Choosing your first Tarot deck

With so many options to choose from, how do you decide which Tarot deck to use?

When I first started learning to read Tarot, I did a lot of research on which deck was best to learn with. Overwhelmingly, many people recommended using a Rider-Waite Smith (RWS) deck. So, I went to my local metaphysical shop and picked up an RWS deck along with a Tarot book to begin my studies.

I'm not sure what exactly I was expecting to happen, but I could not understand what the heck any of the cards meant. Everything I had read about this deck talked about the deep, rich symbolism within each card, but all I saw was a bunch of olden looking people and places. The deck didn't evoke any response from me. At this point, I put the deck on the shelf and pretty much gave up the idea that I could learn to read Tarot.

About six months later I was scrolling through Instagram when I came across a picture of The Wild Unknown Tarot deck. I felt an inexplicable pull towards the deck and knew I had to get my hands on one. Luckily, I was gifted one a couple of months later for my birthday, and that's when Tarot started to click.

I eventually enrolled in a class, and I asked my teacher why learning with The Wild Unknown was so much easier for me; especially, when everyone recommended learning with an RWS deck. She looked at me and said, "Honey, all the decks speak different languages. You and your RWS didn't speak the same one."

This is why I teach that it's so important to choose a deck that resonates with you. You don't have to learn to read using the same Tarot deck as everyone else. Find a deck that draws you in, one that you want to spend time with, one that evokes a response deep within. That's how you'll know it's speaking your language.

When you and your deck speak the same language, your readings will take on a whole new level. The messages that come through will be more apparent, and you'll feel much more confident about your readings.

When you go deck shopping, see if the store you're visiting has the decks open for you to peruse. That way you can see if you connect with it. If the decks aren't open, you can always use Google. Search the name of the deck you're interested in and spend some time looking at the various pictures of the cards. You'll know whether or not you'll vibe with it. Once you’ve got a deck that resonates with you, you’ll be set to start learning.

P.S. If you’re interested in learning to read Tarot, I’m teaching an 8-week Tarot course called Intrepid Intuition: A Beginner’s Guide to Tarot. This class is designed to help you start reading Tarot for yourself and others with confidence and clarity. This class focuses on helping you to develop your own unique relationship with the cards and using your intuition to deliver transformative Tarot readings. Over eight weeks, I’ll lead you through various exercises and discussions that will help you put down the Tarot books and begin trusting the deep intuitive knowing that already exists within you. Class is every Tuesday from 7-9PM beginning on April 2nd.