9 Tarot Decks you must know (and own!)

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There are many Tarot Decks around the world with different themes and illustrations. There are so many options that we can get lost when I decide to purchase one (or the first one). Many of them are great, feature original illustrations and an amazing quality. But, we also have some poor quality ones around the market.

So, how do we know which one is good? How do we know if a specific deck is good for us or not? And what about the cards size? We don’t usually find this information in the official description.

Thinking about this, we prepared this post with 9 Tarot Decks that are perfect options for those who want to expand their collection or for starters!

The Tarot Decks recommended in this post are:
(if you wish to go directly to a specific deck, just click on it)

 

9 Tarot Decks

1) Tarot de Marseille

The Tarot de Marseille is one of the most important decks, if not the most important one. Its design inspired several other decks that came later. It was created around the 17th century in France. Several reproductions have been made and are for sale, so it is quite difficult to point out which ones are of quality or not.

We have got a French edition published by Heron. These are very faithful reproductions of the original cards found at Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris. The print is excellent and the finish, although simple, is of extreme quality.

It comes with a booklet in French and English.

This Deck can be found at Ebay and at Amazon.fr.

However, this is not a very easy to use deck and is not recommended for beginners (unless you love challenges!). If you’re going to build a collection, it’s worth securing yours. If you’re looking for your first deck, take a look at the deck below.

Tarot de Marseille (Heron) - Box (Front)
Tarot de Marseille (Heron) – Box (Front)

 

Tarot de Marseille (Heron) - Box (Back)
Tarot de Marseille (Heron) – Box (Back)

 

Tarot de Marseille (Heron) - Cards
Tarot de Marseille (Heron) – Cards

 

Tarot de Marseille (Heron) - The Magician
Tarot de Marseille (Heron) – The Magician

 

Tarot de Marseille (Heron) - Back of the cards
Tarot de Marseille (Heron) – Back of the cards

 

Tarot de Marseille (Heron) - Size comparison using a common playing card
Tarot de Marseille (Heron) – Size comparison using a common playing card

 

Tarot de Marseille (Heron) - 3 of Swords
Tarot de Marseille (Heron) – 3 of Swords
Tarot de Marseille (Heron) - 3 of Batons
Tarot de Marseille (Heron) – 3 of Batons

 

Tarot de Marseille (Heron) - 9 of Cups
Tarot de Marseille (Heron) – 9 of Cups

 

Tarot de Marseille (Heron) - 6 of Disks
Tarot de Marseille (Heron) – 6 of Disks

 

Tarot de Marseille (Heron) - King of Batons
Tarot de Marseille (Heron) – King of Batons
Tarot de Marseille (Heron) - Statement about being a reproduction of the original found at the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris
Tarot de Marseille (Heron) – Statement about being a reproduction of the original found at the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris

 

Tarot de Marseille (Heron) - Booklet (front)
Tarot de Marseille (Heron) – Booklet (front)

 

Tarot de Marseille (Heron) - Booklet (French content)
Tarot de Marseille (Heron) – Booklet (French content)

 

Tarot de Marseille (Heron) - Booklet (back, upside down)
Tarot de Marseille (Heron) – Booklet (back, upside down)

 

Tarot de Marseille (Heron) - Booklet (English content)
Tarot de Marseille (Heron) – Booklet (English content)


2)
The Rider Tarot

The Rider Tarot is beautiful, is intuitive and is inspiring. Created by Pamela Smith under the direction of Arthur Waite, this is the most popular deck in the world! Its symbology is inspiring and its illustrations are wonderful!

Just as the Tarot de Marseille, the Rider Tarot also inspired several other decks that came later.

Relatively easy to use, this deck is recommended for beginners and for experient readers!

We recommend the edition published by US Games System that can be ordered in Amazon.com . There’s also another version which comes in a metal case (we don’t know it personally yet).

