My Favorite Tarot and Oracle Cards

NOTE: There's been a lot of conversation around Doreen Virtue recently. Personally, I still continue use and appreciate these cards. I was actually never very familiar with her work; I just happened to really enjoy these particular decks and find them especially useful for beginners. And her announcement doesn't change that! Remember, tarot/ oracle cards are simply a tool. If they work for you, there's nothing wrong with continuing to use them! As always, follow your instincts and trust your own path! ♥

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 ♥

  3. I have the Celtic Tree Oracle Set, and it is one of my absolute favorites. However, the oracle set you mentioned sounded lovely, and I may have to add that to my wishlist.
    Right now, I am using the Druid Craft Tarot. Lovely design, but sometimes I do get a bit overwhelmed with these cards. The Fairy Tarot, less than $20 & works with the seasons... it may be time for a change, or at least a back up. Oh goodness that list is growing!
    Perhaps, hubby will take pity on me and venture to my wishlist soon... a few hints here & there couldn't hurt, right?!

    I noticed Amber (in the comments) mentioned The Gilded Tarot. I purchased that set for my eldest daughter several years ago for her birthday. I have to admit, that is one of the prettiest decks I have ran across. She seems to be quite happy with it.

    Thanks for sharing a couple of your favs :)

  4. Hints never hurt, and my husband will be getting a Celtic Tree Oracle hint riiiiight around Yule! =P That's a beautiful deck!! Thanks for sharing YOUR favorites, because now I have a new oracle deck to lust after! =P

  5. Nice post, which I found via Twitter, but I will be adding your blog to my RSS reader so as not to miss it.

    I use both Tarot and oracle decks. Oracles I usually use to supplement my Tarot. I have not ventured into reading just from an oracle yet. I rotated into fall season and Halloween so currently using a vampire Tarot deck (Vampires Tarot of the Eternal Night) and the Halloween Oracle (which I think you can use year round, but other decks want their turn too).

    Another favorite oracle of mine are the Enchanted Map oracle cards. Doreen Virtue is a bit too sweet for me, but I can see the Unicorn oracle deck as a nice gift for a unicorn lover in my life.

    Thanks for sharing. Paz y amor.

    1. I never thought about swapping out decks seasonally, but I LOVE that idea! Makes perfect sense, really. Thanks for the suggestion!

      I feel you on Doreen Virtue. It's odd I enjoy her decks so much because I'm otherwise unfamiliar with her. I'm going to check out those decks you mentioned.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your insights!


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