Are all tarot decks the same? What tarot deck should you start with? Can you read tarot with a regular deck of cards? If you are a beginner in tarot reading, it’s normal to have many different questions in your mind. But really, Are all tarot cards the same?
Every year, countless new and different tarot decks are being published. Their popularity and accessibility only growing with a new age of spirituality.
Many of them are limited edition designs that tarot-readers rush to add to their collections, created by indies and funded on Kickstarter — like our very own augmented-reality empowered Fantôme Tarot Deck.
Something that confuses a lot of beginner tarot readers is that many artists take thematic twists with their visual designs on the tarot cards. Of course, the meaning of tarot cards will also be different, as they all have different symbols. According to the Pros, to start reading tarot cards with a true way is having a tarot guidebook with the right tarot deck!
Because, the same Judgement card (a commonly confusing card on its own) can look drastically different across multiple tarot decks.
But, does it even matter, and can this affect your learning process? Yes, and yes! It means, all tarot decks are not the same. Then, let’s get into the why and how you can make your own investment decisions with the right tarot deck.
Classic and A Popular Tarot Deck: Rider Waite Tarot Deck
We’ve covered the timeless Rider Waite Deck before. But even though the imagery of Rider Waite actively inspires new design, it’s by no means the ‘original deck’.
The origins of tarot decks are said to go over 2000 years back, supposedly originating from scripts of Egyptian priests.
What makes Rider Waite’s deck so strong is its rich expansive symbolisms that encompasses so many nuanced possibilities for interpretations. At the end of the day, however, we can strip the 78-tarot cards down to plain numerology, the four elements, and astrological and planetary associations.
So long as the basic ‘rules’ in all tarot cards are the same… For example, air representing communication, thoughts, intellect, and the number two representing duality, partnership, balance — the visual possibilities are infinite.
For an office-themed tarot deck, a ‘two’ of ‘air’ could be represented by a clerk struggling to choose between using a blue pen or a black pen! When a deck abandons this template, that’s when we have an oracle deck.
- You can also read: Differences Between Tarot and Oracle Cards
Can you use your own interpretation when using Tarot cards?
Since tarot reading is a two-way language, anything on the tarot cards themselves could be used as a means of delivering a message.
Even something like a kind facial expression of a character on an otherwise grim card could be trying to communicate a more hopeful meaning.
A more minimalist tarot deck might focus on the raw energy of numbers and astrology, which is good for a general reading. A lot of intuition and imagination comes into play when deciphering what’s a sign and what’s not.
Rider Waite’s Deck vs Fantome Deck
Comparing the 3 of Swords from the classical Rider Waite deck and the our new tarot deck Fantôme side by side; a reader might feel urged to say how the swords are just projections — heartbreak created by the Seeker’s own expectations, justifications, and paranoia.
The classical deck portrays heavy rain and despair, whereas in the Fantôme deck clouds are scattered, with sudden lightning — like sudden anxiety episodes or migraines.
The Arthurian theme of sword-in-the-stone could prompt the advice of believing in one’s self-worth to pull these old heartaches out.
A tarot deck for every occasion
It’s common for tarot readers to have more than a tarot deck! If you’re thinking of starting your tarot card collection, or expanding it, you might want to think of why you’re being drawn to a new tarot deck.
Perhaps you’ve gone through a transformation and feel like you need to upgrade your active personal deck with a new ‘personality’ or ‘voice’.We’ve listed some tarot decks for beginners on our blog before:
But at the end of the day, if you feel a special connection to a particular tarot deck, its non-traditional imagery won’t stop you from learning.
After all, every tarot deck is like a unique individual in its own right, and a tarot reader always takes time to introduce and get to know their new tarot deck.
Start reading tarot cards is like starting a new relationship, as if for the first time every time. Which is part of the reason why we’re developing an AR guidebook tarot app with Fantôme (to make learning and ice-breaking for both beginners and intermediate readers intuitive, accessible and fun).
Don’t forget to pop into our store: You might find yourself drawn to one of our designs. If you feel like start reading tarot cards with the Rider Waite tarot as the all-time beginner-friendly option, we have three variations of the classical deck with a stylish twist: Âme and Magic.
Be brave and don’t be afraid to learn more about accurate tarot reading. Trust your intuition and if a tarot deck calls to you, answer the call. It’s like a first date, scary, but exciting to get to know each deck for the first time.
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