 

The Rider Tarot (US Games System) - Box (Front)
The Rider Tarot (US Games System) – Box (Front)

 

The Rider Tarot (US Games System) - Box (Back)
The Rider Tarot (US Games System) – Box (Back)

 

The Rider Tarot (US Games System) - Cards
The Rider Tarot (US Games System) – Cards

 

The Rider Tarot (US Games System) - The Fool
The Rider Tarot (US Games System) – The Fool

 

The Rider Tarot (US Games System) - Back of the cards
The Rider Tarot (US Games System) – Back of the cards

 

The Rider Tarot (US Games System) - Size comparison using a common playing card
The Rider Tarot (US Games System) – Size comparison using a common playing card

 

The Rider Tarot (US Games System) - Knight of Swords
The Rider Tarot (US Games System) – Knight of Swords

 

The Rider Tarot (US Games System) - 7 of Pentacles
The Rider Tarot (US Games System) – 7 of Pentacles

 

The Rider Tarot (US Games System) - 3 of Swords
The Rider Tarot (US Games System) – 3 of Swords

 

The Rider Tarot (US Games System) - 6 of Staves
The Rider Tarot (US Games System) – 6 of Staves

 

The Rider Tarot (US Games System) - Booklet (Front)
The Rider Tarot (US Games System) – Booklet (Front)

 

The Rider Tarot (US Games System) - Booklet
The Rider Tarot (US Games System) – Booklet


3)
 The Goddess Tarot

The Goddess Tarot (US Games System), for those who follow our Goddesses posts, is already known. Designed by Kris Waldherr, it’s an incredible deck full of Goddess power. Each Major Arcana is represented by a Goddess, and they are:

This deck is based on the Rider Tarot and comparing them is very interesting! The finishing of the cards is excellent and the illustrations are beautiful and original. It comes with a booklet in English.

Ps.: There was an accident with the box, so there is no picture of it 🙁

Just as the Rider Tarot, it is relatively easy to use and is recommended for beginners and for experienced readers.

You can buy it on Amazon.com.

The Goddess Tarot (US Games System) - Cards
The Goddess Tarot (US Games System) – Cards
The Goddess Tarot (US Games System) - Love (Venus)
The Goddess Tarot (US Games System) – Love (Venus)

 

The Goddess Tarot (US Games System) - Love (Venus)
The Goddess Tarot (US Games System) – Back of the cards

 

The Goddess Tarot (US Games System) - Size comparison using a common playing card
The Goddess Tarot (US Games System) – Size comparison using a common playing card

 

The Goddess Tarot (US Games System) - Princess of Staves
The Goddess Tarot (US Games System) – Princess of Staves

 

The Goddess Tarot (US Games System) - 4 of Staves
The Goddess Tarot (US Games System) – 4 of Staves

 

The Goddess Tarot (US Games System) - 4 of Pentacles
The Goddess Tarot (US Games System) – 4 of Pentacles

 

The Goddess Tarot (US Games System) - 8 of Swords
The Goddess Tarot (US Games System) – 8 of Swords

 

The Goddess Tarot (US Games System) - 7 of Cups
The Goddess Tarot (US Games System) – 7 of Cups

 

The Goddess Tarot (US Games System) - Booklet (Font)
The Goddess Tarot (US Games System) – Booklet (Font)

 

The Goddess Tarot (US Games System) - Booklet
The Goddess Tarot (US Games System) – Booklet


4)
The Golden Tarot (Liz Dean)

The Golden Tarot from Liz Dean is a very impressive deck. Also inspired by Rider Tarot, the illustrations here are quite inspiring and well made.

The golden tones evoke times past, giving an extra mood for the readings. The cards have a good finish, however, with the use and the time, they presented some small flaws on the edges that can be seen in the images. An important detail is that, unlike most, these cards do not have a white border 😀

The deck comes in a very thick and practical box. There is also a colored book explaining each card.

It is recommended for beginners and for experienced readers.

