How do i choose tarot card decks?
I’m interested in tarot card reading and learning to do it myself but there are so many different types of decks out there, how do i choose? Is there a way to find out which one is the right deck for me or does it even matter?
Suggestion by Buddah
I don’t know too much about them but i do know this. There are some cards that have more negative cards in them that will show you more of the negative things in life. There are other cards that are more positive and will show you the positive things in life.
In the end I think they will all tell you the same thing.
Suggestion by Ishamael
I would suggest you start with the most typical Rider deck. It is so standard that mst others will be based on it. It comes with a booklet that explains the symbols behind the cards as well as the different layouts. Once you gain proficiency in it, you might be intuitively drawn to a deck you have seen in your local New Age store. When you develop your intuition well it will guide you to a new deck every time.
You will feel special affinity towards the deck you are supposed to choose. If the illustrations look interesting, or the theme behind the deck appeals to you, you will know to go for such a deck. Until then, if you confused, start with the basics. The Rider deck is so well known, you can even find free tutorials online about it. Good luck.
Suggestion by lynn D
The deck you choose does not matter. Go to a New Age bookstore that has a variety of decks; look at them and touch them. One will feel right to you and that is the one that you should choose.
Any deck will do as long as you like it and feel comfortable with it. Raider Waite deck is the most widely used. I use the Mythic Tarot which is based on Greek Mythology since that is the deck used to teach me. There may be more information on meanings using the more widely used decks so you may want to take that into consideration. The reason is that some of the less known decks will have variations on the cards.
Suggestion by broken
I’ve found it helpful for me to look at tarot boxes on display in a store and find one I’m drawn to. User reviews of tarot decks, when you can find them, have also been extremely helpful to me since they can critique the art, symbolism, and the reviewers’ experiences using the cards. In addition, reviews often snapshot a few cards to give you a general idea of the theme of the deck.
Why are there so many tarot card decks on sale?
You can hardly call them the tarot now that they all look different from the original french ones and the subsequent Rider-Waite cards. Do we really need yet another deck of pretty pictures that supposedly say the same things?
Suggestion by Sir Richard
There are an awful lot of very gullible people in the world. *shrug*
Suggestion by Keltasia
The pictures are for the subconscious links the cards create. Personally I prefer the symbolism in the celtic style cards better than Rider-Waite. Its a matter of personal preference. I also know a lot of people who collect the decks but don’t actually use them.
Suggestion by alice
Even if it seems silly to have different decks of Tarot cards, I find that each deck I have will read differently. I find that when I do a reading for someone, I would let them choose which deck they want, as the energies from certain decks will resonate differently with each person.
I don’t use my cards anymore as I can read someone thru meditation, but you may or may not find some readings better than others if you continue to use the same deck all the time. Hope this helps
Suggestion by Arbor
Not everyone will be able to use the same deck – their psyches may require either more elaborate pictures or very simple pictures to be stimulated. By having different decks you can appeal to different people. And they don’t necessarily say the same thing – show one card to five different people and you’ll more than likely get five different interpretations. Personally I can’t use the Rider-Waite deck, I get no response when I look at the pictures.
Not to mention the price of tarot cards – it’s quite a racket!
Can you give me a list o Tarot card decks?
I am looking around trying to find a tarot deck that is right for me. I am using for divinary purposes but that shouldn’t mean anything for my choice.
so i am looking for a comprehensive list of artists that have made Tarot decks or something of that sort.
There Are two decks that I am looking at right now: the Gothic Tarot, And Mage: The Awakening Tarot Deck. More like this? I like Dark imagery and themes if you can’t find a list of All of them.
Suggestion by Goth Farmer
Here’s a site that lets you browse decks: http://tarot.com/tarot/decks/index.php
LOL,it doesn’t have any of the ones I like.
Here’s some links to specific decks:
The Barbara Walker Tarot-There is both a deck and a companion book that you generally have to order separately. The deck runs between $ 15-25. The Book is about $ 100+ new, but you can usually get a used copy for $ 20. An excellent starter set, very comprehensive.
Alister Crowley’s The Book of Thoth Deck-This ones full of unique, and sometimes obscure, symbolism. Again there is a deck and a companion book. The book is by Crowley, the deck designed under his instruction.
Diary of a Broken Soul deck-this deck is black and white and employs very interesting and dark imagery.