by Connie Dohan
- What are oracle cards?
- What are tarot cards?
- How do they “work”?’
- What should happen in a card reading?
- What should NOT happen in a card reading.
Here’s what you need to know!
By definition, an oracle is simply a wise, authorative response to a query.
Divination is simply defined as seeking for a connection/response from the divine (whatever you consider the divine to be).
So an oracle card is a card that gives you a wise/solid answer to your question(s).
Oracle cards are usually just lumped in with tarot cards; however, they really stand apart as their own form of cartomancey with their own history and their own uses.
The first definite recording of divination cards – other than tarot – was in the court of Napoleon in the 1770’s.
They rode a wave of popularity t into he late 1880’s when they may have gone the way of the do do bird had they not been revived by the interest of Queen Victoria and her court.
The late 1900’s, saw a new interest in oracle cards and an explosion of cards onto the market
Oracle cards stand out from tarot cards in that they commonly have only one word on no words at all on them. As well, they are generally not divided into suits. There is no standardized number of cards in an oracle deck. They commonly run anywhere from 22 to 72 cards.
There are many kinds of oracle cards out there some of which include:
The tarot is one of many ways to experience divination. That is to say, it is one way of receiving answers from the divine.
The origin of tarot is debatable. Some stretch it back as far as ancient Egypt. It is definitely seeing in the 14th century used as a deck of regular playing cards like the 52 card deck we use today.
Tarot decks as we know them, emerged in the 15th century as a a game called Triomph (Victory) using a deck of fifty six cards with the addition of 22 triumph (victory) cards. (it is from these “triumph” cards that we derive our trump cards today)./
The strict definitions and layouts we know today came about in the mid 1700s’.
Their popularity began to wane and they would have died had it not been for the obsession of Queen Victoria and her court, plus the enthusiasm of devotees such as Sir Author Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes), Ezra Pound, W.B. Yeates, and Sigmond Freiud.
How they “work”
While no one knows for sure, it is most commonly believed that the person receiving the reading will be attracted to the card he needs the most.
What to expect
-a reader who has a sincere desire to help you.
-a reader that won’t judge you. (We have our own skeletons.)
-complete confidentiality. Your secrets are safe with us. (PS we’ll forget anyway.)
-an explanation to tarot If you are brand new tarot
-a safe place
-to be encouraged to record your session (if the reading is over the phone, or internet, they may do it for you.)
-should something negative comesup in the reading, to be helped to remain in control of your life – life doesn’t just “happen” to you. Remember The past is the past. The present is the present. The future is the future only if you don’t change the present,
-You’ll leave feeling empowered. (Or at least entertained.)
What not to expect
No one has the ability to see your entire future. A reader can see what may be coming based on your current circumstances but you can shift gears at any time. You are always in control.
-blaming your problems on a curse or “entity”.
That takes all of your responsibility out of your hands and is often the sign of a con artist reader. (The next thing you’ll hear is a hard sell for a cleansing that costs big bucks. Run from those types of readers.)
Even if you are sleeping with your great-aunt Matilda, it’s not up to the reader to judge you –(Avoid any reader who makes you feel ashamed. Even if your life choices aren’t so hot, you are not a bad person – you’re just making poor decisions. You can always change.)
-a side show
Most readers do not wear “fortune teller” costumes. or have beaded curtains or multitudes of lit candles.
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