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How to Read Oracle Cards Using Your Intuition

Working with oracle cards is very simple and with some practice, you can eventually do readings for your friends and family. Here are some tips and steps to learning how to give yourself a card reading using your intuition rather than looking up the meanings of the cards.

Clear the Deck's Energy

When you first receive your brand new or used oracle deck you want to clear the energy that it picked up from other people. You can also do this when your card readings are not accurate after using them multiple times, but it's not necessary to do it before every reading.

The most common method that people use to clear the deck's energy is placing the deck on their left-hand palm (with the deck facing down) and knocking on the top of the deck with their right hand.

My favorite way to clear the deck is by holding the cards with my hands and visualizing white light showering the cards, or asking that the cards be showered in white light.

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Ground Yourself

Out of all the steps, I think this is the most important because if you are not grounded you will find yourself missing the important messages from heaven/your higher self. For example, if you are feeling confused or emotional you will be thinking about all of the different possibilities, feeling fearful, etc.

Start by taking a few deep breaths. Focus on your Root Chakra (the base of your spine) and imagine the earth's energy going up your spine as you breathe in. Relax your muscles as you breathe out. Repeat this as many times as you wish. Once you feel centered and focused, move on to the next step.

Say a Short Prayer

It is beneficial to bless the cards and ask for their assistance before you start your reading so that you get accurate answers. It doesn't have to be a long prayer, you can simply say "I bless these cards in the name of spirit and I ask for your guidance during this reading. Please help me so that I receive accurate and specific messages. Thank you, amen."

You can ask for your guardian angels or God's assistance, whatever works for you, and whatever feels right. There is no right or wrong way to pray.

HELPFUL TIP: It would be rude to take something without asking right? Think of your cards as a friend.

Ask a Question

After you said your prayer, think of your question. Make sure that your question is clear and specific.


  • Don't ask questions like "Will I be rich?" The universe isn't going to make you rich without you going out and trying to co-create it.

  • Don't invade other people's privacy. In other words, don't ask about things that are not your business!

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Shuffle the Cards

Shuffle the cards how you'd like. Once you hear a voice in your head saying "STOP" that's when you stop shuffling. It takes practice learning how to use your intuition but after some time this part will be easy. Again, don't overthink it.


  • If a card sticks out of the deck or flies out while you're shuffling that's most likely your card.

Use Your Intuition

This is the part where you practice using your intuition to:

  1. Draw the number of cards you feel is needed to answer your question (if you don't feel ready for that you can just draw one card).

  2. Be open to the messages sent to you by spirit/your higher self.


The problem with people trying to receive messages sent from heaven/the higher self is that they try to hear with their physical ears or see with their physical eyes. Not only will this disappoint you but it will leave you feeling like you don't have the ability to do card readings. The truth is everyone can.

When you receive divine guidance you will most likely receive it in thought, vision, and feeling, or you will just know.


  • NEVER EVER LISTEN TO A MESSAGE THAT IS NOT OF LOVE. If you start hearing things like "you are stupid" or "this is pointless" then you are listening to your ego. The ego has all of the wrong things to say, is going to judge you and others, and will try to bring you down. THIS IS NOT DIVINE GUIDANCE. If this happens just center yourself, breathe, and move on with the reading.

  • If there are any repeated thoughts, feelings, words, etc. that is most likely your answer, or part of it.

  • It is useful to have a pen and paper to write down any messages you get so that you won't forget.

Close the Reading

After you're done with the reading, close the reading by following these simple steps.

  1. Take a few breaths.

  2. Shuffle your cards again.

  3. Release any attachments to the reading and situation.

  4. Put the cards away.

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