How to Make Your Own Oracle Cards
Amanda Linette Meder
There are two known methods of Divination: Ecstatic or Inductive Divination
Ecstatic Divination is typically invisible in form.
The medium, the channel, the shaman goes into a meditative or focused state and gets divine information from the Spirits or from their own highest self-intuition.
Inductive Divination is typically done for the benefit of others, involves divining with some sort of physical object.
Through the medium, the channel, the shaman uses cards, runes, tea leaves, natural patterns, animal signs, and so on, to divine information.
I like Oracle Cards because they are a bit of a combination of both.
They use a collection of physical symbols in pictures with text to demonstrate what a medium or intuitive is already receiving.
Oracle Cards are like a PowerPoint presentation for the Spirit World.
Different decks help us connect with the information from various Spirit Groups. They can be channeled to share the messages from our own suite of Spiritual Guides with others.
We can use them to interpret the messages we are already getting from our Spiritual Guides for ourselves, too.
In fact, I love Oracle Decks for personal Divination. They are external from your own mind to some extent, and because of this, they can be pretty fair when giving a reading to yourself.
Oracle Cards are the medium between the medium and the person who needs the information. The cards being so visual help the readee fully grasp and understand spirituality received information here in the physical world.
Because Oracle Cards are full of visual symbols often received clairvoyantly, or in a dream state, many like to create their own decks.
This is so you can have your own symbol set represented for yourself or your clients.
Making your own Oracle Deck can help you better interpret the images you see since you can more easily study them. It also assists others in gaining a deeper insight from the messages you receive.
Everyone’s guide team communicates through different symbols, metaphors, and analogies, so it can be helpful to do this. Even if you are just creating a set of Oracle Cards for personal use.
Want to create your own oracle deck?
Check out a few of the resources below for creating a project you're going to love -
How to Create Your Own Oracle Deck
Step 1. Decide your theme and your art sources
Oracle Card Decks generally have themes - Unicorns, Angels, Nature. Like I said, they typically represent wisdom from a particular group, so what speaks to you?
The best way to decide your theme is to see what comes to you and to start writing down card ideas.
For card art, most Oracle Card Decks are a union between a verbal artist and a visual artist.
If you are a visual artist, you may choose to create your own art or source it.
If you're the verbal artist, Antique art is generally free game under copyright laws, and a new suite of art just came available in 2019. But if the author is recently passed or still alive, you may have to license the pieces or partner with an artist.
If you're making the Oracle Deck for private use and do not plan to resale, you can generally use any art you want.
Step 2. Aim for a certain number of cards
While the standard number of cards for a Tarot Deck is 78, Oracle Cards have no set standard. However, they usually range anywhere between 44 and 56 cards.
Step 3. Start doodling
I like index cards for this, and Teresa suggests laminating Oracle Cards in this post for easier shuffling.
After you are done doodling, you may find that you have grouped ideas. Put these cards together in the deck, give them similar colors, or pair them nearby each other in the booklet, should you choose to create one.
Step 4. Make it professional
Anna Frolik has an eCourse on putting a deck together, I also find that Canva works well for mocking up visual designs.
Once you have your visual designs mocked up, look into ISBN numbers and printers.
Step 5. To booklet or not to booklet?
I've seen a lot of booklets now available as PDFs. You can also get one printed, which I recommend if you will be selling your deck in the future. It puts the words in your head when you interpret your own cards out there for the reader.
CreateSpace is excellent for self-printing, and some card game companies will also print booklets for you.
Need to fund your decks' printing?
Biddy Tarot has a great article on crowdfunding once you get a print rate, which can be helpful, especially when you already have a following.
So To Recap:
Consider your theme
Aim for a number of cards
Check out printing
Decide if a booklet is for you
Once you have your theme, mock-up, and drafts together, you can start pulling cards and writing down your interpretations. Then ultimately crowdfund or publish on mass-scale, if you ever choose to.
When creating your own Oracle Card Deck, remember to follow your guidance on how it should be arranged and who it should be for, before following the direction of others. Don't be afraid to be creative and do something that's never been done before.
There are a ton of Oracle Cards on the market today, so you can always purchase your deck, too. This can help you get ideas for what you like and don't like when designing your own.
My current favorite Oracle Deck in rotation is The Angels of Abundance Cards by Doreen Virtue and Grant Virtue (Amazon Link) though I have many favorite creations listed in some of the blogs below -
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Last Updated: 2019.10.08