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I was looking at the Tarot deck I gave my partner when he showed an interest in learning how to read cards for himself. It was the same deck I used when I first started back in 2012, funny enough it is not a traditional deck most people would go for, but I found the symbology really easy to understand.
With my huge collection of decks, I realize there are other Tarot decks that can be quite good if you are just starting out.
In this post I’m sharing my top 5 Tarot Decks for beginners !
5) The Happy Tarot By Serena Ficca
This is perfect if you are starting out but you are still a bit uncertain about Tarot, (or if you have children). These cards are just so uplifting, cute and harmless looking. You can’t get scared with them. The only thing I will say for beginners is that because it has such a sweet look it’s hard to rely on your emotional reaction to the images when learning to read without a guide book, because its a gentle deck. This is ideal if you just want to start playing with Tarot but you are not ready to commit. If anything you can create a nice game with you kids with it.
4) Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law
This is a beautiful deck created by . It is whimsical, fantasy like and FILLED with details. So many that you can totally get lost in one single card for hours decoding and intuiting what each element means. I would definitely recommend for someone who enjoys whimsical atmospheres and if you like picking on details. I don’t think it’s a good deck to start with big spreads, but rather to keep it to a minimum and even better a 1 Card a Day kind of deck. There is just so much information in one card, you really don’t need more.
3) Crystal Visions by Jennifer Galasso
Now this is an interesting deck with a lot of female characters in it. If you watched series like Outlander, Game of Thrones and you enjoyed the female characters I think this would be a good fit for you. It keeps most of the symbology from the classic Rider-Waite Smith deck but with a twist. I really enjoy the scenes depicted in it and I find it easy to intuit. I actually cut the white borders of mine and the images just became even more poppy ! I would definitely use this one if you are moving ahead into small spreads like 2 or 3 cards
2) The Mythic Tarot and guide book by Juliet Sharman & Liz Green
This is a tough one and I am biased because it was my very first contact with Tarot and my very first deck. What I love about it is that once you learn the GReek Myths surrounding each group of cards it becomes sooo easy to tell a story visually. Besides, I love history and specially ancient history so this really sparks to me. I definitely recommend this one if you are learning to connect the characters and tell a story within the cards. Why ? Because the story in each card is already there you just have to make the connections ! Great to start learning larger spreads and why not even try a full on 10 card Celtic Cross.
1) Rider Waite – Smith Tarot (RWS) by Rider Waite and Pamela Coleman Smith
Of course this had to be the first one ! One it is the one that inspired the majority of the modern English Tarot tradition decks (the French Tradition does not have pictures in the minor arcana cards) and there are just soo many books out there about it. It is the “industry standard” deck. Easy to find information about the meaning of each card, and it is the most commonly used deck by many of the professional Tarot readers and Authors out there. So this is a very safe choice and perfect for a variety of things : 1 card a day, small spreads, large spreads, telling a story ! It really is my go to deck and the one I use in my Client readings !
Now some people might have come across a beautiful deck called The Wild Unknown Tarot. The reason I don’t recommend this one for beginners is because the symbology cannot really be matched to the classic RWS which makes understanding the cards more difficult. It does come with a beautiful booklet, but you have to be very good at listening and understanding your intuition if want to read with this one. Which is why I recommend this one for more advanced readers.
So there you go : you now have my top 5 tarot decks for beginners !
Tell me which one is your favorite ?
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