DIY Research: The Lost Art of Divination with Oracle & Tarot Cards

Last updated: August 21, 2021 at 16:09 pm

People who are already familiar with divination know that one of the oldest divination texts/tools known to man is the I-Ching, which is usually translated as the Book of Changes (also see: Creation of binary code inspired by 5,000-year-old text). I started studying the I Ching when I was in college (which is forever ago), and it has indeed been an incredible source of wisdom for me personally.

Last August I bought a book about the Rider Waite Smith tarot titled 'Llewellyn's Complete Book of the Rider Waite Smith Tarot', after I watched a tarot reading for my sun sign on YouTube just for fun, but it turned out to be astoundingly accurate. I'd never given any time or attention to tarot as a credible divination tool, which is why I did what I always do when something intrigues me, namely a deep-dive and in-depth study of the subject.

After nearly a year of research into tarot and oracle cards, buying many decks, and doing many readings for myself, I can only confirm that tarot and oracle cards are indeed an incredibly useful tool for meditation and divination. What I also learned is that even people who have worked with them professionally for many decades, can't explain exactly how and why readings often turn out as accurately as they do. Even though tarot cards look quite simple, tarot as a system of divination is incredibly complex, as the symbols carry many layers and meanings. You can get a lot out of it though even if you don't study the symbols in-dept. 

Here's an excerpt from chapter one of Llewellyn's Complete Book of the Rider Waite Smith Tarot (RWS):

The RWS deck is the best-selling tarot deck in the world to date. The RWS deck is referenced in literature and used in all forms of media, including film and television.

If you're asking huh?, in television?, I've never seen it used in television, the answer is yes, you probably have but you just didn't know what you were looking at. Look what shows up after the closing credits in every episode of the tv series Mad Men:

It's the number 19 card of the RWS tarot, titled the Sun. You can look this up yourself if you find a stream of the show online and go straight to the credits.

Excerpt from chapter one of Llewellyn's Complete Book of the Rider Waite Smith (RWS) Tarot, continued:

It (RWS) is often a beginning readers' first deck. History, evolution, and circumstance created an extraordinary device that people use for fortunetelling, self-knowledge, and art. Tarot decks with new themes are created by the hundreds, maybe thousands, each year. New decks with differing themes are usually called RWS clones. Clone decks' illustrations are derivative of Pamela's RWS illustrations. […]

The RWS deck is an enigma. It is a complex tarot deck filled with esoteric symbols and secret meanings, yet the illustrations are surprisingly simple. A beginner can use the deck as easily and deftly as a professional. The deck is a perfect artifact of the year of its creation, 1909, yet remains shockingly modern and perfectly usable over a hundred years later. The RWS deck is a Modernist art object as important and impactful as Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon or Edward Munch's The Scream, also painted in 1909, yet the RWS deck does not haunt history by hanging on the wall of a museum. Anyone in the world can buy, borrow, or own a copy. The RWS deck is tucked into backpacks, wrapped in silks, consecrated on alters, stored in college dormitories, and stocked in bookstores around the world.

What I was most surprised to find out is that tarot and oracle cards are indeed widely used by many as a divination tool, to this day. There are thousands and thousands of decks available, and an equal amount of reviews of tarot and oracle decks on YouTube by amateurs and professionals. These reviews are very useful because you can have a look at all the cards before you buy a deck, to see if the artwork on the deck and the card quality are appealing to you. Even though I don't support Amazon in any way, shape, or form, it is fair to say that you can find almost every tarot and oracle deck and book you could possibly think of there, and the customer reviews are often helpful to get a first impression before a purchase. Get your decks from your local bookstore/online store though if you can.

There are also countless YouTube channels where readers (male and female) provide online readings and some of them are also run as a business. Many professional readers provide free readings (for specific sun signs or about other subjects), and extended readings can then be purchased for a (usually) small price. There are tarot readers on YouTube with hundreds of thousands of subscribers.

