If you are new in Personal Growth or if you start to be interested in cards, you will find that some are called Tarot and other Oracles. How not to confuse them? To find your way out of the fog, I will briefly explain what it is.
First of all, let’s have a look at the definition of the oracle: message interpreted from an event or an object used to support this interpretation.
The runes are an oracle as well as the Yi-King, the coffee grounds, the crystal ball, the croaking of a raven, the leaf falling from the tree… and… the Tarot! And here, you will say that I am confusing you. Let's continue and stick to the cards.
If the Tarot is an Oracle, not all Oracles are Tarots. In addition to the name given to the cards by their designer, a Tarot game must systematically contain 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana, or a total of 78 cards. The major arcana are numbered from 1 to 21 + an unnumbered card representing both 0 and 22. These arcana are illustrated with symbolic scenes and bear names.
The minor arcana are divided into 4 suits of 14 cards each: batons, swords, cups and coins. Each suit contains 10 cards numbered from 1 to 10 + 4 figures: jack, knight, queen and king.
Some Tarots are only published with the 22 major arcana, which is already enough to work with them if it is only symbolism that attracts you, but if you want to make the link between symbolism and your daily life, I highly recommend you turn to a complete Tarot.
Oracles cards are therefore those that do not include the structure of a Tarot according to the description I have just given you and if the purpose of an Oracle is also to deliver messages to us, they will be more accessible to people who do not want to dig into the field of symbolism.
To conclude, I would say that a Tarot and an Oracle are not only used for divination purposes, but are also good tools for advancing in self-knowledge.