What’s the difference between tarot and angel cards?

What are card readings?

Do you need answers to your deepest questions in life? Experienced psychics use card decks, such as tarot cards or angel cards, to answer important questions about your past, present, or future. 

Maybe you’ve already heard of tarot cards or angel cards, but you’re not sure of the difference. Both tarot cards and angel cards provide powerful tools for divination to help understand the direction of your life and to gain new perspectives. Which is better for your situation? Continue reading to find out more about tarot cards and angels cards and which type of card reading is better for you.

Tarot cards

For centuries, psychics and mystics have used tarot cards to discover answers to life’s deepest questions. The history of the tarot began in the 15th century in Europe. Back then, they called the cards Trionfi, then Tarocchi, then Tarock, and finally Tarot.

Each deck of tarot contains 78 cards with pictures and suits (similar to a deck of playing cards). Tarot decks contain the major and minor arcana:

Major Arcana – (22 cards)

The Fool, The Hanged Man, Death, The Devil, The Magician, The Sun, The World, The Lovers, The Star, Judgement, The Empress, The Emperor, The Tower, The High Priestess, The Moon, The Chariot, The Hermit, The Wheel of Fortune, The Hierophant, Strength, Temperance, and Justice.

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Minor Arcana – (56 cards)

The Minor Arcana consists of 56 cards and then further divided into four suits. Swords, Pentacles or Coins, Wands, and Cups.

During a tarot card reading, you ask a question relating to an area of your life such as love, health, family, finance, career, or relationships. The psychic reader will draw cards in a spread.

The tarot cards channel messages from the universe. An experienced tarot reader can understand these messages by looking at the type of card drawn, where it appears in the spread, and direction that the card faces.

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Angel cards

Each of us has angels and spirit guides protecting and leading us in life. Most of the time, we can’t read their subtle signs and messages. An angel card reading gives the angels a way to communicate with you when you need guidance and can’t find the answers.

Oracle cards such as these have existed for centuries across many cultures so you can find many different sets of angel cards. Each card contains specific messages like “stay true to yourself”, “let go of old habits”, or “emotional healing”.

During a reading, you should think of your question and channel your energy into the cards. Then the psychic will draw a certain number of cards and explain their meanings to you.

What are the main differences between the two types of cards?

Angel cards are similar to tarot cards because they also give insight and guidance about love, relationships, finance, and any other big questions in life. They tend to have less specific times, dates, and places. Angel cards usually provide more general answers. Angel cards also have smaller decks, usually featuring 45 cards, while tarot decks have 78 cards.

Tarot cards have complex symbolism and usually require an experienced psychic to decipher the full meaning of your cards. Angel cards tend to offer mostly positive reflections, even when you deal with difficult questions. Tarot cards may unveil dark elements to consider or negative future events, which some people may not have the strength to handle during sensitive times.

What type of questions are more suitable for each deck?

Because tarot cards are more complex, they can provide more specific answers like date, time, and places. Angel cards have more general answers, ideal for asking broader questions.

You will have a more successful reading by staying true and honest with yourself about the questions on your mind. Those questions come from your intuition or angels trying to guide you in the right direction. 

So whether you choose tarot cards or angel card reading, follow your heart and your gut. Tune into what your soul wishes to know. Some common questions to ask during a card reading include: 

  • What do I need to know the most about my life [or situation X] right now?
  • What is my biggest obstacle right now?
  • What lesson do I need to learn in this situation/event/relationship?
  • What do I need to do to move beyond [situation X or Y]?


Each person has messages about their past, present, and future that they can learn from tarot cards or angel cards. Ready to find out what the cards have to tell you? Speak with an experienced psychic who can read the messages from the universe and guide you through your most important questions in life. 

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