When looking for a tarot deck, you will come across many different choices, but have you ever wondered if all the tarot decks are the same? What makes them different? Do they hold different meanings? When picking a tarot deck, how to know which one is the better choice for you? How do you know which tarot deck to pick?
Are all the tarot decks the same?
The answer to this question is an unquestionable, no! It’s possible that there are over thousands of different tarot decks available in the world. Every deck portrays the same core meaning of tarot, but they also hold a specific purpose, which is why when you pick your own tarot deck, you should do so with the knowledge of which deck is the most suitable for you. Every tarot deck includes 78 cards that include 22 major arcana cards which represent the bigger picture of your life, those cards hold your life’s purpose, imagine them as the map of your life. Then there are the 56 minor arcana cards that can help you to navigate through every obstacle or warn you to enjoy every ray of sunshine that crosses you on your life’s journey. Although the different tarot cards can be represented with different images, colors, and even names, the essence behind each card no matter from which deck it came from remains the same. Tarot decks are the bridge that connects you to your spiritual self no matter what or how the deck is portrayed, that connection will prevail the same.
Some of the most popular tarot decks:
Here are some of the most known tarot decks and perhaps some of the best choices even if you are just starting out.
The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck
The Rider-Waite tarot deck has been around for over a century now, and it’s probably one of the most traditional and most used tarot deck, particularly for someone who is just starting it out. This tarot was published in London and its illustrations were beautifully created by Pamela Colman Smith in 1909. The Raider-Waite tarot deck is still used as a guide for many newbies and experts still today. This classic tarot deck is extremely well detailed and expresses the basics of tarot in an elegant way.
The Marseille Tarot Deck
The Marseille tarot deck is another well known classic tarot deck, with its origin goes back to as far as 1751 when engraved in wood by a Frenchman called Claude Burdel. The Marseille tarot cards are also claimed to be directly connected with the power that you have within you when it comes to self-knowledge. It’s believed to be a very detailed and distinct deck to answer any questions that you might have about your life. The images in the Marseille tarot deck is based mainly on red and yellow colors.
The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck
The Wild Unknown deck is made of exquisite and unique images. Designed by Kim Krans with a blend of white and black colors and beautifully embedded with rainbow colors. This unique deck portrays tarot using the spirit of nature that is represented by images of animals, plants, trees, and insects, even though the designing might be simple, the interpretation can be a little complex but very easy to learn. If you are someone that gets your intuition and inner energy from nature, then this might be the perfect deck for you.
The Thoth Tarot Deck
This Thoth tarot deck is a controversial deck but it’s also very well known and used among tarot readers. The design was created by the artist Frieda Harris, this deck includes the Kabbalah mystical figures as well as the astrology of the Book of Thoth, which can perhaps challenge its users to make a lot of research in order to learn the concealed meanings in each card. Although the Thoth deck is considered a classic it requires a lot of knowledge in order to be used for a tarot reading.
The Fountain Tarot Deck
The Fountain tarot deck holds a unique design that is extremely compelling. The creators of this tarot attempt to combine the different visions that can be found in so many other tarot decks. Although their images are far from traditional it’s quite easy to immediately recognize the meaning and unveil answers in each card. Another interesting thing about this tarot deck is that it includes an extra major arcana card (the Fountain) which makes this deck a 79 cards deck instead of the traditional 78 cards deck. The additional Fountain card represents connection, knowledge, and eternity.
How to find which tarot deck is right for me?
With so many choices to pick from, how do you make the ultimate decision when picking the right tarot deck for you? The best way to do this is to recognize what awakens your energy and allows you to get spiritually inspired. Some people might connect with fairies, others with nature, and some just like the classic deck because it provides security and stability. It will depend on your essence because tarot will enlighten your intuition, it’s supposed to help you to connect with the universe energy and translate its calling into words, using the cards as a guide in that trip. So for example, if you are someone who is easily inspired by nature, picking the Thoth deck, might not be the right choice for you as it will not help you during a reading. Look at the imagines in the cards before you make the decision, try to find a connection between you and the deck that you are thinking of getting is probably one of the easiest ways to find the right deck for you. Follow your intuition when choosing your tarot deck, you will need to connect with the cards when reading tarot, so if you find the right deck that can help you channel your intuition, then your reading will become so much clearer.
How important is it to pick the right tarot deck?
There is no right or wrong when it comes to tarot decks. It doesn’t matter how simple or complex the tarot deck really is, what will make the difference is how that deck makes you feel, and how that impacts your energy. Remember that tarot is within you already, the tarot deck just provides you with a direct connection between your intuition and the universe energy. Think of it as a bridge that connects two worlds and it allows you to travel to your spiritual world in order to find the right answers and clear the darkness out of someone’s dark path,. You are the hope that connects someone to their inner power and the tarot decks help you to accomplish that, so picking the right deck might be one of the most important steps as a tarot reader. Embrace your choice and let the universe lead you through the cards.
Her Majesty Tarot Queen
I read the cards with my eyes closed and my heart open. I don’t sugarcoat the truth. After all, I’m not only known for my royal blood but also for my royal honesty.