Let’s be honest. Tarot decks are subjective, how can you have a ‘best?’ one? Popularity, quality of illustration and style are all things to take into account when choosing a new deck. This article exists to inform the reader of other decks which might take their fancy, from a selection of high quality decks.
Rider Waite Deck
Probably the most well known, though not the original, tarot deck in use. The Rider Waite deck is a brilliant starter set, as well as being perfect for advanced use. Every tarot reader should own a set of the Rider Waite tarot cards.
The Hermetic Tarot
The Hermetic tarot draws from hermetic and alchemical symbology. A beautiful deck, the Hermetic tarot deck can give you a different, more esoteric perspective on the questions you’re seeking answers for.
The Cosmic Tarot
The Cosmic Tarot is intended to make tarot more approachable, and helps by making the symbology of the cards easier to interpret. A fresh design and highly reviewed, one to check out if you haven’t had a look yet.
The Wildwood Tarot
The Wild Wood tarot is as well known alternate deck, using neo-pagan symbology to tell the story of the cards. Beautifully detailed, it’s one to check out, especially if you are this way inclined.
The Druid craft Tarot
Created by practising druids, notably those of OBOD fame (Carr-Gomm), the Druid craft tarot is similar in some respects to the Wild Wood deck, but focuses on Druidism over other neo-pagan practices. Featuring fresh illustrations, it’s one to take a look at if the designs appeal.
Using tarot in your everyday life can be an interesting experience, and there are a few ways you can go about it. Originally a card game and system of divination ,you can use the inherent meanings of the cards to gain a different perspective on what is going on in your life. It’s fun and easy to use tarot cards as a tool to help yourself and others. Lets go through a number of methods about how you can use tarot in your everyday life.
Goal tarot cards
Having a card of the day can help you live a day in a new way and take new paths. Choosing a card at random in the morning will set you up for the day. Choose the card, look up the meaning and be mindful of the definition as the day goes by. It can lead to some interesting situations! For example, you might draw the Ten of Swords. You should be mindful of things that are ending, if not, maybe something important will come to an end today.
Reflecting on tarot cards
Choosing a card in the evening allows you to reflect on the day, as well as honing your reading skills. At the end of the day, when all your major activity is over, draw a card at random and reflect on the meaning. It might even help you, if you were unsure of something today, or there are still problems that you need to work out. For example, you might have drawn the Seven of Wands. Did you place a bet, or take a chance on something? It’s likely that it’s going to pay off.
Deciding with Tarot cards
This is a bit of a trickier one, but you can use Tarot cards to help you make decisions. As the opening paragraph says, you should not base your decision solely on the meaning of a tarot card, but on the situation itself. The card should help you reflect on possibilities. It may be handy to carry a deck with you during the day (I do!), and use it when you can. When faced with a choice, quickly draw a card and check the meaning. For example, you might draw The Sun when you’re faced with a Yes or No question. In this case, think about where saying ‘Yes’ will take you.
I hope these three little methods have been useful, if you have any more, please comment!