How to start with Tarot (or Oracle) cards

Lesson 71 in A Course in Miracles teaches us how the Ego has a plan for our lives that is opposite to God’s plan (our true purpose, our destiny).  

Each day we wake up believing the Ego’s plan for our life – that it is the plan to be lived.

Enter Tarot (you might be wondering where I’m going with this…)


Tarot is a tool. 

It is a way to get answers to questions without your Ego’s interference. 

It is a way to ask - the Universe, God, the cosmic vibrational energy - questions that you can’t possibly know the answers.


How can you start a daily practice?  There are many different ways.  Here I am going to offer you one.

First. Find your deck. 

Make it yours. 

Connect with the imagery, bless it under the full moon, cleanse it with holy wood, lace it with crystals, infuse it with your dreams…

what every floats your spirit.



Sit down with your deck in the early morning, before you move on with your Ego’s plan.

Ask the Universe for guidance.  You may simply ask, ‘What is it that I need to know before I start my day?’

Or you can follow Lesson 71 in ACIM and ask,

“What would You have me do?

Where would You have me go?

What would You have me say, and to whom?

Draw 1 card

I have two favourite ways of getting my card for the day: 

- Jumping cards when I’m shuffling & splits in a deck that I’ve spread on the floor.

You can simply shuffle, cut the deck, and draw a card.


What does your card mean? 

First look at the imagery, it is there for a reason, it is telling you a story.

Second, if you want more guidance, read in the book that comes with your deck

Third, you can go online and look up the meaning of the card

Fourth, you can tap into your intuition and let the card guide you to the answer




While each deck is unique, typically you will have:

78 cards

22 Major Arcana

56 Minor Arcana cards

4 suits.


I like to keep my card close to me during the day. 

I put it on my work desk.

It reminds me of my mission:

The Universe has a plan for me that is separate from my Ego.

And that is the plan that I am to trust. And that is the journey that I am to follow.


If you want, you can put it in your purse or bag and carry it with you for the day.

Or, you can put it back into your deck, with thanks for its guidance.



What if I don’t understand what the card is saying? 

This happens a lot in life in general. 

God leads us on a path and we yell into the Ether – "why me?!" 

And then miles down your journey, you suddenly realize why.

It’s the same with Tarot. 

You pull a card, maybe it’s slightly ominous, or made it’s bland.

Or maybe it seems to have no relevance to your current situation.

And then suddenly, a few hours... a week, or a few full moons go buy... and suddenly it all makes sense.


It’s your Ego that doesn’t understand. But you are not your Ego, and only the cosmos can see your future.

So what are you waiting for? Draw a card

Lily Dickinson