Ian Parkin is the author of this post.
Choosing where, how, and which tarot cards to get can be very overwhelming. Especially with all the new tarot decks constantly coming on the market. And then you really want to have the deck that will work with the best for you. Here’s the insider’s secret. You must allow the tarot cards to choose you!
There is often a burst of excitement one gets when an interest in learning the tarot first presents itself. It often leads that person to rush out the door buying the first deck they see, or perhaps the most popular or least expensive one.
This is not a bad idea if your goal is simply to learn the basics, especially if it becomes just a passing fancy. But if you find that learning the basics has only sparked your desire to explore the world of tarot further, and perhaps to assist in developing your intuition, or even to give readings on a professional level, I suggest you find a deck that really ‘grabs’ you, one that you feel a personal connection with.
It can be difficult to find the perfect set when faced with rows of decks and books that vary greatly ranging from different meanings and styles of tarot cards to angel cards to oracle sets. Maybe you will get lucky, and one will ‘jump’ out at you letting you know it’s the right one off the bat. If that doesn’t happen right away, here is the intuitive technique that has always worked for me.
Using your intuition can get you a deck of cards that will truly resonate with you. It helps to ask your spirit guides for help when doing this. Take yourself (and your guides) down to a local new age store or one of the larger general bookstores if they have a good selection of tarot decks. Choose a few of the available tarot decks that you like and place them side by side on the shelf in front of you. Pick up each set individually, paying attention only to the sensation you get from holding it in your hand. Go through all the new decks one at a time making note of what you feel. You may feel nothing except the weight of the box for most of them. It’s different for everyone but there will be a physical sign that’s just for you. A shiver that travels up your arm (as it does for me) or a tingle at the back of your neck, your stomach could flip, your heart might race… there should be some physical sign letting you know. Repeat this several times narrowing down the choices until you get to "the one", usually you will get the same sensation over and over from the deck that’s supposed to be yours.
I went shopping for new tarot decks but had no clue about what I wanted. After staring at all the choices for almost an hour I had it down to three that I liked, with one that I thought was best. I used this intuitive technique to help me pick the one of the three I would later decide to buy, and I was surprised by what happened. When I picked up the one I liked the most I got nothing and felt nothing at all. A strong shiver went up my arm and my heart flipped when I picked up a box of oracle cards that I really didn’t have any interest in. I tested it several times and every time had the same experience when I picked up the set, so I bought them even though I was not really sure what I would do with them as it wasn’t my usual style. Our instincts are never wrong though, I absolutely adore these cards and of course they are a perfect addition to the tools I already use.
As a clairvoyant tarot reader, it’s important that the cards I use work well for and with me energetically. I like to use the Universal Waite Tarot Deck in my professional readings. Another of my favorites is Connolly Tarot, not only is each card beautiful to look at, for me they act as a gateway into the client’s life. When using these cards during a reading, it’s like I’m given instant access to that person’s energy field allowing me to ‘read’ information about them and their lives past and present.
We don't always know what will end up being our gateway, and it’s a good idea to try different types of divination decks to access full potential of your gifts.
These days it is very easy to buy tarot cards online. The trouble is that you don't have the same opportunity to get a hands-on feel for the best deck for you. So, start by going to your local store and practice the tuning in method. Note the price, and then check the same deck on Amazon for a comparable price. You can often save some money this way.
But where to get tarot cards online! I used to purchase decks on eBay, but I had too many arrive that were seconds. Some cards being doubled up and others missing etc., or if they came from China, I found that they were often very poor-quality rip-offs of real decks. I've never had those problems with Amazon.
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