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Best Divination Decks | Tarot Cards

Updated on May 6, 2014

Divination or Oracle Cards Help Access Information Not Known Consciously

The rest of you, operating through the subconscious and the unconscious, holds tremendous amounts of wisdom. Accessing that wisdom through divination tools, when you are making a decision, can give you a better picture of what you need to do or new insight on a situation.

Divination tools also lets you access your multidimensional self and talk with guides, angels, nature spirits and more. Having a tool that they can communicate through facilitates awareness and opens up your intuition.

Besides these serious reasons...using divination tools is just fun! In this lens, we'll explore my picks for the best divination cards. If I've left out your favorite, be sure to add it to the "Vote For Your Favorite" list.

What Are Divination Tools?

And how would I use them?

Divination tools come in a variety of forms. The most popular are cards, usually beautifully decorated. But there are also "stones" such as Runes and coins such as the I Ching.

Certain tools such as the Runes, I Ching and Tarot cards date back 5,000 years or more. They tap into our archetypal realms giving us insight into ourselves, provide answers when we need guidance, and help us access our intuition.

I personally have about 15 different types of divination tools. I use about 4-5 of them regularly. Each of the suggested divination tools in this lens, offers a book and some guidance of how to do different readings. One of the simplest is pulling 3 cards or stones. The first stone/card represents the past or where you were; the next the present, where you are; and the final the future...where you are headed.

As you work with the divination tools, they also begin to work with you as the consciousness that they represent (angels, animals, fairies, etc) begins to speak to you through the cards.

Divination tools aren't meant to become naggy mothers or dictators in your life. You still need to use discernment about how to apply the information that they offer you. A balanced head and heart approach is the best.

Number Ten...

Toss a Coin

Simple, Easy, and almost Free!

That's right. A quarter can be a great divination tool when you are making a choice between two different elements. You know the pros and cons of each and you just can't make up your mind. So you pick up a quarter and make it heads for one choice and tails for the other.

As you toss the coin in the air, notice which one you're hoping it will be...heads or tails.

Or just after it's caught and you see what it is, notice your immediate response. Was it "Yay!, That's what I wanted" or "Darn I wish it had been the other one."

That's the answer to pay attention to (versus the coin answer).

Number Nine...

Zen Tarot Cards - Based on the Ancient and insightful Philosophies of Zen

Zen Tarot

Although highly controversial, Osho was an incredible Zen spiritual master. Here his wisdom is shared through this beautiful deck that guides personal and spiritual growth.

Osho Zen Tarot: The Transcendental Game of Zen
Osho Zen Tarot: The Transcendental Game of Zen

Contains a book and deck of cards beautifully illustrated. The book explains how best to work with the energy of the cards, and includes Zen anecdotes and stories by Osho to illuminate the essential of each card, and to help even those who are unfamiliar with the teachings of Zen to understand their meanings.

About the Author


Number Eight...

Angeles Arrien's Tarot Card Interpretations

Tarot Cards

Learning to read with Tarot Cards is as complex as learning astrology. But this book is fascinating to read as Angeles Arrien explores the meanings of each of the cards and its visual elements. Based on Crowley's Tarot Deck.

The Tarot Handbook: Practical Applications of Ancient Visual Symbols
The Tarot Handbook: Practical Applications of Ancient Visual Symbols

In this updated edition of The Tarot Handbook, Angeles Arrien takes tarot beyond the limits of the fortune-telling realm and shows us how this time-honored application is both a visual and symbolic map of consciousness and a source of ancient wisdom.


Allistair Crowley's Tarot Deck

This is the deck that accompanies Angeles Arrien's book.

Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck (large)
Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck (large)

The magnificent Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck contains kabbalistic and astrological attributions.


Number Seven...

Divining with Water Crystals is Number 7 - Masaru Emoto's beautiful crystal photos

Water Oracle

Emoto has taken his amazing photos of water crystals and created a wonderful divination tool.

