Tarot is a phenomenally interesting art form, and when you learn to read the cards properly, the accuracy and insight it offers will surprise you – it still surprises me to this day and I’ve been reading for a good long while. There are a plethora of decks out there for every taste or interest so it can be quite daunting to know which one to buy for your first ever deck. Now some say your first deck should be gifted to you – and while the gifts of decks are always nice – it is better to choose your own. The last thing you want is to be stuck with a deck that you can’t read with because you don’t connect with it on any level whatsoever. I’ll admit my first deck was a birthday gift, but I chose the deck I wanted for the very reason that I didn’t want one I didn’t like or couldn’t read with.
Most articles, blogs and books recommend the Rider-Waite Tarot, a lot of tarot books (that do not come with their own decks) generally base their card meanings and interpretations on the Rider-Waite deck. Personally, it wasn’t one that resonated with me, I know many readers who love that deck and swear by it, I just don’t happen to be one of them. I wouldn’t say don’t get it, but if it doesn’t speak to you then don’t buy it. I have found, and this is the one thing I always say when asked, that if you want a deck buy one that screams ‘take me home’ or one that the minute you clap eyes on it, you know you can’t go another day without having. This is the deck you will do your best reading with; this is the deck you will become most connected with and use more than any other. I had this with my first ever deck, The Celtic Dragon Tarot. I’ll admit, it’s not a deck for everyone, some people find it hard to read with, I don’t, I have never regretted getting this deck because it works for me. I do most of my readings with this deck especially if the readee has specified that they have no preference on deck choice. I find time and time again, that it is the one deck that gives me the best results and the best insights
You must be able to connect with your cards on a visceral level to truly be able to read properly and accurately with them. This has also been the experience of those I know who have been reading a lot longer than I and of course, myself. I made the mistake of buying the Gilded Tarot because I liked the artwork but I couldn’t give an accurate reading with that deck to save my life, I couldn’t connect with it on any level – that in of itself is another lesson. Don’t buy a deck because you think the art is pretty, it has to mean something to you. Tarot is a tool and like all tools it needs to work; now you can get the basics down and know what it is and what it does, but if it doesn’t feel right, you’re not going to do your best work with it.
Tarot cards are divination tools that should reflect you and your personality. Love Faeries? Get yourself a Faerie deck, believe me there are plenty available. I have no doubt that you would find one that you connect with. Love Vampires? Again, so many available, in fact any theme you can think of, there is more than likely a tarot or oracle deck to match; so whatever your fancy, look around, do some research – you’ll find what you’re looking for. The same with Oracle decks (everything I have said about tarot decks can also be applied to oracle decks), there are so many themes, ideas and types; you’ll never not find something that suits you.
Just remember, you have to feel like this is the right deck for you. Really look at the pictures of cards and see what you feel when you look at them. If you’re thinking “Oh they’re nice” move on but if you’re thinking “I have to have those cards, I know it!” then you know you’ve found your deck.
Note: My favourite site to check out decks is Aeclectic Tarot. I think just about every single deck (and not just tarot and oracle, any sort of divination deck)is listed in this site. They have the newest decks, reviews, categories of the different themes of decks and more.