Overview of Oracle Cards – History and Structure

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I. What are Oracle cards? History of Oracle

In the past, Oracle means “God’s delegation”. Ancient Greeks valued prophecies, which were announcements from the Gods. They believed everything had been born and controlled by the “Supreme”. Everything had its own voice and message.

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Oracle means “God’s delegation”

The most popular prophecy-given place is the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, which was known as the oldest prophecy-given place in Greece. It was believed that the Female Dancers, which were called “Virgin Prophetesses” would temporarily be goddesses and received the prophecies. Besides, other positions in the temple would represent different fields of life. People of Athens could send questions about different problems to God followed by the above-mentioned structure. Based on the ancient materials, which were written by the historians, questions can be in many areas, from big to small such as war, love, illness of a person or sometimes even just how to be wealthy.

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The Temple of Apollo in Delphi is known as the most ancient prophecy-given place in Greece and made Oracle become popular

Certainly, Oracle does not only exist in Ancient Greece. They could have existed since the beginning of humanity. Every time or everywhere, it is a signal that carries messages as God’s prophecies. Everything connected to this mysterious spiritual method attracts and inspires whoever wants to know more about the mysteries of the universe.

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When people feel more than the existence of human knowledge, everything that belongs to the infinite universe always has unanswered questions. We always want to receive instructions from the invisible existence or supernatural forces. That encourages the inheritance of Oracle cards and the journey that leads humanity to the infinite world starts. That also means there’s more than one “beginning” of the “destiny prediction”. However, compared to giving simple instructions or good/bad results such as divination, it always equips itself with differences. Everything seems to be separate from the real world.

Compared to giving simple instructions or good/bad results such as divination, Oracle cards always equips themselves with differences

If we have to say something about the instruction cards are highly spiritual such as Oracle, surely everybody must admit that they are very different. It can be said, in the Ancient Greece period, they are the communication methods which the People of Athens used to send their wishes and concerns to the Gods.

Oracle is:

  • “I think I want this, but is it a good thing?”
  • “I will act like this, but does it satisfy the Gods?”

A historian captured the way how visitors of the Temple of Apollo ask their questions. They came from every class and were not discriminated. With them, to connect to the Gods become an ambition or belief that could turn all their wishes into realities, even the most impossible ones.

With the ancient Greeks, to connect to the Gods become an ambition or belief that could turn all their wishes into realities, even the most impossible ones

There is one theory that said, citizens after sending their questions to the Gods, the answers will be given by the “Virgin prophetesses”. Sometimes, it could be just a leaf, a feather or a piece of paper with ambiguous poems. And after listening to the messages from Gods tenderly, this is the time for you to consider what to do next. The upcoming actions or success in the future will be decided by yourself. That is the most important message that Oracle cards carries. The future cannot be decided beforehand if the querent does not try to change. Somebody’s destiny could depend on the Gods. They could negotiate and discuss finding the best way to get what they want. But bear in mind that, everything also relies on your own attitude and actions.

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II. The real function of Oracle cards

In fact, Oracle cards are really easier to use than other fortune telling tools. That existed based on the communication between human and gods. Do not forget that the relationship between human – gods have existed over hundreds of years and become a tight-knot.

In fact, Oracle Cards are really easier to use than other fortune telling tools

Functions of Oracle could be summed up in these two lines:

  • Earnest but not too serious;
  • Humble but not too quiet.

If you use these cards as a companion on your journey to self-develop, set the right goal. Do not think they are cards with interesting images and symbolic instructions. Let your mind be opened and the power to connect with your spirit be evolved. Each card carries a different message. Consider them as a method to send wishes to the Gods and ask them to enlighten your way to the future.

III. The Structure of Oracle cards

Oracle cards does not follow any standards. We can see that each deck will have different structure (elements, rules), how to apply and receive meanings based on one certain field (such as manga, herbs, etc). The number of cards in one deck is not 78 as Tarot. There are 90 cards but sometimes, only 10 cards with priority. 

Clow Oracle card does not follow any rules

Frequently, Oracle cards are about the general meaning of the problems that the reader is facing. Everything does not lie in the prediction of how it will happen in the future. Remember the history of the development of the cards to understand that all the cards are about God’s guidance. Other objective points of view will be considered carefully and the main message that it carries is to give the best advice.

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Oracle users need general knowledge about different aspects of life

Sometimes, you may feel like Oracle cards are more difficult than Tarot. Poems or images are not based on any standards or rules. They require users to have a certain ability as well as good sense organs to make the most of how the cards work. Besides, you should also have general knowledge about different aspects of life in order to be able to understand the deepest level of meaning in the cards.

IV. How to read Oracle cards

Basically, Oracle reading is the same as Tarot, the reader will focus on the question before shuffling the cards, then choose a card and write down any impressive emotions they have when the card is revealed. Probably they will still need more cards to clarify the question. With each card they have, the reader will have more necessary answers to the question they receive. The number of chosen cards usually is based on individual feelings and the current spread. Some readers will only use 3 cards to read the past – the present – the future while other readers prefer having a 12-card Oracle spread or even more. These Oracle cards will be arranged correctly to be a full spread.

