If you are into Divination then you have probably heard of Oracle cards. These are unlike tarot cards as they do not have a set number of cards, no major/minor arcana, and basically don't follow any strict line of rules, so the possibilities are endless! Each deck is different, typically with a guide/companion book to offer messages for each card. These decks offer spiritual insight and leave more room for interpretation from the user. Intuitive storytelling, if you will.
Oracle card decks are very personal and should be chosen carefully, being sure to connect with and get familiar with your deck once you receive it. One practice I fell in love with recently was making homemade oracle cards. When you talk about endless possibilities, this truly gives that a new meaning! If you are a crafty one then you will love this practice. I like to do this solo or have a gathering during a new or full moon with some friends and let the creativity and magic begin!
As I mentioned there are no rules, so you gather up the materials that call to you. You can find stickers, scrapbook paper, blank tarot cards and other materials online or at your local store. Find things that match your personality and vibe. Another aspect of this collage art is clipping out photos and phrases or words from magazines. You may find this to be a more tedious or more meditative practice. I find I enjoy it, and I will do at all different times when the mood strikes. I have an art kaboodle of sorts that I keep everything in separate containers so I have easy access and clean up.
Am I doing it right? Yes, this is YOUR deck, made by YOU!
Are you making a certain kind of deck? One for more daily reflection, meditation and inspiration? How do you want your deck to look? Beautiful and colorful? Mystic and dark? Have a theme in mind and what kind of messages you may want to receive while using your deck. Oracle cards help to develop your intuition and interpretive skills, and when you are creating your cards, you know what they mean to YOU. Trust your creative process, do you come up with the message first? Or do you pull the imagery together and then see what message is drawn to go with it? You can have a general meaning assigned to the card or you can develop your own companion book and create a description of deeper meaning and interpretation. When using your cards you can pull in many different ways.
Some may pull one card a day for inspiration and reflection, or you may choose to pull a 'tarot-type' spread such as 3 cards for 'past, present, and future'. You pull and place cards until you feel you are done and have received the message you are meant to get. Once you make you cards sit and get to know them, talk to them, ask them what messages they want to give you when pulled. Shuffling and pulling cards are intuitive practices also, see what you are drawn to do.
You can add to your deck at any time, or begin a new deck for a different purpose. You will fall in love with your creative process and what you have designed for your own personal divination. Happy divining!