Oracle vs Tarot?

I am often asked the difference between Oracle and Tarot decks. That made stop for a moment. I know that my preference is Tarot, but in looking at my decks, I have a smattering of Oracle decks as well as you can see below.  Over the years, my collection is about 1/3 Oracle and 2/3 Tarot.  Traditional Rider Waite deck is my preference, but on occasion, I use my Oracle cards to gain insight.

Oracle cards is a type of divination card that is used to gain insight, guidance, and inspiration from a higher power or spiritual source. Oracle cards usually come in a deck of 30 to 64 cards, each with a unique image and message. They tend to be thematic like the Pegasus, Mermaid, Legendary Ladies or Botanical Inspirations.   There are countless decks out there.   The best deck out there, is the one you are drawn to.   On occasion people have gifted me decks.   Surprisingly, they are some of my favorite.

Oracle cards can be used for personal growth, spiritual development, and self-discovery. Just like Tarot cards, the user asks a question, and then draws a card from the deck. The message on the card is then interpreted to provide insight and guidance.

Can Anyone Use Oracle Cards?

Oracle cards can be used by anyone, regardless of their level of experience with divination or spirituality. They are often a more gentle and uplifting form of divination.  The cards providing positive and encouraging messages that can help to lift you towards positive change. Many people start with an Oracle deck and then transition to Tarot.

They are designed to provide insight and guidance on a variety of topics, such as relationships, career, health, and spirituality. Oracle cards are often used for personal reflection, meditation, and spiritual development, and can be used by people of all backgrounds and belief systems.

Each card in an oracle deck typically has a unique message or meaning, and the user selects one or more cards to answer a specific question or to gain insight into a particular situation. The cards are usually shuffled and drawn randomly, and the interpretation of the cards depends on the individual’s intuition, knowledge of the cards’ symbolism, and the guidance provided in the accompanying guidebook if the author of the deck created one.

Oracle cards may be used in conjunction with other divination tools, such as tarot cards, crystals, and pendulums.  They are often used by people who are seeking to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their lives.   Purchase a deck and see what happens.  The more you use them, the better the insight.


Rev. Colleen Irwin
Reverend Colleen Irwin is a Spiritual being having a human experience as a Blogger, Wife, Mother, Mentor, Healer and Public Speaker living in Rochester New York. Colleen, a Natural Born Medium, teaches, lectures and serves Spirit when called upon. She remembers speaking with Spirit as a child and learning how to share this knowledge with others has been an adventure that she captured in her book “Discovering Your Stream”. Colleen has been mentored by Reverend Jack Rudy, and ordained as a Priest in the Order of Melchizedek by the Reverend Dan Chesboro through the Sanctuary of the Beloved. When she is not doing her Spiritual work she is a volunteer docent sharing Susan B. Anthony's history to visitors of the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester. Her trust in Spirit gave her a new title – PREVIVOR. She now uses her platform to educate others about the BRCA genetic mutation and how one can take control of their health and well-being.
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