Back in the day, I used to own a soap shop where I made handcrafted artisan soap and sold it at the local Saturday farmer’s market. I remember one particular Saturday to be especially frustrating.
You know, the I want to strangle every person I come into contact withtype of morning? Yeah, that.
First off, I woke up late (because I was up hanging with friends the night before. Whoops), my much-needed morning run to Starbucks took forever, then my tent broke. What the heck?
Finally, as I was unloading and setting up my various of soap types, I realized I completely forgot to bring a box of the handcrafted Seahawks soap a.k.a. the ‘money-maker’. WHAT?!?
All of these things happened before 8 am. Sigh. Lack of sleep, running late, a broken tent, and forgotten product normally would make me chalk up my morning as a loss, but then I remembered a single word I read earlier that morning: JOY.
I busted out laughing.
Of course! I was facing all these challenges and what I needed to remember was to focus on and spread joy. Here is the message I read that morning:
Even just a simple smile can go a long way in spreading joy in our world. Choose to focus on those things that bring you joy and you will find you naturally begin to radiate this energy out into our world. The more joy you send out, the more you’ll find you have to be joyful for – this is the law of the universe.
You are probably wondering how I came up with such awesome guidance. No, it wasn’t my own brilliance that was enlightened enough to be joyful. Remember? I wanted to strangle someone. It was the message I received from my Guides when I asked what I needed to know about that day. I had pulled an Oracle Card that morning and the message I received was JOY.
Let’s rewind this story back a month or so…
One of the first fun tools I explored while honing my abilities were Oracle Cards. I had heard of tarot cards (still haven’t used ‘em!) but I wasn’t really feeling great about the idea of pulling a card called ‘Hanged Man’ or ‘Death’. I have learned now that those aren’t exactly negative cards, per se but still…
Anyway, I first heard about Oracle Cards when I came across a cool feature on Doreen Virtue’s website that lets you ask a question, click on the deck and receive a free virtual reading. Here’s the link in case you want to try it yourself: http://www.angeltherapy.com/oracle-cards
After playing with Doreen’s virtual deck a bit I decided to get my own. Unlike Tarot decks, which have 78 cards that you are supposed to memorize, Oracle decks can have any number of cards in them and come with handy little reference books that that explain each card’s meaning. However, once you get used to your deck, it’s nice to intuitively feel what each card means in reference to the question asked.
There are a lot of Oracle Card decks out there that you can buy online: fairy decks, unicorn decks, goddess decks, and spirit animal decks, to name a few. Since I am not a fairy deck kind of gal, I thought I should just go into a metaphysical store and pick my deck out in person so I could feel how aligned it is with my personal energy.
(By the way, I highly recommend that anyone who is buying anything spiritual, whether it is a deck, a crystal, or a pendulum, go into the store and hold the item in your hands first. You will know if it is the right pick or not.)
So, after a few stores and feeling a few dozen decks, I came across the one that fit: Oracle of the Angels by Mario Duguay.
The first sentence on the back of the deck reads: Oracle of the Angels is infused with light.
Wait, so no Death cards? Cool.
The next thing I liked about it was that it was only 44 cards. Go ahead, call me lazy, but I am all about 44 cards verses 78 cards.
The cards felt aligned with my personal energy, the messages are all positive, and the artwork is lovely, so I immediately bought them.
The instructions are fairly easy:
1. Set an intention for your reading while connecting with your Guides, Angels, or other light beings.
2. Ask a specific question which does not have a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. For example, “Will I get married to Bill?” is a question that not only has a yes or no answer, but also messes with free will. What if you think you want to get married to Bill, realize he is not the guy, and then end up super confused because you read the cards as saying yes you will marry him? What if you want to marry Bill, but he breaks up with you? How confusing would that be? We all have free will and receiving a reading (from cards or a psychic or wherever) can mess with that free will. Instead, phrase your question as something like, “Is marrying Bill in alignment with my desired outcome of living a life of security, companionship, and love? Shuffle, cut, and/or spread the deck out in front of you. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Use your intuition!
3. Choose a spread that works for you. A spread is the way you line the cards up to answer your questions. The simplest one is a three card spread. Simply place them down next to each other. One, two, three. These represent the past, present, and future. Again, the future would be about the alignment in the long term of your question, and is not future-predicting. There are several ways to format your spread, but for me, the simpler the better!
4. Flip your cards over and read their meanings from the book.
Once I practiced the basics, I started using these bad boys in a variety of ways. I asked about developing my intuitive gifts, I received messages about my huge move from Washington State to Hawaii, and I even learned to remember to be joyful when having a crappy morning at the farmer’s market while slinging soap.
If you learn nothing else from this post, know that Oracle Cards are a fun and easy way to connect with your Guides, receive answers to your questions, and perhaps even lighten your mood when you are having “one of those days”.
Hi, I'm Shelly.
I am a mother, wife, spiritual blogger, and professional psychic. I am also sassy, down-to-Earth, and love to share my stories, tools, and connection to Spirit with all of you.
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