What are oracle cards?

MOST of us have heard of tarot cards, but did you know there's another pack to play with?

A lot of us are now using self-reflective oracle cards to give a fuller picture of how to navigate our lives.

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What's the difference between oracle cards and tarot cards?

Tarot card readings are usually done by someone’s “spirit guide”. This may sound a bit whacko, but just think of them like a guardian angel.

The cards that are chosen in the reading such as the King of Pentacles or Nine of Cups are messages that your spirit guide is trying to tell you.

For example, the King of Pentacles may suggest a man of high ambition and worldly success is coming into your lives. Fingers crossed!

An oracle deck on the other hand is a pack of cards with images or wordsthat can be used to make you feel brighter, give you guidance or simply tap into your inner power.

There are lots of oracle decks out there, such as these from etsy with a variety of themes including angels, witches and positive affirmations.

Rather than summoning a sprit guide, oracle cards can contain messages from angels such as healing angel Archangel Raphael.

One of our favourites messages that we pulled from an oracle deck said: "Everything you've been doing has been leading up to this moment."

Oracle cards are also great at giving self-care tips.

Thank goodness the hairdressers are open then!

How do you use oracle cards?

If you've never heard of oracle cards, Allure suggests you start your day by shuffling the deck and then ask it a specific question about your love life, career or any other issue on your mind.

If you can't think of a specific question, don't worry. It could be as simple as "What do I need to know today?"

Pull a card, see what it says and then simply reflect. In a world where nothing is certain you might just find the answers you're looking for.


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