I strongly advise you however to be careful with readers on YouTube and in general. There are many readers who can be contacted for personal readings which they provide for a fee, but this is a double-edged sword. If you find a reader/readings that strongly resonate with you, but you don't know how to interpret tarot cards yourself, you leave yourself wide open to manipulation and deception. Let's say you're in a relationship or married and the (or a) person you are involved with (could also be a friend, relative, colleague you-name-it), knows which YouTube channels are your favorites. It is very easy for them to contact those readers and have them say whatever they want, which you will probably take as good advice, to get YOU to do whatever they want. I'm not saying this is a frequent occurrence, but it has been known to happen so be careful. That being said, watching several random online tarot/oracle readings can give you a good impression of how to shuffle and interpret the cards.

(Update 15 August 2021: Nothing added to the article here, but I removed the list of recommended online readers, as most of their recent readings are highly inaccurate. (I run quality checks) Nothing can surpass what comes out when you pull your own cards, but you can of course run your own searches for tarot readings on YouTube to find the ones that resonate with you.)

Although the videos can be very helpful, YouTube is certainly not the only source where you can learn more about tarot and oracle divination/meditation. There are also innumerable websites that explain the history, meaning, and use of tarot and oracle cards. The cards are used for career and financial readings, any type of relationship advice (husband, wife, friends, family, colleagues, potential love interest, you-name-it), and advice for every other situation you can think of. That's why they're so popular and widely used. A deck that I found particularly interesting for business and financial tarot readings is the Money Tarot Cards. A review can of course be found on YouTube.

A few sites that are nice to start off with for general orientation are:

* benebellwen.com

* biddytarot.com

* tarotgoddess.com

If you decide to start exploring tarot, I highly recommend that you start with an original RWS deck and resources that give good explanations for the cards.

From my own research and readings, there are currently only three sources that I can list with regard to detailed meanings of the cards, which also give highly accurate readings, but you'll have to explore and decide what works for you.

Tarot Card Meanings:

1) Llewellyn's Complete Book of the Rider Waite Smith Tarot

2) TheTarotGuide.com's Major Arcana and Minor Arcana. This site is my absolute favorite with incredibly accurate meanings for the cards. Unfortunately, the descriptions aren't available in printed form so you'll have to look the cards up online. (or copy/paste the various descriptions to a text file and print it out)

3) The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings

Recommended RWS based decks to start with:

1) Original Rider-Waite Tarot Deck

2) Golden Art Nouveau Tarot

3) Radiant Wise Spirit Tarot

4) Vice Versa Tarot Kit  (note: if you get this deck make sure you get the kit, as the regular version doesn't have the elaborate guidebook)

5) Gilded Tarot Royale Deck

***Recommended Viewing*** 

An excellent tutorial about the (historical) meaning of the cards in the original RWS deck. It was posted in February 2013 and to date, 22 July 2021, part 1 has had 1,581,953 views. Part 2 has had 306,846 views.

Learn The 78 Tarot Cards in Two Hours – Part 1 of 2

Learn The 78 Tarot Cards in Two Hours – Part 2 of 2

Recommended oracle decks to start with:

1) The Psychic Tarot Oracle Cards

2) The Quantum Oracle

3) Wisdom of the Oracle Cards

4) The Akashic Tarot

5) Mystical Healing Reading Cards

6) Astrology Reading Cards

7) The Tao Oracle  This oracle deck is a very accessible and easy way to get acquainted with the I Ching. The guidebook is very detailed and stands well enough on its own, but if you would like to know more I can recommend the I Ching translation by Hua Ching Ni titled 'The Book of Changes and the Unchanging Truth'. Be mindful though that given the age of the I Ching some of the views, particularly with regard to women, are very outdated so use your discretion when it comes to interpretation.

8) Spirit of the Animals Oracle

9) Keepers of the Light Oracle

10) Goddess Power Oracle Cards The meanings of the cards in this deck apply to both males and females.

