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Whether you’re just starting out on your Tarot journey or you’re a seasoned reader, it’s important to choose the right deck. There are a ton of misconceptions about choosing a Tarot Deck but probably the most common one that I hear is the idea that you can’t purchase your first Tarot deck yourself. I’m not entirely sure how or why this myth started, but I can tell you that it is absolutely FALSE – not only can you choose your own tarot deck to start, you should!
If you’re looking for a First Tarot Deck – or, for my tarot readers out there, a new Tarot Deck to add to your collection – here are my favorite decks to consider.
But, today I’m going to share my personal Tarot Deck recommendations – these are my favorite decks or the ones that I think are easiest for beginners to use. Just remember to choose the one that you feel most strongly connected to.
My Tarot Deck Recommendations
Just a reminder, before I share my personal Tarot Deck recommendations, Tarot is a personal experience – what works for one reader might not work for another, and the same is true for a tarot deck. What I find easy to use and read with, might not speak to you and vice versa.
So, even though I find these decks to be the “best,” you might not. And that’s OK too!
The decks I picked are ones that I think are the easiest to read, particularly for beginners, but, in all reality, the “easiest” Tarot Deck to read is the one that you connect the most with.
With that being said, here are my favorite Tarot Decks to consider:
1. The Beginners Guide to Tarot – Juliet Sharman-Burke
This particular deck by Juliet Sharman-Burke holds a special place in my heart as it was actually MY first Tarot Deck.
It’s very heavily based in traditional Rider-Waite-Smith imagery, which is especially helpful for beginners. I, personally, strongly prefer RWS-based decks anyway because I read based on the images and symbols rather than through memorization alone.
The colors are much softer than the original RWS Tarot deck, though, so if you’re a huge fan of the bright, bold colors in traditional decks, you might not love this one. But the symbols and images are still very strong, so I find it easy to read with.
The other thing I love about this deck is the book it comes with – a 192 book with detailed explanations of every card. The book also highlights the different symbols on every card, which I found extremely helpful to learn as a beginner.
2. The Modern Witch Tarot Deck
This deck by Lisa Sterle is another one that’s heavily inspired by RWS. In fact, every card is nearly identical to the traditional RWS-card except for the fact that they’ve all been given a more modernized update.
For example, my favorite card is the 10 of Swords. In it, Sterle keeps everything about the original RWS card the same aside from the fact that the figure being stabbed in the back is on her cell-phone.
The all-female characters are also incredibly diverse, which is a refreshing change as most Tarot Decks portray only white figures.
The only downside, in my opinion, is how thick the cards are. Some people might actually like the fact that these cards are incredibly thick because they aren’t easily bent, torn, or otherwise damaged, but I like the shuffle a certain way and the thick card-stock makes it harder.
3. Light Seers Tarot
This Tarot Deck by Chris-Anne is hands-down my all-time favorite deck to use.
The colors and images featured are bright, unique, and really detailed. Every card tells a story and you can really understand the meaning just by looking at them. They’re also just incredibly beautiful to look at.
She also designed a deck called The Muse Tarot which re-names the suits as Emotions (Cups), Inspiration (Wands), Voices (Swords), and Materials (Pentacles).
4. The Everyday Witch Tarot Deck
This deck by Deborah Blake is RWS-based with a cast of witchy characters. Black cats, pointy hats, flying brooms – the whole 9 yards.
It’s a really fun and playful deck that’s also detailed and easy to understand. And the best part? It comes with a full-color guidebook to give you a thorough explanation of each card.
The only thing about this deck is that the cards are on the thinner side. Personally, I don’t mind that since it makes shuffling easier, but it’s something to consider if you prefer thick Tarot cards.
5. The Celtic Tarot
This deck by Kristoffer Hughes and Chris Down is stunning. The images on the cards are extremely intricate and detailed and feature a lot of Celtic symbols and motifs. But by far the best part about this one is the book it comes with.
It’s another full-color guidebook and at over 300 pages, it gives you a fantastic understanding of each card.
So there you have it! My top 5 Tarot Deck recommendations for anyone looking to learn Tarot – or for those who want another deck in their rotation. Let me know in the comments below what you think of my picks. Do you have any favorites I didn’t mention?