Combining Tarot & Oracle Cards for Precision

Combining Tarot & Oracle Cards for Precision August 29, 2019

Tarot is a fantastic tool, in fact, it’s my favorite divinatory tool. However, sometimes it can be vague. This is especially the case if you’re doing a general reading for a client and you have no idea in reference to what area of the client’s life a certain card is referring to. This is particularly true if the client isn’t communicative or if like me, you do tarot readings where you don’t interact with the client at all but instead just record the reading on your end.

For example, the Two of Swords can indicate that the client is being indecisive and have conflicting thoughts about something. But what area of life? Perhaps the Fool card was drawn and you have the sense that they’re about to start something new in their life, but may not be certain what exactly that might be. Perhaps they want to know about their next partner and you draw the Knight of Cups, which indicates he’s a romantic Casanova type but want to know if he’ll be good for the client or not.  You may be completely stuck if your client isn’t throwing you a bone to help you figure out what is going on in their life.

I have found a method that helps you to home in with crystal clear precision. The answer is oracle cards – but not just any oracle cards as they can be just as vague or cluttered with imagery as well. The solution is single symbol or single word oracle cards. My personal favorite is to use Mildred Payne’s Secret Pocket Oraclein combination with the tarot. Not only is the aesthetic, feel, and artistry super witchy but it’s a deck using single symbols.

Tarot readings, like any form of divination or psychic readings, can be exhausting and draining if done back to back and you have a lot to do, as most professional readers do. By pairing single-symbol oracle cards with the tarot, it helps to really take a load off of the psychic and intuitive heavy lifting that is sometimes needed in a reading. Using cards in a reading is using tools, and tools are meant to make work easier – not harder.

What you want to do is go through your single symbol oracle deck and either read what the card means to the creator or think about what your association is with each card. Shuffle and draw out your tarot cards in a spread as you normally do. Then shuffle your single symbol oracle deck with the intent of the cards bringing clarity to the tarot cards you drew. Draw and lay out the oracle cards in the same order you did for the tarot cards in your spread, placing them either on top of or next to the tarot cards. Boom, you’ve now narrowed in on what the card is talking about!

So for example, if I draw “Factory” for the Two of Swords, I know that the indecision is related to work. If I draw “Heart” for the Fool, I know that it’s talking about a new relationship of some sort. If I draw “Poison” for the Knight of Cups, I know that this person will be increasingly toxic for the client – particularly when it comes to emotions. If the Fool and the Knight of Cups are in the same reading, I know the Fool is also saying not to be a fool about this man. Definitely give this method a try and see if it works for you as well as it works for me.


About Mat Auryn
Mat Auryn is a witch, professional psychic, and occult teacher. He has been drawn to the occult and metaphysical since an early age, reading books on witchcraft at eight years old. He is a High Priest in Sacred Fires Tradition of Witchcraft founded by Devin Hunter. He has also studied with various other traditions and teachers including Christopher Penczak in the Temple of Witchcraft Tradition, Laurie Cabot in the Cabot Tradition, Storm Faerywolf in Black Rose Witchcraft, Jason Miller in the Sorcery of Hekate, and more. He is a devotee of the Covenant of Hekate founded by Sorita D’Este. He is the author of ‘Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide To Meditation, Magick, and Manifestation‘. He runs the blog For Puck’s Sake on Patheos Pagan, is a content creator for Modern Witch, has a column in Witches & Pagans Magazine entitled ‘Extra-Sensory Witchcraft’, and a column in Horns Magazine entitled ‘Queer As Folklore’. He has been featured in various magazines, radio shows, podcasts, books, anthologies, and other periodicals. Mat was the very first recipient of the “Most Supportive Witch Award” presented by Witch Way Magazine for helping others in the witchcraft community and going above and beyond to make other witches feel like they are not alone. Mat has had the honor of helping thousands of people gain clarity through his skills of psychic ability and tarot reading throughout the world over the last decade. Mat teaches various metaphysical and occult subjects ranging from psychic development, magickal empowerment, working with spirits, divination, energy healing, lucid dreaming, divination, astral projection throughout the world. You can read more about the author here.

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