Mixing Tarot and other oracle cards – exploring the art of temporary divinatory collage (and a lot of other ideas presented somewhat haphazardly in one post because that’s what I have time for)

Wow! I set out to write a post about simple techniques for combining Tarot and “oracle cards” — something I love to do — and suddenly I was imagining a treatise on the relationship between art and divination. (Okay, calling it a “treatise” is a stretch. Let’s say I have a lot of ideas, but I don’t guarantee they will come out in an organized or thorough fashion. So I guess “treatise” is wrong. Forget I ever used that word.)

I had initially created some semblance of an outline for this post that involved logical ways of combining different types of cards, but the subject kept squirming and growing in my mind as I considered it, and I can’t guarantee I can pin it down neatly. Or efficiently. But hey, speaking of collecting a variety of things together and trying to make a cohesive product out of them…

Let’s start with the subject of “collage.”

“THOUGHT – PAPER – SCISSORS”

I’ve always like playing with paper – drawing on it, folding it, cutting it up, etc. When I was a teen/young adult, I made a lot of collages. I made journal pages, scrapbook pages, and cards (mostly for my parents), all by cutting pictures out of magazines (or cutting up actual photos), gluing them to paper, and writing words around them. It was a fun creative outlet that necessitated slowing down, feeling my feelings, and expressing them to other people. Very therapeutic and relationship-affirming.

I even made a 3D advent calendar once completely out of paper, just because.  I used to fantasize about designing greeting cards, back before email, and later social media, largely obliterated the custom of sending actual mail to actual friends. Even then I considered that cards were still carried in some stores, so mayyyyybe I could still make some to sell in local shops??

But the last time I had those thoughts was over a decade ago, when my firstborn was still a baby, and as these things sometimes go, I got busy with jobs, and a second child, and moving to the suburbs and staying home instead of working and trying not to be depressed about that loss of identity — and somehow I didn’t make time for my own creative outlets when I probably could have used them the most.

That period of misguidedly sacrificing too much of myself for the sake of running a family lasted awhile. Honestly, discovering the Tarot was a BIG part of my waking up to the need for ME TIME again. (That really does need to be a blog post of its own.) Anyway, just prior to the making of my 7 of Cups card, I had begun cutting pictures out of magazines again. I had gotten a big stack of old magazines from someone in my local “Buy Nothing” Facebook group, just for this purpose. I didn’t know yet what I was going to do with those pictures, but I started saving them anyway. And when I signed on to make my own Tarot card, I knew it would be a collage.* And now that collage is back in my life, I imagine using it to make my own oracle deck one day. But for now, I’m just collecting pictures. ( *Turns out that my card is perhaps best defined as a “photomontage” rather than a collage, since it was made entirely of cut-out pieces of photographs. Thanks, Google!)

“TEMPORARY DIVINATORY COLLAGE”

Have you guys noticed that all the cool Tarot kids on Instagram post pictures of their cards alongside crystals, sage bundles or sweetgrass braids, feathers, candles, shells, little statues of Ganesh, or other small objects? (I’m sure it’s all over the blogosphere as well, and other social media, but I spend most of my gawking-at-photos-of-Tarot-cards time on IG, so I’ll use that example.)

Here’s a lovely example of a Tarot + beautiful objects “collage” by @gypsyarts — aka Sharron Basanti — who has also made her own gorgeous deck called Seeds of Shakti, which was my first oracle deck <3. (And here it is on her Instagram page.)

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And here’s a stunning little “Tarot + related beautiful objects” collage by Starsight Tarot (who, by the way, gave me an outstanding reading today, Monday, June 26, 2017):

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(And here’s the link to her IG post)

I do it too, because I LOVE this act of deliberately placing related objects near the cards to amplify or add to the meaning of the cards. It’s an art form of its own, I believe, like creating a flower arrangement, if you also considered the “language of flowers” while deciding how to arrange them. (The art of asking the right questions of the cards in the first place is a whole different issue!) I do notice a newer trend of showcasing each card or spread on top of or in front of a different interesting background (like a rich wood grain, or a basket, or a brick or brightly colored wall. But for now the cards + 3-D objects thing is still quite popular. 🙂

I first started doing this “adding related objects to my Tarot spreads” while giving free readings through the Biddy Tarot community. I would lay out a spread for someone, then choose rocks/crystals from my collection that I felt helped me understand or express the energy of the card(s) in that reading. And I would take a picture for the client of the whole spread, cards and rocks and silk cloth and candle and all, to accompany the text of my email readings. Sometimes I threw in other objects if I felt they belonged there, like my sage bundle or an old compass I inherited from my dad. I wasn’t doing a lot of research, just choosing intuitively or based on what little I knew about what each rock/crystal was supposed to do or represent. Or what the object signified to me personally in this context.

