June 11

Selecting Your First Tarot Deck


Make a pretty home for your first deck!

People aiming to learn Tarot wonder how to pick their first deck. Does it have to be traditional, Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) or a clone deck? Does someone have to give it to you? Hmmm?

There is an advantage, using a traditional deck, in the sheer number of resources available. The imagery in RWS and it’s kissing cousins are especially rich, multi-layered and rooted in many esoteric traditions, so there is a lot to work with, in mastering a broad vocabulary of potential divinataory insights.

On the other hand, RWS may just leave you flat or another deck may simply sing to you. Are you supposed to ignore your inner voice in learning to better exercise your inner voice?

One of my favorite answer for these kinds of questions is, “It’s up to you!” Every step of befriending Tarot is another inch along your own Fool’s Journey, and it’s personal. No one else can tell you which deck to begin with because no one else is YOU.

As far as waiting to be given a deck–well, I can tell you for a fact your first deck doesn’t have to be a gift to “work.” Otherwise, me and whole bunch of other readers would have been out of luck!

That having been said, I usually suggest people get RWS  or clone, and buy it themselves instead of waiting on divine providence, as soon as they take a notion. Ha!

What do you think is important to remember in selecting your first deck?

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  1. It’s here, it’s here! I got my deck today, I chose the Universal Waite deck. Went through the cards briefly, to admire them. They look so nice. The deck felt warm when I took it out of the box, my hands warmed up. That’s probably a good sign, right?

    I am planning to look at them more closely later on and maybe take one card and see what comes up.

    1. That is awesome! And yes, I think it’s a very positive sign you can feel the cards’ energy when you pick them up. Congratulations! I’m excited for you.

      1. Thank you Dixie! I’m very excited too.

        Nine of Pentacles came up this morning online – how fitting. But I won’t be doing the online stuff any more from now on, since I have something to actually handle and touch now.

  2. SMG that is awesome. I got my deck yesterday afternoon. I have a P.O. Box and picked them up on my way to town. So in the quiet of my car I turned on my favorite music and just fingered them hoping my energy would get into them. When I got home/dixiblog/domains/afoolsjourney.com/public_html later last night I just had to tear into them. I chose the Llewellyn deck for lots of reasons, but the first card I drew I was the Queen of Swords, pretty fitting all things considered. Good vibes for you and your new deck.

    1. Thank you moozie, and good vibes for you and your new deck too! I checked out the Llewellyn deck – beautiful art work!

      Do you think the Queen of Swords represented you in your first reading?

  3. My first deck was a RWS clone. I love it!

    I also have something very similar to a RWS now, for learning purposes, though I think the RWS is ugly. I am passive-aggressive towards that deck, lol. I like it and hate it. Really don’t care what people do to it… just don’t tear the cards! The readings are not tinged by this toxic relationship, but I go from hating it to liking it and back again.

    My first deck is still my favorite, and I can never ever see myself parting with it. I say pick a deck that you love!

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