How To Choose And ‘Meet’ Your New Cards
Happy Wednesday lovely!
It was a Full Moon last night and I’m feeling all fresh and dandy after my ritual last night. So let’s talk about magic (my favourite topic) and in particular the magic of tarot and oracle cards.
After working with my clients their number one question is: “Wow, I really need to get myself a deck! How on earth do you go about doing that?”
And another question follows once they’ve gone out and chosen one: “But… what do I DO with them?”
Choosing and reading your cards doesn’t have to be difficult so don’t let your head get in the way of this wonderful moment. When I first chose my cards I made it an incredibly long and drawn out affair (post to come on this soon!) and I don’t want you to do the same. Since that first deck I have learnt so much about myself and the cards and how to go about really letting intuition lead me. And that is what I want to talk about today.
BUYING THE CARDS
There are two ways to go about buying your cards. The first is to actually go to a shop.
Metaphysical and crystal shops are some of my favourite places! When you walk in you notice that the majority of people in there are… NORMAL. And the staff are super friendly and want to talk EVERYTHING spiritual. Most of them hold workshops and classes across so many different types of spiritual techniques and processes; from meditation to crystal healing and they are a fabulous place to meet like-minded people.
If you feel worried at all, go with an equally intrigued friend (I took my sister the first time!) and don’t be afraid to ask questions even if you think they may seem stupid… They are NOT.
Choosing your cards is the really fun bit! Hopefully the shop you find has a good choice, and the only advice I have here is to go with what resonates. Imagery really does resonate differently with different people. If angels are something that you feel drawn to then maybe a pack of angel cards. Or if you prefer magic and witch craft then there will be a deck that leans toward that.
Be very aware of where you eyes lead you, particularly if you have a favourite colour that you keep being drawn to on the shelf. Don’t overthink it! Reach out and pick up the deck that you feel most drawn to, even if it isn’t something you thought you would choose. Remember, you can always buy more decks if you want to!
The other way to choose your deck is online, and this means that you can get sucked into hours of research. It can be fun, but also somewhat of a time-wasting exercise… #justsayin’
I would recommend a site called Aeclectic Tarot which has pretty much all the available decks with some of their imagery for you to view at your leisure. Even now, I’ve just opened that site and I’m being sucked into the beauty of many of the decks! *Quickly closes tab!*
Go through the same process that you would at the shop and go with your gut instinct. Don’t overthink it and you will walk away satisfied.
MEETING THE CARDS
Now when I went to the shop I intended to buy another pack of tarot cards for this post but I walked out with an angel oracle deck! Just goes to show that sometimes you just have to go with the flow… So I thought it would be really intriguing to do a typical tarot spread with oracle cards and see what came up.
These cards in particular are about connecting to your guides and angels and really starting to listen to their guidance so they could almost represent that connection and guidance. When you first get your cards home and you find some quiet time to ‘meet’ them, I suggest that you DON’T go and read the whole booklet that comes with them first.
Doing so will take blur the lines between intuition and external knowledge taken on. Firstly, remove the cards from the box and set your intention with them. These cards have a lovely little prayer that you say before you begin. Here is my interpretation of that prayer/intention:
I ask that each reading I give with these card brings great joy to myself and to others. Help me to hear, see and feel the messages that you have for me and allow me to connect fully to my inner-wisdom.
Shuffle your cards as you say these words and then ask the deck to reveal itself….
There are many ways to select the cards, but to make things simple for your first reading you can just pick the top six cards. If you are worried that you won’t have a broad enough selection from the top six then just randomly select them from the deck. Again, I reiterate, don’t over think it!
If it helps then pretend that the cards are blank on the other side, the picture won’t appear until you turn it over, and that way you cannot choose the wrong one! Then lay the cards out in the above spread. This is what each card will tell you:
Card 1 – This position will show you what your deck’s most important characteristic is. Think of it as the deck’s personality, maybe it’s a joker, or a nourisher, or maybe it’s very blunt and to the point.