At that time, when I was much newer to doing readings, I felt that the act of choosing these items was actually helping me connect with the cards in order to make sense of their messages. It was part of my process of deciding what to say to the client (or myself) about the cards. Now when I place stones near my cards for their “photo shoots,”  I usually feel I already know what the cards are saying, and I just want to add to my “temporary divinatory collage” a different visual representation of the message or energy in the cards, for the sake of…what exactly?? Why am I doing this now?

Well, for one thing, not everyone likes to read. haha But seriously, our attention spans are shorter than ever, thanks to the volume and velocity of information we process on a daily basis now, and the fact that it’s all hyperlinked to something else so we don’t even have to finish one train of thought before hopping onto a different, shinier one. So adding visual cues of a different type than the ones on the cards themselves gives the reader/viewer of my photos something else to let their attention wander to that is still related, and maybe adds something.

And some people learn more from pictures than words anyway, so this richness of visual imagery is necessary for them to take in the meanings.

And even if one readily ingests text-based messages, isn’t there something about art that bypasses our logical minds in a way that text does not?

In fact, the whole point of Tarot is to let pictures — with archetypal imagery and symbols and colors and numbers — stir something in us that doesn’t even require words to understand, and may surpass what words alone can convey. Isn’t it? Otherwise the cards could just be a list of keywords or phrases like the guidebook, printed onto cards merely so they can be shuffled to create the million different random/synchronistic spreads that card slinging allows. Instead, they contain ART. So it makes sense that adding other symbolic objects to a spread of cards would enhance the reading.

“Art is the creation of forms symbolic of human being.” — Langer, Feeling and Form

So the idea of creating a “collage” of different items through which to share a divinatory message is already out there — and lots of folks are doing it, and doing it beautifully. And I see lots of people also combining Tarot and other types of oracle cards in their readings without a hiccup, and I LOVE IT.

Here’s an example from the “Tarot Goddess & High Priestess” herself, @ethony, which showcases a few of her own Awakened Soul Oracle cards + her new Bad Bitches Tarot cards!!! Right on, Goddess!

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(And here’s her IG post)

Now one could argue that since all these divinatory collages are being photographed and shared on social media, they are not necessarily “temporary.” But plenty of readings are done by myself and no doubt others that are not documented for posterity. In the grand scheme of life these readings are more like art made with a “Buddha Board” – those Zen-like water paintings that evaporate quickly so you can’t get too attached to them. These are the truly temporary divinatory collages that make up the bulk of my practice, because I don’t yet bother to record them all, or even most of them. And don’t get me started about the impermanence of life, and how this is all just temporary anyway, even if you document it and post it on Instagram and gather a large number of devoted followers…

“MIX-IT” MANIA

Okay, I think I’ve exhausted my alloted time for exploring the concept of “Tarot + anything else” as some sort of metaphysical collage process, so I’ll move on to my original topic. I’ve been doing these combination of Tarot + other oracle cards for so long, and I see so many examples of it on social media, that I find myself wondering if the topic really needs its own blog post. But given that I can’t remember how I used to feel about it — was it always obvious how I might combine them? — and the fact that blathered on for this long about it already, I’ll just carry on. 😉

Besides, in the Tarot-related Facebook groups I’m a part of, I see a lot of questions about “oracle cards” – how are they different from Tarot? How do I pick a good deck? etc. – the answers to which I can probably work into this post. And although the group I help admin (the Tarot Learning Group) generally only allows discussions about the Tarot itself, we have recently started encouraging posts about Tarot + other divinatory methods within a specific Monday post, now affectionately called “Mix-It Mondays” and accompanied by the picture below:

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So I guess it’s a good time for me to share the ways in which I most often “mix-it,” which is by combining Tarot with other oracle cards. (I do own a few pendulums, and have recently bought a pack of runes and a Lenormand deck, but they are so new to me that I probably won’t discuss them yet, other than to point out that there are plenty of other divinatory tools out there that people combine with Tarot, and “other sorts of cards” are just one such tool.)

