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Oracle Readings vs Tarot

Oracle Readings vs Tarot

Delving into the divine mysteries of the Oracle and Tarot through personalized practice is a wonderful way to tune into your natural psychic powers. However, just because two practices may seem similar doesn't necessarily mean there aren't any fundamental differences. Both the Oracle and Tarot are essential tools for self-discovery and divination; however, you should avoid clumping these two practices together. So, how do the Oracle and Tarot differ? Read on to find out!

What Are Oracle Cards?

Unlike Tarot cards, Oracle cards do not contain a set number of cards; some come with guidebooks, while others may not. Oracle decks are free-flowing and vary in design and message. It may be helpful to think of Oracle cards as a more all-encompassing and ethereal practice. In contrast, Tarot can give you more detailed results according to specific questions you are presenting and distinct story arcs of the deck. The Oracle offers you a general container, but the interpretation depends more upon your unique reading and analysis to provide meaning.

What Are Tarot Cards?

Typically, Tarot contains 78 cards divided by 20 Major Arcana cards, Minor Arcana cards, and suits. The Tarot generally follows a numbered, predetermined protagonist journey that starts with The Fool and ends with The World. The suits in the Tarot relate to the elements: cups (water), swords (air), wands (fire), and pentacles (earth). Tarot relies on the symbolism and meaning of each card to provide answers and insights to your reading. The Tarot is far more structured than the Oracle and depends on this structure to provide insight into your spiritual practice.

When Should You Use the Oracle?

Just because an Oracle deck may seem “easier” to use than the Tarot doesn't mean it is considered a beginner's deck. The Oracle doesn't require memorizing suits or symbolisms to gain significant meaning. Consider a few things if you are unsure whether to consult the Oracle or Tarot for your specific practice. Go with the Oracle if you seek more gentle imagery and free-form technique. The Oracle is great at softly revealing overall themes rather than a more intense and detailed read.

When Should You Use Tarot?

If you are ready to give time and intention to learn the elaborate structure of the Tarot, grab your Tarot deck for your reading. Not to say that beginners aren't allowed to play around with Tarot; however, you will get more detailed and vibrant results if you are ready and able to understand the intricacies of this practice. Sometimes you may need more direct influence and wisdom; in these cases, the Tarot will be a better option.

Can You Use the Oracle and Tarot Together?

Many professionals and divination enthusiasts will use both the Oracle and Tarot together in practice. Many suggest that both are equally important to the whole; the Oracle as a more self-directed form of ritual and the Tarot as a more structured mode of reading. There is no right or wrong way to mix these decks, and you should always trust your intuition on whether both are needed to provide the most helpful insight for your reading.

Your spiritual practices are unique and entirely yours. Honor your intuition as you navigate Oracle and Tarot decks to provide the most helpful insight and guidan

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