“So I call on my Angels, they say….” – Rise by Katy Perry
Our support is never-ending. We like to think there are limits because boundaries are so familiar to us on the Earth plane, but when we want some help or wisdom, the possibilities are limitless. One of the tools we have available is our Angel Cards. Unlike Tarot Cards, Angel Cards are oracle cards that offer advice rather than telling you exactly what will happen in the future. In my opinion, this makes Angel Cards far more suitable for anyone who’s starting out with cards because they’ll always offer positive, healing advice and can even be used by children. Tarot Cards, however, can foretell catastrophe in your future so they’re not for the fainthearted. They can leave you feeling more anxious than before the reading. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve been using my tarot cards as an extension of my intuition since I was 14 – but the vibration of them is very different and they aren’t always positive. So, if you need some advice and are feeling called to turn to Angel Cards, how can you begin to use them like a pro?

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Everything is energy, including our Angel Cards. To get the most accurate answer possible from every reading, it’s important to cleanse your cards between use. This doesn’t mean literally taking a cleaning wipe to them (which could damage the card) – but it does mean giving them an energetic refresh! Some methods include knocking the deck to shift old energy (I knock mine twice before each reading), ringing Angel tuning forks over them, or burning white sage near them. Whichever you choose, make sure that you keep your cards energetically clean for the best results.

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Intention supports the outcome of everything that we do in life, and the same is true when shuffling oracle cards! Get into a meditative headspace first and try to clear your mind of any distractions before asking a question. This may mean that you need to devote extra time to readings to allow your mind to wind down first. Stay calm. Breathe. And then ask the Angels what you want help with…

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When you’re shuffling the cards, you should start to feel that there’s a natural point for you to stop. Sometimes this could mean a quick rearrange of the cards. Other times, you’ll want to keep shuffling, and shuffling, and shuffling… Neither is wrong, and when performing a reading, the most important thing is to leave logical reasoning at the door and follow your intuition. Whenever you feel called to stop shuffling, then stop shuffling and trust that what feels right.

⚠️ It’s really important that you don’t try to do a reading when you’re feeling rushed or frantic because not only will it throw your intuition off, but your frantic energy will feed into the cards (see tip #1) and affect the answer you get. Maybe the Angels will tell you ways to relax rather than answering the question that you asked!

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As you’d expect, your answers will be more helpful if your question is more specific. If you ask for advice on your “love life” in general then the advice may not be as useful as if you asked: “what do I need to move forward in my relationship with Anthony?” Reading cards can become addictive, and if this happens, you may feel the urge to read, and read, and read the same question repeatedly. As you can guess, this is bad practice when performing Angel Card readings and will only make you more confused than before you read the cards. Get super clear on what you want to know and ask the cards for advice once, until enough has changed in the situation to warrant new advice being needed.

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Most of the time I’ll do a one card reading… This means that I will shuffle, divide the deck, stack the piles back on top of each other in a different order, and turn over the card on top of the deck. This one card will provide a summary of the advice that I need for the question or person that I’m reading for. But there are other ways of doing a reading! For example, you can divide the deck into 3 piles and turn over the top card of all 3 to reveal the past, present and future of a situation. Or you can look at the cards on the top and bottom of the deck to reveal the answer to your query (the top card) and the background to what’s causing the issue (the bottom card). Most oracle card decks will also come with an instruction guidebook which should be able to show you different layouts for reading the cards.

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Be aware that you get given what you need and not necessarily what you want. I always say that the right message will find the right person because sometimes we’ll be surprised with what shows up. It may be regarding a situation that isn’t at the forefront of our mind – but the Angel Card reading might address an addiction or relationship pattern which is at the root of the other issues manifesting in our life. When you start doing readings, the most important thing is to keep your mind open and always consider the actual answers that you’re given. How are they relevant to you, and are they drawing your attention towards a behaviour that you’ve not noticed before? Be prepared to get more than just predictable answers which are easy for you to digest.

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You have been blessed with the natural gift of intuition as well as tools like Angel Cards to help support you on your journey through life. It’s impossible to receive the wrong answer from them as you’ll always get what you need. If you’re over-reading the same question and getting answers which don’t seem at all relevant, then it’s the Angels telling you to stop because they already gave you the right answer to begin with! As with any kind of divination, trust is a vital part of the process. As you practice Angel Card readings and start to see how the answers apply to your life, you will learn to trust the cards. IMG_4996