I’m often asked “Which tarot pack should I buy?”. So I thought I’d set my ideas down for others to draw from. Choosing your first deck is not always simple- there is a daunting array of tarot packs out there and none of them may necessarily ‘speak to you’ at first.
To help you decide what attracts you to Tarot in general, and which decks might suit you specifically- which of these statement fits you the most? Yes I know, many people feel a combination of all these factors, but if you had to pick one…
1. I want to learn to read tarot for myself and friends for guidance and spiritual insight
2. I love the beauty and history of tarot decks, I’d like to start collecting rare or artist’s decks
3.I want to use tarot to trigger my own creativity, for storytelling, artwork- maybe even create a deck myself. I’m not too fussed about reading the future.
4. I want to use the tarot for magical purposes, or meditation within a particular spiritual tradition.
5. I already have shamanic, psychic or visionary training and experience and I’m hoping that tarot cards will help inspire and guide my existing abilities.
The Short Answer
If you answered 1 or 4, you are likely to need to study some books about Tarot card meanings, even if you’re being taught in a group or by an individual. You should choose a Rider Waite Smith (RWS) style deck, or a Marseilles style tarot deck, simply because these are the decks that most books are referring to.
If you answered 2, 3 or 5, then you don’t need to read many books to explain the meanings in your tarot cards. Choose a deck that fascinates you, and learn about its history and creator if you wish.