As you wander around you favorite New Age shop or even just settle down to scan your preferred web emporium’s spiritual section, you can’t help but notice a cornucopia of oracle and tarot cards.
Choice is great, but with so much of it you could find yourself scratching your head, shrugging and wandering whether to do something less confusing such as particle physics! Don’t despair, move away from that hadron collider because here’s a guide to help you decide which cards will suit your style.
You don’t need to be a magus to recognize tarot cards, that collection of 78 decorated pieces of cardboard which are part of popular culture. But what about angel cards, fairy cards, earth magic cards, unicorn cards and all the other variations available?
Generally, cards used for psychic development that are not tarot cards are known as oracle cards. This may seem a bit silly as tarot cards are a form of oracle too, but hey, I don’t make the rules.
There are so many oracle cards it would be difficult to describe the pros and cons of each type, so we are going to look at one of the best known and most widely used ones: angel cards. Just like tarot cards there are a number of different designs but they all work along similar principles.
The first thing you’ll notice when you compare Tarot and Angel Cards is the obvious thing that angel cards are based around angels, there are no scary looking devils, toppling towers or grim reapers in the angel oracle. Some people can find some of the more gruesome tarot images off putting, and if you’re one of these, angel cards could suit you very well.
The next thing you’ll realize is that there aren’t as many cards in an angel oracle pack (although the actual numbers vary), this can be an advantage as you won’t have so many meanings to learn – a relief if you are new to cartomancy. Often angel cards have a word printed on them to help you divine their meaning too.
On the other hand, skilled tarot readers may find this prescriptive and feel it limits their intuition. Equally, tarot card readers tend to rely on their own psychic abilities, whereas angel cards are claimed to link to the angels themselves for information.
So, what if you want to try using angel cards for yourself? Firstly, treat them much as you would tarot cards; pick a pack which appeals to you. Bless them in whatever way suits you such as leaving them in the moonlight or imagining them surrounded by golden light. Settle your energy into the cards by keeping them by you; one of the easiest ways is to sleep with them under your pillow. Now you are ready to rock.
The methodology used in angel card reading is much the same as that used in tarot reading. Shuffle the pack and ask for guidance around an issue or ask a simple question. What you do now depends on your preference, you may decide to use a spread, probably based around a simple tarot spread or just continue to pick cards until you feel you have enough.
Next, consider the cards, since the cards can have several meanings you’ll need to ask your angels for guidance as to which applies. As with tarot readings if a card should fall or ‘jump’ from the pack you should take particular note of its meaning. If you get stuck there will probably be a leaflet with your cards which should give you some ideas as to the card’s possible meaning. Just as with tarot reading it is best to avoid asking the same question time after time.
The more time you spend practicing with your cards the better you’ll become at reading them, there is nothing wrong with making a simple reading every day. In fact, many angel card readers recommend picking a card for the day; this is often done by placing the cards in a basket a simply picking one.
If you want to hone your skills it is worth keeping a note of your readings: how you felt about them and any insight you had regarding a card, especially if your interpretation was somewhat different to the one usually ascribed to it. Always remember these are your cards and you will be most successful when you read them your way. Don’t worry, with the angels on your side you simply can’t go wrong.