9 Common Myths About Oracle Cards

9 Common Myths About Oracle Cards  - Colette Barron-Reid

In recent years, Oracle Cards have become more popular and trendy. More and more, people are opening up their view of spirituality and looking for ways to develop a rich spiritual practice that helps them feel connected, grounded, and in flow. 

All you have to do is look online to see the countless Kickstarters funding the creation of new decks to see just how popular Oracle Cards have become. And as with any trend, as the popularity has risen, so too has the negativity surrounding it. 

Oracle Cards are a truly magical tool because they allow anyone to develop a direct relationship with their Higher Power. This happens to also be the exact reason why there has been so much fear and control around Oracle Cards and other similar divination systems. 

Over time, there are lots of myths that have circulated about Oracle Cards – some funny, some believable, and some a little ridiculous. So let’s set the record straight on some of the most common myths about Oracle Cards and where the fear about this magical tool actually stems from. 

Why are people afraid of using Oracle Cards? 

Although today the use of divination systems like Oracle Cards have become more and more popular, it’s likely you can remember a time when the idea of using something like Oracle Cards or Tarot cards felt taboo. Like something you would do hidden behind locked doors as a teenager for fear your mother might find out. 

Often these types of tools are feared because there’s a superstition that by using them, you’re being somehow manipulated. Or that you might hurt yourself or cause harm because you’re working with evil spirits or something of the like. 

The root of a lot of these underlying beliefs and feelings of fear come from the Bible and the politics of making sure people don’t have their own connection to the Divine – a byproduct of the advent of monotheism. 

With the rise of organized religion came laws against things like having your own altar, or doing anything that allowed you as an individual to connect with Spirit on your own terms or have a direct dialogue with your Higher Power. Religious institutions wanted to control how we communicated with God and wanted to make sure we had an intermediary like a priest or minister, so fear about these tools was spread. 

Today, most people don’t even know why the idea of using divination systems like Oracle Cards bothers them! It’s just a feeling. But this feeling is rooted in a history of fear-based myths – many of which are still prevalent today.

Why do people use Oracle Cards?

The purpose of Oracle Cards and the motivation for working with them is to develop a direct relationship with the Divine. Oracle Cards act like mirrors to reflect yourself and where you want to go. They have risen in popularity because in modern times, people are looking for the exact personal connection and relationship with their Higher Power that they’ve been told they couldn’t have.

Have you ever wished that you could sit down and have a chat with Spirit? That’s sort of what it’s like to learn how to use Oracle Cards. 

So in order to clear up some of the prevalent myths about Oracle Cards and what’s true, let’s dive in!

Common myths about Oracle Cards 

Myth #1: You shouldn’t buy your first deck of cards

Some people believe that your first deck should be a gift, or that it should be stolen. Please never steal Oracle Cards! Talk about a way to start off with a bad vibe. You can absolutely buy yourself your first Oracle deck and any Oracle Card deck that speaks to you, and receiving them as a gift works too. 

Myth #2: No one else should touch your cards 

You can absolutely let other people handle your decks and share them with friends. This is only a problem if you believe it to be so! 

Myth #3: The cards are never wrong 

This is a tricky one! Actually, the cards never are wrong – however, our interpretation of them can be. If you don’t trust that your Oracle readings are accurate, consider taking a course like Oracle Cards 101 to build your confidence in intuitive card reading.

Myth #4: You should keep your reading to yourself 

Some people believe it’s bad luck to share your reading, but this is really a matter of your personal feeling about the reading. If it feels like something close to your heart, there’s nothing wrong with keeping it private. But if it feels good to share, go right ahead! 

Myth #5: You have to knock on your deck before a reading 

You can absolutely knock on the deck before pulling a card to help clear the energy, but it’s definitely not a hard and fast rule. 

Myth #6: You shouldn’t do a reading (or get one) from someone who’s pregnant

This one is just silly! Being pregnant will not interfere with the way the cards work or the messages you will receive from them. 

Myth #7: You can’t be religious and use Oracle Cards 

This is a common one, and it’s absolutely false! We have people from every religion around the world in our Oracle School and Oracle Circle Membership, and they all find a way to incorporate the cards into their spiritual practice. I often get asked questions like, “Can Christians use Oracle Cards?” and the answer is a resounding, YES! Oracle cards are for everyone and are a great way to develop a personal dialogue with your Higher Power. 

Myth #8: Oracle Cards are not as accurate as tarot cards 

Tarot cards and Oracle Cards are simply different! One is not more or less accurate than the other. If you want to learn more about the differences and similarities, check out my blog on the difference in Oracle Cards and tarot cards. 

Myth #9: Keep them wrapped in a black cloth 

You can store your Oracle Cards in any way you want! A cloth of ANY color will work, as will the original box, a special place in your home, or in your purse so you have them with you on the go. 

Oracle Cards are a safe and magical way to connect to the Divine

If you’ve been curious about how to use Oracle Cards but have felt hesitant because of some of the myths or beliefs you’ve heard about them, I hope this helped put your mind at ease. 

Oracle Cards truly are a magical tool that can help anyone who feels curious about them to develop a direct dialogue with Spirit and receive guidance on their path. 

If you’re interested in dipping your toes into the world of Oracle Cards, my Oracle Cards 101 course is the perfect place to begin to learn about reading Oracle Cards at your own pace.

Have you heard any other myths about Oracle Cards that you’ve wondered whether they were true (or that just made you giggle)? 

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