There are many different sorts of tarot decks, as you will quickly learn if you’re starting to use them. While there are similarities in the way they are structured, the images on them will vary. Whichever one you prefer will dictate the style for which you are going as you start to do readings either professionally or for personal reasons. Let’s look at some of the different decks that you might find and discuss which one might be for you.
The Legacy of the Divine Tarot Deck
This deck features images that Ciro Marchetti, a renowned artist, created. He came up with other decks in addition to these, like the Tarot of Dreams and the Gilded Tarot.
This deck contains vibrant, highly realistic imagery. The cards have a very modern feel to them. This is usually a deck that collectors want to have as a showcase piece. If you’re planning a party where you will be doing readings, then this is the deck that is likely to impress your guests. Because of its more “of the moment” feel, you might wish to look for a more classic design if you’re opening up a shop and you’re going to be doing readings for walk-ins.
The Deviant Moon Tarot Deck
This deck features “moonlit artwork,” and Patrick Valenza created it. The artwork of this deck stands out from most others. It is meant to call to mind the ethereal plane and the unearthly realms from which the wisdom of the tarot comes.
This is a deck for individuals who are looking for something out of the ordinary. If you like to do your readings out in nature, then this deck would be ideal. People say that if you use it to give readings under the moon, then what it reveals should be exceptionally profound and insightful.
The New Mythic Tarot Deck
This is a reworked deck that plays on an ancient Greek theme. Liz Greene and Giovanni Caselli created it in 2009. It has a collection of 78 cards, all of them revealing sumptuous detail.
This deck is ideal for someone who wants to capture an older and more classic feel as they do their readings. The pictures that harken back to Greek mythology make it seem as though you are connecting to a more traditional and venerable tradition of tarot readers.
The Zerner-Farber Tarot Deck
Monte Farber and Amy Zerner created this deck, and like the New Mythic Tarot Deck, it comes with 78 beautifully-realized, full-color cards. The imagery is whimsical rather than practical, and there is a clear definition between the four suits represented, swords, pentacles, wands, and hearts.
This would be an excellent pick for a beginner at tarot readings. The design seems as though it would be perfect for lighter delvings into the unseen world. The strongest influence in the deck is love. Many of the drawings feature swooning courtesans and things of that nature.
The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck
Then there is the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck. It’s probably the most common deck you will see, especially among practitioners of the tarot in Western culture. Arthur Edward Waite commissioned it, and Pamela Colman-Smith created it.
Some call this the first modern tarot deck. There is no denying as you look at it that it is rich in symbolism. The artist drew from a great groundswell of creative energy as she created the scenes for each card. It’s another one that would be fine for beginners. The only potential drawback is if you might feel that it is too common because it’s so widely available.
Part of figuring out what deck you’d like to use is through comparing them and seeing what artistic style speaks to you. However, there is no denying that you should also pick a deck toward which you gravitate. That has nothing to do with what the deck looks like; it’s all about which one seems to draw you to it inexorably.
When you go to a store that sells multiple different kinds of decks, stand very still and try to detect which of them is calling to you. You will often find that there is a single deck that feels right and seems to pull you in like a magnet. That’s the one for you.