My Favorite Tarot Decks Of All Time
I had a realization the other day. I went into Barnes and Noble to browse through the spiritual section like I often do. Lately though, I’ve been really disappointed with the amount of tarot and oracle decks available. There were only about 30 decks available this go round so I left empty handed.
When I got home, I looked at my collection of decks and realized I have more decks than Barnes and Noble. Just let that sink it. I have more decks than my local bookstore. So its safe to say I’ve worked some of the best and worst though I don’t consider any deck to be bad. Anyway, this realization got me thinking about my favorite tarot decks of all times. These are the decks I use pretty much daily in someway. They’re always accurate, especially beautiful and never let me down. doesn’t matter if I’m reading for myself or someone else. I always connect with this decks in a profound and intimate way. They are arranged from most to least favorite. Enjoy.
The Ophidia Rosa Tarot
I could never say enough good things about this deck. It really is stunning. The illustrations feature herbs on a tea stained background which is the epitome of my heart. In fact, my spiritual journey started with my studies in aromatherapy and herbalism. Though my tea journey began at the tender age of nine when I had my first cup of green tea. It follows the traditional Rider-Waite format despite having flowers and herbs as its main theme. The illustrations are still reminiscent of the Rider-Waite style so if you’re a seasoned reader like me, you’ll have no problem connecting the imagery.
This was my favorite deck before the Ophidia Rosa Tarot. You’ll start to see a pattern here. I tend to enjoy minimal decks. There is something about the imagery being straight to the point that really resonates with me. I love a colorful deck too but I feel like the minimal ones allow me to focus on what’s most important about the image. Sure I can rely on heavy imagery but a more minimal style pushes me to rely more on intuition and less on memorized symbolism.
Antique Anatomy Tarot Ephemera Edition
I just got this deck last month but as you can see, its already made its way to my favorites list. Its minimal, just like the others but it has a cheerful quality, despite the skulls and body anatomy that I can’t quite explain. Claire, who is an instagram friend of mine, did with matching the appropriate image to the more familiar symbolism of the Rider-Waite style. I’ve read with this deck nearly everyday since I received it and I am shocked by how accurate it is. Its perhaps the most accurate deck I’ve had so far.
The Wildwood Tarot
It took me a while to like this one. I remember buying it a few years back in August and being a little overwhelmed by how different it is from Rider-Waite. I was frustrated and just didn’t connect with it so I sat it on a shelf. Then come that December, I decided to read the whole guidebook cover to cover. The authors specifically talked about how it is not a traditional deck and should not be used that way. From then on, I approached it as what it was and not what I expected it to be. It’s been one of my favorite decks every sense. Mostly because of how earthy and grounded it is. Water element is my favorite being a scorpio and all buy earth is a close second. This deck is everything you would want in an earth element deck.