You can find it on Amazon.com

 

The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) - Box (Front)
The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) – Box (Front)

 

The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) - Box (Back)
The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) – Box (Back)

 

The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) - Cards
The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) – Cards

 

The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) - 4 of Swords
The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) – 4 of Swords

 

The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) - 5 of Wands
The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) – 5 of Wands

 

The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) - 2 of Cups
The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) – 2 of Cups

 

The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) - 10 of Swords
The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) – 10 of Swords

 

The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) - 5 of Pentacles
The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) – 5 of Pentacles

 

The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) - The Sun
The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) – The Sun

 

The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) - Back of the Cards
The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) – Back of the Cards

 

The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) - Size comparison using a common playing card
The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) – Size comparison using a common playing card

 

The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) - King of Wands
The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) – King of Wands

 

The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) - Book (Front)
The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) – Book (Front)

 

The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) - Book
The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) – Book

 

The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) - Book
The Golden Tarot (CICO Books) – Book

5) The Thoth Tarot

Aleister Crowley’s Tarot. Crowley was a great scholar of the twentieth century. Although extremely controversial, his knowledge of the occult was quite broad and encompassed different lines of thought.

Crowley is known to have laid the foundations for current Satanism. He translated Solomon’s Keys, including Goetia, he was part of the Golden Dawn and used the knowledge obtained there to found Thelema.

Anyway. His Tarot Deck is different. The Thoth Tarot has the same structure as the other decks, but the cards have associated keywords that already carry meanings by themselves. Illustrations were made by Lady Frieda Harris.

This is a deck suitable for anyone looking for a different approach.

The edition we have comes in a big box with a colorful book. However, the cards are standard card size, which can be an advantage or a problem, depending on what you are looking for. The quality of the cards and the printing are excellent!

You can find this deck at Amazon.com

 

The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) - Box (Front)
The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) – Box (Front)

 

The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) - Box (Back)
The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) – Box (Back)

 

The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) - Back of the cards
The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) – Back of the cards

 

The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) - 2 of Swords
The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) – 2 of Swords

 

The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) - The Hanged Man
The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) – The Hanged Man

 

The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) - Size comparison using a common playing card
The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) – Size comparison using a common playing card

 

The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) - 8 of Wands
The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) – 8 of Wands

 

The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) - 2 of Cups
The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) – 2 of Cups

 

The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) - 4 of Disks
The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) – 4 of Disks

 

The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) - Queen of Cups
The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) – Queen of Cups

 

The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) - Cards
The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) – Cards

 

The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) - Book (Front)
The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) – Book (Front)

 

The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) - Book
The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) – Book

 

The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) - Book
The Thoth Tarot (Sterling Ethos) – Book

6) The Wild Unknown Tarot

 

What to say about the Wild Unknown Tarot? This deck is mysterious, intriguing and has amazing illustrations! The cards have their essence in black and white, but watercolors are added giving a very different and artistic aspect to the animals and the landscapes.What is most striking about this deck, however, is the packaging. The cards come accommodated in a compact box, which comes inside another larger box with the book that guides us through the unknown. All with a great finish!

This deck is suitable for both beginners and experienced readers. One great way to enjoy it is by taking only one card at a time, rather than doing a traditional reading.You can find it on Amazon.

BONUS
There’s another deck coming from the same artist! We can pre-oder The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Deck (launch scheduled for March 27, 2018). It must be as incredible as the first is!

 

The Wild Unknown Tarot - Box (Front)
The Wild Unknown Tarot – Box (Front)

 

The Wild Unknown Tarot - Box (Back)
The Wild Unknown Tarot – Box (Back)

 

The Wild Unknown Tarot - Box (Open with Book)
The Wild Unknown Tarot – Box (Open with Book)

 

The Wild Unknown Tarot - Box (Open without the book)
The Wild Unknown Tarot – Box (Open without the book)

 

The Wild Unknown Tarot - Box (Open and empty)
The Wild Unknown Tarot – Box (Open and empty)

 

The Wild Unknown Tarot - Cards
The Wild Unknown Tarot – Cards

 

