Thank you! Yes, I do know they are different. I really have always wanted to learn tarot but the oracle deck spoke to me more. I'm sure I'll find a tarot deck that speaks to me in the future so I thought that it would be good to have some knowledge.
I have been doing the card a day readings and one card readings. I also have been sleeping with the deck under my pillow (I read that some where.) I'm going to spend time meditating over each card as you suggested. I do spend a lot of time holding them, shuffling them, etc. They are really special to me and have such a strong energy that its hard for me to ignore them for too long. I don't know if everyone feels that way about their cards.
I thought about posting online and seeing if anyone was interested in helping me practice but I'm too nervous. I'm a big chicken.