At high levels, tarot cards are structured decks. When using tarot cards, there are more rules than with oracle cards. Oracle cards tend to be free flowing in comparison, featuring almost every type of content. When using tarot, there are about 78 cards, though some have as few as 44 or as many as 80. Oracle cards vary greatly with no set numbers. Some decks may have 12 cards while others have 100.
Tarot cards also have common meanings with structure, most being derivatives of Rider-Waite. SO, they share themes, even though images or picture may vary. Oracle cards have no common theme. Think of oracle cards as a complete meal, but tarot more individual ingredients. Oracles hold big energy with overall insight given, but tarot offers the details. However, one form is not better than the other, it simply depends on what you want.
Using Both Types Together
Using tarot and oracle cars together can be fun and informative. There are two simple ways to do this.
- At the beginning of a reading, draw an oracle card to serve as a general theme to influence the reading. Find the surrounding energy. Then choose multiple tarot cards to gain a full picture of the situation. Keep in mind the theme as the tarot is read.
- Another option is to wait until the end of a tarot reading to draw an oracle card to find an underlying theme. It can also serve as a parting message, advice, or closure to the tarot reading.