Tarot cards are among the most popular divination methods in the world. With over 7,000 different decks in circulation, a new witch can become overwhelmed with the choices. Some are based upon famous artwork, movies, books, legends, mythology, and even movies. However, in the end the best deck for you is the one you are drawn to.
A Tarot deck consists of 78 cards. The first 22 cards are the Major Arcana. These cards have symbolic meanings focused on the material world, the intuitive mind, and the realm of change. The remaining 56 cards are the Minor Arcana, and are divided into four groups or suits: Swords, Pentacles (or Coins), Wands and Cups.
Each of the four suits focus on a theme. Sword cards generally indicate conflict or moral issues, while Cups reflect matters of emotion and relationships. Coins focus on the material aspects of life, such as security and finance, while Wands represent things like jobs, ambition, and activity.
How Do Tarot Cards Work?
To the uninitiated, it may seem that a Tarot card reader “predicts the future.” However, the cards simply offer a guideline, based upon the forces at work. Some readers use elaborate layouts, while others may just pull out three to five cards and see what they need to see. Read for anyone who will let you and don’t be afraid to tell people what you see. Eventually, you’ll get comfortable with reading Tarot cards, and that’s when your skill will really shine. If you are buying your first deck, it is best to get one with a detailed companion book until you are familiar with reading Tarot.
Universal Celtic Tarot Deck by Floreana Nativo & Cristina Scagliotti - Colourful and imaginative Celtic imagery that seems to come to life before your eyes. A beautiful deck to give magickal readings for yourself and others. I absolutely love this deck, it is the one I most connect with. The cards have a beautiful soulful energy to them. The vivid blues and the emerald greens of the cards transport you to the mystical Celtic hillsides, forests and rivers. I will say however, that I think this deck would be better suited to someone who knows a bit more about tarot readings, as the companion information is limited.
Witches Tarot kit by Ellen Dugan - This exquisite deck is truly targeted towards practicing or curious witches. The information in the 312 page companion book (yes it comes with an actual book) is detailed, giving you abundant understanding of the Tarot messages from a personal and spiritual perspective. The book not only gives the reader meanings for every card, but it also features different tarot spreads to try.
Designed by the highly respected Witch Ellen Dugan, this deck is based on the Rider- Waite-Smith deck. The cards are beautifully Illustrated by Mark Evans with images that transport you to a magickal place. The card descriptions and meanings seem to take the practitioner on a spell - enchanting journey to discovery. A perfect gift for yourself or anyone in the craft from beginner to experienced.
Easy Tarot Kit with Gilded Tarot Deck - Beautiful cutting-edge digital artwork combined with the Rider-Waite tarot system imagery makes for an amazing divination deck for any reader. Created by Ciro Marchetti. A very popular deck of most readers and I can see why. The vivid artwork reminds me of medieval times. The full size companion book of 223 pages by Josephine Ellershaw provides the beginner with helpful descriptions of every card and how to read it. With this kit you also receive a pull out Celtic cross poster that can be used for laying out your cards and facilitating your understanding of how the position of each card plays into the your tarot pull.