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Probably you will want to choose quickly one card to have more supporting information for the problem you need to solve, as well as being more confident with the given decision. If you’re swimming in the pool of options, and do not know what’s the best one for yourself at the moment, consider having a different way to have a spread to seek for yourself the most accurate choice.

  • Whether you care about love, career, health or simply how to make daily choices to every situation, Oracle cards will effectively support you. When you have to face a difficult situation, the cards will show you the way and transmit the loving messages from the angels above to you.

V. 7 steps to have an accurate Oracle reading

Oracle cards are easy to use and to understand than Tarot. Most of them have a friendly design in different aspects of life. The description of the symbols, as well as words about the message on the card, are very detailed and easy to understand.

Obviously, it is a great way to contact to Gods. But if you want to ensure your connection with them are not interrupted by evil spirits, follow these 7 simple steps:

1. Step 01 – Purify your spiritual mind and body with one opening Ritual

Connecting to the Gods to gives you a particular time to focus on your needs. Set yourself in the mood of “Do Not Disturb” and turn off your phone as well as other input-output devices, then wash off noisy and tiring things which are messing up your mind. This is the time you should create an utterly peaceful zone to avoid temptation from the outside to enter your zone and affect your spiritual conversation.

All the rituals related to Oracle cards are just a combination of actions based on habits of helping you focus your mind to your current doing things. The more concentration in the first ritual, the clearer the received message will be. The ritual you choose does not need to be complex or fussy. You need to understand that the right elements are necessary to relax your mind, focus it to the “Intention” that needs to be done. The spiritual space will help you to feel relaxed and relieved, without any distractions. 

Purify your spiritual mind and body with one opening Ritual

A special reading tablecloth for the Oracle cards, candles, a flower (can be a dried one), or purifying stones that can help you remove all the dust from the outside life. They can create a peaceful, quiet place to communicate with the Gods.

2. Step 02 – Ask clear and practical questions in an Oracle spread

While reading Oracle cards, you should have a notebook to write down exactly what you want to know. When thinking of a question, avoiding the “Yes-No” one. Remember that questions with a comparison like that will limit the ability for the Gods to have opportunities to open your mind for the new ideas and create alternative options. Besides, questions of this kind normally drag your concentration to the elements to which you might not pay attention yet.

Step 02 – Ask clear and practical questions in an Oracle spread

One thing that is usually told by the people with experience with instructions is to give clear questions to have possible results in action in details, or to have the necessary information to solve a problem effectively. If you need information about someone, you should present the problem to be able to see their personality or true intention. If you are having a hard time or upset, send the message to Gods on how to have happiness or what is preventing you from being happy. Try to understand the deepest meaning of the message. Gods will give you what you want whatever it is.

3. Step 03 – Protect your spiritual energy while reading Oracle cards

There are a lot of individuals in the other world. Same as the people who live here, there are good people, wise people, stupid people, mischievous people, and a few evil people. Be careful with whoever you let into your spiritual zone and give advice to.

Step 03 – Protect your spiritual energy while reading Oracle cards

There are many ways to protect your spiritual energy but at the lowest level, picture yourself in a beautiful light crystal bubble. Observe – and feel the surroundings. This is the time to fill each of your cells with the glittering light, dazzling. Feel the warmth of it. Believe that it is there, to protect you when you are in a spread.

4. Step 04 – Summon angels to come to you

This is a simple step but often missed: summon your gods to come to you and ask them to answer your questions via the Oracle cards.

tep 04 – Summon angels to come to you

5. Step 05 – Choose the right Oracle spread

The details for every card you have in a spread can increase your knowledge about the message that Gods are trying to send to you. Although Celtic Cross is a popular spread that could be applied for almost every situation, you can choose other spreads to match with the situation. A suitable spread will let Gods carry the messages that need to be responded. 

Step 05 – Choose the right Oracle spread

The Oracle cards can also use one simple spread such as having a spread with a simple question. Firstly, you should concentrate on the problem that needs to be solved and shuffle, after that, take one random card (normally the top or the bottom card). This card will give you the answer to your question.

Another simple Oracle spread is Three-Card reading. Simply, you can ask the cards one question and shuffle. Pick 3 top cards (or bottom cards), and place them in a row. The left card will represent what causes your problem. The middle card will show the action that can solve your problem, and the right card will show a possible outcome of your problem.

6. Step 06 – Learn the message through the Oracle cards

Step 06 – Learn the message through the Oracle cards

Be open-minded and trust that the Gods know what you really need. You should understand that no message is received until the action occurs. To achieve this, you need inner energy, rather than a change on the outside (a change within you, a change in attitude, consciousness or expectation). No matter what that is, you cannot get the message until your mind uses knowledge to make life better.

7. Step 07 – Be grateful, and find peace in the love of the Angels

Step 07 – Be grateful, and find peace in the love of the Angels

No matter what challenges you are facing or if there are dramas in your life, do not worry. You should not that Gods are always there for you to help you in hard times. Even when everything gets tougher and worse, you can always get out if you follow the instructions that they bring to you. Let’s Gods heal your soul and give you the right advice to show you the way of light.

Through Oracle cards, we will have a great way to communicate with the Supreme. If you follow the instructions, surely everything you will receive will be very accurate. Gods always want to help everyone to have the life they deserve. Then why are you still confused with the support you already had?

See more: Common Oracle Card Spreads

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