***Recommended Reading*** What is the difference between tarot and oracle cards?

A deck that is currently on its way to me from the UK is the Bright Future Tarot deck incl. Workbook and Journal and I can't wait to do a reading with it. The Tower card in the 1st edition is represented as the Twin Towers on 9/11, which could not be more appropriate given the meaning of the Tower card in the original RWS deck. The 1st edition is almost sold out and some of the cards, including The Tower card, are different in the 2nd edition. If you want to get the 1st edition, contact the store before you buy this deck to check if it is still in stock. By default, the 2nd edition is currently shipped.

Tower card in the Bright Future Tarot (image is from a review on YouTube)

Other decks that are contemporary versions of the original RWS deck, which I didn't get because the artwork/images don't particularly appeal to me, but which nonetheless deserve to be mentioned so you know what's out there, are:

* The Light Seer's Tarot

* Elemental Wisdom Tarot

* Heaven & Earth Tarot Kit  (note: if you like this deck and want to buy it make sure you get the kit. Like the Vice Versa tarot, the regular version doesn't have the elaborate guidebook)

* Modern Love Tarot

* The Everyday Enchantment Tarot

* Pocket of Peers Tarot

* Next World Tarot

* The Corporate Tarot and Companion Book

Once you feel you've mastered the images, symbols, and meanings of the traditional RWS enough and you're ready to move on to something more abstract, there are two contemporary decks with silhouettes that are interesting to check out:

* Spirit Within Tarot

* Healing Light Tarot

 Update 8 August 2021 

I am adding 2 other tarot decks I have in my collection to this article (the first two on the list), and a couple of interesting decks that I came across yesterday:

* The Textured Tarot 

* The Moonchild Tarot I had to order this deck from an online shop in Australia last year, as it is an independently created deck and, unfortunately, the designer doesn't ship to Europe. Beautiful artwork and well worth the wait to get it all the way to Amsterdam. This is the Moonchild Tarot's website

* FateShifters Astrology Tarot Deck

* Tarot Of Oppositions

* The Good Karma Tarot This deck is a super beginner-friendly, fun, and playful tarot deck for people who want to learn something about tarot without immediately diving into the original RWS deck. The images in this deck are all related to the RWS meanings of the cards, but without the complicated symbolism. RWS will have to be the next step though if you do decide to get serious about tarot. The Good Karma Tarot is a tarot deck with "training wheels". 🙂

Don't forget that the RWS meanings also apply to all the other aforementioned tarot decks, and very often the creator of a deck adds his/her own understanding and interpretation of the cards in their guidebook as well. When it comes to selecting decks the only thing that really matters is which images and artwork appeal most to YOU.

I'll also list a few more oracle decks I have in my collection:

* Divine Flow

* The Secret Language of Light

* The Priestess of Light Oracle

* Oracle of the Hidden Worlds

* Sacred Geometry Oracle Deck

* Earth Magic Oracle Cards

—— End of August 8th, 2021 update ——

 Update 21 August 2021 

Sharing an interesting video that I saw earlier today. I never had (nor do I now have) time to dive deeply into astrology but it is, like oracle and tarot cards, a system of divination and it can be a very useful way to look at past, present, and future energies. In my teens and several years after that, I read 3 books by Linda Goodman (1925-1995) that gave me valuable insights into astrology and more even more esoteric subjects. The books I'm referring to are Sun Signs, Love Signs, and Star Signs.

In the video below, astrologer Pam Gregory talks about (the potential for) an increase in the intensity of events in the days and months ahead so, as I mentioned in another article, Stay Grounded, Stay Sane, Stay on the only message that matters.

