What to Look for In a Tarot Deck

Updated: Jun 13, 2019


When looking for a tarot deck do your research. Try to look for a personal or intuitive connection with the tarot cards. The best way to choose a Tarot deck is to find one that you can connect with. You hear someone talking about their favorite deck, but if go and buy them and when you go to do a Tarot reading with those cards you go blank, then it’s not the right deck for you.

If you come across someone who swears by the Rider Waite deck, but you are more drawn to Oracle Tarot Cards, then go with the Oracle Tarot Cards. If you are lucky enough to have a store that sells tarot cards by you, then your best bet is to go to the store and handle all the Tarot decks that are on display. Try and figure out what energy you pick up from the deck. Do you feel a personal connection to the cards you are holding? And if you’re looking to buy a deck of Tarot cards online, then do a quick Google search and look through the card images to see if you feel a connection.

The next thing to look for is artwork you connect with. I always look for artwork that resonates with me. Look at the Tarot cards within the specific deck you are interested in. Look through them one-by-one or, if you are searching online, find as many images as possible through Google or even Instagram.

Now it is time to consider the quality of the cards. Cardstock is very important when looking for a deck that will last you a long time. The perfect cards won’t be to flimsy, and not too heavily laminated. I like them to be well-finished, with smooth edges that make it easy to shuffle. Some decks are perfect if they are a little rougher. Most of the Tarot decks will have a certain thickness to make sure you can continue using them for many years.

The next thing to consider is the tarot deck size. It is a great idea to make sure the cards feel comfortable in your hands. If the cards are too big it will be awkward for you to hold or shuffle. Decks that are not too small also come with the same difficulties as a large deck. Different Tarot cards come in different sizes. You’ve got to choose the size that’s right for you. Giant Tarot cards are great for group Tarot readings or parties because it’s like having props. However, regular Tarot cards are better for face-to-face client reading. Mini Tarot cards are perfect for fitting into your handbag for a Tarot reading on the go. If the cards are too big or too small, they may be too much for you or your clients to handle. Before selecting a deck, handle the cards and practice shuffling them.

Lastly, be sure to consider your level of experience when it comes to tarot decks. If you are a beginner, you may prefer to start learning with the most popular Tarot deck, the Rider Waite deck.  A lot of people find it easy to understand, the photos are straight-forward and practical and there is a lot of information available for this deck. Don’t be limited by thinking that if you’re new to Tarot, you can only read with the Rider Waite deck. You need to also consider if you have a personal connection with the cards. A lot of beginners like to start off with Oracle cards because these cards also help them build their intuition. Again, there is no right or wrong way to get started. You should do what makes you feel the most comfort and go from there.

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