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My Top 10 Tarot Decks

1. Rider-Waite Tarot

The Rider-Waite Tarot is a classic Tarot deck, perhaps the most well-known in the Western world. It is often called the first modern Tarot deck, as the cards drawn by Pamela Colman-Smith and commissioned by Waite were the first to use detailed pictures on the minor arcana cards. This is a differently-colored version to the Original Rider-Waite Tarot.

2. Legacy of the Divine Tarot (Llewellyn)

The Legacy of the Divine is the newest deck from Ciro Marchetti, talented artist and creator of the Gilded Tarot and Tarot of Dreams. This deck is roughly based on the Rider-Waite model, and a "a story by the artist that connects Tarot's origins to an ancient race that was destroyed, but who left us with the images and message of tarot as a legacy". It's available as a special edition from Ciro, and also as a mass-market edition from Llewellyn.

3. The Psychic Tarot Oracle Cards: a 65-Card Deck - By John Holland

The 65 beautifully illustrated cards in this deck will create a powerful bridge between your psychic abilities and the ancient knowledge and meanings of the tarot; and will help you develop intuitive insights about all areas of your life, including love and relationships, business matters, and even career changes.This fascinating deck will work for you whether you’re a novice or are already in tune with your psychic abilities.

4. The Psychic Tarot for the Heart Oracle Deck - By John Holland

The Psychic Tarot for the Heart Oracle Deck, with its accompanying guidebook and 65 beautifully illustrated cards, was created to assist and guide you in matters of the heart, especially the different relationships in your life. Relationships of all kinds are really about you! They will often reflect back what you need to see and the lessons you need to learn. By using this deck and the techniques that psychic medium John Holland imparts, along with the wisdom of the tarot, you’ll begin to understand and look at relationships — past, present, and future — with an intuitive eye. This deck is not just for lovers! These cards will resonate with anyone and add clarity around all types of relationships, including the most important one of all . . . the relationship with yourself.

5. Illuminati Tarot Kit - by Erik C. Dunne

A profound quest for enlightenment drives us to grow, overcome challenges, and reach our full potential. Combining artistic beauty, symbolic depth, and intuitive vigor, the Illuminati Tarot warms the soul and frees the mind. This evocative tool of self-discovery—rich with ornate, vividly beautiful illustrations—will illuminate your path to higher purpose and true fulfillment.

6. Easy Tarot: Learn to Read the Cards Once and for All! - by Josephine Ellershaw, Ciro Marchetti

Created especially for beginners, the Easy Tarot kit is the easiest way to learn to read Tarot cards. In the Easy Tarot Handbook, author Josephine Ellershaw shares tips, shortcuts, and time-saving techniques gained from more than thirty years of experience reading Tarot cards. Using the beautiful Gilded Tarot deck, you'll learn how the seventy-eight cards link to one another and provide insight as their unique energies merge in the Cross of Truth, the Celtic Cross, and other spreads. There is even a list of card combinations that commonly indicate specific events-such as pregnancy, a wedding, a new job, and more.

7. Angel Tarot Cards - by Doreen Virtue, Radleigh C. Valentine

Tarot has long been revered for giving detailed and accurate forecasts. Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine have created the first deck of tarot cards that is 100 percent gentle, safe, and trustworthy! All of the words in this deck, as well as the artwork by Steve A. Roberts, are positive and beautiful, while still retaining the magical effectiveness of traditional tarot. The accompanying guidebook explains the general meaning of each card and walks you through the steps of giving an accurate reading for yourself and others. Rich with symbolism and imagery—including angels, archangels, unicorns, fairies, and mermaids—the Angel Tarot Cards will provide you with inspiring guidance on your life journey!

8. Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards – by Doreen Virtue

The goddesses are angelic, powerful, loving beings who want to help you with every part of your life. In this set of 44 oracle cards by Doreen Virtue, the bestselling author of the Healing with the Angels and Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle Cards, you'll learn who the different cross-cultural goddesses are and how they can help you. Each card gives you a specific message about how you can improve your life, health, relationships, finances, career, and spiritual path. The gorgeous artwork on each card depicts Kuan Yin, Lakshmi, Bridget, Isis, Athena, and other goddesses from Celtic, Mayan, Egyptian, Greek, Tibetan, Buddhist, and other traditions.

9. The Gilded Tarot Deck Cards – by Ciro Marchetti

Enter the magical world of The Gilded Tarot, where you’ll discover answers to life’s greatest questions! Explore the ageless images of fair maidens, mystical sages, and brave knights as they spring to life through stunning designs and cutting-edge digital art techniques. Combining the Rider-Waite tarot system’s familiar imagery with Ciro Marchetti’s exquisite artwork, this stand-alone deck is a valuable tool for any reader. Vibrantly colored and captivating, The Gilded Tarot deck reimagines one of the most well-known and widely studied tarot models. With the accompanying pocket-sized instruction guidebook, you’ll learn to give accurate and intuitive readings for yourself and others.

10. Shadowscapes Tarot Deck Cards – by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

This beautifully illustrated tarot is the creation of Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. The imagery in these cards exudes an ethereal quality like no other tarot that I have ever seen. In spite of the superb imagery, this deck doesn't depart much from the Rider Tarot tradition. These cards are bordered in gray; numbered and labeled at the bottom. The back of these cards is reversible, showing the classical depiction of a sun surrounded by an ornate ring which gives out an aura over a purple-black and starry space. The Major Arcana are numbered with roman numerals. Labeled with the standard naming convention from the Rider Tarot, these cards certainly follow this tradition in a spectacular way. For example, The Tower shows a city, and within the city a tree stand taller than anything. At the top of the tree there is a tower being struck down by lighting. The suits on the Minor Arcana (swords, wands, cups and pentacles) corresponding element (air, fire, water and earth) are subtly integrated within the scenery of the cards. The court cards follow the standard naming convention of Page, Knight, Queen and King. My favorite cards from the court must be Knights, with the Knight of Swords riding a swan, the Knight of Wands riding a horned lion, the Knight of Cups riding a unicorn on high surf, and the Knight of Pentacles riding a earth Dragon.

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