2017 Tarot and Oracle Decks

2017 Tarot and Oracle Decks

2017 Tarot and Oracle Decks

Though I’ll never be a minimalist, I’m not happy when I realise I’m hoarding just for the sake of it. I’d rather be a mindful Tarot deck collector.  That’s why I decided to purge my collection in 2017. There was one rule for the purge: Any decks that failed to make me smile had to go.

Of course, this was before I realised I didn’t want to keep any of my Hay House Tarot and Oracle decks – especially not any decks associated with Doreen Virtue. They became tainted for me after she denounced the Tarot and divination. I realise not everyone feels like this but to me those decks were simply items that I no longer wished to have in my possession.

That meant another few rounds of getting rid of decks and one round of selling decks to raise money for an animal charity as part of a Hay House Boycott activity.

Roughly, the order I got my 2017 Tarot decks in is:

  • The Golden Tarot (Visconti Sforza replica)
  • The Secret Language of Color Oracle Cards
  • Sola Busca Tarot (replica)
  • Everyday Witch Tarot
  • Conscious Spirit Oracle
  • Oracle of the Dragonfae
  • The Star Tarot
  • True Love Reading Cards
  • Santa Muerte Tarot
  • Illuminati Tarot
  • Pamela Coleman Smith RWS Tarot
  • The Vice Versa Tarot

The Tarot History Lover’s Decks

The replica decks I’m definitely keeping because they are of historical interest and I love my Tarot history. I also don’t mind reading with the Golden Tarot, which is a lovely large deck. The companion book for this deck had some interesting bits of Tarot history in it too. It is a lovely set and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who doesn’t mind non-scenic illustrations on the pips. Unfortunately, the Sola Busca Tarot is not a deck I’ll be reading with. The Majors are too far off traditional Major Arcana archetypes for it to work as a reading deck.

Doreen Virtue Replacement Oracle Decks

The Secret Language of Color Oracle Cards is becoming one of my favourite oracles of all time. Even before, Doreengate, I had started preferring reading with these cards instead of angel oracle decks. If you, like me, experience angels more as colour than as humanoid beings with wings, this deck may be a good replacement for doing Angel readings.

The Conscious Spirit Oracle is another great oracle deck for anyone with an affinity for working with angelic energy in readings. This deck has angels, elementals and cards for the seven major chakras… A lovely deck for spiritual development readings. The artwork is pretty. My only criticism is that there is too much text on the cards. I prefer to let the images speak for themselves.

A friend of mine recommended the True Love Reading Cards as a replacement deck for the Romance Angels Oracle. I’m so glad I followed up on that recommendation because these cards are gorgeous. The artwork has a healing vibe and the messages are always spot on. This deck also combines perfectly with the Tarot in relationship readings.

If you have been following my Friday week-ahead readings, you will have noticed that I’m using the Oracle of the Dragonfae quite often for the general guidance message. This Oracle is a must for dragon lovers!

2017 Tarot Deck Releases

First mention goes to the long-awaited Star Tarot by Cathy McClelland. I’ve been waiting for the full 78-card deck ever since I got the Majors-only version back in 2010… And wow, was this deck worth the wait! Check out my review HERE.

Another delight is the Everyday Witch Tarot. This is a deck that just makes you smile. It’s close enough to traditional RWS card meanings to work for the beginner but different enough to offer variation to the seasoned Tarot reader. A must for those of you who love witchy decks.

Lo Scarabeo’s release of the standard RWS deck, the Pamela Coleman Smith Tarot, gets a round of standing ovations from me and many of my colleagues. Everyone seems to love the colours in this deck. The matte surface is a reason this is a social media-approved deck – no glare in your Instagram pictures!

Luckily, the Santa Muerte Tarot arrived just in time for Halloween because it’s pretty much the perfect deck for doing Halloween readings with. Check out my deck interview HERE.

The Illuminati Tarot by Casey Duhamel is interesting to anyone who loves Tarot history. It’s not a replica deck but it’s based on the secret societies behind the occult teachings that underpin our modern understanding of the Tarot.

Last but not least, I want to mention a new favourite deck of mine… What’s not to love about a 78-card Tarot deck that gives you 156 cards for every reading? I’m talking about the Vice Versa Tarot, of course.

Which is your 2017 favourite Tarot or Oracle deck?

love raven liora

Comments 9

  1. Hi Lisa,

    I’ve been looking for a deck that is more representative/reflective in its art of world cultures and people of color. Any recommendations? Thank you.

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      Hi Ale, Sorry, I don’t know which deck to recommend for that. I suggest you look on Aeclectic Tarot where you can search for decks with different themes and/or ask in the Tarot Nerds group on Facebook. Happy Holidays!

  2. Thanks, Lisa for turning us on to so many great Tarot and oracle decks! So sorry about Doreengate … you are in my prayers. It was so interesting what you said about using the color cards in place of angel ones. I really loved what you said, about how angels can show themselves through color. I love this deck, too. But i especially love The Viceversa Tarot! My deck just got here today! Such a wonderful tool for introspection as well as divination. When I saw your review of it on the blog, I started researching, and got two decks that have that same idea–what if we could see what’s behind? Tarot of the New Vision. And what next? After Tarot. I had ha no idea these existed. Also, thanks for the spread that had as a possibility drawing 5 Lenormand cards. This was the first time I really connected with Lenormand. I could feel it in my body. So I bought the newest Gilded Reverie, so glad, I love them. Many blessings!

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      Hi Darita Rose, you’re welcome. I have the After Tarot – it’s a great deck! The New Vision never called to me for some reason but I’m glad you enjoy it… and yes, the Gilded Reverie Lenormand is just so much fun! No need to pray for me after Doreengate – I’m not the one spreading lies and hurting people. What people want is just to have their consumer rights respected and protected. There seems to be a different set of rules for ‘spiritual teachers’ who think they are above the law. Happy Holidays!

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  3. Thank you Lisa, I have enjoyed following you since Doreengate began. I will see if I can get one or two of these decks here in the US and I am slowly getting ready to purge my collection of Doreens cards. It is sad and disturbing. I only use them for myself and my own prayers and meditations, but I feel I need a fresh start. What a year it’s been. Especially here in the US. Exhausting!

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      Hi Ingrid, thank you for your comment and for following my blog. I hope you find some deck replacements that work for you. One oracle that is really great for Life Purpose readings (among other things) but not included in this post since I’ve had it for several years is the Higher Intuitions Oracle. Here’s to a peaceful end to 2017 and much joy in the year ahead! Love, Lisa

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