The first time I picked up a pack of Oracle cards was back in my twenties when going through my first ‘witchy phase’. Tarot and Oracle cards were definitely amongst the items labeled ‘occult,’ which meant they were forbidden viewing from childhood. As I started to explore spirituality for myself I discovered all these intriguing ways of tapping into my own higher wisdom. I took to the cards right away. I don’t remember the exact name of the deck but I believe they were some kind of Native American inspired totem cards, which re-awoke in me the deep love of nature I had since childhood. My late teens and early twenties were a very unguided time. I was uninspired by the churches I visited, but up to this point had been too afraid and guilt-ridden to even look at any other options. There had to be more than praying desperately at night for help and hugging my Bible to get me to sleep at night if I did something awful like kissing a boy.
Over the years I grew through different phases and the cards kept coming back to me. Through them I discovered that somewhere within or around me were all the answers, I just needed to train myself to recognize them when they arose through the oceans of my consciousness. The beautiful thing about Tarot and Oracle cards is that they can never predict the future. The future is reliant on so many shifting circumstances, not least our own choices. What the cards can do is give us an insight into the energies that surround our circumstances at any given time. For example, you are wondering if it’s a good idea to take a new job that has been offered to you or stick to your current employment. You enquire of the cards and lay out an appropriate spread. The cards are never going to say YES or NO precisely, but they can suggest actions that are best to take or avoid. The final decision is still very much up to you. I must stress the importance of personal responsibility here. We are responsible for all our own actions and choices. We will have to face the consequences of those actions, good or bad, as will those around us. We can’t just say ‘The Tarot made me do it’ and absolve ourselves of any repercussions. Life doesn’t work like that, and thank all the Deities that it doesn’t! We are here to make choices that will hopefully be of benefit to others and ourselves. What the cards can do is help us navigate the complexity of our own decision-making process and tap into our own inherent wisdom.