M Y H O W T O G U I D E T O F I N D I N G Y O U R D R E A M D E C K
Picking a deck is as personal as picking your clothes. Find something that suits your personal style. It might be difficult to do this if you are new to Tarot so take your time. There's no rush. Once you have decided you want a deck you have already begun to manifest it!
Spend some time researching what's out there and ask experienced readers what they suggest. Bear in mind that everyone has opinions, and some people have very strong opinions about Tarot (both negative and positive). It is important to be clear about how you feel about this process. Try not to let the attitudes of others influence you too much.
D O I N E E D T O G E T A T R A D I T I O N A L D E C K ?
The classic and probably most well known Tarot deck available is called the Rider-Waite deck. This was my first deck and I recommend for beginners because there is an abundance of learning resources available to help you study these cards. In my experience, learning with the Rider-Waite deck helped me quickly learn other decks, too. The structure is the same for almost every Tarot deck. Almost all of them contain 78 cards, 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana. Some decks take a few liberties with this pattern, but most stay true to this classic structure.
S H O P A R O U N D A N D T A K E Y O U R T I M E
If the traditional deck doesn't speak to you or you already have it and want to expand, I suggest spending some time researching what's out there. I am always amazed by how many creative decks exist! I learn about a new one all the time and I have to practice self discipline not to buy them all!
Aecletic Tarot has a comprehensive list of Tarot decks, including reviews. I find this extremely helpful and check it a few times a year when I'm thinking of getting a deck or referring a client to get a deck. Have fun while you are clicking around! Let your intuition and personal interest guide you. You don't have to review them all, just the ones that call to you.
(Link to list: http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/list.shtml)
S H O U L D I B U Y M Y O W N D E C K ?
There are those who will tell you that you should never buy a deck for yourself. I personally don't subscribe to this belief. It is lovely when someone gives me a deck, and those decks that have been gifted to me do hold a special place in my heart. However, I have purchased decks for myself and never found it to hinder my practice.
In fact, I bought my first deck on Amazon. I was so excited, it was a moment that just felt right. The excitement and joy I felt meant I was on the right track. When the deck arrived I felt like a kid on Christmas morning! If you feel strongly that it is time to get a deck, and you have found one that speaks to you, check with your gut and if it says yes, buy it!
S H O U L D I B U Y A U S E D D E C K ?
For beginners, I don't recommend buying a used deck. It's best to start with clear energy to work with. Once you get your deck attune to it by touching every card and getting to know them. Putting your energy into the deck is part of what makes reading them so magical. If you get them used you have to know how to clear them properly and this is more of an advanced skill.
If someone gives you a used deck as a gift, especially if it is from a relative, take it! That's a really special gift, but it is still a really good idea to cleanse them. I would wait for the full moon and lay them out in a window to soak up the moonlight. This will clear and charge the deck.
T R U S T D I V I N E T I M I N G
If the process of looking for a deck is stressing you out, take a step back. What's the hurry? Allow things to unfold as they should. If you are hunting for one and can't make up your mind, talk about it with friends. Wait. Buying a Tarot deck is a big deal. This deck could change your life. There is no need to rush the process. Enjoy each step and keep a journal of your experience. It's all part of the practice!
C O N S U L TY O U R G U T O F T E N
Reading Tarot cards is an art form. Like any art it is highly subjective and should be approached as a personal practice. Beware anyone who tells you there is only one way to approach Tarot. In fact, be wary when people tell you there is only one way to do anything. There is only one you and you have a unique purpose and vibration. It is important not to live too rigidly by the advice, opinions and beliefs of others. Leave plenty of room for your creativity and uniqueness to flow in all that you do.
When you approach getting a deck, especially if it is your first deck, I find it is best to meditate and reflect before moving forward. Learning to listen to your gut is part of being a strong reader. Whether you plan to read for personal reasons or want to read professionally you have to learn to trust your intuition. Let your intuition guide you as you shop and you won't be disappointed.
G O O D L U C K & H A V E F U N