The 3 Best Decks for Getting Started With Tarot

As a beginner tarot reader myself, these questions crossed my mind:

How should you even go about choosing a new deck as a beginner? Where do you start?

It is definitely a difficult decision to figure out. I for one, purchased my first deck on a whim and it worked out well, but the cards did not excite me and you want your cards to excite you to use them.

What should you look for when picking out my first deck?

For picking out your first deck you need to analyze two things, one being the interpretability and two being the aesthetic.

Let me explain. You want your cards to be easily interpretable meaning that they house a LOT of symbolism to go off of when you are first starting to help you remember the meanings more quickly.

When it comes to the aesthetic part, it is not necessary, but it really helps you get excited about using your deck! You will automatically be putting positive energy into your cards due to your excitement, which also enhances your excitement to learn how to interpret them.

I decided to make it easier and share my three favorites to get you started.

1.) Rider-Waite Tarot Deck Rider-Waite Tarot Deck: Toys & Games
Conceived by Arthur Edward Waite, with imagery by Pamela Colman Smith

This deck was conceived by Arthur Edward Waite with artwork designed by Pamela Colman Smith and was the first deck that I used to begin learning tarot! It is the one that most tarot readers recommend for beginners.

Most other tarot decks are based off of this one. It also has more symbolism than more modern decks, so it is easier to draw meaning from.

The only issue I had with these cards was simply that the design did not really resonate with me, because I am drawn to more modern-looking cards.

That, however, is simply a personal preference.

If you would like to check it out here’s the link:

2.) Everyday Tarot Mini Tarot Deck (RP Minis)

Created by Bridgit Esselmont

This tarot deck has similar symbolism as the traditional Rider-Waite deck, but it is more modern looking and highlights more of the major symbols to focus on.

The designs on the cards are graphic and have a color scheme of purple and gold, which I really enjoy. Also, these cards are small, so they are easy and convenient for travel and learning tarot on the go.

If you want to check them out here’s the link:

3.) Ethereal Visions Illuminated Tarot Deck

Ethereal Visions Illuminated Tarot Deck: Hughes, Matt ...
Created by Matt Hughes

And the best for last, is my favorite deck, The Ethereal Visions Illuminated Tarot deck by Matt Hughes. I am in LOVE with this deck. It is in the style of Art Nouvou which is delicate and beautiful. The packaging is amazing and all of the cards have gold leafing and reflect light and they look gorgeous!

This deck has a total of 80 cards – with the artist adding two more cards of his own to the traditional Major Arcana (those being the Well and the Artist).

If you want to check it out here’s the link:

Thank you for reading:)

If you have any other tarot deck suggestions feel free to leave them in the comments to help other people out!

-JW (aka Indigo Stardust)