Greetings Tarot Lovers,
I’m back with the second installment of my favorite tarot decks. If you haven’t checked it out yet, here is Part 1.
So without further ado…
The Deviant Moon Tarot
This deck is wonderfully weird and twisted. I love how the images are so bizarre that they always provoke some kind of emotional response. Its tarot reading gold, those emotional reactions. This is the only deck that I currently read with reversals. Something about the whole energy of the deck being a little topsy-turvy just feels like it should be read with reversals. These characters are so crazy, it makes sense some of them would end up upside down. Visually, it adds to the weirdness and chaos, which I think is fun and very in flavor for this deck. I actually have three copies of Deviant Moon: the original edition with the borders trimmed off (pictured above), the original edition with the borders intact and a borderless edition. You can order this deck directly from the artist HERE.
The Antiquarian Tarot
I came across this deck when I attended the Northwest Tarot Symposium this past March. Maree had a vending table there and I found myself going back to look at this deck over and over and over again. I’m a sucker for vintage photography, so The Antiquarian Tarot was right up may alley. It also didn’t hurt that the creator was such a friendly person and so interesting to talk to. It takes love-of-a-deck to a whole other level when you get to meet the artist and see how passionate they are about what they’ve created. You can buy this deck direct from Maree by going to her website HERE.
Tarot of the Magical Forest
If you couldn’t tell by now, cutsy animal decks are not my normal fare, but the creatures in this deck are just creepy enough to suck me in…besides, a little cuteness is necessary every once in awhile, right? Also, this deck features the sweetest Strength card I have ever seen. It is beyond adorable. I literally cannot look at it without going “awwwww.” This deck is also one of those decks that always gives me really clear messages. If I need it clear and concise, these guys deliver. The deck pictured above is trimmed, brand new this deck comes with a white border with the card names in four different languages, your standard Lo Scarabeo borders. If you want to get your hands on a copy of this deck, I’ve seen it in a lot of metaphysical shops, or you can order it online from Llewellyn.
All jokes about the 70’s porn-staches aside, this is a really beautiful deck. The colors are so vibrant and the close up images make you feel like you’re being drawn into the cards, and perhaps best of all…NO BORDERS! Yep, I didn’t have to mangle my hands with hours of trimming, which I really appreciated. This deck mimics Pamela Coleman Smith’s imagery from the Rider-Waite deck almost exactly, which makes it really great for beginners who still want to use all the Rider-Waite based learning resources, but don’t connect with the Rider-Waite deck itself. I have not been into a metaphysical shop yet that DOESN’T carry this deck, so if you want your own copy, chances are your local store will have it. If you want to but it online, the Morgan-Greer is available from U.S. Games Systems.
Almost done…now on to my actual Rider-Waite decks…
Universal Waite Tarot
The Universal Waite Tarot was my third deck and my first Rider Waite Smith deck. I have the full sized version and the pocket sized deck pictured above…which, you guessed it, has the borders trimmed off. Wow, I didn’t realize how many of my decks I had trimmed until I made this list. I really enjoy the recoloring that Mary Hanson-Roberts did. It allows for more details in the images and a more visually appealing look overall when compared to the standard, yellow box, blue cross-hatch backs Rider Waite Tarot. This is another deck that you will find in almost any metaphysical shop or U.S. Games Systems has both the standard and pocket sized editions on their website.
The Smith-Waite Centennial Edition Deck
This edition of the traditional Rider Waite Tarot was created for the 100th anniversary of the deck’s creation and was renamed to give credit to the artist who’s images have become so iconic and synonymous with tarot. This deck was reproduced from an original Pam A deck, the first edition of the first Rider Waite tarot. The reproduction quality is absolutely fantastic, the coloring is gorgeous and slightly muted, giving the deck a wonderful aged, vintage feel. If you love the classic Rider Waite images, this deck is a must have. This is my go to when I want to use a Rider Waite deck and this deck has gotten a lot of use. You can buy the Centennial Edition deck either as part of the Pamela Coleman Smith Commemorative Set (which I highly recommend, it comes with a bunch of awesome goodies) or by itself via the U.S. Games Systems site.
And now for my Honorable Mention…
Tarot of the Cat People
The only reason this is an honorable mention and not properly among my favorite decks is because I’ve only read with it once and I haven’t spent enough time with it yet to say its a favorite. I really love the art and it departs enough from the Rider Waite images to make it interesting and fresh. I think it will easily become a favorite once I take the time to get to know it better. You can pick up your own copy of this deck from U.S. Games Systems.
Well there you have it folks, all my favorite decks. I really enjoyed going through my collection (this was almost my entire collection, I don’t have that many decks compared to some other readers.) and getting reacquainted with some old favorites which I hadn’t picked up in awhile.
What are your favorite decks? I’d love to hear what cards you simply can’t live without (and to get ideas for my wishlist.), so please comment and let me know. 😉