Water Crystal Oracle: Based on the Work of Masaru Emoto
Water Crystal Oracle: Based on the Work of Masaru Emoto

As a companion to the best-selling book Hidden Messages in Water, the Water Crystal Oracle includes forty-eight beautiful water crystal images to enhance your life and balance your well being in many ways. In this deck there are forty-eight cards featuring Emoto’s dramatic photographs divided into four sets of twelve each:

Healing Cards Wisdom Cards Power Cards Earth Cards

Use the Water Crystal Oracle to amplify your positive thoughts and feelings and bring to yourself the qualities and emotions you desire.


Number Six...

I Ching Divining is Number 6 - Toss a coin to decide if the I Ching or Tarot is more Ancient

I Ching

The ancient Chinese divination system works incredibly well for some people. Try this modern interpretation to get started.

I Ching for Beginners: A Modern Interpretation of the Ancient Oracle (For Beginners (Llewellyn's))
I Ching for Beginners: A Modern Interpretation of the Ancient Oracle (For Beginners (Llewellyn's))

Offering guidance to emperors, generals, and kings for millennia, the I Ching remains a powerful oracle today. However, many seekers find its symbolism and outdated metaphors a challenge to interpret. Mark McElroy strips away obscure references and reverently recasts the I Ching's ancient ideas into everyday terms, making it fast and easy to apply its enduring wisdom to contemporary life.


I Ching Coins

You'll need a set of coins to go with your interpretation book.

Number Five...

Metaphysical Animal Cards

Animal Cards

This is one of my favorite animal divination decks. My daughter and I used it as part of her home schooling program.

Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals
Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals

Discover the tool that millions of people worldwide are using for guidance, inspiration, and help in finding answers to life's questions. now, revised and expanded to include eight additional cards, this unique and powerful divination system draws upon ancient wisdom and tradition to teach the healing medicine of animals.


Number Four...

Runes - An ancient Nordic language as well as a divination tool


Runes come from the ancient Nordic culture. Blum offers great books and Rune sets including Rune cards, Runes with emotional interpretations and healing Runes.

The New Book of Runes Set
The New Book of Runes Set

Based on a tradition over one thousand years old, the Runes are seen by many as a contemporary Oracle and collectively, have established themselves as a remarkable aid in practical decision making.


Doing a Rune Reading

A very informative rune reader who shows the rune cards as well as a rune set.

A Movie Showing a Rune Reading

One of the most fantastic scenes filmed in this movie was in Iceland where the "Giant Icecube Rune Reading" took place.

Stardust (Widescreen Edition)
Stardust (Widescreen Edition)

What would you do if a star fell from the heavens? Cut out her heart for immortality? Bring her to your girl friend to convince her to marry you? Fall in love with her?


Number Three...

Angel Cards from Doreen Virture - Connect more strongly with Angels using these cards

Angel Cards

Doreen Virtue is the angel of divination decks. This is one of my favorite decks but she has many more to choose from.

Messages From Your Angels: What Your Angels Want you to Know
Messages From Your Angels: What Your Angels Want you to Know

If you're in need of kind thoughts and not feeling alone, or have a wonderful life and like to be reminded that support is all around you, or like to know that you are on-track, these wonderful angel cards are for you.


Number Two...

Alchemy Stones - An Amazing Divination Tool

Alchemy Stones

Warwick's wonderful book and stones are informative and highly helpful in any situation. Weaves in planets, elements and alchemical processes.

The Alchemy Stones: Use the Wisdom of the Ancient Alchemists to Transform Your Life
The Alchemy Stones: Use the Wisdom of the Ancient Alchemists to Transform Your Life

Alchemy, Jung reminded us, was less a science for turning lead into gold and more a philosophical quest for enlightenment. Now, with The Alchemy Stones, the traditional symbolism and techniques of alchemy have been marshaled for those seeking to clarify their everyday problems and choices.


Number One...

