The Difference Between Oracle and Tarot?


Before you get on your way to purchasing a deck of Tarot Cards perhaps you should know the differences between the Oracle and Tarot decks. Although the two are very similar, there are some distinctions that you’ll need to take into consideration when choosing a new deck. Just an FYI most of the decks come with some form of the instruction manual or booklet. 

I actually really love Tarot and Oracle decks!! I have a few of my own and long to collect a few more that I have seen and one that I carry in my store which is the Eight Coins Tattoo Tarot that features artwork from a well-known tattooist, Lana Zellner. Or the Hedgewitch Botanical Oracle by Siolo Thompson that draws its inspiration from healers and has a 192-page guidebook. These two now reside in the new category in the Yama Yoga Store for Oracle and Tarot. 


Here's the deal. Because Oracle cards are easier to read for the beginner and generally have fewer cards in the deck, I find myself gravitating toward them a bit more. They are quicker to read and often the decks offer in-depth details of their focused theme. For example, a botanical deck may provide both illustrations and details about plants that can be very useful even outside of Oracle readings. Oracle cards provide the reader more freedom and flexibility than the Tarot…as the Tarot is based on certain ritualistic structures to perform the reading. For beginners, the decision should be based on intuition versus structure. Some beginners may be intimidated by intuitive readings of the Oracle and better at following a more structured path like reading the Tarot.  

A Tarot deck is typically a set of 78 cards that are split into the categories of the Major and Minor Arcana. Tarot cards are interpreted by readers whose goal, typically, is to do a reading based on a person’s query. If a person wants to gain insight into the past, present, or future situations they would formulate and ask a question and the reader would then have them draw the cards for interpretation. Cards are laid out and read in a specific order depending on the reader and the cards. When it comes to the readings the different types of divination decks offer varying outcomes. With tarot decks, you always get a detailed and personal reading that is both intertwined with the Tarot reader and the deck chosen. This can make for an extremely personal and well-rounded outcome. 

Because Oracle cards are read with a certain amount of freedom, they can be slightly more limited in the details of the read. Oracles seem to work best when they provide guidance for your life.  

Summed Up:

Tarot Cards: Best for those who feel like they need all the details, that want to really delve into divination and be able to fully connect with their subconscious and inner selves. 

Oracle Cards: Best for beginners, intermediate or advanced readers that have an ability to read more unrehearsed and want a way to lose the structure and typically give guidance from the card's theme to apply to everyday life.

Let Your Intuition Guide You!
Sat Nam Friends!


Soorya Kirti Kaur @ The Yama Yoga Store

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