Your First Card Deck...
How to choose a Deck of Cards, and first adventures with them.
There are so many different decks out there, it is hard to know which one to get .
There’s angels, cats , dogs, place, symbols and just about every other thing imaginable out there. The world of Decks is diverse as we are.
The first thing you need to ask yourself - what will I use them for?
Angel Decks often give advice, and reassurance, so if you want this in a deck, then that is a fine place to start .
If you want a divination deck, possibly tarot or a specific divination deck such as the Wisdom of the Oracle is a good idea.
Want to go all intuitive? Then I suggest an oracle deck, usually of about 44 cards or so , and usually they use a totally fluid system .
With Tarot decks, they are usually fixed in their structure - that is, they usually have a Major Arcana, and then 4 minor Suits. Although they are fixed, they can be based on any theme, from animals to
Oracle decks are free-flowing, and usually cover a variety of topics and are great for intuitive readings.
How do they work?
Any deck, of any variety brings a communication with the Divine. You are tapping into the “mystery” and allowing the energy to communicate in a way that you will learn to understand and after learning for a while , will come to value and appreciate.
The cards may seemingly appear at random, yet the Universe guides the energy. The Cards you pick are the ones you are meant to have - even if you dislike them!!! in fact, especially so ! There is always
more to learn and the Universe is ready to teach those who listen.
Choosing your Deck
So, now you have decided what you want to use your deck for. The Questions you need now to ask are:
Do I like fluffy images or not? - This will determine the look of the deck.
What theme appeals to me? You will WANT to work with a deck that appeals to you.
Do I like the look of the box? This will draw you in and give you an idea of it’s contents.
Am I drawn to the deck/Author? - This will give further clues to their decks
Does it have a good guidebook ? - If its thick full of information, or the author suggests checking out their guidebooks for individual decks - its possibly full of info.
I also suggest checking YouTube for videos and unboxings of any decks you like. Find the Author and check them out there, and on the rest of the net.
First Adventures with your Cards
So, you have your nice new set of cards . You don’t need to put them in silk (unless you want to of course !) Radleigh Valentine suggests keeping them in their original box - that is what I do, too.
Once you have them home, open the box. Look at the images on the cards . Allow yourself to be really immersed in them. Look at each card carefully , moving them from one hand to another. Study them, they will be your friends and allies!
Once you have looked through them all, tap on the deck… just three big taps on the top of the deck of cards is sufficient . This removes any residual energy.
Then touch all the cards again, one by one. This is adds your energy to the deck.
Then separate shuffle your cards . If you find it easier, either hold the cards in your hand on the side , instead of the top, or lay them on the table, spread them out mix them up and collect them together.
Once you have done this, then split them into 4 piles. Place each pile on the table. Then shuffle each pile individually.
Then place the piles back into the deck - put them back in a different order to the one you took them out in.
Give the whole pile a final shuffle.
The first Question……
Once you have done this, its time for a chat with your deck.
The first thing is to ask - what this deck can teach you ?
If it is a Tarot deck, then I would consult the little book the deck comes with if you are not used to tarot. What suit do you have? What symbols draw you ? Read the book, and take a look at the card . What do you feel it is saying ?
If you have an Angel deck, what Angel do you have? Does it have words on the card ? What do they say . How do you feel? Sit with it!
If its an Oracle deck, then look at the card carefully . What is the wording or picture of the card , what stands out to you ? What do you feel it is saying ?
Sit with this card for a little while . How do you feel about it? Once you have done this and got an idea of contemplation from the card you pulled, then pop it back in the deck.
If you wish to have a deeper connection to the deck, you could sleep with them beside your bed or under your pillow. This serves to connect you on a deep level. You may even see the cards in your dream, if you see a particular one, look it up in the accompanying guide book, to find its message.