Oracle Cards for Beginners

Oracle Cards for Beginners

What are oracle cards? 

Oracle cards are a popular tool used by lots of people for divination and guidance. They are a set of cards that contain images and symbols that are meant to provide insight and clarity into various aspects of life. 

People use oracle cards for a variety of reasons, including seeking guidance and clarity in difficult situations, gaining a better understanding of themselves and their emotions, and connecting with their spirituality.

What is the difference between oracle cards and tarot cards? 

Oracle cards and tarot cards are both used for divination and self-reflection, but they do have some differences and their own unique benefits. 

Tarot cards are often used for more detailed and complex readings, while oracle cards are frequently used for more general guidance and inspiration. 

Tarot cards have a specific structure and comes as a set of 78 cards with a defined meaning for each card. Their more structured system and can offer more detailed insights into specific areas of life. 

Oracle cards can have any number of cards and may not have a set structure or meaning. They tend to be more open-ended and can provide guidance on a wider range of topics.

Ultimately, the choice between the two will depend on your personal preference and goals. 

I personally feel oracle cards are much easier than tarot cards for beginners who are starting out and new to this type of divination. 

* Tarot Cards

Choosing an oracle card deck

There are so many different oracle cards available. You can pick themes depending on what you personally feel drawn to or a particular topic. 

I love Rebecca Campbell’s Work your light deck. The artwork is so beautiful, in fact, that I use all her decks regularly. (Available on Amazon via my affiliate link here:

Gabby Bernstein’s The Universe Has Your Back Deck is a beautiful uplifting set too. (Available on Amazon via my affiliate link here:

But the important thing is to choose a deck that resonates with you. You can get oracle cards themed as mermaids, fairies, spirit animals… The list is endless, so have a little browse.

How do I cleanse and charge my oracle cards?

You can cleanse your oracle cards in the same way that you would cleanse any of your other spiritual tools and crystals. 

There are various methods you can choose from such as smudging with sage or palo santo, placing them under moonlight or sunlight, or using sound vibrations from a singing bowl or bell. 

To charge them (which simply means to fill them with positive energy), you can hold them in your hands or place them on a special cloth or altar for a period of time. When I get a new deck I always sleep with them under my pillow to really establish a connection with them. 

The important thing here is to choose the methods that resonate with you and your beliefs.

*Work your light Oracle Cards by Rebecca Campbell

Step by step guide to using oracle cards

Choose a deck

There are many different oracle decks available, as mentioned above, so choose one that resonates with you and your intentions.

Set your intention

Before you start, take a moment to set your intention for the reading. This can be anything from gaining clarity on a situation, to receiving guidance on a specific question.

Shuffle the cards

Take some time to shuffle the cards while focusing on your intention.

There is no specific phrase you need to say when shuffling oracle cards. However, focus on your intention or question while shuffling the cards to infuse them with your energy. 

Some people like to say a prayer or affirmation before shuffling to help set the mood and connect with their intuition. 

The most important thing is to approach the shuffle with an open mind and a willingness to receive guidance from the cards.

Draw a card

When you feel ready, draw a card from the deck. You can either choose a card at random or select one that calls to you.

Interpret the card

Look at the imagery and words written on the card. See what message it initially sends to you. You can then go on to read the message in the guidebook that accompanies it. Consider how it relates to your intention and what insights it may offer.

Reflect on the reading

Take some time to reflect on the message of the card and how it applies to your life. You may also want to journal about your experience. 

You can read more about journalling in my blog: Manifesting Journalling for Beginners

Repeat as needed

The number of oracle cards you should pull is a personal choice and depends on the purpose of the reading. 

You can repeat this process with as many cards as you like, or until you feel you have received the guidance you need.

Some people prefer to pull one card per question, while others prefer to pull several cards to gain more insight. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide how many cards you feel you want to pull for your reading.

Oracle card spreads for beginners

There are many types of card spreads, but some basic ones include the three-card spread (past, present, future), the Celtic cross spread (covering a range of topics), and the yes/no spread (simple answer to a specific question). 

Choose your spread depending on your time available, needs and intentions.

The benefits of using oracle cards

The benefits of using oracle cards include

  • gaining a better understanding of yourself and your emotions

  • receiving guidance and clarity in difficult situations

  • feeling more connected to your spirituality

  • developing your intuition

  • strengthening your ability to trust your own inner wisdom.

Overall, oracle cards can be a powerful tool for self-discovery and guidance. Whether you are new to oracle cards or have been using them for years, they can provide insight and clarity into various aspects of your life.

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Sending you lots of of love, as always 

Cheryl xx

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