Divination has always been an intricate part of Wicca, or at least it seems that way. I know for me, I wouldn’t be the witch I am today without tarot! Because of this, I think it’s only fitting to discuss tarot cards in their own category. While they aren’t the only form of divination out there, I do think they are perhaps the most diverse. So, I want to talk a little bit about the tarot cards I have, some deck suggestions for beginners, and what else you can possibly use tarot cards for.
A Useful Note On Tarot
When I first started, I didn’t have many altar tools. Tarot cards became my gateway into what felt like a ‘formalized’ altar. Because of this, I might have a unique way of using tarot cards today. My first inclination is not, “What can I do with these in a reading?” but rather, “How might I use these to create various symbols of my practice”. The difference is, I grant you, a little bit tedious. That said, I just see this as a way I approach yet another tool in a wide array of tools. So, like my other posts, I thought I’d share how I’ve utilized various decks over time.
This was my first tarot deck. Now, it has sentimental value to me. For a starter deck, it’s alright. The main use I got out of this deck though remains in the colored edges. Each of the suits has a corresponding element color making it easy to utilize the cards for symbolic meanings. Since this deck is ‘pocket size’ it’s also easy to carry with you. All in all, I liked this deck as a starter only. I found it very difficult to connect to the card meanings with this deck’s artwork.
For a second deck, I still didn’t know what to get. To be honest, I couldn’t afford the more ‘expensive’ decks yet either. So, I purchased another cheap ‘kit’. This one I actually connected to. The smaller size is still a plus, however, the art on these cards makes me wish I had a larger deck. For a beginner, I’d recommend this deck for serious study. Another note worth mentioning is the book. The book that comes with this deck is really beautiful and informative.
After connecting to a deck, I took a plunge and bought a ‘more expensive’ deck. The Wildwood Tarot couldn’t have been a better choice. I really truly connected to this deck. The cards are larger than what I was accustomed to, and the book much more informative. But, what really makes this deck stand out is the symbolic art. For those who have a more nature based path, this deck is wonderful.
When I purchased the Wildwood Tarot, I also purchased the Arthurian Tarot. Apparently, this was before it underwent another revision. However, the (2006) version I have is great. I found this deck to have very specific symbolic meanings, which may not be for everyone. If you enjoy working with Arthurian symbolism though, this deck really is a must! A note for those interested, the newly revised version after the 2006, seems to have an expanded booklet worth pursuing.
This deck seemed like a good idea at the time as I love Da Vinci’s work. That said, I don’t really care for the feel of the deck. Don’t get me wrong, Da Vinci’s artwork still conveys the traditional card meanings. It’s just, the suits don’t feel right to me. I do love using the Major Arcana cards for symbolism though. Maybe this deck would be one to use for an altar or shrine, just not for readings. Right now, it has more sentimental value to me than actual use.
After a lot of searching, I found this deck. I never had a chance to find the original Mythic Tarot, but the New Mythic Tarot is amazing. Perhaps it’s the Greek Myths portrayed in this deck, but I definitely connected to the cards. Truthfully, I learned to read the Minor Arcana because of this deck. If you love Greek Mythology, this deck is a must have. The art is also beautiful, the book informative, and the cards are larger sized. This deck continues to be my favorite.
Since I felt like I had found my ideal deck, it’s fitting to note I finally discovered Rider-Waite was the ‘original’ tarot deck. So, I purchased a smaller sized version of it. I have to admit, the cards really did strike me. The symbolism in each card is really amazing, and I would have preferred to find this deck first. Suddenly, I could see how the other decks had their own symbolism within the Rider-Waite system. The deck made me fall in love with tarot all over again!
Okay, sometimes I impulsively buy things. The Golden Tarot was one of those, as I found it for the same price as my very first deck. This deck is really beautiful with Italian themes. It’s also easy to read with once you’ve studied the Rider-Waite. What really surprised me about this deck were the suit cards, as they’re very simple (pip cards). I like them, though I think because of that this deck isn’t for a beginner (though some say it is).
After reading Ann Moura’s Grimoire for the Green Witch, I decided to get her tarot deck as well. I’m glad I did, as it’s a beautiful and workable deck. To my surprise, the deck is much larger than I expected (comparable to the New Mythic Tarot). The artwork is, of course, gorgeous and features ‘witch’ themed suits. In many ways, this is a deck a new witch can work with and likewise learn from, as there’s plenty of information in the companion book.
This is another deck I picked up because of the author. From the moment I opened this box, I knew I had a new favorite on my hands. This is the deck to have in my opinion, especially for beginners. The deck features popular witch imagery, stays true to the Rider-Waite pretty well, and yet depicts wonderfully unique themes for each card. At times, the set can seem a bit stereotypical, but it’s worth it. The book that comes with this set is also extremely practical.
These are just a few of the decks I have. In practice, some of them do admittedly sit on a shelf. Others though, are intricate parts of my various spells. The journey of my practice has grown significantly, and tarot has been there every step of the way. Divination is a great tool to learn with, whatever form that takes. If you’d like one of these decks reviewed more in-depth, let me know! I’m planning on reviewing books and tarot decks, so if there’s something specific you’d like to know more about, I’d be happy to start there.