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I wanna start Tarot learning,but I don't know how to choose the first one?

As I knew,there are many kinds of Tarot.
How to choose from them?
Choosing one fit me?or choosing one by purpose? Any books or website should I read?

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I picked mine because it jumped out at me and called to me. I have a rule never buy anything that don't call to me. my deck called to me and I thought about the deck long and hard for weeks before buying it because I wanted to make sure it was a posative calling not a negative one.

i had my first tarot deck given to me as a gift from my aunt and i love it but my second deck when i found it in a shop in Atlanta jumped out at me and i got so excited as i felt pulled to it. i wouldnt put to much thought into the deck you want but i recomend starting out with an oracl deck its easyer for beginers to use and get the feel for. i was lucky enough to find mine as an oracle deck. if you dont mind recomendations though i would look up the Goddess Guidance oracle cards they are beautiful and very acurate and easy to learn. But first and formost make sure the deck feels right for YOU. i think that having a personal conection with your cards is very important. example: if your looking at 10 differant deck adn you keep going back to a certain one than thats the one that is most likely calling out to you.

i would try amazon.com

i have found many beautiful decks there at a reasonable price.

Try a brick-and-mortar type store first.  Due to sites like Amazon.com, physical metaphysical and occult stores are struggling and need our support.  Besides, handling a deck physically will send you signals about which deck really does call to you.  

i agree comleatly shadow dancer! :) having your hands on the deck will give you a lot more than buying one off the internet. how ever for people like me who live out in the sticks in the middle of no where lol its some times hard to make a 3 hour drive to get to the nearest shop. thats lots and lots of gas ha ha.
Tegwedd ShadowDancer said:

Try a brick-and-mortar type store first.  Due to sites like Amazon.com, physical metaphysical and occult stores are struggling and need our support.  Besides, handling a deck physically will send you signals about which deck really does call to you.  

True.  I was saying this mostly for the benefit of those who live in an urban setting.  If you live in the sticks, naturally, you have no choice.


I am somewhat of a deck collector.  I find there are four different kinds

1.  Classic - Like RW decks, or Marselles.

2.  Fantasy - either "sexualized" or "themed" otherwise;   such as vampyres, Pagan, etc.

3.  Specific - such as Steampunk, Art (I really like the Mucha Deck)

4.  "Special" decks - like "RW centennial", or sme such.

I used the  RWS deck for a long time.  Didn't even think of anything else.  Then thought why not? Buy a couple others.  If budget allows, buy three or four.   You might not use them now, but if you were drawn to them you prolly eventually will use them.

Then, I found the Dark Fairytale Deck and I have been almost using it ever since.

So, to answer your question -- I would buy one of each.  You will undoubtedly use them all..... eventually.  Depending on the readings you do.  

I would suggest looking at pix on Google for each of these;

Dark Farytale (yay!)

Royo Tarot (really sexualized... it is prolly too "distracting" except for certain purposes)

Mythic Tarot (very classical but easy to to "get" pictorially)

Lo Scarabeo Universal Tarot (excellent, Italian made deck - basically RWS)

Gothic Tarot (beautiful but obscure)

Hermetic Tarot (very detailed, and extremely esoteric)

I do not like the Marselles or "green man" or themed decks... they are basically (IMO) for professionals that are doing specific readings for specific clientele .... but you might just find if you are a steampunker and that you are very comfortable with a Steampunk deck;  so research is necessary.

The pagan tarot deck did not impress me, personally.  But as you have mentioned;  there are HUNDREDS OF DECKS -- we can't really give you a suggestion that's guaranteed to work for you - but I hope this gives you a place to start.

But, I reiterate... I love the Dark Fairytale deck... Just my personal opinion...   It's gorgeous. It draws you.  I look at it constantly with a 12X jeweler's loupe and find something new every time I look at it -- BUT... it's not RWS.   But any book about RWS will get you started on interpreting the deck.  Yes, SOME cards suck, but if you have a basic understanding of RWS, you will be fine;  buy your mileage may vary.


Which Gothic Tarot?  I got the Anne Stokes, but don't care for it, since it is basically like the Marseilles Tarot, has only the objects of the pip cards.  I prefer themed Tarot decks that have the scenes for the pip (numbered cards) like in the RWS.  They're easier to read, and lend themselves to sparks of inspiration.  One of my favorites is the Llewellyn Tarot published by Llewellyn Worldwide some years ago.  It's based upon scenes from the Mabinogion.  I don't know whether it's still available or not, but it is gorgeous.   

There are so many great decks out there.   I have about ten.

I like the the Dark FairyTale Deck. It practically reads itself. 

The Lunatic Tarot is fantastic

But it's rare and you have to buy from Russia.

The Dark Fairytale Tarot is equally good - printed in Italy.

You don't have to be stuck with RWS (If you don't like it, or it doesn't call to you) - there are very nice decks that are beautiful and tell amazing stories.




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