What is the difference between Oracle and Tarot Readings?

What is the difference between Oracle and Tarot Readings?

The difference between an Oracle Reading and a Tarot Reading

Tarot is having a moment right now, but oracle readings haven't had their 15 mins of fame. And that's a good thing. While some see tarot and oracle readings solely as the latest trend, it’s important to remember that these types of practices are very sacred. It's also important not to lump them both together as they are two distinct practices. Readers use a variety of factors when determining whether to do an oracle readings or a tarot reading.

What is an oracle reading?

An oracle is “a person (such as a priestess of ancient Greece) through whom a deity is believed to speak” or “an authoritative or wise expression or answer.” Remember the matrix? how could you not?! In the matrix, the Oracle was able to use precognition to tell others what was going to happen. Some people who do oracle readings can pick up on the energy of an event or a person through cards. Some even use bones. You can use an object as a medium to be able to bring specific energy through and interpret the meaning. Some people who do oracle readings use cards that are from particular deities that carry messages. Before a card is pulled a question can be asked and the card will give a message from that deity. For example, I use Native American oracle cards, and I can pick up on the energy of each spirit from each card. The cards come with meanings but overtime once you get closer to the cards you can use them to ask anything. As I mentioned earlier, you can use other totems/items to receive messages in Oracle readings. If you're feeling a connection with using shells then continue to use them. If you prefer oracle cards, there are many available - ranging from fairy decks to crystal decks. 

What is a tarot reading?

The term tarot is “any of a set of usually 78 playing cards including 22 pictorial cards used for fortune-telling”. Tarot cards use a specific deck that has a major arcana and a minor arcana.

The major arcana each have a particular meaning and picture, and they are:

The Fool
The Magician
The High Priestess
The Empress
The Emperor
The Hierophant
The Lovers
The Chariot
Strength
The Hermit
Wheel of Fortune
Justice
The Hanged Man
Death
Temperance
The Devil
The Tower
The Star
The Moon
The Sun
Judgement
The world


The minor arcana are composed of four suits: Cups, Pentacles, Swords, and Wands. Each suit has 14 cards. Those 14 cards have a number and a picture on them. Although each group of minor and major arcana cards has specific meanings, they also have double meanings when they are pulled in reverse. Depending on the spread and the situation/question in play, the reader will most certainly use their intuition in order to decipher the message. 

Overall, both types of readings require a strong sense of intuition as well as the ability to interpret energy whether it be from cards, runes, coins or other tools of divination.

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