Are you interested in learning the tarot but confused by the amount of decks available? Perhaps you have read or heard somewhere that the Rider Waite (aka Smith Waite) tarot deck is the deck for beginners but you can’t seem to connect with the images…? The reason why the Rider Waite comes so highly recommended is that most beginners books are based on it.
But do you really have to start with this deck?
No, you don’t! There are plenty of decks out there that are just as suitable for the beginner tarot reader. Here is a list of links to reviews of decks with clear symbology and illustrated number cards (pips) that will work just as well as the Smith Waite and hopefully you will find one that you resonate with.
I actually recommend starting with TWO decks, the Rider Waite Smith Tarot and whichever deck you happen to be drawn to. The thing is, you read with your soul, not your head, so there has to be a strong emotional connection. Plus you will be able to do comparative daily draws and small readings for yourself straight away, which will greatly speed up your learning curve.
Top 11 Tarot Decks for Beginners
Crystal Visions Tarot – a beautiful and rather feminine fantasy type deck
The Morgan Greer Tarot – very like the Smith Waite but very funky 70’s and close-ups. I still crush badly on this deck, being a 70’s child
The Hanson Roberts Tarot – also close-ups but softer than the Morgan Greer, child friendly
The Connolly Tarot – bright colours and Christian overtones
The Anna K Tarot – easy to read with, much thanks to the vivid facial expressions
Smith Waite Tarot – Centennial Edition – an antique feeling Smith Waite version, so much nicer than the standard deck. Comes with the 1910 A.E. Waite ‘Pictorial Key to the Tarot’ which is also available for free online. It is also available in a borderless edition which I highly recommend.
Gilded Tarot – lively colours, beautiful digital artwork, very easy to read with – two sets to choose from, both with excellent companion books for the beginner
The DruidCraft – the perfect beginner deck for the Pagan/Witch/Druid, the companion book is an excellent introduction to the Tarot
Legacy of the Divine Tarot – like the Gilded Tarot, this one is created by Ciro Marchetti. Beautiful black borders that blend into the imagery. Very easy to read with!
Witches Tarot – The perfect beginners deck for anyone on a witchy path or someone who likes a deck with a bit of a fantasy feel to it. This one has some of my favourite court cards of any deck, with very expressive personalities.
Thelema Tarot – A cinematic, medieval Rider Waite Smith clone, beautifully created with CGI. Truly one of my own favourite decks as it reads like a dream.
Which deck did you start with and do you have any other favourite decks to recommend for the Tarot novice? Let us hear all about in the comments below!
Happy learning and blessed be!