Angel cards are oracle cards that are comprised of a variety of motivational and inspirational sayings and are a tool for connecting with the angelic realm, each card helping you to contact a specific angel messenger to gain guidance on life.
Angel cards can provide messages that can give you guidance for areas of your life such as:
An angel card reading will give you the ability to connect with celestial beings to receive encouragement, positive affirmations, and spiritual guidance for any challenges you might be experiencing.
There’s no set design, quantity or structure to a set of angel cards – there are many different types available and it’s important to select a pack that feels right to you because an angel card reading is done on instinct, rather than by following a structured formula. You have to open yourself up to allowing the angels to ‘speak’ to you through the cards, passing you their messages and their guidance.
If you have your own set of angel cards the first thing you’re going to want to do is to go through them all – take them in your hands, look at each one and see of you feel a particular affinity with them. Don’t try to force anything – and don’t worry if you don’t feel anything right away. You may find that you connect with them more over time, or it may be that you just haven’t found the right pack for you yet. This is quite common, as the number of second-hand packs available online will testify.
Storing your cards properly is also important. Angels are light beings, so keeping your cards in a light-filled space, preferably with accompanying crystals to provide the right energy, is critical. You might also want to surround them with angel figurines or images and have your favorite incense or candle nearby too.
Tarot cards date back to 15th century Europe and were once used to play card games, such as Tarocchini and French Tarot. While these games are still played, in the 18th-century tarot cards started to be used for prediction and divination and this remains to be their main purpose today, with custom decks being created for that.
Tarot card decks are more rigidly structured – as is a tarot card reading. A tarot card deck comprises 78 cards: 22 major arcana cards and 56 minor arcana cards.
The major arcana cards represent spiritual and karmic lessons in life.
The minor arcana cards represent the daily challenges we experience in life. They also include 16 court cards that represent personality traits and 40 number cards to signify day-to-day situations that we may encounter. The minor arcana is divided into four suits – like regular playing cards – though in tarot these are known as Wands, Pentacles, Swords, and Cups.
Each of the suits symbolises a different element:
- Wands represent the fire element and symbolise inspiration and passion.
- Pentacles represent the earth element and symbolise money and the physical world.
- Swords represent air, and symbolise intellectual matters.
- Cups are linked with water and symbolise our emotional lives.
A tarot card reading still involves the use of intuition – like angel cards – but there are a few structured ways of reading them and each of the cards has a symbolic meaning. These symbolic meanings combine to tell the story of the past, present, and future of the person for who the reading is being done for. Each card drawn is connected with the other cards it is drawn with, creating a ‘story that will have meaning or guidance for the person for who the reading is for.
There is a range of different ‘spreads’ that can be used, depending on your skill level and needs, but it’s not necessary to go for the most complicated ones to get the insights that you need. Sometimes a simple three-card spread is all it takes.
Probably the most basic, but not less powerful, of the tarot card readings is the three-card spread, which will give you insight into your past, present and future. You shuffle the deck, holding your question in your mind. You can cut the deck into three if you prefer, or you can spread all of the cards out in front of you – whatever works best. Put all of the cards back into one deck, then turn up the top three cards in front of you. These cards are read from left to right, with the left card representing the past, the middle card representing the present, and the right card symbolising the future. Interpreting the cards is a skill as well as being an exercise in intuition – but it’s important to remember that the cards address the past, present, and future regarding the question you had in mind when you shuffled the deck.
In short, both angel cards and tarot cards are oracle cards – used in slightly different ways. They both have their place in giving you insight into elements of your life. Because they are so open to interpretation and can hold such power, it’s probably best to either have a reading done for you or to get some guidance from someone who has experience in readings rather than going it alone, at least at first.