The Ultimate Guide to Colette Baron-Reid’s Oracle Card Decks!
Have you ever wished there was a simple way to connect directly with the Universe and your own intuition to receive clear guidance on your path?
This is the magic that’s possible when you learn how to use Oracle Cards!
I always say Oracle Cards are a mind-blowing mystical yet practical tool – because once you get the hang of working with them, they lead to extraordinary epiphanies and extraordinary evidence that the universe really sees you and is available for conversation! Plus, they are easy and accessible to use and they really can provide you with clear guidance and direction on your path to your highest good.
Whether you’re brand new to Oracle Cards or you’ve been using them for decades, there’s always more to discover about the cards. In this Ultimate Guide to Oracle Cards, I’ll share why I love Oracle Cards so much, how to choose the right Oracle Card deck for you, and why Oracle Cards have helped transform so many people’s lives.
In this Ultimate Guide to Oracle Cards, I’ll Cover:
- My Oracle Cards Story
- Why Use Oracle Cards?
- What is the difference between Tarot Cards and Oracle Cards?
- How To Use Oracle Cards
- The Meaning of Reverse Cards In My Decks
- My Favorite Oracle Card Decks
- How To Select Your Oracle Card Deck
When I think back to the very beginning of my incredible, blessed career as a medium and intuitive counselor, I never could have imagined that I would go on to create 14 Oracle Card decks (and counting)!
I had been introduced to card reading as a young child by my Scottish nanny, Mrs. Kelly. When my parents were out, she would read cards for her little old lady friends at the dining room table. So at a very young age, I saw the power of these cards, and what they revealed mostly by the reactions of her visitors who would Ooo and Ahh every time she turned over a card and told a story about it.
I was fascinated. I came to love everything about divination and card reading and I was permanently hooked when my dad taught me how to read the leftover grounds in Turkish coffee cups! It was all about destiny, hope, and possibilities.
Since I was little I knew the world was mystical and magical. But fast-forward to a time in my life when those mystical moments and my connection to Spirit faded into the background. Throughout my teens and twenties, I struggled through years of painful experiences and trauma, and I lost myself in alcohol and drug addiction.
Then, at 27 years old I had a life-changing moment of hitting rock bottom, which led me to a women’s recovery center where I started my path to healing and rediscovering and reclaiming my spirituality.
During this time, (and ever since) I committed to a daily spiritual practice, staying sober a day at a time, meditating, praying, and journaling. I also read every mystical book I could get my hands on but I felt the craving for something more concrete, so I dove into studying divination in all its forms. It led me to discover what I needed. Something I could hold in my hands that would help me get direct guidance on the next steps of my healing and my path. Something that would remind me that I was being looked after by a power greater than me.
That’s when Oracle Cards came back into my life.
As I started experimenting with these cards, I found they were a true mystical tool that allowed me to make a conscious connection with my Higher Power on a daily basis. They helped me make better choices and kept me on track when I felt lost during these early years of reclaiming my life.
Over time, I got very, very good at reading the cards, so it was a natural progression that I started doing it professionally. I even created my very own personal deck using playing cards with stickers on them. Yes, you read that right! Playing cards with stickers!
Soon, in addition to the predictive element, I added the prescriptive element – advice the cards could give to help people make better choices along their path rather than see their future as a fixed experience. What if there could be more possibilities? The cards had helped me immensely in changing my life, and I wanted others to have access to the same kind of spiritual support.
To this day, Oracle Cards are an essential part of my spiritual routine and I get so much joy out of sharing their magic with others. And, I am so grateful I can continue with my passion and calling by continuing to develop new decks and innovate their divination structure to meet us where we all are now in modern times.
As you can see, Oracle Cards were a pivotal tool in both my personal and spiritual journey, as well as my career. And since I started working with the cards professionally nearly 35 years ago, I’ve watched them transform thousands of people’s lives around the world by giving them a practical way to connect with Spirit and get clear guidance on their path.
Before we dive into why YOU might choose to use Oracle Cards, you might still be wondering exactly what are Oracle Cards in the first place?
The simple answer is that Oracle Cards are a set of cards that are artistically rendered to symbolically represent a series of universal life experiences that are part of life as you know it.
If you’re someone who is seeking spiritual transformation and a path to living the life you were meant to live, I know you’ll love experimenting with Oracle Cards.
Learning to use these cards will help give you a grounded spiritual practice. A place you can come when you have questions about your path or are looking for a sense of direct guidance and insight.
The better you get at reading the cards, the more confident, naturally intuitive and genuinely empowered you’ll become in your life. You’ll gain a whole other vantage point through which to see the world by forming a relationship with the cards.
