Tarot and Oracle Cards: What’s the Difference?
With the growing number of new Tarot and Oracle cards coming out, we thought we delve into a simple guide as to the differences between these two different divination tools.
This post will help you understand the differences, so you can choose the right deck for your spiritual journey.
Differences Between Tarot and Oracle Cards
Tarot mainly covers the emotions and why we do things – motivations, psychological reasoning, and feelings/moods. The art of Tarot reading has ancient roots in divination. It is the most common “fortune telling” tool out there.
Tarot has 78 cards – Major Arcana 22 cards and Minor Arcana 56 cards. The Minor cards are divided into 4 elemental suits: Pentacles (Earth), Swords (Air), Wands (Fire), and Cups (Water), with the ace through 10 being the pip cards and Page, Knight, Queen, and King being the court cards.
Tarot Structure and Reading Styles
The structure of the Tarot is predictable, while cards may vary depending on which deck you use – example, in some decks Cups will be Chalices, and Swords will be Arrows, and some decks have Prince, Princess, Queen and King as the court cards.
An accomplished and talented Tarot reader can read into the cards how you will respond. Traditionally, Tarot are read as singular cards, although it is always the job of a reader to see how the cards surrounding will affect each position in a reading.
It is a reader’s choice as to how they read and interpret the cards. Some may only use Major Arcana while others use the Major cards to see a karmic path in a full deck reading, and still other readers may take into consideration reversal meanings of the cards.
Oracle decks offer guidance, clarity into a situation, and even a new perspective.
This style of cards can have a variety of themes from anything like the Law of Attraction and affirmations to the dark night of the soul and shadow self. The number of cards in a deck also varies as this isn’t a set-in-stone style like the Tarot.
Oracle Structure and Reading Styles
There are a variety of ways to read Oracle cards from single card draws to full life readings. Some readers use Oracle cards to enhance and visualize more into a Tarot reading, as interpretations are vastly different from a typical Tarot deck.
Oracle decks tend to be more open and flowing in their interpretations. They are much easier to learn and interpret, even with the specialty decks. Again, some readers may use an Oracle deck in addition to Tarot and other divination to give a deep perspective into a reading.
Which is better: Tarot or Oracle?
Neither, it all depends on what feels best for the reader. Some people may feel a call to a certain deck, whether it is Tarot or Oracle.
Always go with your gut feeling when choosing a deck to learn and read with, as that will most likely work best for you. Try to incorporate both styles into your readings and see what happens!