Crafty Recycling: Make Your Own Oracle Deck

Dec 29th, 2016 | By | Category: Articles

yule-card-tarotBy Lucya Starza

The days between Yule and the New Year are traditionally good for making predictions about the future. There are those who say that to do this you need special equipment, such as a tarot or oracle deck, and have studied what all the symbols are officially supposed to mean.

I disagree. Fortune telling is as much about using your own insight as it is about remembering what other people have interpreted as significant in the past.

A good exercise in using your intuition to tell the future is to make your own fortune telling deck, using images no one has written volumes about. You don’t even need to be a skilled artist as you can do this using old greetings cards.

Start by collecting up a pile of used Christmas cards. Find the smallest card first and cut off the back or cut out the shape you want – it can be oblong, square or round. Using that as a template, cut out more images in the same shape and size from the other greetings cards. You will need at least a dozen to make a workable deck.

Then you are ready to start fortune telling.

Shuffle your deck and pick out three cards. Place them face up in front of you. You can say that these three cards represent the past, the present and the future. If you have a question you want the answer to, the cards can represent the background, the current situation and how it can be answered.

Examine the three-card spread. What does each image tell you? It might start to mean something quite different to how you interpreted it when it was on the front of a Yule card. Do the three images appear to tell a story or do they have some other relationship to each other? Spend as much time as you need to see what the cards are showing.

Obviously if you are just using Christmas cards your predictions are likely to involve meeting a lot of robins, stags and tall, dark Yule trees, but you can add to the deck throughout the year with birthday cards, good luck cards and any others you get sent. Remove cards that no longer feel right and add others. This becomes a personal deck reflecting your journey through life as well as giving you insight into what the future may hold.

Making your own fortune telling deck in this way is, at the very least, a fun party trick at the end of the holiday season. It is also a neat form of recycling.

Lucya Starza is the author of Pagan Portals – Candle Magic.

A version of this feature was originally posted on A Bad Witch’s Blog at

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