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How to Select a Tarot Card Deck

By Edited Jun 27, 2014 0 2

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Tarot card decks are as diverse as their readers, and choosing between the numerous available decks can be overwhelming, especially for a new user. The size, artwork and theme can play a large part in the decision making process. Because divination tools like tarot cards are so personal, some readers will prefer those that simply resonate for them. Whatever the ultimate motivations are for choosing a tarot deck, foreknowledge of what to look for can demystify the selection process.

Natural psychic ability is not a prerequisite to reading tarot cards. The cards can be read by anyone, though learning the meaning of each card may be more intuitive for some. Classic cards are good for beginners and will usually come with a guide that teaches the traditional card symbolism. More intuitive readers may find these prescribed meanings to be psychically inhibitive, and may choose to rely instead on their gut feelings. Other decks can be complex and require more preparation and a deeper relationship with the cards. Many novice tarot users will discover that learning their deck takes more time than they expected, but serious readers will find that in-depth study is worth the effort.

Tarot decks come in a variety of sizes. Considerations in determining appropriate card size include the feel of the deck, whether it is easy to carry and if it is big enough to be read easily. While some readers will enjoy the heft and feel of larger cards, others will find them cumbersome and should opt for a smaller deck. Miniature decks are great for portability as they can be stowed in a pocket or purse for easy travel. Readers with poor eyesight, or who wish to scrutinize each card closely for their readings, may opt for larger cards which are easier to see. Handling the cards in person is not always possible, such as when purchasing online, but it is a good method of getting a physical feel for the deck.

The theme and artistic style of tarot cards vary greatly from deck to deck. Often, cards will have a motif in line with a specific spiritual path such as shamanism, faerie mysticism or Celtic mythology. Selecting the right theme is a personal decision that best reflects the beliefs of the tarot reader. The style of art enhances and defines the overall character of the deck. Some editions are very busy with a lot of artistic depictions that are open to additional interpretation. Others are simpler and focus on more traditional symbolism. Just as people surround themselves with artwork they enjoy and can relate to, the theme and artwork of a deck should reflect the preferences of the individual to ensure a good fit.

Divination with tarot cards is not an exact science. There are a variety of layouts readers may use, and their interpretation will come from the position and directionality of the card placement. The cards themselves may resonate, vibrate or seem to ring at a frequency that speaks to the reader. As such, part of the decision process should simply be how the cards "feel" to the tarot practitioner. Also, most people will prefer a new deck because there are no pre-existing energies already imbued in the deck by previous its previous owner. This truly makes the deck their own personal divination tool.

Choosing a tarot card deck should be fun and spiritually uplifting. The physical characteristics of the deck as well as the theme and artwork are important considerations. A deck that rings true for one tarot reader might not suit another, and so it is vital to tune in to the unique resonance of the cards. When chosen based on a combination of mental instinct, personal preference and practical features, a tarot deck can be an enjoyable and effective tool. With so many options available, every practitioner should be able to find a deck that suits them and their divination needs.



Oct 31, 2009 5:41pm
I had no idea there was so much involved with selecting a tarot card deck! I enjoyed learning more--thanks.
Mar 19, 2011 12:33am
Great job! I say why choose? I have around 30 decks! But, I only read with one main one - The Thoth. Great job!
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