If you feel your regular tarot practice has become a little stale or boring, here’s a new way how you can spice up your tarot readings – simply add some divination add-ons like the ones you can see on the pic above.
While I’ve created just eight cards, you can add more prompts, such as
From your selection of divination add-ons, choose specific card pairs like yes/no, or draw random cards to create a spread.
How to use the cards
Each keyword can bring up a number of different questions, and your intuition will guide you to which question to ask.
Rest – What do I need to let rest for a while? What do I need to put to rest? What can help me rest?
Grow – What do I need to grow? What is ready to grow in my life? What needs tending to? What is growing? What can help me grow?
More – What do I need to do more of? What am I receiving more of? What do I need to be more?
Stop/More – If you draw two cards at random, you can combine them as follows:
If I stop doing this …., I will get more of that….
I will stop this …and do more of that…
(… = tarot cards drawn)
Simply go with the flow. Different questions or messages may come up for you when you tune into your reading.
Making your cards
Be resourceful with your cardstock – I’ve used a colourful cardboard box of paper tissues, which would have otherwise been thrown away. Upcycling rather than buying new.
I also decided to try my hand-lettering and doodling skills – not that brilliant, but I like it!
If you would like to download my version of the cards, hop over to my Patreon (more info on membership HERE).
In the meantime, check out my video for more ideas:
Let me know, how my divination add-ons spice up your tarot readings. I’d love to hear from you 🙂
I used the Major Arcana from the Tarot to cover a universal range of life experiences, so the oracle would offer meaningful advice in readings.
For this purpose, choose an upright and reversed keyword for each of the 22 Major Arcana cards, and hey presto, you have the titles for 44 oracle cards.
The Fool – new beginnings, folly The Magician – potential, trickery The High Priestess – intuition, illusion The Empress – creativity, lethargy The Emperor – leadership, control The Hierophant – stability, dogma The Chariot – independence, struggle
Once you have completed your list of cards you want to create, you can decide whether to just use the keywords or turn them into a phrase.
New beginnings: A new journey bears risks but also great reward.
Trickery: Beware of deception. Not all is what it seems.
Stability: A solid foundation provides security.
You can also expand on these phrases. In fact, if you don’t have the artwork for your oracle deck yet, you can just print the oracle messages.
However, as a first step create your own oracle deck for personal use and try it out.
A handmade oracle deck would even make a great gift for a friend, who is into this kind of thing ?
Just in case you do decide at a later stage to have your deck printed by a printing company, make sure the size of the images complies with standard playing card sizes, otherwise you will have to reformat all your images, which would be a lot of unnecessary extra work.
You can find the sizes on printing companies’ websites, most of which will have templates for you to download.
You can choose from mini size (like mine) right through to tarot/large playing card sizes. Some companies even offer round and square card printing.
An oracle deck with keywords can also be used as a random tarot spread generator, a technique I have already mentioned in my previous post.
Simply draw three cards to create your spread. Here’s an example:
You can either formulate a question around each keyword or just keep as it is to read intuitively with a tarot card drawn for each keyword.
Now it’s over to you to create your own magical oracle deck, or make a start by downloading the digital edition of the Cosmic Journaling Oracle (take advantage of 15% sharing discount during September!)
That challenge reminded me of a fun workshop I enjoyed at a TABI conference many years ago, in which we created our own rune set on paper cards, and it also reminded me that I always wanted to learn more about runes.
If you feel the same and are curious about runes, you can make your own card set before you spend money on crystal runes or rune decks.
Materials you will need:
200gsm heavy cardstock
scissors (or guillotine paper cutter)
Cut the cardstock into 24 card squares measuring 55 x 55 mm. You can use ruler and scissors or a guillotine paper cutter.
Then fill out each card as per image on the left:
rune in the centre with a colour pen
name of the rune underneath
corresponding alphabet letter in the bottom left-hand corner
its symbolic meaning in the bottom right-hand corner
divinatory meaning at the top
Scroll down for full list of runes and their meanings.
If you feel adventurous, you can choose more expensive card stock, glitter pens and stickers to make your rune set more special.
If you want to use coloured or patterned card stock, make sure it is white on one side, so you can write on it.
You can increase the size of each rune card (perhaps to the size of a standard Tarot card), if you want to add more information or illustration.
Once you have completed your rune set, you can start getting to know the runes by spreading out your set face down and picking one each day as a special message.
For more information about runes, try the following resources: