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What is an Oracle Reading and How Does it Work?

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From crystals to astrology to divinatory cards, the world of spiritual practices is vast and varied. Whether you are a new practitioner or someone who has been dabbling in practical magics for years, you will find no shortage of opportunities to learn and discover more about yourself and the world.

Recently, there has been a surge of interest in spiritual tools and rituals worldwide. It is no surprise with all the global challenges of today that people are faced with many sources of stress. More and more people are looking for ways to examine themselves, reflect upon their experiences and hardships, and eventually come to a place of hope and inner peace.

If you would like a spiritual tool that’s easy to use and helpful for just about any kind of person, look no further than oracle cards. These cards are similar to tarot cards, but they are often much simpler to read, even for beginners, and you will get just as much insight and guidance from an oracle reading as you would from a tarot reading. All you have to do is tap into your intuition and use the cards to decipher the answers already within yourself.

If curious to learn more about oracle cards, how they work, and how to perform excellent oracle readings right out of the gate? Read on for an in-depth explainer.

 

1. Understanding Oracle Cards

Oracle cards, like tarot cards, are decks of cards used for self-exploration, divination, or personal rituals.

What differentiates them from tarot is that tarot decks comprise 78 cards divided into major and minor arcana, and each card comes with its own traditional meaning. Oracle cards, meanwhile, follow no predetermined structure. Instead, the creator of an oracle deck is free to determine the theme, the number of cards in the deck, the imagery on the cards, the individual meanings of each card, and other details.
Because there are no hard and fast rules for creating oracle decks, reading them is often a similarly loose, spontaneous experience. Some people read oracle cards to make predictions or forecasts for the future, while others use them to extract insight on intimate, personal questions. Whatever your chosen approach to reading these cards, experts always advise relaxing and letting your intuition be your guide.

 

2. How to Perform an Oracle Card Reading

Whether you are reading for yourself or another person, it is best to approach your cards with a clear, open mind, free of preconceived notions or desired outcomes. It helps to perform your readings in a quiet place with minimal distractions, to tap into your intuition more easily.

As you hold your cards in your hands, concentrate on the specific question or current concern that you seek guidance for. When reading for someone else, ask them what they would like to focus on in the reading.

Once you have identified your central issue, begin shuffling the cards. Some practitioners have a consistent shuffling scheme with specific motions in a set order. Others will drop their cards in a pile and spread them around until they feel like they should stop. There is no right or wrong way to shuffle your oracle cards, so do what feels most comfortable and intuitive to you.

Let your intuition determine how many cards you draw from the deck. It can be just one card or as many cards as the space allows.

Lay the cards out in front of you one by one. Some people may prefer to place them face-down and turn them over.

As you look at each card, note the first thoughts about what it means for you or the person you are reading. Those instinctive responses to the meaning or imagery of a card are usually highly insightful and important. If nothing leaps out at you right away, be patient. Just contemplate the card calmly for a minute or two and see what insights come to you.

Summarise the key message of the reading for yourself or the person you are reading for. Don’t forget to identify the possible steps you can take based on the cards’ insights. Spiritual wisdom is only of use with action.

 

3. Final Words: Choosing Your First Oracle Deck

When choosing your first deck of oracle cards, look for cards whose themes and imagery resonate deeply with you. For example, Mrs V’s Alchemy Oracle Cards reflect her ability to inspire people and transform their lives for the better. These cards designed for modern readers help to navigate the challenges in the world today.

You can visit the AGERICH website to try 12 months worth of free digital oracle readings. Hard copy cards will soon be available for purchase with AGERICH “Intuitive Remedy” kits. Just check our website for more updates.

Need guidance from MRS V? Book a session with her today.

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