I have always loved the vivid imagery of the tarot. Even as a child, I could sense that the detailed symbols held a nebulous knowing, that if I could just tap into that information I would know the answers to the questions I sought. And so my love of tarot began.
Having well over 100 different decks, my appreciation of tarot has now expanded to include many Oracle Decks.
Whats the difference between an Oracle Deck and a Tarot Deck?
The modern deck of playing cards is descendent of the traditional tarot. The tarot consists of 78 cards- 22 major arcana cards or trump cards and 56 minor arcana or suited cards. The subject matter of each deck can vary greatly, but the format is always the same with the four suits having 14 cards each, 10 cards numbering from one (or Ace) to ten and four face or royal cards (King, Queen, Knight, and Jack/Knave or Page) and of course the 22 major tump cards, will outrank the suited cards of swords, wands, coins and cups.
If the deck does not follow that format it is not a tarot deck, but considered to be an Oracle Deck.
An Oracle deck is everything else. In very general terms oracle is defined as “any person or thing serving as an agency of divine communication.” An oracle deck can have any number of cards, be based on any subject matter and give insight into a specific focus.
That being said, all oracle decks are not created equal. A lot are total junk and leave you with wanting both your money and time back. However, the good ones are works of profound genius that when processed will leave you with a greater understanding of your life and self than you previously had- much like a life-giving conversation with a very wise and caring teacher.
My Ritual, Generally…
In the school of life, the lessons are not always clear. It is in those moments that insightful guidance can bring the greatest amount of relief to a situation. The energy of a good deck of cards have a vibrational wisdom; that when the question and desire are clear, the insight and messages that you seek will come to you. In those moments, where life is requiring lots of clarity, a multiple card spread should be used.
In day to day life, I’m happy. My life is really good. I’m generally not looking to life’s big questions in those moments. I do meditate daily, and often, drawing a single card from one my favorite deck will make the most of that experience. For example, I incorporate the reading of a single card with my morning ritual of coffee and meditation and that is the start to my day.
My Essential Decks:
I keep my favorite decks in a basket, so that its as portable and mobile (because I have a tendency to be). The decks I recommend below have become a favorite of mine. In my library these decks are well loved and well used and it is my experience that they can offer loving, powerful, insight and clarity into this journey we call life.
This is one of my most beloved decks- the readings are a wise, loving balm to my soul. I have received so much insight from the wisdom of this deck; with the unconditional love of Rumi's teachings filling each reading or daily meditation. The cards themselves, are vibrant and colorful, but the true depth of this deck is found in the much deeper meanings and interpretations contained in the enclosed book. I would recommend this deck to both life long students of Rumi and those who may be learning about him for the first time. It is through the heart and soul of Rumi that you see yourself as the divine lover to your beloved the Universe.
"I honor my heart, and it is big enough to hold all of my nature in its graceful light."- from the sacred honoring ritual of Card #22, The Lion & The Deer
*Recommended for Single Card Readings & Detailed In Depth Readings
Deck by Alana Fairchild, contains 44 cards, measuring 3.5 x 5.25 inches and includes a 200 page book on the meaning of each card
from the Publisher...
"Rumi speaks a sacred language that we understand with our hearts rather than our minds. He knows the heart is the gateway to divine union and he doesn't want you to play small this lifetime. He encourages humanity to live and love with absolute surrender, abandon and willingness to accept the mysteries of life.
"Whether you have studied his poetry for years or are drawn to him only now, this oracle deck will strengthen and illuminate your connection with this beautiful and powerful soul who loves you with a fierce passion.
"Rumi has a heart so open that the entire world that he loves so dearly can easily be held within it. His is a path of love. To dance in divine love with him, you need only be willing to enter your own heart. May the blessings of this spiritual brother lead you into the bliss of your own divine heart-centred nature."...(more on Amazon)
This moving and powerful deck explores the profoundly healing, protective and soothing energy of Mother Mary. Through this oracle, she brings you her guidance and wisdom and connects you with knowledge of your own spiritual potency and divinity so that you may experience ever greater peace and love on your life journey.
Illuminating illustrations capture the true essence of Mother Mary’s extraordinary energy while the comprehensive guidebook offers detailed messages for each card as well as practical healing processes and affirmations to help you integrate the teachings of the many goddess the Holy Mother.
"This unique divination system draws upon ancient knowledge and the natural ways of animals. Based on the signs the natural world sends us and the great wisdom animals give us, Medicine Cards readings guide the way to healing the body, emotions, mind and spirit, and provide insight into and understanding of one’s unique purpose.
"Medicine Cards is an advanced tool for achieving personal growth and balanced living. Learn the meaning of animals signs in our daily lives and how these signs are powerful and meaningful to our life situations. When we reconnect to the animals we reconnect to the earth and to ourselves.
"Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals is the original animal oracle card deck and book. Medicine Cards come as a boxed set including an informative book with instructions for using the 52 beautifully-rendered animal cards. The information and divination system used in the book is based on ancient animal wisdom as told by Elders in the oral tradition of Native America. The text explains how the cards can be used to receive guidance and healing messages from animals. Medicine Cards is a powerful tool to use for personal growth, balanced living and interpreting signs from nature."...(more on Amazon)...
"This extraordinary tool for self-discovery draws on the strength and beauty of Native American spiritual tradition. Developed by Native American medicine teacher Jamie Sams, this unique system distills the essential wisdom of the sacred teachings of many tribal traditions and shows users the way to transform their lives.
"The 44 beautifully illustrated cards, each endowed with a particular meaning and message, may be drawn individually for a daily lesson or laid out in a series of spreads that open up different paths to inner knowledge. Used with the accompanying text, which explains the various forms and methods of interpretation and divination, the cards are a powerful tool for enhanced self-awareness and positive change."
"This oracle deck is filled with striking imagery and beautiful heartfelt guidance to support you in awakening your sacred rebellious heart, so that you will trust in your own uniqueness and authenticity, and honor your creative power."
"The Sacred Rebel Oracle" by Alana Fairchild: boxed kit (5 x 6 1/4) includes a 44-card deck and a 180-page book- on Amazon