One of the most popular beginner’s decks, the Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot
With the sheer range of Tarot card decks that are available out there in the market, it can be an overwhelming experience figuring out how to choose the ideal deck for you. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a seasoned professional, here are some top tips on how to pick the right Tarot deck for you!
What if I just like that one the most?
It could be that, right off the bat, you are naturally drawn to one particular deck which just seems to call out to you from amongst all the others. You feel that you have some sort of connection to this deck and it seems to speak to you on some level. It’s perfectly fine to purchase the deck that you are most drawn to. We tend to work better and relate better to the deck that we are most attracted to. As always and with anything else in life, follow your gut, especially when picking the Tarot card that’s right for you! You definitely don’t need to pick the flavor of the month just because it’s the most popular.
Absolute Beginner versus Seasoned Professional
If you’re an absolute beginner, it makes sense to go with a card deck for which there’s a lot of information out there to study from. The Rider Waite Tarot is the most well known and commonly referenced deck type for beginners and it’s one deck to definitely consider as an absolute beginner. There’s a huge amount of resources out there for this particular deck and many of the courses and classes are based around the visuals and symbology of these particular cards. The Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot ( click picture alongside for details and reviews on this deck at my Amazon store) is a very popular version of the traditional deck with enhanced coloring and aesthetics.
Now, most decks in the market do carry a small accompanying booklet which explains the card meanings, provides spread ideas or other additional information. Just remember that sometimes if you pick a relatively not so commonly well known or used Tarot deck you may have limited resources to additionally study the meanings in more depth or on a more expansive level.
If you’re a seasoned professional , on the other hand, you may simply feel like exploring and checking out different types of decks to see what you are drawn to. It’s perfectly natural to feel like changing your current deck after a period of use as a natural part of your own evolution. Sometimes you may even feel like working with a more advanced or esoteric card deck and this is perfectly fine. Follow what feels right for you.
In Part II of this series we will look at some practical tips on what to look for when purchasing Tarot decks. Stay tuned, more coming up next week…
Today I thought I’d do some myth-busting about the Tarot seeing that many people have a lot of misconceptions about how Tarot readings actually work. So, voila!…. Here are my Top 3 myths about the Tarot BUSTED !
1. You Need to be Psychic to read the Tarot:
Nothing could be farther from the truth. Whilst there are quite a few gifted “psychics” and “intuitives” who are naturally gifted at reading the tarot, the vast majority of Tarot cards readers, interpret them through knowledge honed from extensive study and application of card theory. There are 78 cards in the traditional Tarot deck and with practice, a Tarot card reader can get a feel of the situation based on the way the cards fall in the reading and their position relative to other cards in the deck. It must be said though that Tarot is a great tool for intuitive development, so even if you don’t start off as a psychic, with extensive practice and application on the cards, you start getting more comfortable with opening up to your natural intuitive ability.
2. The Tarot is a Tool for Prediction:
The Tarot , as is normally used by modern day readers, is first and foremost a guidance tool. All the answers are already there within you and the Tarot simply lays them out where you can see them for yourself. Tarot can provide you options and possible solutions and outcomes. It can also sometimes bring to the light not so positive aspects of your personality which need to be worked on. Yes, some people do use Tarot for predictions but understand that the future is not set in stone and the future can be altered on any given moment by the decisions you choose to make. It’s also important to remember that most ethical readers do not provide medical or legal diagnosis.
3. The Tarot is evil:
This one gives me the chuckles. I guess in every spiritual path you have a choice and even in traditional religion people can go down the dark side. For example the dark side of traditional organized religion would be the abuse of power or fundamentalism. Modern day Tarot readers are, for the most part, your average bunch of harmless boys or girls next door. Having said that, there will always be the few dark sheep in every group, and in such cases let your intuition be your guide. Always go to someone who is genuine and radiates kindness, compassion, honesty and detachment in their persona and readings.
So there you go, those are my Top 3 Tarot Myths Busted! If you have any questions on the above, please fee free to drop me a comment!