Tarot Card Associations for the Animal Spirit Oracle
A year ago I made a post comparing the Wisdom of the Oracle cards to tarot cards as a way to better commit them to my memory bank. It worked well and I know that article has reached plenty of people, so I challenged myself to do the same with the Animal Spirit oracle.
I do this because as many of you know, I’m a much bigger fan of tarot than I am of oracle. And while I think these oracle decks can completely stand on their own and need no association to be used thoroughly, I can’t help but always look at things (oracle or otherwise) through a tarot-centric lens.
So please honour the deck as it was intended, but also use some of this insight to help you further understand and assimilate those meanings!
I also want to note that I am absolutely in LOVE with the animal spirit oracle deck by Kim Krans - author of the Wild Unknown. And I’ll even go on record to say that I avoided this deck for a long time because I didn’t actually think we’d get along. It was only one day when I was itching for a new deck and found myself in Indigo that I reached for the package and let’s just say, I’ve basically not put it down since.
And with that, let me share with you how I’ve compared each card. Perhaps if you’re more familiar with this deck than you are with tarot, this list may even help you understand tarot cards in a new way! Some of the associations were very obvious to me and some of them took some flexing on my part. Have a look and see what you think!
|Animal Spirit||Tarot||Animal Spirit||Tarot|
|Bear||5 of Pentacles||Earthworm||Page of Pentacles|
|Mouse||2 of Pentacles||Rabbit||9 of Swords|
|Racoon||6 of Coins||Fox||Magician|
|Snake||Ace of Wands||Buffalo||Fool|
|Lamb||Page of Cups||Elk||Emperor|
|Spider||10 of Pentacles||Horse||Chariot|
|Crocodile||4 of Swords||Stingray||Strength|
|Fish||7 of Cups||Starfish||Lovers|
|Octopus||9 of Cups||Beaver||8 of Pentacles|
|Oyster||4 of Pentacles||Turtle||4 of Wands|
|Frog||10 of Wands||Otter||6 of Cups|
|Dolphin||Ace of Cups||Whale||Queen of Cups|
|Fire Ant||5 of Wands||Hyena||Knight of Wands|
|Scorpion||5 of Swords||Lizard||Knight of Cups|
|Panther||Tower||Tarantula||2 of Swords|
|Camel||Temperance||Gazelle||9 of Pentacles|
|Cobra||Hanged Man||Zebra||3 of Wands|
|Lion||King of Wands||Elephant||Hermit|
|Moth||Page of Wands||Butterfly||3 of Swords|
|Bat||Death||Firefly||8 of Wands|
|Bee||3 of Pentacles||Hummingbird||Page of Swords|
|Vulture||10 of Swords||Crow||High Priestess|
|Owl||10 of Cups||Dragonfly||Ace of Swords|
|Nightingale||Queen of Swords||Peacock||King of Cups|
|Hawk||2 of Wands||Eagle||Wheel of Fortune|
|Pheonix||6 of Swords||Sea Serpent||Queen of Wands|
|Dragon||Justice||Golden Egg||2 of Cups|
|Black Egg||King of Swords||Unicorn||Judgment|
And that's my take! Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments below and if you're new to the deck, feel free to save/use the above chart to your liking.