TAROT v. ORACLE

One definition from dictionary.com :

oracle: “any person or thing serving as an agency of divine communication”

Let’s just start by noting that technically one could consider Tarot decks to be just one kind of oracle deck, along with Lenormand decks, Kipper decks, Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling decks, regular playing cards used for fortune telling, and all the other decks that are what people normally think of when using the term “oracle deck.” But with a quick internet search I could only find one other blogger who came right out and said this, as opposed to discussing the Tarot as a separate category. (Shout out to Ethan of the Seventh Element blog! I have put a link here to his excellent blog post about the difference between different types of oracle cards — including Tarot — and how to choose which one you want to work with.) But the basic idea is that there are certain well defined systems of divination using cards, such as Tarot and Lenormand, and then there is everything else. And in my experience the “everything else” is what people usually mean when they ask about “oracle cards.”

So let’s talk about the “everything else” oracle cards, and from now on I’ll just call them oracle cards, and call other cards by their specific names, like Tarot, Lenormand, Kipper, etc. And I’ll start out by saying that oracle decks work in a similar way as Tarot — I mean, that’s a whole other blog post too, or perhaps masters thesis or book topic – “How does the Tarot work” – but basically they provide visual cues to help you sort through your life and become a better person in a less linear, more creative or more inspired way than “normal” task organization/problem solving/self-help techniques. If you believe in the supernatural, you can add a lot more to that definition of how they work, but I firmly believe that the cards work for everyone, no matter what they believe or whether any of us is right about our beliefs.

But unlike Tarot or other rigidly structured divination systems, oracle cards can follow any system the deck creator likes, or none at all. (I’m looking at you, Soul Cards.) Even with all the potential nuances inherent in any one Tarot card, and the tendency of many modern readers to use their intuition more than a guidebook, there is still generally more “wiggle room” for applying the message of an oracle card (versus a Tarot card) to your life – depending on the oracle deck, of course. Some have actual yes/no answers printed on the cards, so of course if you pull a card like that, there is not much wiggle room! haha But more on that later. Anyway, as far as specific answers and predictions go, Tarot is not the most precise card system out there — Lenormand, for example, is one card system folks use for more specific answers. But Tarot is still the most commonly used system, and it’s the only one I’ve studied, so it’s the only one I’m going to try to compare to oracle cards.

Choosing an oracle card deck is both easy and hard these days, for the same reason — there are SO MANY CHOICES. A Google search for “oracle decks” quickly produces 275,000 results. The most common ones I see used in the Tarot groups are “angel cards,” especially of the Doreen Virtue variety. But you can find a deck for almost any kind of metaphysical or even earth-based interest you might have. Just to name a few, there are oracle decks based on: abstract images, aliens, angels, animals, astrology, chakras, crystals, fairies, famous works of art, flowers, labyrinths, mermaids, the moon, gods and goddesses of various backgrounds, “native american” concepts, sacred geometry, shamanic principles, trees, underwater creatures, and so on. There are even oracle decks based on other (normally 3-D) divinatory tools, such as I-Ching coins, runes, and tea leaves.

Most decks have at least a keyword printed on them, and many also have a few phrases or sentences for advice or inspiration. They generally come with guidebooks that give more insight into their creation, symbology, and suggested usage. There are as many different “visions” for the purpose of the oracle deck as there are oracle deck makers, but they often involve prompting us for the same purpose as the Tarot does — to know ourselves better in order to do better. At least that’s how I see it.

HOW TO CHOOSE WHICH TO USE AND WHEN?

I suppose that depends first on which oracle deck you are talking about. If you want to do some open-ended exploration of your life, you don’t want to pick cards that say things like, “Your angels say this is not the time.” ;p But let’s suppose that you are using a deck of cards in which each card simply describes a sort of energy or activity or attitude towards life, like “connection” or “meditation” or “joy.” Many decks are designed like this, and work well to answer the sort of modern, “daily inspiration” type question: “What do I need to know/focus on/be aware of today?” These “daily card draws” can be done with oracle decks and Tarot decks alike, and are commonly seen on social media. In fact, I see a lot of multi-card Tarot spreads being done with no specific question for each card position, but just a sense of exploring what the reader needs to know, or asking about a certain situation and seeing what story the cards tell as they are laid out, without preconceived notions of what exact significance they should have to the theme of the reading. I do this all the time as well. To me this feels like we, as collective of modern Tarot readers, are already merging Tarot and oracle card methodology, so why not put the cards in the same reading?

Okay, so I didn’t exactly answer the question about which to use and when. I feel like that’s a huge topic of its own. And I’ve just decided to skip answering that question and go on to describing how I mix Tarot and oracle cards, and see how much of that question gets answered along the way without me having to think about it ahead of time. 🙂 And after I describe how I mix them, I will do another Google search to see what others say on this topic…if it’s still Sunday by then. Otherwise, I’ll leave that step up to you.

