In the metaphysical world, there is an abundance of tools to get clarity on all areas of your life. Two of these tools are Tarot Cards and Oracle Decks. Both have received some negative reactions for fear of conjuring unseen spirits or bad juju. But let’s put some perspective on using both the Tarot and Oracle cards and discern their differences.
Tarot and Oracle cards are made in a factory, just like every other product. They are not cursed or blessed during the process by any means. They are just paper cards with various designs and nothing else. Then they are shipped to retailers that sell them in their shops. Fear of the mystical arts and using Tarot cards come from not understanding how they work. But, there are also things you can do to protect yourself and ensure safety while doing a tarot reading.
Tarot cards are used to basically communicate with your higher self, your inner wisdom, your intuition, and your subconscious mind for spiritual development. The real danger is misinterpreting the cards or taking them literally which can lead to fear and apprehension. It’s a tool for self-exploration, not predictions. For safety, it’s all about your intention. Approach your tarot reading with a pure, good intention and positive, uplifting and clear energy. Don’t do a tarot reading after a bad day or if you’re feeling down. It’s important to clear your energy before doing a reading. You may also want to clear the energy of your deck by placing a quartz crystal on it overnight or you can burn sage with the intention it will cleanse your deck.
Tarot cards date back to the 15th century and regardless of pattern or images on the deck, they are all designed the same. They will always have 78 cards which consist of 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana cards. Tarot cards are created with a fixed system and lexicon, so the cards will always have the same meaning.
Oracle cards, on the other hand, are created with a fluid system. Meaning that every deck will be completely different as they are channeled through the lens of the author who created them. Each will have its own design, theme, symbolic language, and unique set of cards. With this info all cleared up, now we can feel the freedom to use these tools to get direction on our life’s path.
A Yogic Path Oracle Deck
The Yogic Path Oracle Deck is absolutely one of the loveliest decks I’ve seen. I was immediately attracted to its tranquil colors and ethereal imagery. The deck comes with a 128-page instruction book and 54 beautifully designed cards in a stunning box with a ribbon pull. The outer keepsake box has pretty mandala’s on the front, back and inside, and includes a personal message “May these cards bridge you to your highest self.” It also comes with a magnetic closure to secure everything inside.
The deck cards obviously have a strong Ayurveda – middle eastern influence. Their images are so beautiful with gilded edges and the instruction book features full-color photos with explanations for upright and reversed cards. The cards arrived in alphabetical order, but the instruction book divides them into 5 areas, Spirituality, Ayurveda, Chakras, Yoga and Deities. Each section has its own color which can be referenced quickly in the instruction book. As you work with these cards, you can discover more about yourself, uncover sacred meanings and tap into cosmic intuition.
The author of Neo Tarot, A Fresh Approach to Self-Care, Healing & Empowerment has modernized this ancient empowering tool into the 21st century. Its purpose is to show us how to use the cards, first and foremost, as healing tools for self-care, self-empowerment, and self-discovery.
The deck has of course 78 cards and the design is dark, matt and simple. It comes in a boxed set with an attached 144-page instruction book. Yes, the book is attached to the box, so when you read it, you have this annoying appendage tagging along. I did not like this feature at all. It’s awkward, restrictive, bulky to hold, doesn’t sit nice and you bumble around trying to turn the pages or flatten them to read. Not a clever design at all, so I actually cut my book off along the spine so it has a back. But, the tarot card deck is free from this poor design confinement.
The cards themselves have more modern images and shapes and are adorned with bright hues and vivid color blocks. The instruction book starts off with a manifesto and a brief history of the cards. It continues with caring for the cards and then jumps into card spreads. Each card features an image along with upright and reversed instructions. But, unique to this deck is instructions on self-care. So every time you draw a card, it will include guidance on self-reflection, self-care and so forth. It’s a really nice deck that fits well in your hands and is easy to shuffle and deal.
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