Choosing a Tarot Deck

The Supra Oracle and the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot by Uusi
Image by Victoria Constantino

When being drawn to a certain deck, one has to wonder: do you choose the deck or does it choose you? With the many and varied types and styles of tarot and oracle decks available, there is something to suit every taste. Often, it’s the artwork that captivates us, or the theme (cats, anyone?). Some oracle decks have pithy interpretations printed on the cards, like “It’s your lucky day.” Intrigued by mystique? No pre-loaded interpretation necessary; decks featuring artwork-only leave the deciphering to the reader and may reward a greater depth and variety of interpretive nuance.

If you’re undecided and searching, it can be useful to first get clear on what you want to use the deck for. Are you going to use it for general, everyday readings, doing readings for others, for meditation or journaling? Different decks tend to support different purposes. You may not want to use the same deck you use for your own readings to give readings to others (it’s an energy thing). You might also have one that you use for visualization purposes and to support your manifestations that you employ solely for that purpose.

Sometimes, when we’re tuned into our internal guidance, we may be steered toward one deck or another, and on occasion, we don’t quite know why—it’s not always a deck we would normally choose. In my experience though, it’s always a good idea to trust your intuition. There may be a message or some wisdom in it for you that turns out to be invaluable or leads you on a path of self-discovery.

Other times, it’s love at first sight. You know that deck, it’s the one… You’ve never seen anything so gorgeous in your life. You have to have it. My advice? If you like it, get it.

Ultimately, it’s really a personal decision. If you get a deck and after using it for a while, decide it doesn’t resonate with you anymore, you can always exchange with someone who has a deck you like that they’re willing to part with.