The Ultimate Guide To Colette Baron-Reid’s Oracle Card Decks!


Have you ever wished there was a simple way to connect directly with the Universe and your own intuition to receive clear guidance on your path? 

This is the magic that’s possible when you learn how to use Oracle Cards! 

I always say Oracle Cards are a mind-blowing mystical yet practical tool – because once you get the hang of working with them, they lead to extraordinary epiphanies and extraordinary evidence that the universe really sees you and is available for conversation! Plus, they are easy and accessible to use and they really can provide you with clear guidance and direction on your path to your highest good. 

Whether you’re brand new to Oracle Cards or you’ve been using them for decades, there’s always more to discover about the cards. In this Ultimate Guide to Oracle Cards, I’ll share why I love Oracle Cards so much, how to choose the right Oracle Card deck for you, and why Oracle Cards have helped transform so many people’s lives. 

In this Ultimate Guide to Oracle Cards, I’ll Cover: 

  1. My Oracle Cards Story
  2. Why Use Oracle Cards?
  3. What is the difference between Tarot Cards and Oracle Cards?
  4. How To Use Oracle Cards
  5. The Meaning of Reverse Cards In My Decks
  6. My Favorite Oracle Card Decks 
  7. How To Select Your Oracle Card Deck

My Oracle Cards Story 

When I think back to the very beginning of my incredible, blessed career as a medium and intuitive counselor, I never could have imagined that I would go on to create 14 Oracle Card decks (and counting)!

I had been introduced to card reading as a young child by my Scottish nanny, Mrs. Kelly. When my parents were out, she would read cards for her little old lady friends at the dining room table. So at a very young age, I saw the power of these cards, and what they revealed mostly by the reactions of her visitors who would Ooo and Ahh every time she turned over a card and told a story about it.

I was fascinated. I came to love everything about divination and card reading and I was permanently hooked when my dad taught me how to read the leftover grounds in Turkish coffee cups! It was all about destiny, hope, and possibilities. Since I was little I knew the world was mystical and magical. But fast-forward to a time in my life when those mystical moments and my connection to Spirit faded into the background. Throughout my teens and twenties, I struggled through years of painful experiences and trauma, and I lost myself in alcohol and drug addiction. 

Then, at 27 years old I had a life changing moment of hitting rock bottom, which led me to a women’s recovery center where I started my path to healing and rediscovering and reclaiming my spirituality. 

During this time, ( and ever since) I committed to a daily spiritual practice, staying sober a day at a time, meditating, praying, and journaling. I also read every mystical book I could get my hands on but I felt the craving for something more concrete, so I dove into studying divination in all its forms. It led me to discover what I needed. Something I could hold in my hands that would help me get direct guidance on the next steps of my healing and my path. Something that would remind me that I was being looked after by a power greater than me. 

That’s when Oracle Cards came back into my life. 

As I started experimenting with these cards, I found they were a true mystical tool that allowed me to make a conscious connection with my Higher Power on a daily basis. They helped me make better choices and kept me on track when I felt lost during these early years of reclaiming my life.. 

Over time, I got very, very good at reading the cards, so it was a natural progression that I started doing it professionally. I even created my very own personal deck using playing cards with stickers on them. Yes, you read that right! Playing cards with stickers! 

Soon, in addition to the predictive element, I added the prescriptive element – advice the cards could give to help people make better choices along their path rather than see their future as a fixed experience. What if there could be more possibilities? The cards had helped me immensely in changing my life, and I wanted others to have access to the same kind of spiritual support. 

To this day, Oracle Cards are an essential part of my spiritual routine and I get so much joy out of sharing their magic with others. And, I am so grateful I can continue with my passion and calling by continuing to develop new decks and innovate their divination structure to meet us where we all are now in modern times. 

Why Use Oracle Cards?

As you can see, Oracle Cards were a pivotal tool in both my personal and spiritual journey, as well as my career. And since I started working with the cards professionally nearly 35 years ago, I’ve watched them transform thousands of people’s lives around the world by giving them a practical way to connect with Spirit and get clear guidance on their path. 

