The first oracle cards are thought to have been created by Madame Lenormand in the 1800’s in France. Oracle decks contain fewer cards than Tarot decks. The artwork and images are often the central focus of the card. I like using them because I find them easy to interpret and because there are certain decks that I think are very positive and uplifting.
My intention here for #InnerWork Wednesday is to describe a few ways in which you can use oracle cards, as well as some topics to consider at a reading and specific layouts you can use. I am not a professional card reader, so please view this as informational only.
Styles of Use
Oracle cards can be used as a part of inner work, during a formal ritual, or as a source of daily inspiration. The layouts I’ve included would work best during inner work, but the “questions to ponder” section could be relevant during a daily card pull as well. If you are developing a formal ritual, you can incorporate a specific focus into your reading and record the results so that you can process them over time.
Questions to Ponder
Some questions you can ask yourself as you create your sacred space in which you will draw your cards:
- What do I want to gain from today’s inner work?
- Which spiritual need do I have right now that I’d like to address?
- What’s my intuition telling me to consider?
- How am I showing up in my life, and how can my inner work right now impact that?
Card Layouts for Hope and Inspiration
I encourage you to research different card layouts that you can use for specific purposes. Be sure the oracle cards you are using make sense with these types of questions; some decks are more conducive to this type of work than others.
Hope for Healing From Trauma Card Layout
The process of healing from past traumas is often non-linear, with continued layers of self-discovery and change. The card layout here is a spin on the classic past-present-future reading. If you are working with mental health professionals or spiritual coaches, consider sharing any insights you gain with them.
Draw three cards and place them on top of each other. Uncover one at a time, and line up from left to right.
Card 1: What is the wisdom that have you gained from your past experiences that can function as your gift to the world?
Card 2: Which resource can you access in the present moment in order to assist you in your healing process?
Card 3: Which area of growth remains for you to discover or access in the future?
Creative Endeavors Layout
This layout is intended to represent guidance when you are either considering a new creative endeavor or feeling stuck in your process in terms of inspiration. Pull cards and lay out in the following arrangement:
Card 1: What do you need to cultivate in your life in order to drive your creative enterprise?
Card 2: On what trait or behavior may you be focusing too heavily, so much so that it may get in the way of your ability to be creative?
Card 3: Other people often serve as a wellspring of our own creativity. Which trait or behavior could you seek in others in order to boost your endeavor?
Card 4: What trait or behavior do the products of your creativity inspire in others?
Card 5: Which resource do you have that serves as a foundation for your creativity?