If you want to learn how to read oracle cards, it’s important to have at least one physical deck of oracle cards to work with. But which ones do you choose?
If you’re taking my Awakening Your Inner Oracle course, the cool thing is that you’ll learn how to read *any* oracle cards intuitively; HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean that all decks are created equal or are ideal for learning when you’re just starting out.
There are certain elements that you’ll want your deck to have for your best learning experience.
The BEST decks for learning (at least in my course) will include ALL of these elements:
*colors (not black & white cards)
*words (single words, phrases, or sentences)
Lots of decks don’t have numbers and that’s ok, but numbers allow you to learn the numerology energy of your cards and can add significant information to a reading.
Here’s your first intuitive assignment!
To select the best deck for you, go with your gut feelings.
Which images do you like? What artwork speaks to you? Which deck has the types of colors you like?
If you’re in a shop, which cards feel good in your hands?
You can research decks on Google images so you can see the images on the cards to see what resonates with you the most.
Start with the ones you are attracted to.
If you want help getting started, below are some recommendations for specific decks that are good choices for learning (especially in my course).
Chakra Wisdom Oracle Deck* by Tori Hartman
While this deck does NOT have numbers on the cards, it is my favorite deck for newer readers because of its bright colors, easy access to the symbolism, and direct connection to the chakras. I use this one myself quite often.
Wisdom of the Oracle Divination Cards* by Colette Baron-Reid
This deck contains all of the recommended elements and is a great deck for new readers. I use this deck often.
Sacred Rebels Oracle* by Alana Fairchild
This is a beautiful deck that contains all of the recommended elements, but the book and the symbolism go deep and it can sometimes be overwhelming to start with. You can absolutely start with this deck, but you may enjoy it more after you get comfortable reading intuitively. This is one of my favorite decks and I use it often.
Energy Oracle Cards* by Sandra Anne Taylor
These cards contain all of the recommended elements and seem to be a good deck to learn with. I have this deck as well, and while I personally don’t connect with the imagery much, many people love this deck.
Enchanted Map Oracle* by Colette Baron-Reid
This deck contains all of the recommended elements and is another one of the decks I use a lot. It’s a good choice for newer readers.
Soulful Woman Guidance Cards* by Shushann Movsessian & Gemma Summers
I do not have these cards but they contain all of the recommended elements for learning and are very expressive. This deck is on my wish list!
The Wisdom Keepers Oracle Deck* by Rosy Aronson PhD
I also do not have these cards but they contain all of the recommended elements, lots of symbolism to dive into, and they are also on my wish list!
Angels and Ancestors Oracle Deck* by Kyle Gray
This deck also does NOT have numbers on the cards, but it contains a beautiful mix of masculine and feminine energy as well as a unique system of classification of the cards. I love using this deck!
All of the decks listed in this guide are suggestions based on my experience of what makes a good deck to learn on.
The most important thing is that you have a deck that you like and connect with so that you build a relationship with it and have success in your readings!
There are (probably) thousands of decks out there and many of them would make great decks to learn on.
So trust your instincts and get the deck that feels the best to you. Enjoy playing with your cards!!
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