Oracle decks are becoming more and more popular, but what are oracle cards? And how do you use them? I’m Karla Refoxo, and I’m part of the Totems & Tarot Healers Hub. Not only am I an oracle card reader, but I’ve also designed and created an oracle deck called Tulku Oracle.
In this guide, I’ll share a few of my thoughts and tips on oracle cards and oracle card spreads that will be great for beginners.
What are oracle cards?
I like to think of oracle cards as portals. Like dreams, they use the language of symbols and images to speak to us and convey something that we may not see otherwise.
- They come from the unseen realms.
- We give birth to them through our creativity, imagination and intuition.
- They speak the language of spirit and soul— a language our dreams and the natural world understand and speak as well.
Additionally, somewhere deep in us, we understand it too. We have the wisdom that the Oracles awaken—they are a bridge to discovering it. In the same way dreams and nature give us profound guidance if we pay attention, the oracle cards cut through the dialogue of our minds and reach into a much larger mysterious field where the path is revealed and the mirror shows us ourselves and the world around us in a new light.
They are powerful tools and I find my relationship with them evolves over time. Even though the Tulku Oracle deck came out of me, over time and in readings with others I am constantly discovering new and unique expressions.
How to use oracle cards
To get to know an oracle deck, I look at the images, and I get curious about them. I might see the name of a card and have immediate associations, but I try to open and look beyond that—at the details—to listen, feel and connect with the tenor of the card.
Maybe I see a woman in the shadows or notice a blue vein coming up through a tree. What does that say to me? I listen to the intuition that awakens in me and the personal associations I have with the images.
Then I practice on myself. One card draws, simple three-card draws (past, present, future) and I see how what I draw connects to what happens in my life. I also always look for patterns between the cards, which then gives voice to a story that wants to get told and wisdom that wants to be imparted.
What are the best oracle card decks?
I’ve been really focused on getting to know my deck lately, but one of my first that I have always loved is one of the classics—Medicine cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson.
What are the best oracle card spreads?
I share some different spreads in the Tulku Oracle guidebook. Personally, I love doing simple relationship spreads to unveil the layers of hidden things. And then, I build my questions if I want more clarifications from there.
So for example this morning, I am looking at my relationship to bear totem, because the last two nights I dreamt of bear— while in waking life (unbeknownst to me) sometime last night a bear was on my deck drinking the hummingbird water.
So I drew one card for bear, one for me which I laid down next to that, and in the center, on a new row below those two, I drew a card for what bear is bringing me. Each card reveals a different layer of meaning than what I obviously see. And sometimes they are very funny and even literal!
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To illustrate that, for this spread, I got Abundance as bear, Honey bee in reverse for me (literally the sugar water dumped out!) and Tree of Life for what bear brings to me. There are so many ways to read this, and a lot of the time what the spread is telling me gets revealed over time.
In what ways is the sugar water being taken, or offered? Is it nourishing, or is it depleted? In this case, the sugar water provided food for bear who is representing abundance. And this in turn connects me to the Tree of Life. And always there is so much more…
Where can people get free oracle card readings from you?
I have done free readings on Instagram live events on Totems & Tarot and with my dear friend davidji on Instagram as well. It’s something I am slowly embracing—live social media engagements—but I am actually a bit shy and introverted so I have my resistance!
I do love doing readings for people and am crafting workshops connected to the Tulku Oracle which will surely lead to more of this kind of thing in the future.