The Wild Unknown Tarot - Temperance
The Wild Unknown Tarot – Temperance

 

The Wild Unknown Tarot - Back of the cards
The Wild Unknown Tarot – Back of the cards

 

The Wild Unknown Tarot - Size comparison using a common playing card
 The Wild Unknown Tarot – Size comparison using a common playing card

 

The Wild Unknown Tarot - 9 of Pentacles
The Wild Unknown Tarot – 9 of Pentacles

 

The Wild Unknown Tarot - 7 of Cups
The Wild Unknown Tarot – 7 of Cups

 

The Wild Unknown Tarot - 7 of Wands
The Wild Unknown Tarot – 7 of  Wands

 

The Wild Unknown Tarot - Daughter of Swords
The Wild Unknown Tarot – Daughter of Swords

 

The Wild Unknown Tarot - 9 of Swords
The Wild Unknown Tarot – 9 of Swords

 

The Wild Unknown Tarot - Book (Front)
The Wild Unknown Tarot – Book (Front)

 

The Wild Unknown Tarot - Book
The Wild Unknown Tarot – Book

 

The Wild Unknown Tarot - Book
The Wild Unknown Tarot – Book

7) The Druid Craft Tarot

 

The Druid Craft Tarot is ideal for Druids, for those who like the Celtic culture and/or those who follow the Wheel of the Year, for example. The cards are very large and have a good finish. The illustrations are fantastic and we will find well-known deities in Wicca like Cernunnos and Brigid in them for example.

The box is huge! However, the finish where the cards are is not very good and ends up taking off over time. So I suggest keeping the cards somewhere else like a specific bag or another box. The book is very beautiful and brings an excellent reading!

The Druid Craft Tarot is suitable for beginners and experienced readers. Being related to Druidism, this deck ends up adding more information than the other decks and then it serves as a “school” for those who want to know more about the theme.
You can find it on Amazon.com!
The Druid Craft Tarot - Box (Front)
The Druid Craft Tarot – Box (Front)

 

The Druid Craft Tarot - Box (Back)
The Druid Craft Tarot – Box (Back)

 

The Druid Craft Tarot - Box (Open with Book)
The Druid Craft Tarot – Box (Open with Book)

 

The Druid Craft Tarot - Box (Open without Book)
The Druid Craft Tarot – Box (Open without Book)

 

The Druid Craft Tarot - Cards
The Druid Craft Tarot – Cards

 

The Druid Craft Tarot - The Hanged Man
The Druid Craft Tarot – The Hanged Man

 

The Druid Craft Tarot - Back of the Cards
The Druid Craft Tarot – Back of the Cards

 

The Druid Craft Tarot - Size comparison using a common playing card
The Druid Craft Tarot – Size comparison using a common playing card

 

The Druid Craft Tarot - The Star
The Druid Craft Tarot – The Star

 

The Druid Craft Tarot - Cernunnos
The Druid Craft Tarot – Cernunnos

 

The Druid Craft Tarot - 7 of Pentacles
The Druid Craft Tarot – 7 of Pentacles

 

The Druid Craft Tarot - 2 of Swords
The Druid Craft Tarot – 2 of Swords

 

The Druid Craft Tarot - 9 of Cups
The Druid Craft Tarot – 9 of Cups

 

The Druid Craft Tarot - Princess of Wands
The Druid Craft Tarot – Princess of Wands

 

The Druid Craft Tarot - 9 of Wands
The Druid Craft Tarot – 9 of Wands

 

The Druid Craft Tarot - Book (Front)
The Druid Craft Tarot – Book (Front)

 

The Druid Craft Tarot - Book
The Druid Craft Tarot – Book

 

The Druid Craft Tarot - Book
Livro (Arcanos Menores) – The Druid Craft Tarot


8)
The Linestrider Tarot

The Linestrider Tarot is light. It is minimalist. It is elegant.
This deck is a contrast to all other decks. While we usually see a large amount of symbols, colours, and details in the cards, here we find a magical simplicity that can capture and convey everything we need.

