Years ago I thought tarot cards and oracle cards were a bunch of woo-woo. But in the last decade, I’ve become very interested in angels and love getting messages from the them via various decks of angel cards. I fully believe that each of us has angels with us at all times, and I have fun tapping into their guidance using angel cards. Anyone who has the desire to talk with their angels is able to use angel cards – there are no special psychic powers needed.
I have to admit that it’s a little awkward for me to open up and share about this topic because many people consider it a bit woo-woo. But angel cards bring me joy and the whole point of my blog is to share what brings me joy. So here’s an introduction to angel cards, and you can decide if it’s something you want to try in your life.
Quick Intro: What are Angels?
Angels are spiritual beings who are messengers of God. They specialize in guidance and communication, and they work with humanity to help us in this lifetime. Your guardian angels guide you to your dreams, happiness, peace, and joy. They always give positive messages that are for your highest good. Think of angels as your Divine life coach!
Although there are many angels, each of us has at least one guardian angel. I have done my studies of angels mostly with Doreen Virtue, who I consider to be an angel expert. She is a best-selling author and doctor of psychology who works with the angelic realm. The following is what Doreen says about your guardian angel, “This is the angel who constantly stays with you, from birth until your transition back to heaven. This angel’s love for you is unconditional and bigger than anything on this earth.”
There are also archangels who are are higher messengers and are above angels. (The prefix ‘arch” means ruling or chief in Greek.) You can think of them as the “supervisors” of the other angels. Doreen explains, “You can call upon an archangel whenever you need powerful and immediate assistance.” They come to your assistance the very moment you call them. Archangels are able to help multiple people simultaneously with no time or geographic limitations.
What You Need to Know About Angels Before Getting Started
It’s important to note that angels respect your free will, so you need to ask your angels to help you so they know you want their help. If you’re not open to their guidance, they will not force it on you. Talk to your angels because their purpose is to help you and they want to communicate with you. Your angels can hear your thoughts, so there is no need to talk out loud.
Here are some examples of how I talk to my angels. Each night I ask my angels to protect me and my family in our house as we sleep. When we are about to leave on a trip, I ask them to help our flight go smoothly. I even asked for guidance on whether or not to start this blog, and it has turned out to be a creative outlet that has truly brought me much joy. Basically, when I’m not sure what to do in any type of situation, I ask my angels to guide me to the right decision.
To learn more about angels in general, I recommend Doreen Virtue’s book “Angels 101: An Introduction to Connecting, Working, and Healing with the Angels.”
What are Angel Cards?
Angel cards work by drawing guidance and intuitive thoughts from the angels. There’s no special training needed to use angel cards, so I encourage anyone who welcomes messages from the angels to purchase a deck and give them a try. They’re very inexpensive, and all decks that I mention in this article will last for decades because they are of very high quality.
Each deck has a guidebook with instructions and extended meanings for each card. The book also suggests layouts for specific questions, but the cards are designed to be used with your intuition. Most often I ask the angels to give me whatever guidance they feel I need, and then I simply draw four random cards. There’s no wrong way to select a card. As you shuffle the deck, you’ll feel guided to stop shuffling and choose one or more cards. You might shuffle some more, and then select another card. Sometimes I fan the cards and then choose the cards that I feel drawn to.
I use angel cards to get general guidance in various areas of my life. Sometimes I ask specific questions, while other times I ask for whatever messages the angels want me to know for that day or the upcoming week. I use the cards from time to time to assist myself with validating which life path I should take. Angel oracle cards are particularly useful if you’re going through a transition in life, such as your career or relationship.
How to Get Started With Angel Cards
I’m most familiar with angel cards by Doreen Virtue. Doreen’s cards are positively focused, so there’s no “death” card or anything scary. You might be drawn to a particular deck because of the images, wording, or even the deck theme.
All of Doreen’s cards are very well-made, sturdy, and easy to handle. Sometimes I use multiple decks to get further information or clarification. There’s usually a common theme between all the cards I pull during a single reading.
Messages from Your Angels is the first deck I purchased well over ten years ago and I still use them regularly. This is my go-to deck and I recommend it to friends as a good starter deck. There are 44 cards in the deck and the guidebook has good instructions for how to get started. The guidebook also gives really good deeper meanings for each of the card messages. The messages are very positive and the photos are beautiful.
It’s interesting that I tend to get to get the same handful of cards no matter how much I shuffle. Some cards in this deck have never been shown to me throughout the years. There are definitely messages that the angels are pounding into my head! Yet, I should mention that when I use these cards to do a reading for a friend, it will show cards that have not shown for my personal readings.
A few years ago I purchased Life Purpose oracle cards, and this deck has been extremely helpful and even played a major role in helping me make the move to create this blog. Finding your true life purpose can bring peace and happiness. This deck will help you get the confidence, courage and motivation to get you on your life path. It might suggest a specific career field such as spiritual teacher, author, justice, and nutrition. It will also give more generally guidance such as you are on the right path, let go, and school.
One of my other favorite decks is the Angel Answers oracle cards by Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine. This 44-card deck is especially perfect for beginners because the angel messages are so clear and direct. There’s no guessing what the message really means.
The Angel Answers deck is great for follow-up questions after doing a reading with one of the other decks. You ask a specific question and get a direct answer. The angel photos on the cards are really pretty and colorful, and I find the deck really helpful. Some of the angel card answers in this deck are:
- “No need to worry”
- “No!” and “Yes!”
- “Not the right time”
- “Trust your intuition”
- “Choose a new direction”
- “Be Assertive”
In addition to the cards and book mentioned above that I use regularly, the following cards and book are also excellent choices.
Out of sight, out of mind! Be sure to store your cards where you’ll see them so you have a friendly reminder to use them often. I store them in a basket on my bedside table. For more specific instructions on how to use angel cards, read Doreen Virtue’s article, How to Use Oracle Cards in 6 Easy Steps.
Angel cards can be a powerful tool to help you receive guidance from your angels. Whether you’re looking for guidance on a relationship, career, finances, or just general life direction, ask your angels using angel cards! Feel free to leave a comment and share your experiences with angels or angel cards. I hope you can now better answer the question, what are angel cards.