Tarot Cards or Oracle Cards. Which is best?

Tarot Cards or Oracle Cards. Which is best?

Tarot or Oracle? The age-old question of divination.

Divination tools such as Tarot and Oracle help us in receiving clear communication from the universe. Unless you prefer an actual angel or other divine being to appear and speak to you directly these are valuable divination tools, as are throwing the bones for the African Sangoma (witch doctor) or reading the Medieval Runes (which I also use by the way) was for the Futhark.

You may choose to use Tarot only, Oracle cards only or combine the two as I do. As long as you come from positive intentions, serving the greatest good of all, I know you will find the way perfect for you. Tarot and Oracle cards combined, in my opinion, is embracing the best of both world. It honors the traditional and welcomes the ever-expanding universe. I welcome your viewpoint.

Some argue that Tarot is best, whilst others are steadfast in their belief that Tarot is too rigid and outdated. Does that mean that oracle is better….? Let’s explore this age-old question of divination. Tarot and I have walked a longer path. They were first introduced to me in 2001. I started by reading the traditional Rider-Waite Tarot deck. Through the years, the beauty of Oracle cards winked me closer.

Tarot was founded in 15th Century Europe. The imagery was designed to reflect important aspects of the real world at the time. Whereas Oracle cards are more fluid, focusing on a considerably wide spectrum of themes. Marie Anne Adelaide Lenormand (1772 – 1843) who greatly influenced the creation of Oracle, was a French fortune-teller of considerable fame during the Napoleonic era. Some of her work included her 1854 cards. Image below.

The world’s most famous Tarot deck, the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, has been the international benchmark since it’s initial release in 1909. Pamela Colman Smith illustrated the deck from the instructions of academic and mystic A.E. (Arthur Edward) Waite. Originally printed in Britain, you can now purchase yourself a deck from multiple suppliers across the world, including but by no means limited to Goodreads, Amazon, Takealot and Loot.

Tarot is a divination tool. Oracle is a divination tool. Think of divination tools as clear answers to your affirmations or prayers. Another age-old practice I am highly passionate about is spiritual regression hypnosis. Whether in-person or online with a client on the other side of the world, I get to bring together my passions as an NLP Life coach, Reiki Master and Crystal Healer through Spiritual Regression Hypnosis personal energy balancing sessions.

Tarot and Oracle Readings combined highlight areas of your personal life that will benefit from a touch of TLC, to others that require outright serious attention. The future is not set. Our current energy patterns shape the future. Tarot especially is excellent at pinpointing where your energy got stuck. Oracle cards can be used as a standalone divination tool for readings or wonderfully add to tarot readings. Several decks are also fantastic when it comes to motivational support for daily living.

Tarot card – facts and characteristics

Tarot decks are set. Tarot decks always have 78 cards, unless it is an OSHO deck. OSHO Zen Tarot is not quite Rider-Waite Tarot, however there are many close similarities. Check the OSHO cards out here. Did you know that the Ebury Publishers, the original publishing house of Rider-Waite Tarot is a division of Penguin Random House? Ebury Publishers also first published Bram Stoker’ Drucula.

Tarot is divided into 2 parts. 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards. Some people believe that the 56 Bicycle Cards and the 56 Rider-Waite Tarot Minor Arcana cards are related. But in fact, they are not. Major Arcana cards tell the big story, the overall events. Minor Arcana fills in the lesser, yet equally important in-between details. Together, the entire tarot deck forms a story.

Oracle cards – facts and characteristics

Oracle cards are different from tarot because they are fluid systems. What does that mean? It means every oracle deck will differ from the other. It’s up to the author to create the vocabulary and system the oracle card deck operates on. It’s called a Lexicon. I generally use either Tarot or Oracle cards for my Facebook Live sessions and combine these in weekly YouTube zodiac readings.

The way Oracle card decks are created and for what purpose varies:

  • Some oracles are meant to be pulled with only one card a day.
  • Others are true divination systems with which you can do readings for yourself and others
  • Some are reflective cards for emotional wisdom.
  • Others are affirmations.

In my personal experience, much as I love working with Oracle cards, I use them to compliment my Tarot readings only. Oracle cards, in my view, often softens the information too much. Tarot gives you a very clear indication as to what the energy patterns are that are withholding your heart’s desires from manifesting, when you got stuck and how to get out of that rut. Tarot is simply more factual. Also, in the interest of collective energy, that of Tarot cards is stronger than Oracle cards.

Benefits of Tarot and Oracle Readings

  • Gain clarity
  • Identify areas in need of improvement
  • Find peace
  • Make a difficult decision
  • Nurture your relationships

Much love
Adrian H. Nelson

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