Tarot and the collecting of tarot decks have become extremely popular over the past few years. There are now hundreds if not thousands of different types of tarot decks available to choose from that suit you perfectly. But with so many tarot decks to choose from, where do you start?! I have selected the top 10 tarot decks that I think are the very best tarot decks currently available.
I selected the top 10 tarot decks on Amazon by taking into account the artwork and the reliability and accuracy of providing readings.
The Centennial edition of the Smith-Waite Tarot * is, in my opinion, one of the best reproductions of the original prototype of this deck from 1909. This is also the most widely circulated tarot deck worldwide. The images are simple, yet they encompass all the symbolism of the tarot. This is one of the first tarot decks that had imagery on the Minor Arcana and thus making the tarot more accessible to the masses. That is why this is both a great beginner deck but also one that can be effectively used by advanced tarot readers. Most editions of the Waite-Smith Tarot that are currently available have been in some way or another redrawn or recoloured. That is why this edition is highly recommended as it the closest to its original form drawn and coloured by Pamela Colman Smith.
The Wild Unknown Tarot * has been around for only a few years, but it has already become one of my all time favourites and will be definitely be classed as a classic in years to come. The reason why this deck is so special is that it has no people in any of the imagery but rather uses beautifully stencilled depictions of various animals with a very earthy and grounding feel. For that reason, this may not be such a good beginner deck, but you can very quickly get accustomed to the meaning of the various animals. However, this is a great deck for nature lovers but also for those that are interested in power animals and shamanism.
The Medieval Scapini Tarot * is a little bit unusual as a lot of its imagery brakes away from the typical meanings of the tarot. Most cards are rich with traditional symbolism and at the same time have many new meanings. Scapini has based his deck on the Visconti - Sforza Tarot which is one of the oldest decks known in existence. Due to there being so much detail on every card this is definitely in my opinion not a beginners deck as it may become quite confusing for anyone that is new to the Tarot. However, there is a very good commentary on the symbolism of this deck by Ronald Decker called: The Art and Arcana - Commentary on the Medieval Scapini Tarot *.
The Vision Quest Tarot * is a deck that has a Native American theme and can be effectively used for spiritual and shamanic work. The images are very softly painted with watercolours which bring with it a very soothing feel to the deck. This again may not be a good beginner deck if you are interested in traditional tarot. However, it can be a great deck for those that may be a little bit afraid of using the tarot or are put off by some of the traditional imagery.
If you are a cat lover, then The Mystical Cats Tarot * is probably the most beautiful cat tarot out there. It has been painted with various herbs and minerals making it that extra special. This is a great deck for reading for your pets or if you want to find out how your pet is feeling or what is your pet trying to communicate.
The Pierre Madenie Marseille Tarot * is one of the most beautiful and best preserved Marseille type decks. The Marseille Tarots may appear simple in design and form, but they possess so much hidden meaning and geometry that at first glance may not be apparent to the naked eye. In many ways, these are the decks that are genius in their simple design, and yet they possess so much meaning. If you are looking for a deck that can offer you very accurate readings and tell you how things really are then this is surely one of them. However, this may not be a great deck for everyone as a lot of the Minor Arcana cards have no imagery but rather a simple depiction of either the Swords, Wands, Pentacles or Cups.
The Greenwood Tarot * is the forerunner of the widely available Wildwood Tarot. This is a very shamanic themed deck drawn with light pastel colours. Although long out of print it is still a very collectable and desirable deck that is based on the wheel of the year and Celtic traditions. Again this is a deck that has no people on any of the cards but rather uses various animal. Therefore it can be equally good for nature and animal lovers but also for connecting with your power animals and ancestors.
This is an incredibly well-drawn deck - apparently, the artist used a toothbrush to achieve the stunning effect. The Tarot Of The Cat People * is a very spiritual deck and one that can be great for connecting with your Totem or Power Animals. All of the images in this deck have a depiction of a cat or cats that have been used to emphasise the meaning.
The Druid Craft Tarot * is a deck that is based on the Smith-Waite meaning but additionally uses a lot of Druidic and Celtic symbolism in its imagery. This could be a good beginner deck. It is very nicely drawn, and each card tells a story that is quite easy to understand even for a novice tarot reader.
The Angel Tarot * by Doreen Virtue is a deck that breaks away from traditional depictions of the cards and instead uses images of angels, fairies, dragons and dolphins. Despite this, this is a perfect beginner deck and one that is highly recommended for those people that are afraid of tarot cards or of performing a tarot reading. It has very soothing energy, and each card has a short description of its meaning which can be very handy if you are starting.
I hope that this blog post helps give you ideas of tarot decks to consider. If you would like further ideas, please check out the following tarot decks available on Amazon *.
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