What To Look For In A Tarot Deck

Look For A Personal & Intuitive Connection With The Cards:

The absolute best way to choose a Tarot deck is to find one that you personally and intuitively connect with. You may find someone raving about their favorite deck, but if every time you go to do a Tarot reading with those cards you break out in a sweat and go blank, then it’s not the right deck for you.

If a Tarot teacher swears by the Rider Waite deck, but you’re totally in love with the Oracle Tarot Cards, then go with the Oracle Tarot Cards.

If you’ve got a new age shop or bookstore nearby, go to the store and handle all of the Tarot decks that are on display. What energy do you pick up from the deck? Is there a personal connection between you and the Tarot cards?

And if you’re looking to purchase your Tarot cards online, then do a quick Google search and look through the card images to see if you’ve got a connection.

Go with your intuition!



You should connect with the art. My idea of good art varies widely, I like everything from highly artistic cards, to outsider art. But the art either resonates with me or it doesn’t. I am not a fan of busy cards but some are. Take a good look at the Tarot cards within a specific deck. Go through them one-by-one or, if you’re viewing them online, find as many images as possible via Google or even Instagram.


Nice Card Stock:

The perfect medium are cards that are not too springy, not too heavily laminated. Usually I like them to be well-finished, smooth edges etc., but it depends on the character of the deck. Some decks are perfect if they are a little rougher. Most Tarot cards will be of a good thickness to ensure that you can continue using them for many years.

However, there may be some cheaper reproductions that are not high quality and the cardboard may tear easily or become damaged much more quickly. Best to avoid these cheaper types if you are planning on using the Tarot cards regularly.


Comfortable Size:

Decks that are not too small or so large that you would have to shuffle sideways depending on the character of the deck. Different Tarot cards come in different sizes. You’ve got to choose the size that’s right for you.

Giant Tarot cards may be great for group Tarot readings or parties. Regular Tarot cards may be better for face-to-face client readings or personal readings. And mini Tarot cards are perfect for fitting into your handbag for a Tarot reading on the go.

This is particularly important for when you handle and shuffle the cards. If the cards are too big or too small, they may be too clumsy for you or your clients to handle. So, before selecting a deck, handle the cards and practice shuffling them.


Consider Your Experience Level:

If you are new to Tarot, you may prefer to start learning with the most popular Tarot deck, the Rider Waite deck. It’s easy to understand, the imagery is straight-forward and practical and there is a huge amount of information available for this deck. Of course, don’t be limited by thinking that if you’re new to Tarot, you can only read with the Rider Waite deck. You need to also consider if you have a personal connection with the cards.


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