Card 2 – This position will show you the deck’s strengths. The answer to this will give you an idea of what you should use this deck for, such as business decisions, or for clarity in life choices etc…
Card 3 – This card with show you your deck’s limits. The opposite to strengths, this will show you what NOT to ask your deck. If it isn’t great with love advice, use another one!
Card 4 – This position will show you what your deck wishes to teach you. This is a very interesting one as it will highlight what the deck wants to give you guidance for and in.
Card 5 – This card is the collaboration card, it will describe to you what your working relationship will be like with this deck.
Card 6 – This position will show you what the highest potential of your work together will be.
To interpret your cards let yourself sink into each image, if you are working with oracle cards then you will have more guidance from the words but do not let them dictate the exact message you take away. I will show you how I interpreted this reading so you can really see it in practise.
So what did my deck have to say to me!?
So here it is, the introduction to my new ‘Messages From Your Angels’ deck.
Let’s start with Card 1, my deck’s characteristic.
Isabella – ‘Yes, the timing is right for this new venture. A happy outcome follows your positive expectation.’
As my first Angel Cards I would suggest that this is linked to my connection with the Angels and my commitment to get to know them better. As a character I see the deck as quite sensual and confident, there are certainly echoes of the theme of love and sexuality. The deck is one that helps me to expect the positive in my love life and to use my connection with the Angels as guidance in this area of my life.
Card 2, my deck’s strengths.
Celeste – ‘A happy move to a new home or place of employment is in the works. This move will usher in positive new energies.’
Although my deck has suggested that it is a sexy and sultry type it also has good life and business advice (what a talented deck!). These themes of moving home and work place is big for me this year and what a blessing to have a deck that will see me through these uncertain times. I will certainly be using this deck to decide on travel plans and what to do with my business. If I concentrate more on the imagery here it looks like I will be visiting some exotic places and again connecting to my femininity and power whilst there.
Card 3, my deck’s limits.
Omega – ‘Victory! Your desire is coming to fruition. Keep up the good work!’
Now this is NOT a card for you to go and get all worried about. This just highlights what you should not be using this deck for. This card tells me that I shouldn’t ask the deck questions when I am in a place of lack or doubt. It is not a deck to reassure or remind me of my power as it is unbending in it’s faith that I will succeed and wants nothing more to say on the matter. Don’t mess with an angry unicorn.
Card 4, what my deck wants to teach me.
Arielle – ‘New psychic and spiritual experiences are changing the way you experience the world and yourself. Allow your spiritual gifts to open – through study, prayer and meditation.’
Well, I think that pretty much speaks for itself. Any of you who know me or know of my spiritual journey already know how ‘fast-tracked’ I am! And this is great news as I now have a specific deck that I can rely on to teach me the wisdom that is within. Again, this links back to a connection with the Angels and it excites me a lot! Watch this space!
Card 5, how I will collaborate with my deck.
Shanti – ‘I am the Angel of Peace. I bring you new tranquility, and a smoother road ahead.’
That is a lovely message and one that I teach often. I truly believe in EASE and this deck will help me to integrate this lesson fully so I can then go on and teach others how to do the same. Together this deck and I can figure out how to live and travel the road with ease. Awesome!
Card 6, the highest potential of our work together.
Adriana – ‘I am leading you towards the answer to you prayers. Please listen to and follow the steps I am communicating through your intuition, thoughts and dreams.’
Yes, this card again is spot on and a wonderful, wonderful message! I am so happy I bought this deck as I am definitely like the children in this card, innocent and willing to learn, to give over trust to my angels and spirit guides and let them lead towards my dreams and life purpose. The journey up into the spiritual realms can be daunting at times and this deck will be the assurance I need that I am going in the right direction, as long as I always choose to trust my intuition.
This spread will gee you lots and lots of information to digest and will really lift your vibration and get you excited to interact more with your deck and your guides. There are many more things to notice which I do not have time to explore in this post (such as the fact that ALL of the cards are female Angels…) and I have utmost faith that you can really listen to your instincts and intuition to hear all of the messages that you deck will have for you.
If you would like to take it further you can always meditate on each card, take time to visit each card and the characters within them to have a discussion about what the meaning of their appearance is. It can be a very beautiful experience.
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