New Tarot Decks - How To Get The Best One For You

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Overwhelmed by all the new tarot decks on the market? Don’t know how to buy the best one for your own use? Here’s the secret. Allow the tarot cards choose you.

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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. 

Buying New Tarot Decks? Here's How To Pick The Best One For You

This is not a bad idea if the goal is simply to learn the basics and 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, perhaps even to give readings on a professional level, I suggest finding a deck or decks that really ‘grabs’ you, 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 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. If that doesn’t happen right away, here is a technique that has always worked for me. It helps to ask your guides for help when doing this. Choose a few of the available new 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 tarot 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 one, usually you will get the same sensation over and over from the deck that’s supposed to be yours.

I recently went shopping for new tarot decks but had no clue about what I wanted. After staring at all of 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 technique to help me pick the one of the three I would buy, and I was surprised by what happened. When I picked up the one I liked the most I got nothing, 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 got the same sensation when I picked up the set, so I bought them not really sure what I would do with them as it isn’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 Connolly Tarot in my TarotVision readings. Another of my favorite decks is The Osho Zen Tarot, not only are they 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. A person doesn’t know what will end up being their gateway, and it’s a good idea to try different types of divination to access full potential of your gifts.

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 FAQs For New Tarot Decks

Can you buy a tarot deck for yourself?

  • Yes, you can buy a tarot deck for yourself. But learn to let the tarot cards choose you if you want to pick the best deck for your use.

Should your first tarot deck be a gift?

  • While it is always a perfect gift for a Tarot Junkie like me, your tarot deck can be a gift from yourself to yourself. People who perpetuate the myth "you must never buy a first deck because it must be given to you as a gift" have watched too many Harry Potter movies. Most professional psychics like myself buy our own decks.  

Is it bad to use someone else's tarot cards?

  • It is not bad to use someone else's tarot cards at all. In fact, if you visit a good psychic tarot reader in person, you will most often be asked to shuffle the cards at the start of your reading. A busy psychic will have had their cards used by thousands of people. If you want to read your own cards, it is possible to buy used cards on eBay. I've always sold my old decks that way. Some people prefer their new tarot decks to have been pre-loved by a good psychic.

Is it OK to have more than one tarot deck?

  • Yes, owning many decks is part and parcel of our trade. But if you want to work with one deck, that is fine too. 

How many tarot decks do you have?

  • I own more than 50 tarot decks, as I like to change them about from reading to reading. That said, I tend to use one deck 80% of the time and the rest in about 20% of my work.

How do you break in a new tarot deck?

What is a good tarot deck for beginners?

  • The Rider-Waite deck is regarded as the de-facto 'standard' for modern tarot decks and the most suitable for the study of tarot for beginners. Many tarot readers begin with this pack before progressing to a deck of their own preference. 

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