Working with oracle cards is very simple and with some practice you can eventually do readings for your friends and family. Here are some tips and steps to learning how to give yourself a card reading using your intuition rather than looking up the meanings of the cards.
Step 1: Clear the Deck's Energy
When you first receive your brand new or used oracle deck you want to clear the energy that it picked up from other people. You can also do this when your card readings are not accurate after using them multiple times, but it's not necessary to do it before every reading.
The most common method that people use to clear the deck's energy is placing the deck on your left hand's palm (with the deck facing down) and knocking on the top of the deck with your right hand.
My favorite way to clear the deck is by holding the cards with my hands and visualizing white light showering the cards, or asking that the cards be showered in white light.
Step 2: Ground Yourself
Out of all the steps I think this is the most important because if you are not grounded you will find yourself missing the important messages from heaven/your higher self. For example, if you are feeling confused or emotional you will be thinking about all of the different possibilities, feeling fearful, etc.
Start by taking a few deep breaths. Focus on your Root Chakra (the base of your spine) and imagine the earth's energy going up your spine as you breathe in. Relax your muscles as you breathe out. Repeat this as many times as you wish. Once you feel centered and focused, move on to the next step.
Step 3: Say a Short Prayer
It is beneficial to bless the cards and ask for their assistance before you start your reading so that you get accurate answers. It doesn't have to be a long prayer, you can simply say "I bless these cards in the name of spirit and I ask for your guidance during this reading. Please help me so that I receive accurate and specific messages. Thank you, amen."
You can ask for your guardian angels or God's assistance, whatever works for you and whatever feels right. There is no right or wrong way to pray.
HELPFUL TIP: It would be rude to take something without asking right? Think of your cards as a friend.
Step 4: Ask a Question
After you said your prayer, think of your question. Make sure that your question is clear and specific.
Step 5: Shuffle the Cards
Shuffle the cards how you'd like. Once you hear a voice in your head saying "STOP" that's when you stop shuffling. It takes practice learning how to use your intuition but after some time this part will be easy. Again, don't overthink it.
Step 6: Use Your Intuition
This is the part where you practice using your intuition to:
HOW TO KNOW YOU ARE RECEIVING GUIDANCE
The problem with people trying to receive messages sent from heaven/the higher self is that they try to hear with their physical ears or see with their physical eyes. Not only will this disappoint you but it will leave you feeling like you don't have the ability to do card readings. The truth is everyone can.
When you receive divine guidance you will most likely receive it in a thought, vision, feeling, or you will just know.
Step 7: Close the Reading
After you're done with the reading, close the reading by following these simple steps.