THE METHODS TO MY MADNESS

Overall, there are 2 basic ways I combine Tarot and oracle cards, and the general principles here can be applied to using any number of decks, any number of cards from each deck, or even to combining any other divinatory techniques at all:

  1. Pull cards from each deck and use them simultaneously to help create the meaning of the reading. This can work whether you have set question/answer positions for each card OR you do a “freestyle” reading (pull some cards and see what they tell you). If you’re going freestyle, the meanings can come from areas in which the cards’ messages overlap (reinforce) each other OR ways in which they contrast.
  2. Start with cards from one deck and think about them for a bit, then use cards from the second deck to help explore what the first deck already told you.

  This can look like:

  • Your first message didn’t make sense and you need more information or a different way to look at the answer. You pull another card as a “clarifier.” It’s like asking the teacher to rephrase whatever that was they just said that went over your head.
  • Your first message was very high-minded or philosophical and you have no idea how to translate that into action. You pull another card to ask the teacher, “Can you give me an example?”
  • Your first message made sense, but seems too simple. You want a more nuanced meaning. OR, you really like the message and want to use it as a “theme” to design an entire new spread. You pull another card to ask, “What else can you say about that?” Or you create a spread that really dives into the theme. (You may even choose that first card deliberately, as something you know you want to explore, rather than choosing a theme “randomly.”
  • Your first message makes sense, but you don’t like it! haha Seriously, sometimes we need a way to soften the blow in order to get any value out of the reading at all. You pull another card to ask, “Isn’t there another way to answer this question? Pleeeease?”

BUT COULDN’T TAROT DO ALL THOSE THINGS?

Well, I know what some of you diehard Tarot readers might be thinking: If you need more/better/different information, why not just pull more Tarot cards? Or ask some better questions? Okay, I’ll admit I just momentarily stumped myself with that second question. haha Perhaps asking questions differently could negate the need for this entire post! *insert shocked-face emoji* BUT let’s just assume for the sake of finishing what I started here that I’m in no state of mind to come up with better questions. Like I said, asking the right questions is its own art form, and its one that we develop over time and with practice. Meanwhile, we might find adding oracle cards helpful.

Besides, just like many readers use different Tarot decks for different clients or different kinds of readings, sometimes using a deck with a different structure altogether can be useful for different clients or readings. Each deck speaks its own language, just as Tarot speaks its own language. I mean, the Tarot has a set structure that leads you to think along certain lines, just as each language trains the human who uses it to see the world in a certain way. Aha, now I’m really onto an answer to “why not just draw more Tarot cards?”

“Speakers of (different) languages put different emphasis on actions and their consequences, influencing the way they think about the world.”

“A growing number of studies suggest that language can prompt speakers to pay attention to certain features of the world.”

— quotes from a March 2015 sciencemag.org article entitled, “Speaking a second language may change how you see the world.”

So within the language/worldview of the Tarot, there’s the major arcana — sometimes called “the Fool’s Journey” — with deep, archetypal meanings and symbolism that speak to our unconscious/collective human experience in 22 specific ways. And there’s the minor arcana — organized by suits that correspond to four elements of nature (earth, wind, water, and fire), and also by a numerical progression through each suit that represents a different sort of evolution than the grand “spiritual development” themes of the major arcana. The minor arcana cards reflect our journey through different aspects and stages of our human endeavors and relationships here on earth.

I’ve found that for me, within that set structure of the Tarot, over time, comes a set way of thinking about each card and its meaning, both in isolation and in relation to other surrounding cards, and as an answer to different types of questions. The potential combinations of cards are limitless, but we DO develop some habitual ways of interpreting the cards, if we are to be honest. I mean, I haven’t even studied Tarot for a full year yet, and I can tell that my mind has developed a few ruts when it comes to doing readings. This is part of the reason I like to use different Tarot decks from time to time — seeing different artwork for the “same” card wakes up my creativity and intuition when it’s gotten complacent. I can also get out of the ruts by doing some really good meditation before a reading, by constantly being on the lookout for all kinds of signs and symbols in everyday life, and generally maintaining a “high vibe” kind of state. But life isn’t always conducive to all that, and sometimes my “vibe” needs a kickstart.

