I own, and it complements the others greatly.
P.S. I own an old edition of this deck. The cards are torn apart from using them so much but they came in great condition along with their guidebook. After reading some recent reviews in Amazon, I’ve noticed that reviewers were talking about a recent edition that doesn’t have great quality.
If that is true I think it is a shame since I believe these cards are very good. There are other 5 star reviews that don’t seem to notice or mention their quality for the same edition. Please use your intuition when purchasing. I have still left it on this list because these cards have been very useful to me and I like them a lot. I’m not sure if the quality issues are significant or not.
These cards provide a very different perspective to all my questions.
4. Ascension Cards (Accelerate Your Journey to the Light), by Diana Cooper
This is another great deck with 52 cards, so different to the others.
Each card provides information about specific ascension energy or Ascended Master, guidance about how to use them and an affirmation to help you assimilate the wisdom. Please note these cards don’t contain images.
Recently I asked about my business and I received the Huna Prayer Card. I loved that, I had forgotten about the Huna Prayer!
I have found many Huna Prayers online and Cooper offers one of those methods. If you want to read what has been said to be the original Huna Prayer you can find it in this post: 78 Positive Daily Affirmations for Inspiration and Success.
I love the variety of answers this deck provides. You might pull a Huna Prayer first, and next Buddha, or Archangel Retreats.
The guidebook is different from all the other decks I’m recommending. It doesn’t contain any more information about the specific cards because all you need is written on them (as I noted there are no images). However, it contains 76 pages of useful information for your ascension path, which is:
- How to use the cards
- A note on Ascension
- The Angelic Hierarchy
- The chakras including the additional 5 (up to 12 chakras as opposed to the traditional 7).
- The 12 Rays
- Explanations about the Higher ascended masters and the High Priests and Priestesses of Atlantis
- The Crystal Skulls
- The Mahatma Energy
- The Starts and their impact
- Protection exercises
- Spiritual Practices for Ascension
These 52 cards provide spiritual wisdom. They are designed to assist those seeking to start their personal ascension path or to accelerate their journey to the light.
5. Energy Oracle Cards, by Sandra Anne Taylor
This is a great set of cards with very pleasant imagery.
The deck contains 53 cards, and the guidebook contains over 170 pages. It is by far one of the most comprehensive guidebooks I have, it contains:
- How to read the cards
- How to prepare for the reading
- Types of readings
- For each card explanation, it contains an upright meaning, a reversed meaning, and an affirmation.
I use them often and I love them.
6. Ask your Guides Oracle Cards, by Sonia Choquette
I got this deck about two decades ago. I use it on an off, it depends on what I’m going through, but I always go back to them when I need a straight answer.
These cards are unique for their own reason, straightforward and to the point.
They are ideal for beginners because when I do a reading I’m always certain I will understand the answer.
Some decks leave me feeling I need clarifying cards, or their message is long and convoluted. But this guidebook is short, 53 pages, and totally to the point. There is not much that you need to interpret, and that is a good thing when you are starting out and you are trying to get confident about doing your own readings.
7. Rumi Oracle: An Invitation into the Heart of the Divine, by Alana Fairchild
Last but certainly not least, this is a mindblowing card deck. It is very special.
I absolutely love them. The imagery is very unique. I like it and I love the soft colors, but I’m having a bit of trouble deciphering the meaning behind the images. The booklet, however, is pure gold.
It is larger than the normal guidebooks, both in size and length, almost 200 pages. The font is quite small so considering the total amount of explanations, prayers, and exercises it contains I’m sure it equals the size of a full book.
I’m very used to doing card readings for myself, and for the most part they are always spot on. But the first card I pulled from this deck was scarily relevant. It was the most significant answer I could have hoped for. I have asked other things and it is just spot on.
Interestingly, I don’t seem to be able to have to choose cards from this deck. There is a card (the answer) that always jumps out while shuffling. This has happened around 80-90% of the readings I have done. It doesn’t happen nearly as often with the other decks.
The real beauty of these cards is that they are very poetic and the writing is beautiful.
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Rumi cards #7, along with #1, Wisdom of the Oracle cards, are probably my all-time favorites at the moment. They seem to go deeper than any other deck I own although each deck has something unique to offer. I still use all the other decks because they all bring special and meaningful messages.
That’s it! I would love to hear what is your favorite card deck. Please let me know in the comments below. I love to hear about good card decks!