Welcome to Oracle Card Class
Hello! I'm so glad you're here. This class is all about using oracle cards for readings for yourself and others. Over the next few lessons I'll cover the history of the oracle, choosing a deck, shuffling and picking cards, asking effective questions and interpreting meanings, storing and caring for your deck, as well as conducting a sample reading.
I have found oracle cards to be a loving, gentle way to receive messages from Spirit, and with a little practice, I'm confident it can be an easy, nurturing experience for you as well!
If after this class is complete you still have questions, feel free to email me. If it's something that I think would benefit everyone, I'm glad to add a supplementary video addressing whatever comes up.
For now, grab those cards and let's get started!
The History of Oracle Cards
In order to understand the history of the oracle, we must first talk about the history of tarot cards. In this video I discuss the debated origin of tarot and how one mystical Frenchwoman created the first oracle deck as we know it today.
Tarot emerged in 14th century as trump cards for a traditional playing deck. The original playing deck had 56 cards, and with the 22 trumps the tarot deck became the 78-card deck we know today. But there’s all kinds of suspicion about their true function and what messages they were secretly conveying.
Some believe tarot was connected to ancient Egypt and the Book of Thoth because of their Egyptian imagery. Some believe the Knights of Templar hid the wisdom they gained from the the Crusades in the Middle East in plain sight in the cards as a way to salvage it after their persecution. Others believe it’s an expression of what was happening during the renaissance in astrology, alchemy and the birth of the Jewish Kaballah with the 22 trump cards correlating to the 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet.
In the 18th and 19th century tarot popularity rose as a means of fortune telling. In mid-19th century Madame Lenormand was a well-known tarot reader and crafted her own deck. This was the first-known oracle deck and led to others doing the same.
Oracle decks usually have 44 cards (or in the 40s), and the number 4 is believed to be associated with the angelic realm. When the number 4 is repeated, the angels are simply waiting on you to ask for help.
Choosing a Deck
Working with the right deck for you can make all the difference. While some decks are long and lyrical in their meanings and interpretations, others are short and to the point. The best deck is one that makes you feel excited to work with it and eager to learn more. In this video I talk about asking a deck to choose you as well as some of the aspects to consider when picking a favorite.
I believe decks choose us. What if you activated your magic right from the get-go by asking a deck to come into your life?
Research theme, illustrations, author and the length of the meanings in the book to find a right fit. (I love the Chakra Wisdom deck.)
These days I use three decks to do oracle readings for clients - one is short and face value; another is longer but still easily and quickly interpreted; and another has longer, more lyrical interpretations but always seems to add that extra bit of compassion and context.
How to Shuffle and Choose Cards
There is no wrong way to shuffle! I repeat, there is no wrong way to shuffle! :) In this video I address the fundamentals of shuffling cards and knowing when to choose a card from the deck. I discuss my own personal style as well as other methods for you to experiment with.
These days cards always “jump out” of the deck for me. But before the "jumping" I would do a side shuffle until I could feel the cards didn’t want to move anymore.
Put your cards on your desk at work or on your kitchen counter or even in your bathroom, and whenever you have a mindless moment, just begin getting to know them in your hands. See how you naturally want to shuffle and when you naturally stop.
Common ways to pick cards:
Wait for card to jump out (side shuffle or tall shuffle)
Fan the cards and randomly pick
Shuffle/cut a certain number of times (as a number pops in your head) and then pull off top
Shuffle until you feel a “stop” energy and then pick the card on top
Pick from top and then bottom of deck alternating
Asking Clear Questions and Interpreting Meanings
In this lesson, we're going to dig into the actual process of asking questions and interpreting meanings. While this is the part so many people have the most trouble with, it's actually the area of greatest flexibility and freedom; it's where Spirit intersects with your heart and you get to play! Watch the video to learn more, and refer to these notes to help you as well.
Get to know your deck!!! Read your guidebook and don’t be precious about it. Underline it. Make notes. Dog ear the pages. It will become your mini "Cliff notes" of each card.
Draw one card everyday and keep a journal. Notice patterns of when certain cards come up and what type of life situations they usually pertain to. The only way to get good at reading cards is to practice. And to me the best way to practice is to make it a daily habit.
Notice what pops out at you when you look at the book. Trust, trust, trust. You know how we always see things right when we need to see them? Like how you can pass the same sign everyday for months and not notice it, and then one day you finally see it and it somehow is synchronistic or comes in perfect timing? The same is true with oracle cards and what sentences, words or sentiments pop out from the book at you.
Use already-made grids you find online or in the resource sheet provided. Lean on pre-written questions to guide you.
When asking your own questions, think in terms of broad to specific. Ask for the basis of a situation and then clarify for more information with subsequent cards. For example:
Identify a bucket area of your life where you’re seeking guidance
Ask for the general energy or lay of the land in that area
Ask what’s blocking you
Ask what you need to know or work through to remove that block
Ask what would create breakthrough
Ask if there’s anything else at play that you need to know to move forward
Ask what action you need to take
Ask what the outcome will be
Remember that drawing oracle cards or doing any kind of psychic work is always an energetic snapshot of where you are right now in this moment. And the future visions or guidance you get is a trajectory based on that snapshot. It’s all malleable and your intention and direction can affect the outcomes.
Gaining confidence, clarity and guidance when reading for yourself or others:
Ask for validation. Read for people you trust and who trust in you who will be willing to “workshop” the experience along with you.
Trust your gut. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had an initial knowing only to judge it and then try to backpedal into a more “logical” explanation of whatever came up. Trust your gut. Even if it doesn’t make sense to the client. Or to yourself. Absorb it as information and move on.
Judge nothing. Look at everything that comes up in the cards the same way a scientist would when doing an experiment. It’s all just information. When I read cards, I begin with a base-level belief that everything coming through is meant to help me feel better. When we feel better, we vibrate at a higher frequency. And when we vibrate at a higher frequency, we’re a closer match to love, to God, to the essence of who we really are. I believe in being lovingly smacked with truth from time to time, but mostly I believe the oracle is here for us to receive messages that make us feel better.
Write it down. Sometimes the pressure of real-time feedback or people’s energy and reactions can be a bit overwhelming. When I first started doing readings, I only did them in written form. It was time-consuming, but it made me feel better about the purity of the information I was delivering.
Practice, practice, practice!
Drawing Cards for Others and Your Own Personal Rituals
While this video walks you through the 10-step process I use to prepare to draw cards for others, it's applicable to drawing cards for yourself as well. I believe that a well-intentioned, sacred personal ritual leading up to drawing cards can make all the difference in producing a reading that is robust, accurate and clear.
My ritual before pulling cards:
Get their permission
Ask their guides
Ask your guides
Ask to be a vessel
Connect with your heart
Connect with your crown
Release expectation and pressure and show up in integrity
Hear their clear intention
Connect with their energy
Pull cards (and have fun!)
Card Care and Storage
In this video, I'm getting real about what I think is important and what I think is a bunch of bull when it comes to storing and caring for your cards. Bottom line is do what feels good to you! It's all about energy, and if any of the processes around your cards drain you, it's time to adjust.
Store your cards however feels loving to you.
Knocking on your cards 3 times is an effective, easy way to shake off old energy from a previous client or intention.
Sage, crystals, and the full moon also work great for cleansing cards when they need a deeper clean.
Sample Reading and Closing
You made it! In this final video I walk you through the entire process - from first opening a deck, to the 10-step process for prepping your reading, to choosing a layout and drawing cards, and finally interpreting meaning. Remember to refer to the handout for more info on sample oracle card spreads!