Divination is a form of energetic communication and is a wonderful tool to help us connect with our guides and intuition. The ancient practice of seeking knowledge, guidance, messages and inspiration from a spirit or higher consciousness can be performed using divination tools and crafts such as palm readings, tarot, dowsing and more. In this guide, we will explore 'what is divination' and some helpful tips and tools to get started.
In the last century, tarot cards have become quite a popular and trusted means to connect with the messages from Spirit. Although tarot is one of the most popular divination practices, there is a common misconception that tarot cards are for predicting the future.
However, the true purpose of tarot is to tap into your intuition to see what is falling away, what is working for you now and how to manifest your goals. Are looking to start this divination practice? Here is a beginner's guide to tarot cards.
These decks are used for insight, perspective, clarity, personal growth, inspiration, coaching, and divination.
What are the different types of divination cards? Tarot vs oracle vs angel cards
The main difference between these three divination decks is that tarot cards have a traditional structure and common meanings. Most tarot card decks are based on the original Rider-Waite deck. All tarot share common themes, with 22 Major Arcana cards which relate to major events in your life and 56 Minor Arcana cards. The images might be different, but the messaging behind that card is often very similar. So with tarot cards, there is a common theme, whereas oracle cards have no common theme.
Oracle cards are free-flowing and can follow any type of theme. Oracle cards have no set number of cards. There are decks with 12 cards to 100 cards.
If you are looking for guidance or reassurance, angel cards are a wonderful way to connect with your guardian angels. They also allow you to channel the Ascended Masters, goddesses, and any collective considered spiritually evolved to the same level as angels and receive messages from them.
The best divination cards 2022
The Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck by A.E. Waite
No divination tool round-up is complete without mentioning the classic original Rider Waite Tarot cards, which many say are still the best. First published in 1909, this traditional set is perfect for long-standing tarot loyalists who like to do things by the book. This deck is also perfect for beginners as all tarot cards are derived from this deck.
Reviews: "My very first deck! I'm in love with it-although I can see what other users are saying about its re-print being sub-par. Since this is my first deck and I don't know any of the cards, it doesn't bother me because I am not yet reading the detail. If you are a season tarot reader, you may be disappointed!"
Modern Witch Tarot by Lisa Sterle
Best classic divination card deck for diversity and representation
These tarot cards are based on the Rider-Waite-Smith deck but feature artwork with better representation and diversity. It is important to be inclusive in our spiritual practices. This deck features images of people from all cultures and more women - making it the perfect deck for contemporary mystics. It contains a guidebook and is good for beginners too. If you are looking for a deck that exudes female empowerment, this would be an excellent choice.
Review: "Iconic... This is absolutely a deck made for the age and era we are in today... It gives visibility to those who have historically been marginalized and here are depicted as powerful, confident, and in command.' - Benebell Wenbr
"Absolutely fabulous tarot deck. I'm really new to Tarot myself, and it's taken me a year to find a deck I felt connected to. I like that these are close enough to the Rider Waite deck but up to date and Modern (hence the name)."
Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals by David Carson
Best divination card deck for connecting to spirit animals
Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams illustrates the energy of a different animal. Each animal in the deck symbolises a different energy - such as the snake representing transformation and transmutation. This deck and guidebook describe how to use cards, and in the description, it writes the native American history of the animal and beliefs. If you feel drawn to working with animals, this is the deck for you.
Review: "A potent yet refreshingly simple divination tool that can help up reconnect to the sources of life's natural guidance...extraordinarily well crafted. This work is plentiful, overflowing with the richness of the Native American way of life." -Yoga Journal
The Starseed Oracle: A 53-Card Deck and Guidebook by Rebecca Campbell
Best divination card deck for oracle card readings
Wake up your cosmic energy with this gorgeous oracle deck. Each card interpretation includes a Starseed call to action to help unlock your soul gift. If you are a lightworker in search of connecting with the divine light or healing the world, this oracle deck will be a welcome addition to your meditation altar. The 53-oracle card set is here to help you draw a parallel with your heart and remind you who you are at a soul level.