Before we dive into why YOU might choose to use Oracle Cards, you might still be wondering exactly what are Oracle Cards in the first place? 

The simple answer is that Oracle Cards are a set of cards that are artistically rendered to symbolically represent a series of universal life experiences that are part of life as you know it. 

If you’re someone who is seeking spiritual transformation and a path to living the life you were meant to live, I know you’ll love experimenting with Oracle Cards. 

Learning to use these cards will help give you a grounded spiritual practice. A place you can come when you have questions about your path or are looking for a sense of direct guidance and insight. 

The better you get at reading the cards, the more confident, naturally intuitive and genuinely empowered you’ll become in your life. You’ll gain a whole other vantage point through which to see the world by forming a relationship with the cards. 

What is the difference between tarot cards and oracle cards?

If you’ve heard of or worked with Tarot cards in the past, you might be wondering what the difference is between Oracle Cards and Tarot Cards… 

Tarot Cards are a fixed system, which means the tarot will always be consistent in meaning and structure and rarely moves too far beyond their traditional meanings. The Tarot is meant to have a specific, reliable 78 card structure. A Tarot deck will always have 22 major cards and 56 minor cards divided into 4 suits. Card decks will differ slightly in how the creator writes them and how the art is stylized. 

Oracle Cards, on the other hand, are a more fluid system, as they are all unique and are structured on a system the author creates. Each card deck is like an independent system unto themselves. What they have in common with tarot is that in order for them to work as a true divination system, they must also depict universal life experiences in order to work accurately. They have different numbers of cards and each one can have a unique meaning. The meaning and structure of the cards are completely up to the author. 

Unlike Tarot, which has been around since the 15th Century and has a rich history, Oracle Card decks are relatively new in terms of popularity as a divination tool. 

Although I did Tarot readings for many years, still love it and still work with Tarot at times, if you’re new to all of this, I highly recommend getting started with Oracle Cards since they are accessible and easier to learn. 

Oracle Cards can be used in many forms including for a daily card, in divination systems to give full readings, for affirmations, and more.

Later in this article, I’ll introduce you to some of my favorites so you can begin to see how to use each deck and create your own mystical council to support you on your path. 

How To Use Oracle Cards 

When you first discover and begin experimenting with Oracle Cards, it may feel daunting or overwhelming. But rest assured, Oracle Cards are truly simple and easy to get the hang of. In fact, you don’t even need your own physical deck to get started! Simply visit my FREE online card picking tool to start playing with Oracle Cards on your own. 

All you need to do to get started is… 

  1. Find a way to reach a neutral state of mind – I like to start with a simple prayer or meditation. I love the Serenity Prayer and 5 minutes of counting my breaths, but you can find what works for you. 
  2. Ask the cards, “What do I need to know today?”, “What’s in my highest good today?”, or “What do I need to know about __________?” 
  3. Then simply pick a card, read the meanings in the guidebook, and reflect on what they mean to you! 

The only way to do it wrong is to disregard the card you pull or assume it’s wrong because you don’t understand it right away. If it doesn’t make sense at first, just take some time to sit with the meaning and keep a curious and open mind – chances are the meaning will reveal itself when you’re ready to see it!

The Meaning of Reverse Cards In My Decks

As you read through this guide, you’ll learn that many of the decks I’ve created have specific meanings for each card depending on the direction in which you pull it. In other words, if when you pull a card and set it down the image is upside down for you, it has a slightly different meaning. 

I like to think of reverse cards as an area where you’re needing a little extra love right now. With each of my decks, there’s a comprehensive guidebook where you’ll see a message specifically for cards that are pulled in reverse position or “in protection.” 

When you pull a card in protection, remember that it doesn’t mean anything negative! It’s simply a nice little nudge from Spirit to slow down and trust that you are being protected and safeguarded in this area. 

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