Crystalline Vibration Deck

Crystalline Vibration Deck
Crystalline Vibration Deck

The Crystal Vibration Deck

Shown here in a poster, the CCT Crystal Vibration decks consists of 23 high vibrational words that help create powerful intentions or communicate with your guides. Developed to work with Crystalline Consciousness Soul Charts, this deck is great by itself as well.

Weekly Divined Message with Crystalline Vibration Cards




"Support your creativity this week and you will belong in your highest dreams and aspirations."

The Most Important Thing

Get a clear question before using your divination tools.

Do you use divination tools? Which are your favorite?

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      6 years ago

      I use and teach Rune divination and magickal working. I, also, do Ogham and Tree oracle divination. I have several Tarot and divination decks, mostly of the Celtic and Arthurian variety. I just published a lens on Tarot and divination decks BTW: Toss out the Ralph Blum book. He was having a really bad depressed day when he came up with his own personal meanings for the Runes. Use the books by Lisa Peschel and Diana Paxson Great for Runes Thorson and Gundarson are excellent, too.

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      7 years ago

      wow ,great job

      gonna sit down and dig in here for more information

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      7 years ago

      A great lens. I tried many different forms of divination, the I Ching, palmistry, runes, but it was the tarot that finally spoke to me like none of the others did. I am currently working on my own card meanings and observations in conjunction with an exercise about how to learn to read the cards as I would love for more people to be able to consult the tarot.

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      7 years ago

      I'm using the tarot and I have a little experience with i ching. Great lens!

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      7 years ago

      I usually use oracle cards and a crystal pendulum, and have just begin working with an obsidian scrying mirror. Enjoyed reading about these divination tools!

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      7 years ago

      I usually use oracle cards and a crystal pendulum, and have just begin working with an obsidian scrying mirror. Enjoyed reading about these divination tools!

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      8 years ago

      I have used most but not all of these tools, I am a big fan of muscle testing and just following my inner guidance...great lens!

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      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Ive used the Runes and the I Ching, both of which fascinate me. I'm also a fan of muscle testing, but I don't know how to do it myself. I'm off to read your lens on that topic and see if you have any suggestions for that.

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      8 years ago

      nicely put lens

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      Kate Loving Shenk 

      8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      I think I've used almost everyone of these throughout my life. Except for the Crystal Vibration Deck. Beautiful lens!!

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      gia combs-ramirez 

      8 years ago from Montana

      @grannysage: The oak runes must be beautiful...would love to see them!

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      8 years ago

      I had never heard of the Water Crystal Oracle - will have to check that one out. Another wonderfilled lens!

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      8 years ago

      My husband reads runes and has a set of oak runes that he made himself using the light of a sun and a magnifying glass. We also have a collection but probably use the Well Worn Path/Hidden Path set the most. I also have the Crystal cards but use them more for affirmations.

      It is interesting to see what other people like and use.

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      gia combs-ramirez 

      8 years ago from Montana

      Destiny Cards is a fun one to do as well. You can get a free reading at this site:

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      9 years ago

      Here is another one nice, simple and comfortable I Ching divination tool: It calculates your birthday, yearly and daily Chinese Horoscope on the basis of your date and time of birth.

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      9 years ago from USA

      I found your information fascinating and will definitely have to delve into it a bit deeper.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Lovely lens! Blessed by an angel today

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      9 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      10 years ago

      Interesting lens. I don't have any knowledge on divination but I do believe in the divine power The Supreme that is. 5 *

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      10 years ago

      Very helpful. I see several things to get! More things to learn!!!!!

      I have done the I Ching and Medicine Cards over the years. I use various forms of dowsing in my healing practice.

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      10 years ago

      A really great lens, I've lensrolled to my A-Z of fortune telling.

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      10 years ago

      I wasn't aware you had your own divination deck, way cool! Another Five star lens.

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      10 years ago

      Great resources and info! 5 stars and thanks for joining The Symbolism and Design Group!

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      10 years ago

      Nice lens Gia

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      10 years ago

      I love this lens. I don't really believe in divination but do love having my fortune read from Tarot cards for the fun of it.


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