Tarot is all the hype in the spiritual community. It's something I read, myself. But tarot can be quite tricky when you're first starting out.
Tarot is systematic. Each card has a base meaning, and you learn from that. This isn't to say that you can't interpret the cards intuitively - quite the contrary. That's why it's called a tarot journey, and learning tarot. But because you have to learn the base meanings, it can be pretty time-intensive, and most definitely stressful. It's something I struggled with myself.
AND THEN I BOUGHT AN ORACLE DECK.
Buying this deck was a life saver for awhile. I could read intuitively without having to learn any basics. Of course, it did come with a handbook, but it wasn't needed like most tarot handbooks are, in the beginning. It was like a slice of divine freedom. I didn't need to know any root meanings and could just interpret what I saw in the cards.
And that's why I needed to pass this on you too, friend! You don't need tarot to get started with intuitive readings. Start with an oracle deck, and here are some reasons why:
1. YOU CAN READ OFF OF PURE INTUITION
Seriously, you just don't understand the freedom of time-consuming learning until you've intensely researched tarot and then find that oracle doesn't require you to learn anything. You literally grab a card, and interpret what you see in the card, pertaining to the situation - the colors, patterns, surroundings, figures, items, etc. While this is true for tarot as well, there's no base meaning in oracle that you should tie your observations in with.
2. NOT AS TIME-CONSUMING
With oracle cards, you can do a "card a day" reading a lot quicker because you aren't jumping through hoops to remember the connections back to those root meanings I mentioned earlier. You can pull oracle during waiting periods, first thing in the morning or even before you go to bed to reflect on the day.
3. EASIER FOR JOURNAL PROMPTS
Because of their ease, they make it much easier to journal. I found that I, personally, interpret oracle a lot easier than tarot, with more detail. This makes journaling a more expansive practice because you're looking at many more details and observing more of the card, interpreting different meanings, as well as connected meanings, all through detail and intuition alone.
4. THEY'RE [GENERALLY] CHEAPER
While there are a few oracle decks out there that can be kind of pricey, they're generally pretty cheap. If you take a look at Barnes and Noble online (which is where I usually look first!), most oracle decks are under $20. Tarot decks can also be under $20, but most aren't. In fact, the most popular one I have is usually $40 (luckily enough I got the deck, handbook and tarot cloth for a $45 bundle that was taking place at the time!). The average price I've seen for tarot decks are usually in the $30 range. So you could save yourself $10+ buying an oracle deck. That'll give you a few extra dollars to enhance your experience with candles, incense, a cloth, etc.
5. THEY'RE VERSATILE
While there are decks out there that have a theme, such as Angels, Gods and Goddesses, plant-based, and so on, they usually can be used for any situation ever. Tarot is pretty good for using in any situation, too, but sometimes a systematic approach isn't what's needed. Maybe you need guidance without the restriction of the root meanings. Also, I've found that oracle cards often times work much better than tarot when trying to communicate with deities. They're also very easy to use with tarot spreads, unless you find a spread that particularly calls for something in tarot, such as a spread only using major arcana, minor arcana, suits, court cards, etc.
Speaking of spreads - I've created a simple oracle spread for you in the free resource library.