If you are interested in a tarot reading, you may wonder what tarot deck should you start with? Really, how do you pick your first tarot deck? In this article, we will talk about the ways to select a tarot deck that’s right for you!
You can also learn more about this in our article “What Tarot Deck Should I Start With? The Best Tarot Decks For Beginners“. Does it make more sense to choose classic tarot decks or new tarot decks? Before you decide to buy a tarot deck, it is very important that you can connect with the image.
At this point, the choice of tarot deck you feel close to will always be the best.
Best Tarot Decks For Beginners
When it came to choosing my first tarot deck, in all honesty, I was awfully picky! I wanted something colorful, but not too fancy. Something symbolic, but not too heavy on the eyes. But is it important while choosing your first tarot deck?
In the end, I went with the classical, beginner-friendly Rider-Waite tarot deck as my first.
- Learn more about this classic tarot deck: How Do You Use The Rider Waite’s Tarot deck?
My second tarot deck was one I designed myself! It also helped me to create my own tarot spread.
I still continue to design tarot decks I find lacking in the tarot market, as well as satisfy your desires to choose your first tarot deck.
What Tarot Deck Should I Start With?
People and the way we connect are many and different with tarot decks.
Your first connection with a tarot deck can happen anywhere, anytime, like love at first sight. So, the answer of the “How to Choose Your First Tarot Deck?” question will change. You can connect with your first tarot deck maybe on a holiday or on an Instagram story. Choosing the first tarot deck can also happen consciously and pragmatically, like me.
In this blog post, I’d like to go over a handful of things to consider when choosing your first – or even next – tarot deck.
- What is the style and character of your first tarot deck?
This might be an unexpected one, to begin with choosing the first tarot deck. It can be spiritual and express it selectively through carefully crafted fashion or aesthetical choices.
Are you exclusively looking to practice tarot reading and divination and spirituality or are you making first steps into modern witchcraft?
If you are more of a green or kitchen witch, then you might be looking for altar cloths and tarot with designs inspired by nature. If you’re going for a mystical, nocturnal aesthetic, there is nothing ‘ingenuine’ or ‘posing’ about crafting that image.
A self-expression is a form of communication and connection with your first tarot deck. It helps you get in ‘the zone or connect better with your purpose. Then, by all means, design your look and environment as fit.
You might feel like starting conservatively by only getting a new tarot deck, but for whatever end-visual-message you’re going for, working towards a ‘matching set’ in terms of the deck, bags, cloths, and other tools is a long-term goal to keep at the back of the mind.
- What is your tarot reading and learning style?
While a classic tarot deck like Rider-Waite Tarot Deck has a friendly design for beginner tarot readers, this is not necessarily true for all people.
Some beginner tarot readers are more visual and do depend a lot on visuals and symbolism to guide their learning and interpretative process.
However, as we discussed in a previous blog post about different tarot deck designs, different illustrative interpretations can affect and bend a card’s meaning towards a more particular direction or flavor.
More ‘logical’ tarot readers might find these visuals distracting. They might prefer to stick to numerology, the meaning behind the four suit elements, and core concepts of the Major Arcana.
In this case, a minimal design where the Three of Cups is represented with, well, three cups, might help a reader focus on connecting keywords and themes together. Do consider your learning style! Then you can decide what tarot deck should you start with.
If you just thought you’re a better audio learner, you might benefit from a tarot deck with a very stylized, focused theme, like a fairytale- or baroque-motif. In this case, your interpretation and learning style is more story-telling driven.
- What are your long-term plans for tarot reading?
Are you looking to in-depth study first, or to practice tarot reading as you go? Do you plan to read the tarot cards only for yourself or for others?
The latter is an even bigger reason to invest in a higher quality material deck to ensure they remain presentable in the long run. However, if you’re looking to start with a personal deck, consider how attached you might become to the deck in the long run.
Obviously, price plays a big role as well. So, you may need to look at the prices before you buy a new tarot deck.
- If you have a limited budget for your esoteric practices, but planning to use your cards actively, it might make more sense to invest in a high-quality deck from the get-go to ensure the cards don’t scratch and wear off too fast, potentially lasting with you for years to come.
However, if you’re still undecided about tarot or are unsure about how much time you’d be able to dedicate to learning, then even a small Rider Waite deck from a bookstore could potentially be enough for early trial purposes – but then what would you plan to do with them afterward?
- Do you feel a connection with your first tarot deck?
Feeling and emotional connection are important when choosing your first tarot deck.
Last but certainly not least is that magnetic pull you just feel towards a certain deck. A tarot reader I know, who was curious about tarot for a while, found her first deck in a second-hand bookstore in the middle of nowhere. She saw the old, battered box-set of cards and guidebook, with its imperfections, and answered the call.
When you feel that connection with your first tarot deck, it is really important. After that, things like price, wait time, or any other conditions will not matter.
Many tarot practitioners get to know their cards via a slow courtship, sleeping with the deck and carrying it around, mentally speaking or just flipping through the designs long before their first reading. Others jump right in! I suppose like with any relationship, it’s highly unique for every kind of connection. If it feels right, it’s right.
Final Thoughts About Choosing First Tarot Deck
At the end of the day, experimenting and having faith in choosing your first tarot deck is part of the experience.
What do you do after you chose your first deck? You might want to start by learning how to cleanse your cards and take care of them. Because cleansing their energy is really important too…
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