Difference between Tarot and Oracle Cards


Not sure what the difference is between Tarot and Oracle Cards. Here is a simple explanation. The main difference between these cards lies in how the decks are developed. Both types of decks used for personal growth, inspiration, coaching and divination.

Tarot cards come as a traditionally structured deck. There are a few more rules when it comes to Tarot than there are with Oracle cards. Oracle cards are really free flowing. They can feature almost any kind of content and are a reflection of the author. Both types of decks are used for insight, perspective, clarity, personal growth, inspiration, coaching and divination. Historically the Tarot has ancient roots while Oracle decks are the new kids on the block.


Tarot There is a traditional structure to the deck and common meanings. Most decks are Rider-Waite derivatives, and they share common themes across those different decks. The tarot structure is predictable meaning you learn the meaning of each card in it's various positions. Tarot generally has 78 cards Major Arcana = 22 cards relating to major events and life pivoting events Minor Arcana = 56 cards Page, Knight, Queen, and King Tarot is visual and is ideal for meditation, path-working, and self-understanding, guiding you through the maps of your mind, its connections with the collective unconscious, and beyond. The cards are read individually, based on their strictly defined positions in the spread and more often offer new perspectives rather than tangible guidance. Oracle Cards Oracle cards hold a lot of ‘big’ energy and are also known as the wisdom. Each oracle deck is different from the next in structure, number of cards and what cards are present. Oracle cards are more positive-oriented with straight forward answers. There are different types of oracle cards according to the situations and future, these cards gives results. They give insight into the greater sense of what is going on. Oracle decks are structured independently and each follows its own set of rules. They may have any number of cards usually between 12, 56 up to 100’s. They may or may not include reversal cards. Rarely have suits, although they are often numbered for guidebook reference. Some have a bit of a tarot theme while others do not.

Another characteristic that separates the two is how they're interpreted. Both decks are equally potent as stimulants for our intuition and innate psychic powers but they trigger them in markedly different ways.

TIP: Oracle cards may have the meaning of the card printed on them making them great for novices. These are also acceptable for professional readers as well.

Bronwyn Jane  Psychic Medium

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