If you’ve heard of or worked with Tarot cards in the past, you might be wondering what the difference is between Oracle Cards vs Tarot Cards…
Tarot Cards are a fixed system, which means the tarot will always be consistent in meaning and structure and rarely moves too far beyond their traditional meanings. The Tarot is meant to have a specific, reliable 78 card structure. A Tarot deck will always have 22 major cards and 56 minor cards divided into 4 suits. Card decks will differ slightly in how the creator writes them and how the art is stylized.
Oracle Cards, on the other hand, are a more fluid system, as they are all unique and are structured on a system the author creates. Each card deck is like an independent system unto itself.
What they have in common with tarot is that in order for them to work as a true divination system, they must also depict universal life experiences in order to work accurately. They have different numbers of cards and each one can have a unique meaning. The meaning and structure of the cards are completely up to the author.
Unlike Tarot, which has been around since the 15th Century and has a rich history, Oracle Card decks are relatively new in terms of popularity as a divination tool.
Although I did Tarot readings for many years, still love it and still work with Tarot at times, if you’re new to all of this, I highly recommend getting started with Oracle Cards since they are accessible and easier to learn.
Oracle Cards can be used in many forms including for a daily card, in divination systems to give full readings, for affirmations, and more.
All of my decks were created to work together like a mystical council of wise beings that can connect you to your highest good and deepest wisdom.
Later in this article, I’ll introduce you to some of my favorites so you can begin to see how to use each deck and create your own mystical council to support you on your path.
When you first discover and begin experimenting with Oracle Cards, it may feel daunting or overwhelming. But rest assured, Oracle Cards are truly simple and easy to get the hang of.
In fact, you don’t even need your own physical deck to get started! Simply visit my FREE online card picking tool to start playing with Oracle Cards on your own.
All you need to do to get started is…
- Find a way to reach a neutral state of mind – I like to start with a simple prayer or meditation. I love the Serenity Prayer and 5 minutes of counting my breaths, but you can find what works for you.
- Ask the cards, “What do I need to know today?”, “What’s in my highest good today?”, or “What do I need to know about __________?”
- Then simply pick a card, read the meanings in the guidebook, and reflect on what they mean to you!
The only way to do it wrong is to disregard the card you pull or assume it’s wrong because you don’t understand it right away. If it doesn’t make sense at first, just take some time to sit with the meaning and keep a curious and open mind – chances are the meaning will reveal itself when you’re ready to see it!
As you read through this guide, you’ll learn that many of the decks I’ve created have specific meanings for each card depending on the direction in which you pull it. In other words, if when you pull a card and set it down the image is upside down for you, it has a slightly different meaning.
I like to think of reverse cards as an area where you’re needing a little extra love right now. With each of my decks, there’s a comprehensive guidebook where you’ll see a message specifically for cards that are pulled in reverse position or “in protection.”
When you pull a card in protection, remember that it doesn’t mean anything negative! It’s simply a nice little nudge from Spirit to slow down and trust that you are being protected and safeguarded in this area.
Over the course of my long career using Oracle Cards, I have created 14 decks (with another in the works as we speak)! In today’s guide, I’m going to share the decks I’m using and loving most in my practice lately.
Each of the decks has its own spirit and personality, and I turn to each for different reasons and at different times. My intention in sharing this Oracle Card list with you is that you get a small taste of each deck and get a feeling for which ones might serve you best right now in this moment on your ever-evolving path and story.
Here are my current favorite decks to work with and how/why to use each one:
This was the very first deck I ever created with Hay House. The theme came to life after I read the book, The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I visited ancient Britain’s Isle of Avalon, where the book took place and had some of the most extraordinary experiences of my life, which I wrote about in my book, Remembering The Future: The Path To Recovering Intuition.
I’m very personally proud of this deck! It’s inspired by the legend of Avalon and the wisdom and teachings of its priestesses. This is a wonderful deck for beginners or anyone who is looking for an easeful experience of working with Oracle Cards.
The cards in this deck are only read in the upright position.
If this deck were a friend: This is the friend you would come to for calm & gentle advice over a cup of tea. If you’re seeking a gentle yet deep perspective, The Wisdom of Avalon is the perfect deck to consult.
2. The Good Tarot
As someone who did Tarot professionally for 25 years, I created this deck as a version of the Tarot that anyone could use. The focus of this deck was honoring the traditional Tarot while offering a more uplifting spin on the traditional meanings.
Even the most troubling or challenging cards in this deck have a process to help people move through the energy. Each meaning is focused on personal growth and transformation.