(SKIP THIS PART IF YOU HATE MATH)

So as I said, each deck’s logical systems, themes, and imagery (whether Tarot or oracle) creates a unique “line of thinking,” and each of these lines of thinking brings something different to the process of whatever your reading is about — answering a given question, open-ended meditation on a theme, or whatever. BUT, when you mix decks within a single reading, suddenly you have more than one line of thinking to work with! (Warning: clumsy math metaphor being formulated as I type.) It’s like the meaning of your reading “takes shape” within a space represented by a 3-D coordinate system, and each deck’s divinatory language is a line moving through that space. Unless the lines of thinking are precisely parallel — which seems unlikely unless you use decks so close in meaning to one another that it’s pointless to use more than one of them — these lines will eventually intersect somewhere. And it’s at those points of intersection that a new way of thinking can emerge — an entirely new line of thinking can sprout from that point and go off into any other direction, based on the creative ways you make connections between the various cards you’ve mixed into the reading. (Yes, I realize that a “line” sprouting off into only one direction would technically be a “ray,” not a line. Don’t get smart with me.)

(OKAY MATH HATERS CAN START READING HERE AGAIN)

Beyond this “intersecting lines” metaphor I got way too excited about, there are other ways of describing the relationship between the various decks. One of these is “elucidating,” or simply one card shining a light on some aspect of the other card’s meaning (or some aspect of your life) that you had forgotten altogether until that card reminded you. And remembering that part of yourself or that nuance of the other card helps you make a connection between the first card and your life that you couldn’t quite make with just the one card talking to you.

Another way of describing the relationship between Tarot and oracle cards is “synergistic.” I won’t go into too much detail here, but I think that there is something kind of 2 + 2 = 5 about the way that combining different systems of divination can blow wide open the channel of communication between you and whatever part of you or the spirit world you are getting the messages from. For some reason I’m thinking of the way Getting Things Done author David Allen — as I vaguely recall from having read GTD many years ago — describes the different “levels” of analysis when it comes to organizing your life. The big picture view of your life is called “the 30,000 foot view” and involves getting a “higher” perspective on things that you might otherwise only see from ground level, and therefore be unable to properly organize and set goals for and all that. There is something about combining oracle cards with Tarot that helps me get that higher perspective on the messages coming from each deck, and that’s the effect of the synergy I’m talking about but can’t quite describe.

And there’s something else about combining decks that takes my readings off the grid somehow. It’s like when you first travel to a place different enough to make you realize that your way isn’t the only way to live. You have not only learned about the other people’s way of life, but you get that higher perspective on all ways of life – you see that they are all just different constructs that we humans have created in response to our specific environments, and that get passed down through the generations sometimes even when the original environment that created them has changed so much that the same societal construct would no longer be created today in that same place. (I’m looking at you, every organized religion.) So it goes with mixing the decks for me. It’s not just that I am prompted to focus on certain Tarot keyword because it was repeated in the oracle card, for example, but that sometimes I am reminded that all of the decks are just systems we have created to help us understand larger truths that can’t really be contained in any one system. That’s why there are so many systems of divination in the first place, although for Tarot to be as popular as it is today really speaks to how well it does encompass a lot of our human experience in one system.

One more reason for mixing decks? Well, maybe JUST FOR FUN! I’ll admit that there are times when — despite the fact that I love Tarot cards — I just want to see something different for a change. Maybe it’s my Gemini nature coming through (disclaimer: most of the astrology I have learned so far came from those lame daily newspaper blurbs I read as a teenager, back when people subscribed to daily newspapers) but I. GET. BORED. SOMETIMES. and crave some variety in my purty pictures and inspiring messages.

So speaking of fun, let me quit my abstract philosophizing and just show you some examples of mixed-card readings I have done that illustrate some of these ideas.

TL:DR – HERE ARE THE ACTUAL EXAMPLE READINGS…

Example 1: Pulling a Tarot card as an “application” card 

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^^ Here I pulled an oracle card called “Sóma” from the Yantra Wisdom deck. The key phrase for this card is “I accept nourishment.” I wasn’t sure how to apply that to my life that day, and was too lazy to think about it wanted to get the Tarot’s advice on how that might look. So I pulled a few cards and got these lovely ladies — intuitive/nurturing types who very much remind me of some amazing women whose friendships have indeed been nourishing my soul lately. So I took the advice as “consciously receive and appreciate the nourishment that these friendships give you.” Easy peasy, right? (Here’s the IG post I did about these cards.)

Example 2: Pulling an oracle card as a clarifier.

