How to Make Angel Oracle Cards

By Linda Donahue

Oracle cards come in numerous themes. Likewise, angel cards, whether as "daily blessings," a classic tarot deck or as oracle cards, are all popular. The beauty of the cards is merely one of their appeals. With oracle cards, especially a deck you've made yourself, the cards can be used in many ways. A popular means is to shuffle the deck, then with the cards spread out face down, select one at random for a daily message or guidance. Oracle cards are also used like tarot cards in that a question is asked and then cards from a shuffled deck are laid out in a pattern. With angel cards, diamond, cross and heart-shaped patterns are popular.

Planning the Deck

Decide how many cards you want; there are many, many angels from which to choose.

Divide your deck into the categories of angels you wish to incorporate. There are greater archangels, lesser archangels, 1st order (heart) angels, 2nd order (manifesting) angels, 3rd order (inner) angels, 4th order (mother's) angels, seraphim, cherubim and golden light angels. There are the fallen angels if you wish to include a darker category. Note: Guardian angels are 1st order angels.

Research your references for the angels you wish to include in your deck. Choose angels whose purpose speaks to you in some way, suggesting a message or meaning for the card. For instance, consider how you might use Abaddon (Destroyer), the Angel of the Bottomless Pit who is supposed to tie up the Devil for a millennium. Perhaps his card might suggest a warning of punishment, a caution to act wisely and do the right thing.

Choose an ordering and numbering system for your cards. Having numbers as well as names will make looking up meanings easier.

Printing the Cards

Collect copy-free images of angels or of things that fit the angel's purpose and save them. For instance, for Abaddon, the image of a black pit could be used.

Choose a card size. A smaller sized deck, 3-by-4 inches (or up to 3 1/2-by 4-inches) could fit 6 cards (2 rows of 3) printed per page of cardstock. (Orient the printing in the landscaping direction.) For larger sized cards, you would probably only get 2 or 3 cards per page, getting only a single row.

Open a blank document the size of the card you want. On this, import the appropriate image and add to it text containing the angel's name and your assigned card number. When finished, flatten the image.

Create as many documents as cards that will fit on a single page. Make each document one card. Then open a new document that is 8/12 -by-11 inches (the size of the cardstock) and copy and paste the cards onto this document, leaving a gap between each. Most likely, you will find the landscape orientation the most useful.

Print the page and cut the cards apart using a paper cutter. Repeat this process for the remaining cards.

Creating your Oracle Book

Design your own layouts for reading the cards. Perhaps you have a layout that resembles angel wings or a halo. Include drawings of these layouts in your printed text. Normally, in a layout, each card place holds a particular meaning. For instance, the first card in the layout may represent the questioner in his/her current state. The next card may represent the closest external force acting on the questioner.

Write a description for each card in numerical order. The description should say something about the angel, his purpose and what he represents. Then write what message drawing this card should mean to the diviner. Generally, in oracle cards, each card warrants at least a solid paragraph to about one full page of description.

Print the pages you've typed and keep them together in a notebook. This will be your reference when using your oracle cards.

About the Author

I teach belly dance classes and perform with a dance troupe. I also teach tai chi classes. I practice empty hand forms as well as weapon forms and have competed in tai chi competitions, earning a gold and three silver medals. I have also judged at tai chi tournaments. As an Air Force Brat, I grew up traveling and have lived overseas in Okinawa. I taught AP and IB computer science for 18 years and designed a CS III course that was the first (and to my knowledge) the only CS III course to receive Texas State accreditation.