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I recommend reading everything that follows before you begin your first ORA+CLE read—like you would (should) a recipe. Knowing all the ingredients upfront will make you a more nimble and knowing user of ORA+CLE.

The 4-sections are: Choosing, Prepping, Revealing, Reading.

 
 
 

 

Choosing Your Spread

 

Before you begin any read, you want to determine which spread to use. Being intentional here is a great way to frame the more ephemeral aspects of an oracle and ORA+CLE practice. The spread you choose can respond to a question, situation and/or personal preference. There is no right or wrong way to draw an ORA+CLE card, and there is no specific number of cards needed for a reading. Draw as many cards as inspires you.

Here are a few suggestions:

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One Card
This reading works well to gain insight into the bigger questions we have, versus specific situations. I like to frame all one-card questions with: “What do I need to know about [ xyz ].” See if that works for you, too. When I ask specific questions I find guidance is more elusive and therefore harder to wiggle into. Keeping the inquiry general makes space for the full range of wisdom.

An example of a specific question would be: When will my client pay me? Versus a general inquiry: What do I need to know about money?

 
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Two Cards
It’s amazing how much information one card holds in relation to a particular question. However, the possibilities created by adding a second card are exponentially greater. The second card can confirm, expand upon, and add nuance to the first card. They can also act relationally, making a two-card spread perfect for the many dualities we experience. Use the prompts below as is, or as a springboard to create your own.

+ Designer / Client
+ Situation / Solution
+ If I take this path / If I take this other path
+ Why did that happen? / What can I learn from it?
+ What do I need to know? / How can I activate it?

 
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Three Cards
This spread is a way to look at a situation in-depth, and to better understand a challenging question. For all three-card spreads, determine which trio you want to utilize before shuffling the deck. Following are excellent go-tos:

+ past / present / future
The first card in this spread is placed on the left and represents the past influences on the situation. In the middle, you draw a second card that represents the present moment. Finally, the third card is placed to the right, and reveals the future outcome. You choose what future means. Tomorrow? This week? Next year?

+ situation / challenge / guidance
This reading differs from the above as it operates independently of time. In this spread, the first card you draw represents the energy surrounding the question or situation you asked about. The second card speaks to your present challenge, and the third card reveals the guidance you’re needing.

+ me / them / us
For this spread the first card relates to you and your energy — what you want out of the relationship or insight into your true feelings. The second card relates to the other person — how they’re feeling, their energy or what they want out of the relationship. The third card is about the relationship itself — where it stands now, or where it’s heading. This card may also reveal what’s missing, or what could improve the relationship’s harmony.

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Being clear about which spread you’re wanting to use before you prepare your ORA+CLE deck for a read is a good plan. And if you want to figure that out as you prep your cards, super. I like.

I also like containing my week by setting out 1 card for each day on Monday nights. This 7-card spread can be use predictively {What do I need to know for the day…}, or in reflection {What was that all about?!}.

 
 
 

 

PREPPING YOUR CARDS

 

To encourage a different posture and approach, ORA+CLE wasn’t designed to be shuffled. Their larger-than-in-your-hand physicality defies it, and the cards being uncoated creates a drag. So how do you randomize an ORA+CLE deck? I have some ideas.

 
 
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To begin, hold the full deck. Feel its weight. Begin to tune into how you want to move them. The following are examples of the non-shuffle shuffle from my practice.

+ Place each of the 50 cards out in front of you. Reassemble the deck intuitively/mindlessly by focusing on the color and reaching for what calls to you, one at a time. Don’t look at the words, only respond to the colors.

+ Wash the deck face down, mixing the cards gently or intentionally.

+ Cut the deck into multiple piles, and reassemble left to right (for future-based questions) or right to left (for inquiries into the past).

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No matter your technique, the focus is on mingling the cards while putting the intention of your question — and your energy — into the deck. When complete, close the ritual by squaring the deck and set them face down.

 
 
 

 

Revealing your cards

 

Now that you’ve chosen a spread, connected with intention, and randomized the deck, you can reveal your cards.

Cut the deck for added randomization or as punctuation to this ritual. Then, reveal the top cards in order, in your chosen configuration. You can place them down in a horizontal line. Or maybe try north/south, east/west? In a circle? Wabi-Sabi-like? It’s all good.

Alternately, instead of starting from a stacked deck, you can spread all the cards out in front of you, face down, and choose by allowing the cards to guide your hand.

 
 
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READING YOUR ORA+CLE

 

There are three components to each card: a colored circle, an insightful statement, and a deeper dive into finding meaning. Utilize all three elements in your reading.

Start by noticing how each element on the card relates specifically to your inquiry, individually. You can use your eyes, ears, heart, and rational mind to read your cards. You can’t ORA+CLE wrong.

Your first intuitive hits are important, but equally, lived experience and critical thinking. The color on the cards hold as much information as the words, and were chosen to pair with each unique insight. Apply the colors to the words. Analyze, conceptualize, synthesize and evaluate with an open-mind.

How does the colored circle make you feel? How does it respond or contrast with the words? What do you remember? And is that true? If you are working with a spread, take this further and ask yourself, how do the colors and messages communicate with each other? And if at all.

 
 
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At this point, you can pull another card, return the card to the deck or put it in a place of reverence — let it work its magic as an object. See how your card acts as a reminder, or if its influence on you evolves over time.

Bottom line, you know what to do. And if you think you don’t, The Google does. But you know. #trust