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^^ I’ll admit that sometimes the lack of “clarity” is more like a lack of willingness to accept that the Tarot cards’ particular messages should have apply to me that day. I recently drew some Tarot cards (8 of Wands and Strength) and felt immediately burdened by their messages.  I resisted even thinking about how they could apply to my day, because i didn’t feel I had to energy to deal with them in the way I was interpreting them. (“Why does everything have to be flying around so quickly right now? I don’t WANT to be strong, I want a nap. Ugh.) So I drew an oracle card to help me get unstuck, and the message of the oracle card (Śrí: “creative cosmology”) allowed me to see a more empowering way to engage with those same Tarot cards — namely that I create my own world view. I can choose to rethink my relationship with the rushed energy of the 8 of Wands (don’t take ownership of all those wands, basically, just let them fly), and perhaps consider that my ability to reframe things so that I am not engaging in resistance to what IS is all the strength I need. (Here’s the IG post I did about these cards.)

Example 3: Mixing deliberate focus + divinatory exposition.

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^^ This method involves choosing a card from one deck that represents something you know you want to focus on, then drawing cards from another deck to further explore the issue. One easy example of this is when I use my Spirit de la Lune deck to highlight the particular moon phase we are in, then use a tarot deck to do a spread that is designed for that particular moon phase. Here I pulled several moon cards to represent the full moon of the day before, the name of the particular moon, and the waning moon we were already under as I finally got around to doing the spread. The full moon spread below the moon cards was designed by Ethony and done using the Animal Totem Tarot cards. (And here’s the IG post.)

Example 4: Pulling a Tarot card as a clarifier.

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^^ Sometimes I draw a card and it sits with me for a few days without me feeling like other cards need to join it, or clarify it. This happened recently, when I had drawn a certain oracle card for myself as a “daily guidance” type exercise (“Emergence” from the Earth Magic Oracle deck), and kept it on my desk for many days, as the message seemed to be the only one I needed for that time. When I felt ready to ask for more information (but not ready for an entirely new lesson from an oracle deck), I went to the Tarot to add onto, rather than replacing, the existing oracle message. I pulled the King of Rods from my Morgan Greer deck, and chose to also display (in my “temporary divinatory collage”) the King of Wands that I had drawn “virtually” one the same day, in one of those online “pick a card” exercises so many Tarot readers offer. In this case I also drew a rune stone from my brand new kit, and put them all together as a way of creating a more complex picture of the current energies I was considering to be most active or relevant in my life. The symmetry of it all was quite beautiful to me, and really serve to reinforce the messages in my mind and heart. (Here’s the IG post that goes with this image)

Example 5: Pairing cards as a creative way to answer the question.

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^^ Sometimes this means going off the grid entirely and just using intuitive responses to the cards. For this, I may just pull a few cards from different decks (Tarot and oracle) and see how they relate in light of a question I have, or just as and answer to that daily “what to think about today” kind of question. I may use the intersection of their keywords as my message — like creating some sort of metaphysical Venn diagram in which the many possible meanings for each card are easily reduced to the one or two they both have in common. Often it’s not quite that simple, and the relationship of the meanings flows more like a story, based on the symbolism or other details of the art on the card, like this pairing in which the hibernating bear (with keyword “introspection”) to the left of a pensive-looking King of Swords suggested to me taking plenty of time to deliberate before making decisions or declarations:

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^^ Here’s another example, from a series of quick free readings I did for people online who just wanted “general” readings. For each one I drew one card from The Wild Unknown tarot and one from the Seeds of Shakti oracle deck and just made up a story about what the message was. They paired up beautifully in every reading. I mean, sailors navigated using the stars, so this was a really fun match. This client was advised to use his faith to help him do the navigating as he headed into whatever unknown waters lay ahead; to keep his bow pointed towards whatever inspires him, and perhaps use his interest in spiritual development to help him “ride the waves” of whatever storms came his way:

Example 6: Using an oracle card as a theme around which you devise a Tarot spread.

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^^ It’s already taken me all day to write this much (as you can imagine if you’ve managed to read this whole thing!) so here’s the IG post I just did about this method and the spread pictured above. It was a great message.

Now although I could go on and on, as you can imagine, or rather don’t really have to imagine. I’m going to call it a day and take a look at this tomorrow before hitting “publish.” OOPS! It’s already tomorrow. That means it probably needs a TON of editing that it’s not going to get, but that’s okay. I “surrender!” ;p

OH! And I just remembered the whole part where I was going to maybe Google this topic to see what others have already written. But that was only if I finished on Sunday, which I didn’t. Let me know what you find out. 🙂 *insert sound of me already snoring* ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

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