What's the difference between Tarot and Oracle decks?

by Blaire Porter

“What’s the difference between tarot and oracle decks and which one should I get? Do I need both?”

 This is a question we get A LOT!

 People who are beginning this journey are often drawn to our decks but then they wonder “which one is right for me?”

In truth, the answer is: it depends. It depends on what you are wanting to do and what is most important to you.

TAROT

  • Roots in History: Tarot follows a specific system - one that is a few hundred years old! So no matter what Tarot deck you pick up, there's a level of familiarity between them as they are all structured the same. 
  • The Basics: Every tarot deck has at least 78 cards, divided into the Minor Arcana and the Major Arcana. The Minor Arcana’s 4 suits are Cups, Swords, Coins (or Pentacles) and Wands. Like a playing card deck, the Minor Arcana suits range from Ace-King.
  • Slight Variations: Different decks may rename suits or cards (ie: daggers instead of swords) but they all follow that sequence. And while content can change deck to deck, there are widely accepted meanings associated with each card. For example, Ace of Wands is like a seed of inspiration and creative energy about to spring forth. You should not find a deck that says “The Ace of Wands is the middle of a journey.” Aces mean new beginnings!

    Learning this structure is important to being able to understand and read the cards. You may be someone who likes to rely only on the visuals of the card – that works great too! Consulting the booklet or another written source (we recommend the book Modern Tarot) can really be helpful in understanding the nuances of each card.

  • How YOU use it: Your interpretation of a card could vary depending on the cards around it, the issue at hand and what deck you are using, however it should not vary dramatically from the traditional interpretations. Tarot decks are also quite specific, giving the user a lot more detailed and nuanced information than an oracle deck. For example, there is a tarot card that indicates deception, another that indicates sadness at leaving a situation but it being necessary. An oracle deck is not as precise.

ORACLE DECKS

  • Special + Unique: Every Oracle Deck is unique because it is entirely up to the makers to create every aspect of it. In other words, unlike Tarot, there is no traditional format of the deck. 
  • Threads of Fate Oracle: Our deck is a 55 card deck with 5 suits - earth, air, fire, water and ether. We got to choose what cards we wanted in the deck and take freedom in writing the interpretations in our booklet. If you compare our Oracle deck to another, you may notice some cards are the same (ex: compassion or strength) but what is written about them may be different. You are also able to interpret them completely intuitively without any traditional meanings found in tarot. 
  • The Big Picture: Oracle decks are a bit more broad than Tarot decks as well, giving you general guidance on how to approach your inquiry. Our booklet has extensive content where we try to give varying perspectives, but still Tarot can pinpoint a situation. This type of specificity is not found in oracle decks.
  • How YOU use it: Your interpretation of a card could vary depending on the cards around it, the issue at hand and what deck you are using, however it should not vary dramatically from the traditional interpretations. Tarot decks are also quite specific, giving the user a lot more detailed and nuanced information than an oracle deck. For example, there is a tarot card that indicates deception, another that indicates sadness at leaving a situation but it being necessary. An oracle deck is not as precise.

No matter what!

Always trust your intuition on this journey! If you are someone who wants to dive into Tarot right away, that's awesome. If you want to start with an Oracle and build up to Tarot, amazing, we love that you know what you need. 

Check out some of our decks:

The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition

The Weaver Tarot - Shadow Edition

$78.00
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition - Threads of Fate
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition - Threads of Fate
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition - Threads of Fate
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition - Threads of Fate
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition - Threads of Fate
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition - Threads of Fate
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition - Threads of Fate
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition - Threads of Fate
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition - Threads of Fate
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition - Threads of Fate
Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition

Threads of Fate Oracle - Shadow Edition

$55.00
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Edition - Threads of Fate
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Edition - Threads of Fate
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Edition - Threads of Fate
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Edition - Threads of Fate
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Edition - Threads of Fate
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition
Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Edition - Threads of Fate

Threads of Fate Oracle - Rose Gold Edition

$68.00
The Weaver Tarot - Rose Gold Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Rose Gold Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Rose Gold Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Rose Gold Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Rose Gold Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Rose Gold Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Rose Gold Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Rose Gold Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Rose Gold Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Rose Gold Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Rose Gold Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Rose Gold Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Rose Gold Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Rose Gold Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Rose Gold Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Rose Gold Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Rose Gold Edition
The Weaver Tarot - Rose Gold Edition

The Weaver Tarot - Rose Gold Edition

$78.00