In a world that can already be unstable and anxiety-producing, this modern spin on the Tarot is aimed at the expression of the highest good of all. Even so, traditional tarot enthusiasts can still apply their favorite spreads to this deck as its formation doesn’t stray too far from what is already familiar, and the breathtaking original artwork will be sure to inspire.
If this deck were a friend: When you use this deck, it’s like a good chat with a kind old wizard who has a degree in psychology.
3. The Enchanted Map
I created this deck to reflect the concept that despite our unique journeys, each of us moves through familiar metaphoric places throughout our lives. The cards like “Storm Fields” or “Peaks of Joy” will be experienced by each of us on our path. When we ask the cards, “Where am I right now?” we will be shown on a metaphoric map some of the places and conditions we will encounter along the way.
This deck is a companion as you chart the inner map to the sacred vision of the life you’ve always wanted to live.
If this deck were a friend: This conversation is like chatting with a wise friend who can help you have a thoughtful conversation about where things are and where they’re going, or the environment of your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs.
This deck came to be when in meditation, I connected with a postman who was wearing blue lamé with sparkly shoes and sprouted wings. When I met him, he was dancing and I laughed out loud at the sight! This little vision led me to create Postcards From Spirit. I think of these cards like getting a little 2 cents from heaven.
Unlike the other Oracle Decks, which can be used in many different types of readings, this deck is designed specifically to pull one daily card. Each card is like a little message straight from your angels or your spirit guides.
If this deck were a friend: Using this deck is like sitting down around the kitchen table with your angels, spirit guides, and loved ones who have passed on. Imagine being able to ask them exactly what you need to hear today – that’s what this deck is for!
5. Wisdom of the Oracle
Wisdom of The Oracle is my teaching deck and the first deck I ever created with individual meanings for each card that are subject-oriented. For each card, there is an essential meaning, a relationship message, a prosperity message, and a protection message. This was also the first time I called the upside-down cards “in protection.” It was a turning point where I realized that upside-down cards didn’t mean the opposite of the card’s core message, but instead that they meant to take extra care around that topic.
The deck includes blended elements of the I-Ching, Norse runes, traditional tarot, and other ancient divination tools into a sacred communication system. It’s the perfect deck for anyone who wants to go deep and learn about Oracle Cards and themselves.
If this deck were a friend: This deck is like having a conversation directly with your higher power or your own Divine inner-self.
This deck is very special to me because it reflects my worldview as a practicing Animist. Animism is the belief that objects, places, and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence. If you’d like to know more about Animism and my upbringing, check out this simple guide.
Growing up, both my father and my nanny taught me about this world view and it has remained and since blossomed into an important aspect of my spiritual beliefs and practices. I believe that every living thing, including a blade of grass, has a presiding spirit. I created this deck as a quiet nod to my awesome Serbian father and my Scottish nanny.
When I created the deck, I decided to make it a global deck, which includes animals that aren’t distinct to any one part of the planet. The Spirit Animal Oracle deck helps us connect to archetypal energies of living beings that share our planet – helping us connect with them as sacred teachers, healers, and allies. This deck reminds us that we are connected to every living thing on this earth in a unified consciousness. Find out more about these beautiful Oracle Cards here…
If this deck were a friend: This deck can allow you to connect with the spirits of the natural world as your companions and friends. This is a wonderful deck to use when you want to get in touch with nature.
7. Crystal Spirits Oracle
This deck is perfect for anyone who is a crystal enthusiast! Each card shows the spirit of a specific crystal or mineral from the natural world. This deck also stems from my Animist worldview because it reflects the belief that everything in the natural world can have a conversation with you if it chooses to.
I love using this deck as a second opinion deck or to pull a clarity card when I need another perspective on something. If you’re curious about this deck and want to know more, check it out here…
If this deck were a friend: Imagine if rocks could talk! That’s what this deck is all about. Like sitting down in a favorite spot in nature and chatting with a grounded stone friend.
After reading about all of these beautiful Oracle Cards, you may be wondering how to choose the right deck for you. There’s really no wrong way to choose a deck!
If you’re an Oracle Card beginner, you might enjoy starting out with the Wisdom of The Oracle deck since this is my teaching deck and it’s designed to be accessible to anyone for learning. Wisdom of Avalon is also a wonderful Oracle Card deck for beginners.
If you’re not a beginner or if you’re looking to try out something new, simply choose the deck that speaks to you right now! As you’ve seen, each deck has a unique personality and vibe and each will serve you at different times and with different needs.
I highly encourage you to choose a deck and have fun playing with it! Leave a comment below and let me know your favorite!
If you’re ready to begin your journey with Oracle decks or to deepen your exploration and learn more, check out my Oracle Card store!