Top Six Tarot Decks of 2018
Earlier this year, I started purging my Tarot deck collection. Having a bunch of decks that were never put into circulation was getting me down. I thought it would be better for them to go to homes where they were loved and used. I don’t fancy myself a hoarder and I’m definitely NOT a serious deck collector. Heck, I don’t even know how many decks I own! (Oops, I guess I might be a hoarder, after all!)
Although I must have purged my collection of between 25-30 decks, I still have too many unused deck, so the purge will continue in the New Year. Ideally, I would like to own only 22 Tarot decks – one for each of the Major Arcana archetypes – To cover all my needs as a professional reader. But which ones to keep? This year I bought a few keepers and my top six Tarot decks of 2018 are…
…in no particular order…
- The Spirit Within Tarot by Steven Bright. This is a modern Emperor kind of Tarot deck. It gets the job down efficiently and with great clarity. It’s my new favourite Tarot deck for business and career type readings. No muss, no fuss! Check out my Tarot deck interview with the Spirit Within Tarot HERE.
- The Spirit Keeper’s Tarot by Benebell Wen. This, I believe, is a classic in the making. I would describe it the Tarot deck equivalent of Tribal Fusion Belly-dance (it certainly stirs my soul the same way!) and I would associate it with The Angel (trad. Temperance). The SKT is more than just a Tarot deck. The literature and video material that Benebell so generously provides with the deck makes the deck its own school of magick – Quite a feat, and one – I suspect – that will be celebrated for decades, if not centuries, to come. My interview with the Spirit Keeper’s Tarot can be found HERE. Oh, and all of you who were disappointed to not be able to snap a first edition deck up will be happy to know that there will be a second edition published in 2019!
- The Luna Sol Tarot by Mike Medaglia is an obvious candidate for both The Sun and The Moon. It’s a beautifully diverse modern deck. I would describe it as gentle and versatile… and maybe a little bit quirky, the way any spiritual Master is who’s been around for too long to take themselves too seriously. A couple of months down the line, I’m still crushing badly on this deck. You can find my deck interview with the Luna Sol Tarot HERE.
- The Crystal Unicorn Tarot by Pamela Chen. Because Unicorns. And Crystals. This is a deck I would associate with The Star. Reach for it when your best option is to throw glitter on something or to simply lighten up. It’s a deck for your inner child – and we all have one! There is a colouring book to go with this deck too… Yay! My deck interview with the Crystal Unicorn Tarot can be found HERE.
- RWS Pamela Colman Smith Tarot by Lo Scarabeo – BEFORE they changed it back to the traditional colouring. There were two versions published this year, with the same name and almost identical packaging, so it gets confusing! I talk some more about this kerfuffle HERE. Still, I saw in the 2019 Lo Scarabeo catalogue that they are planning on re-issuing this deck – with the brighter colouring that we all adore – in a borderless edition. Form an orderly queue behind me, ladies! Full disclosure: I would have added the borderless Smith Waite Tarot by US Games to this list but I was sorely disappointed to find out that important symbology had been cut from the top of the cards – You can read about one such faux pas HERE. Any RWS deck would fall under The Hierophant and multiple working copies are allowed, natch.
- The Tarot of Enchanted Dreams by Yasmeen Westwood – A gorgeous, dreamy, romantic and indulgent self-published deck that comes in a large tin. All sold out now but luckily Schiffer Publishing snapped this deck up and will be publishing it in the year ahead. I would associate this deck with The Empress and strong women who are not afraid to own their sensual nature. This is a Goddess deck for sure! Check out my deck interview with this deck HERE!
What are some of your favourite decks of 2018? Which release(s) are you looking forward to in 2019?