The box is very pretty and it reminds us of the box style of the Wild Unknown Tarot, however, it is not so reinforced inside. The cards have a very good finish and the illustrations are incredible. It also comes with a great book.

This deck is recommended for beginners as well as experienced readers.
You can find it on Amazon.com
The Linestrider Tarot - Box (Front)
The Linestrider Tarot – Box (Front)

 

The Linestrider Tarot - Box (Back)
The Linestrider Tarot – Box (Back)

 

The Linestrider Tarot - Box (Open with book)
The Linestrider Tarot – Box (Open with book)

 

The Linestrider Tarot - Box (Open without book)
The Linestrider Tarot – Box (Open without book)

 

The Linestrider Tarot - The Moon
The Linestrider Tarot – The Moon

 

The Linestrider Tarot - Back of the cards
The Linestrider Tarot – Back of the cards

 

The Linestrider Tarot - Size comparison using a common playing card
The Linestrider Tarot – Size comparison using a common playing card

 

The Linestrider Tarot - 9 of Wands
The Linestrider Tarot – 9 of Wands

 

The Linestrider Tarot - Page of Wands
The Linestrider Tarot – Page of Wands

 

The Linestrider Tarot - 7 of Pentacles
The Linestrider Tarot – 7 of Pentacles

 

The Linestrider Tarot - Ace of Swords
The Linestrider Tarot – Ace of Swords

 

The Linestrider Tarot - 9 of Cups
The Linestrider Tarot – 9 of Cups

 

The Linestrider Tarot - Cards
The Linestrider Tarot – Cards

 

The Linestrider Tarot - Book (Front)
The Linestrider Tarot – Book (Front)

 

The Linestrider Tarot - Book
The Linestrider Tarot – Book

 

The Linestrider Tarot - Book
The Linestrider Tarot – Book


9)
The Hermetic Tarot

 

The Hermetic Tarot is the opposite of Linestrider Tarot. Black and white arts full of symbolism, complex lines and hidden messages. There is, of course, a similarity to the Thoth Tarot, since both of them are related to the Golden Dawn. However, the Hermetic Tarot is different because it has “hermetic” art style. The entire deck seems to have come out of a middle-age occult book, and that makes it incredibly magical!
Is it complicated? Yes! Is it heavy? Yes, somehow. But it is unique!

The box is very simple, similar to the Rider Tarot. The quality of the cards is very good and the printing is also great!

This deck is not recommended for beginners.
You can find it on Amazon.com
The Hermetic Tarot - Box (Front)
The Hermetic Tarot – Box (Front)

 

The Hermetic Tarot - Box (Back)
The Hermetic Tarot – Box (Back)

 

The Hermetic Tarot - Cards
The Hermetic Tarot – Cards

 

The Hermetic Tarot - Fortitude
The Hermetic Tarot – Fortitude

 

The Hermetic Tarot - Back of the cards
The Hermetic Tarot – Back of the cards

 

The Hermetic Tarot - Size comparison using a common playing card
The Hermetic Tarot – Size comparison using a common playing card

 

The Hermetic Tarot - 8 of Cups
The Hermetic Tarot – 8 of Cups

 

The Hermetic Tarot - 6 of Swords
The Hermetic Tarot – 6 of Swords

 

The Hermetic Tarot - 7 of Wands
The Hermetic Tarot – 7 of Wands

 

The Hermetic Tarot - King of Wands
The Hermetic Tarot – King of Wands

 

The Hermetic Tarot - Booklet (Front)
The Hermetic Tarot – Booklet (Front)

 

The Hermetic Tarot - Booklet
The Hermetic Tarot – Booklet

Decks de Tarot

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9 Tarot Decks you must know (and own!) | Pagan, Wicca, Witchcraft, Magic

 

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I'm Daniel, Pagan and Witch. I created Santuário Lunar to help spreading the Goddess's magic and her manifestations. I also created Trismegistia to offer pagan music with New Age style.


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