Monday, May 2, 2016

My Favorite Tarot and Oracle Cards

(I was NOT asked to write this post by anyone affiliated with Doreen Virtue's oracle and tarot cards. I wrote this strictly because I've found these decks to be easy to use as well as accurate, and I'm hoping to help other frustrated tarot readers!)

I've been reading tarot cards since I was thirteen, which must mean I'm good, right?

No. The answer there is no.

And for quite some time I figured it was just me. So I stopped trying to read any of the three decks I owned and moved on with life. But then one day in Sedona, AZ (a breathtaking place to visit, by the way) I stumbled upon a deck of Magical Unicorn Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue. I picked them up thinking they would make a great gift for my mother since she's the unicorn person, not me. But something about them resonated with me. And now, over five years later, I use these handy little cards at least once a week but generally more often. 

So what's the difference between oracle cards and tarot?

Aren't these gorgeous?
The main difference between oracle cards and tarot cards is that oracle cards have a direct message that isn't open to interpretation, thus making them much easier to use for a beginner. And while there are less cards (44 to the traditional 78 in tarot), Doreen did an excellent job of making the cards broad-spectrum, so many topics are covered. My absolute favorite part of these cards (aside from the beautiful artwork) is that they are positive. Most people don't sit down to oracle or tarot cards when life is peachy-keen. Most people are looking for guidance because cow pies have hit the fan and they're looking for the off switch. So while the cards will give you gentle guidance if you need a little prompting, the keyword here is gentle. In my previous decks of tarot cards, I found some readings left me feeling like, well...the cow pie.

Now, if you're looking for tarot specifically, she also offers a fantastic deck of Fairy Tarot. Again, I'm not normally attracted to fairies. But after seeing how accurate and easy-to-use a friend's deck was, I asked Santa for my very own set. I've been using them every since and have been very satisfied! 

What makes this deck different from other tarot? Well I'm glad you asked! The most obvious difference is that the meanings are printed on the cards. I once spent a significant amount of time hand writing all the meanings on my Rider-Waite set, and I still had a heck of a time trying to make sense of any readings. From what I understand, Rider-Waite is a particularly difficult set to read, so kudos to you if you're rocking it! 

Another difference is instead of the traditional minor arcana (coins, wands, cups, and swords) Doreen uses the four seasons, which makes me VERY happy! After all, this Pagan adores nature. 

The best part? Both sets are well under $20 each. Bargain, if you ask me! Certainly cheaper than a tarot reader. And how much fun would these be at a girls' night?!

Do you prefer oracle or tarot cards? What's your favorite deck?

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  1. I'm in the midst of learning The Guilded Tarot, thank you so much for this post! I just stumbled across your blog and I'm so happy I did, looking forward to more great blogs from you! I swear I read your "about me" and I was reading about myself, our likenesses started to make me laugh because I felt like I was reading my own bio! Even the post about not living where you want to live. So happy to have found you!

    1. Amber,

      I'm so glad you enjoyed the post! Thank you for taking a moment to comment! =D That's so funny about our similarities! Yes, living in a place you don't like is difficult. I hope you can find peace in the small things. That's how my husband and I tackle it. Good luck with your Guilded deck. It's a beautiful deck! And I hope the blog meets your needs. =D Have an excellent week!

  2. Love this post. I've been trying to learn tarot, but school and work schedules leave me little time to study anything new. Fortunately, I have the Fairy tarot deck you speak of, and I'm going to start working with them to give me the positive boost you mention in your post. Many thanks!

    1. You're very welcome! Let me know how you like the Fairy deck, and good luck in school. You've got quite a full plate. Make sure to take a little time to replenish! =D ♥


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