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O is for Oracle Cards #atozchallenge

I received my first deck of oracle cards from a friend who gave it to me as a thankyou gift. That gift was also my first introduction to Doreen Virtue and her work. Doreen had created that particular deck of cards.

I was familiar with the Tarot, and this deck impressed me because it removed the negative aspects of the Tarot and spun them into positive ones. The spreads for the oracle deck were simple, the messages direct and encouraging. I loved working with it.

Two of my characters use oracle cards in their psychic work.

In The Valiant Chronicles, Carolyn Fairchild provides oracle card readings to her clients. Viktoria Kovacs, in Walk-In, does the same. Both characters use the cards the way I was taught, though we never get a chance to see Carolyn in action with her decks.

The following is an excerpt from Walk-In, which will be released in July 2016. In this scene, Viktoria gives a reading to Aedan, a journalist researching psychics for a  novel he’s writing:

She picked up the fairy deck again. Mischief indeed. She’d called it correctly. “I know now that this session is for research, but the reading is for you. Was there something specific you wanted to know about? Health? Finances? Relationship? Career?” When she said relationship, her stomach fluttered. She took a deep breath and cleared herself. Not now, Viktoria. Focus on service.

“What do you suggest?”

“If you aren’t sure, I can do a general reading. We’ll ask the fairies to tell us what they want you to know.”

He didn’t bat an eye at the mention of fairies—she gave him points for that.

“All right. A general reading, then.” She shuffled, focusing on Aedan McCarthy and what he should know. “The cards work on the Law of Attraction. Are you familiar with that?”

He shook his head.

“Like attracts like. What you think about most, you attract. The cards I pull will reflect what’s going on in your life right now. If you’d have asked a specific question, the cards would echo that. It’ll reflect whatever your focus is.” She stopped shuffling and dealt out three cards, face up, and directed at Aedan.

“You’re concerned about your career. All three cards reflect that.” She pointed to the first one. “This one tells you to let go of your need to control everything.” An image flashed into her head. “There’s a man at your office who annoys you with his personal problems.”

She sensed Aedan nodding, but ignored it. Her focus was down and to the right so the images would continue to come in. “You prefer to work at home, not at the office, because you need that feeling of autonomy and control. Did you recently have a change in your schedule?” She didn’t wait for a reply. “You don’t like it. It makes you feel like they’re putting restraints on you.”

Viktoria finally met his gaze. “Let it go. It’ll be easier on you if you go with the flow this time.”

He shrugged. “Okay.”

She looked at the next card, focused again down and to the right. “An unhealthy situation is brewing. You’re being dragged into something because you want to help. There’s that control factor again.” An image of a shark flashed into her head. A symbol. “Someone predatory. Cold. He’s—” The eyes looked like Niko’s eyes and she gasped.

“What is it?” Aedan frowned.

“Be careful who you trust.” There’s no way he could know Niko. He couldn’t possibly. “Do you know a man named Nikolas Farkas?”

“Yes. His company owns the newspaper’s office building. I’ve met him on a number of occasions. I’ve interviewed him more than once and have run into him at social events. Why?”

Her hands shook, so she clasped them in her lap. “I’m sorry. We have to stop this reading.”

“What do you mean? Why? What did I do?”

“It’s not you.” She willed the trembling from her hands and failed. She gathered up her cards. “It’s getting too personal.”

“I don’t understand, Miss Kovacs.”

Carefully, she placed the deck back in its box and closed the lid. The fairy child on the box gazed back at her, its gossamer wings glittering. “I’m seeing images of someone I know. I’ve got a conflict of interest here. I’m sorry. Obviously, I won’t charge you for this.”

Viktoria cuts the reading short when she recognizes the conflict of interest, but there’s enough in the scene to get a reasonable understanding of the reading process.

She focuses on the question she wants answered while she shuffles, and then lays out the cards. In this instance, she’s doing a three-card spread. The first card represents the recent past, the middle card signifies the present, and the last card refers to the near future.

While she reads, she uses the cards as a conduit to information. However, when she receives clairvoyant images, she glances down and to the right. That’s my habit. She doesn’t look much at her client, and ignores his body langauge.

What skeptics call “cold reading” might exist, but real psychics don’t use it. Cold reading uses feedback from the client and educated guesses based on the client’s appearance rather than intuition. It’s scammy.

I wasn’t trained in it, and what a person wears or exhibits can be more misleading than helpful anyway. And you can’t rely on that type of feedback if you’re doing a phone or email reading.

The only time I care about jewelry or something the readee wears is if I’m doing psychometry.

Psychometry uses objects, such as a ring, to help the reader receive messages about the client. But it should be an object no one else has owned, unless your intent is to pick up messages about everyone who has owned it. That can get interesting.



3 Responses

  1. Val, this was a fun read. I am not familiar with Doreen Virtue, but I’ve read all the books from Sonia Choquette, including, “Ask Your Guides: Connecting to Your Divine Support System.” Sonia also has Oracle cards. Such insight to me is worth investigation.

    • Doreen was the first one to come up with the idea of oracle cards as an option to the Tarot. Her publisher at first rejected the idea, thinking it wouldn’t sell, but she persisted. They did a trial run of 250,000 decks and they sold out.

  2. Thanks for the great read 🙂

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