Updated: Nov 27, 2019
Here’s an inside scoop… With the increased popularity of spirituality, North America has seen an increase of Tarot sales by over 35%. This makes perfect sense as Tarot is a great tool for personal introspection as well as seeing events in your life from difference perspectives. Tarot goes back loosely to the 8th century and is filled with rich and complex meanings that reflect the triumphs and struggles that ALL humans go through. It’s no wonder it’s seeing a wonderful resurgence. But there is a down side to this popularity. Some authors and publishers have jumped on this bandwagon in the hopes of more money; but they have done so without the knowledge or understanding of what Tarot really is. You see tarot has a very specific system, with specific meanings for every card that transcend individual decks. For example, The Magician is one of the cards and it will be found in the same position, in every deck of tarot whether it’s a traditional style like the Tarot of Marseilles and Rider-Waite or a newer version, like the Pagan Path or the upcoming Game of Thrones Tarot. It will also have the same meaning no matter which Tarot deck you use. It is just the artists’ interpretation and the artwork that varies from deck to deck, but the essence of the card does not. This is an important factor that does not apply to Oracle cards. Oracle cards are basically anything else that isn’t tarot. Each is stand-alone, meaning that their definitions are unique to that deck alone and isn’t applied to other decks.Another important distinction is that Tarot looks at the light and dark side of life so you can get a more balanced reading. Whereas most oracle cards are inspirational only. Meaning each card has a positive message that the universe loves and supports you; it’s like a hug in a box. Which has its place, but it won’t give you an accurate reading.
So here’s what’s happening: many authors including Doreen Virtue, John Holland and Collette Baron-Reid have put out oracle decks through Hay House that have been labeled and packaged as “Tarot Cards”. However they do not follow the formula or system of tarot. Most of these authors have made videos recommending their decks be considered oracle cards, but Hay House Publishers promotes them as Tarot. So here’s the problem this has created for you the user: If you are searching to buy a deck of cards their packaging is misleading. It’s not tarot even though it says it is. If you buy it and take it home and open it, only to discover it’s not tarot; sadly most retailers will be unable to take it back as its been opened. This can make for a real frustrating and expensive experience. For the new user its even worse because what you study and read is completely misleading which may make it very very hard to get back on track. So how can you tell which is true tarot and which is not? Start with checking which publishing house created the deck. Sadly if it’s Hay House then it’s a safe bet it’s not actual Tarot, while Lewellyn, and US Games are focusing on real tarot, so that’s a good place to start. Please keep in mind that InSpirit Centre team members have a lot of knowledge on the different decks and we’re always happy to take time to talk to you about the attributes of different decks, and help you choose the deck that is best for you. I myself have been providing professional readings for over 22 years, so please feel free to message me through facebook or email me if you need any advice with choosing a tarot or oracle deck. I am always happy to help. Barbara Ford is an internationally recognized Spiritual Advisor, Holistic Practitioner & Paranormal Expert. She has been featured in magazines, a book, a documentary, many TV Shows book for her excellent work. Barbara is also a published author of the Seekers Oracle Deck; a bridge between the world of Oracle and Tarot Cards. To book a consultation or a reading please call 289-891-7711
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