Review: "These cards are absolutely breathtaking. I bought them for a friend for her birthday, and we have fallen head over heels in love with them. Every reading is so accurate and brings so much emotion to the space."
The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck and Guidebook by Kim Krans
Best divination card deck for connecting with nature
The Wild Unknown Tarot features 63 gorgeous cards split into five suits structured by the five yogic elements — earth, water, fire, air and ether. The Wild Unknown doesn't use traditional symbology but rather its own nature-based images, so this isn't the best deck for beginners to start off with.
Review: "I totally recommend this deck; it has completely changed my life. It is so special, so pretty. I've never seen such a special Tarot. As soon as I held it in my hands, I knew it was "special". It seems as though it's coming from the depths of another world, a magical world. If I should describe it with one single word, I would actually call it "The magical deck."
Diamond flare Tarot Deck with Guidebook
Best divination card deck for design
This deck would be a wonderful gift. There is a large choice of box colours to choose from, and a wooden box and bag will protect your cards and makes them easy and safe to carry. The deck includes 78 vintage cards with beautiful stars and sparkles overlay.
Review: "I literally love this deck! I got them so quickly, and I live on an island, so I was very surprised at how quickly I received them. They are beautiful and very sturdy, and cards are a little hard to shuffle but only because they are quality cards. I definitely recommend these cards! I also got the Black and Gold Cards! I used the Diamond Cards for Love readings and the Black and Gold for career readings!"
Mystic Mondays Tarot: A Deck for the Modern Mystic by Grace Duong
Best divination deck for the modern mystic
Mystic Mondays is an eye-catching tarot deck that is vibrant and will help you connect with your intuition. It comes with 78 beautifully illustrated cards, which provide fresh interpretations of each of the major and minor arcana in a standard tarot deck.
Review: "This is up there with my favourite decks. The incredible colours within this deck left me no choice; I had to have this deck in my life, and each card is gorgeous. I love the holographic edging too. I've not noticed any issues with mine, the cards came apart easily, and there are no printing errors. I'm very pleased I get to have these beautiful cards in my collection."
Angels and Ancestors Angel Cards by Kyle Gray
Best divination cards for connecting with your angels and ancestors
These oracle cards, beautifully illustrated by Lily Moses and created by Kyle Gray, allow you to connect with countless guides who want to share their knowledge and healing with us. In retrospect, to all cultures or religions, angels have always had one mission: to love and guide humans. This pack contains 55 angel cards drawn from Celtic, Native American, Aboriginal and earth-based spiritualities.
Review: "The Angels and Ancestors Oracle Cards, the latest release by Kyle Gray, comes in the standard Hay House box with an accompanying book, but the moment you remove the cards from their wrapper, you soon realise there is nothing standard about this deck at all, it is exceptional! Lily Moses' artwork is so beautiful and powerful, and there are cards where you could hold and sit with and never tire of looking at."
Bach Flower Divination Cards Pack
Best divination deck for natural wisdom
These beautifully designed 40 cards with illustrations for all 38 Bach Flowers contain botanical drawings, photos, folklore, proverbs, inspirational quotes or positive affirmations for your divining practices. The images of each flower, tree or catkin are artist-enhanced in an oil painting style and make lovely learning tools too.
Review: "I love these cards. Such wonderful wisdom on the back with gorgeous flowers and trees on the front. A good buy."
Divination cards FAQs
How to shuffle divination cards
It is always a good idea to clear any divination tool. Clear it as you would crystals with sage, sound, or a full moon bath. Ensure that you reach a higher meditative state and get in touch with your intuition by shuffling your cards.
Can anyone use divination cards?
The short answer is that anyone can use oracle cards. The reason that they are so popular is that the decks are approachable for every skill set. As they have fewer rules than tarot cards, they are often a good starting point for beginners.