—— End of August 21st, 2021 update ——

These are some of the most popular publishers of tarot and oracle decks (but there are countless others):

Lo Scarabeo

Llewellyn

U.S. Games Systems

Rockpool Publishing

Blue Angel Publishing

HAY House

Schiffer Publishing

Tarot and oracle cards reflect the energy and (hidden) undercurrents of a particular situation, and/or the character and intentions of the individuals involved. Yep, no kidding, you can learn things about people and circumstances you didn't even know were true, but which later turn out to be spot on. I will not go into details about my own readings but you can explore this yourself, with your own readings.

Get an original RWS deck that you like, and ask your Higher Self a question like, what should I know today?, or what should I know about [relationship/person/situation/problem]?, or what is the best course of action with regard to [relationship/person/situation/problem]?, or what is the most likely outcome of [name situation X]?, or what will be the most likely outcome if I [do X]?.

Shuffle the deck like you would any other deck of playing cards and then pull 1-3 cards in your own way. Some people take the first three cards, some people take every seventh card, some people fan the cards out in front of them and pull the ones they are most attracted to. There really is no fixed system; you can experiment with this and find out which way gives you the most accurate reading/advice. It's all very intuitive. Sometimes 1 or 2 cards spontaneously fly out of the deck when you shuffle, and they provide the perfect answer to your question. Nearly all decks come with guidebooks that also provide examples of spreads.

As this is another DIY Research article I will end the introduction here by saying, have fun exploring and prepare to be amazed!. 🙂

How You Can Be The Ultimate Rebel With A Cause

Article Source: WakeUp-World.com

Are you a rebel? Unlike James Dean, you can be a rebel with a cause that involves helping humanity get elevated into a new conscious paradigm.

A better world doesn’t just happen. It’s a co-creative manifestation. To experience a shared reality that is one where everyone thrives, we need to go against the grain. Otherwise, things will continue to go down the path that psychopathic forces desire them to go.

You see it all around you these days. People are living in fear and are doing things that are irrational and causing consequences to themselves and others that are far worse than what they are afraid of. Those who don’t know who they are, seem to be losing a grip on reality and experiencing massive amounts of suffering that can appear as if they had psychosis. People are willing to do practically anything megalomaniacs tell them to do in order for them to be given back some semblance of what they consider to be normalcy.

Rebel.

“Just a few rebellious enlightened people around the world, and all the thrones of power will start shaking.” Osho was right. It doesn’t even take a lot of people rebelling against the sick and inverted matrix and paradigm that has been designed by psychopaths and created by unconscious participants in their dark fantasies. If we are to consider Dr. David Hawkins’ logarithmic levels of consciousness scale, someone calibrating at the consciousness of love, for example, can counterbalance millions of people calibrating at the consciousness of fear.

That brings us to an important point. Being a rebel who wants to help elevate and ascend human consciousness doesn’t involve anything that causes suffering. No thoughts, words, or actions causing any suffering exist. Fighting fire with fire only results in a blazing inferno. Besides, psychopaths will beat you at that game any day of the week. The key to, well, everything, is love.

When you do things that generate a larger heart field within you, your energy literally expands out, farther and farther, with greater strength and magnitude. Gautama Buddha’s auric field was said to be 100 miles wide. Imagine how many millions of people you could elevate by simply being a frequency anchor and embodying the consciousness of love, joy, or peace as much as possible. You don’t have to do anything except stay heart-centered.

By doing so, you’re not living in a fantasy. You are denying the infection of the delusion into your consciousness and energy field. You reject the fear that is used as a tool to manipulate you and twist your arm into agreeing to be a part of the psychopathic-led sickness. You embolden yourself with courage to be a free-thinker and free-feeler. You become a leader, a guide, that others can aspire to model. You become a luminary.

Visualize the World You Want to See

Visualize and imagine what an evolved human collective can be like. What will the physical society be like? What will the creative expression be like? How will people engage and interact with one another? What will they be doing with their time on this planet in this incarnation? How expanded will their awareness be and what will they be capable of? These, and other questions, and worthy of your exploration. You can get a better handle on how you can be a helper to humanity.

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” French philosopher Albert Camus elegantly expressed how to be a rebel with a cause. There is no fighting or resistance required. You living in a way where you are liberated and sovereign will itself act as a sort of de facto resistance to the dysfunctional matrix control system even without your expressing that energy. It’s an energy hack that’s well worth exploring.

Being free, loving, happy, compassionate, and sovereign is all a state of being that is the biggest act of rebellion against a system that wants to desperately keep you away from being these things. Being young, wild, and free in your consciousness is a state of mind that doesn’t have to disappear when you get older. You keep the positive aspects of your youth and discard the unhelpful ones.

The younger you are, the closer you are to what you were prior to your incarnation and transposition of energy down into this incredibly dense dimension. Connect more with it to remember who you are.

Spend more of your time and energy focusing on and consuming inspiring content.

Get regressed using modalities like Beyond Quantum Healing hypnotherapy.

Stop going along with what unconscious people are doing.

Meditate and connect with your higher/soul self.

Do anything that expands your heart field.

Move and clear energy with qi gong.

Celebrate Life!

The Great Reset versus The Great Global Awakening

In the past few days, I posted a series of articles about "The Great Reset" and I added The Great Global Awakening to the title of this article, because I'm not going to let the psycho's hijack the word Great. If you've read the articles and watched the videos, you will know that "The Great Reset" is in fact "The Great Reset to Transhuman Global Slavery". They will try to sugarcoat it, sprinkle it with perfume and wrap it up in a big box with big shiny ribbons, but THAT's the plan. 

Remember the cartoon series Animaniacs that ran in the '90s? Pinky and the Brain were two laboratory mice who had 1 plan in every episode: Try To Take Over The World. Basically, the same thing the pychos are trying to do. This is a compilation of clips from Pinky and the Brain (i.e. Gates and Soros) in case you don't know what I'm referring to, and notice how someone in the cartoon film crew yells Cut! Reset! at the end of the video. Predictive Programming, it's everywhere!

If you're familiar with quantum physics you are also familiar with the concept of probabilities and you will know that literally ANYTHING can happen between now and 5 minutes from now, let alone a year from now. "The Great Reset" isn't carved in stone, very far from it actually, but it WILL take an effort on the part of Humanity to put the planet's future back on a path of freedom and fulfillment. Achieving a global shift in awareness, i.e. understanding what's really going on in the world instead of what is being portrayed as reality by the mainstream media, and striving as an individual to attain and maintain a higher state of consciousness is part of that process.

When was the last time you heard a symphony that was composed by a Technocrat, or saw a Mona Lisa that was painted by a Satanist? Hmmm, let me think.., that's right NEVER, because they are absolutely incapable of operating on that level of consciousness.

Who We Are is an excellent documentary film made by Anthony Chene, and he made it available for free on his YouTube Channel, Anthony Chene production on October 27th, 2020I encourage you to also check out the other videos that he's posted there. In 'Who We Are', he interviews survivors of near-death experiences, neuroscientists, various other PhD's and a meditator/author, about the nature of reality and consciousness. The film tries to shed light on who we really are and what our relationship to the Universe is.

The following people were interviewed for the film:

Anita Moorjani (https://www.anitamoorjani.com)

Dr. Eben Alexander, MD (http://www.ebenalexander.com

Dean Radin, Ph.D. (https://noetic.org) 

Marjorie Woollacott, Ph.D. (https://www.marjoriewoollacott.com)

Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. (https://www.sheldrake.org

Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. (https://www.brucelipton.com

John Butler (https://www.spiritualunfoldment.co.uk

Highly recommended viewing.

Additional recommended reading/viewing:

Science of the SOUL

Quantum Communication

The Hero's Journey

I AM

Handbook to Higher Consciousness

Bruce Lipton Ph.D.: The Power Of Consciousness and the Biology of Belief

It's Time To Say NO