Essential Tarot Decks

My name is Jackie and I am addicted to tarot decks. And oracle cards. And crystals. And food, sleep, love, the moon, and so on. But if you put a deck of cards in front of me I will be mesmerised and likely want to buy it for my collection. There are so many beautiful decks available now and with so many talented artists getting their witchy vibe on it's draining my bank account - but making me very happy!

When choosing your decks please keep in mind to go with your intuition. Don't just buy a deck because it's the current "in" deck on social media. Some will speak to you easier than others. Some decks will have a heavy energy for you, some will simply call to your spirit and others will do nothing at all for you. Really listen to what you're drawn to. Personally, I feel a connection to my Animal Spirits deck like no other deck. I can't explain it - it just clicks. The Little Sage deck are oracle cards (completely different to tarot, I wrote more about that here) yet I do the majority of client readings with them because I know this deck inside and out - more than any tarot deck. It's like reading the back of my hand! 

Don't under estimate the classic Rider-Waite deck. It is the most popular deck for learning tarot and dates back eons! If you were to book in with a reader at your local fair this is likely the deck they'll be using. The images may not be as pretty as the new decks coming out these days but they really tell the card's story better than any deck I've come across. For a beginner, it's a must have deck. 

Spend time connecting with your deck of cards. Study the imagery, learn the individual card meanings, feel into the intuitive messages you receive, and cleanse the deck often. 

When I post images of tarot and oracle card readings on my social media, I almost always get asked what cards I'm using. So today I'm sharing a list of some of my favourite decks. There are so many more I could of listed but the following ones are the decks that I'm drawn to, have in my collection and recommend.  Click on the images to view larger size.

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Rider-Waite A classic deck and probably the most well known deck of the tarot. This is a fantastic deck to learn tarot with and is in fact what I learnt tarot with. The majority of books and courses for tarot will use or reference this deck and it's imagery.  $21 from Book Depository 

Lumina Tarot I cannot get over the artwork of this deck, it really speaks to me! It feels magical in your hands, and it's not as dark as say TWU deck. A relatively new deck on the scene but a very popular one in the tarot world. This is the second deck by Inner Hue (see her oracle cards below) and I really love her work. $70 from Inner Hue

The Starchild Tarot So mystical and beautiful, with a soft energy to it. The Starchild deck just feels so magical. The images can be a little hard to interpret (if that's how you work) for beginners. I love seeing this deck around social media, it's so photogenic! $68 from Danielle Noel

The Wild Unknown My second ever tarot deck, and one of my favourites. However I - and a lot of other people on the internet - seem to find the imagery very dark. Indeed tarot can be dark. Regardless this is an extremely popular deck all over the world! The second edition has a few different images, more colour by the looks of it. I have the first edition and treasure it so! $52 from The Wild Unknown (guide book extra)

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The Linestrider Tarot  So minimalist and pretty. I love this deck and the animals used in it. A popular deck but seemingly hard to find. $38 by Siolo Thompson via Llewellyn 

Heart Of Stars Again, the imagery of this deck is so beautiful. There's something mystical about the cards, although this deck can be hard to learn tarot with if you're going off the images - heads up! $57 from Thom Pham

The Prisma Visions Tarot I love this deck but can't connect with it. It's pretty magical though and I know a lot of readers who use it. $60 from Prisma Visions

Lisa Frank Are you ready to go back in time to your childhood (if you're my age) in the 90's?! This deck is awesome and best of all it's FREE. You'll have to print these yourself (I used a card printing company online) but it's so worth it! It's only the major arcana. Free - download and print

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BUT WAIT!

If you're not feeling the tarot vibe and are more into oracle cards, there's a heap of beautiful goodies for you too. I'm not going to include the common Angel cards in this list, but will include my favourite moon and astrology, animal and crystal decks. These decks usually come with a guidebook to help you understand the cards but you will be required to tune into and rely on your intuition more so than the tarot. You'll also need a bit of knowledge in crystals, astrology, moon cycles etc but even if you're a fresh beginner, these are great tools to help you learn.

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The Moon Phases Oracle I love Dev and her work on IG, and her little deck is so cute!  from Mystic Moons Tarot

Arcana of Astrology Another of my favourite decks. I've got the 2nd edition which means extra cards and no keywords. A great deck if you're into astrology and the moon phases and how they can impact your life. Also a great deck to use in conjunction with tarot. $51 from Black and The Moon

The Little Sage You'll notice this is what I do the majority of my readings with. It was one of the first oracle decks I worked with and I have spent many many years working with this deck. It's my "base" deck and I know it inside out. The simplicity of the cards and the striking watercolour artwork is what drew me in. I find the cards to be a little flimsy but I love the affirmations included in the booklet. $34 from The Little Sage

Lavish Earth Crystal Affirmation Cards This is a gorgeous deck, shipping to Australia is insane though. But if you love crystals or if you're a beginner to their healing meanings this deck is for you! A very pretty deck of cards. $39 by Lavish Earth

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Connected and Free Another popular oracle deck and a truly divine one at that! The second edition has a few different designs and a thicker card stock. I have the first edition and love it but did remove a handful of cards I felt were too similar to other cards in the deck or just didn't resonate with me. $50 from Inner Hue

Animal Kin  A beautiful deck by Sarah Wilder, using her well-known water colour art on the cards. A good one for animal lovers. $55 from The Fifth Element Life

Animal Spirit Deck My husband bought this for me for Mother's Day the MINUTE it was released and I won't be surprised if it's sold out. Again, it has that signiature artwork from Kim of TWU (see her tarot deck above). I love having an animal deck in my collection as I think they can bring great awareness and messages to our lives. You've got to get this one! $52 from The Wild Unknown (guide book extra)

Spirit De La Lune A gorgeous little deck I'm yet to get my hands on but I will own them one day! I love all Marissa does and this deck could be a great addition to anyone who loves to live through the moon. $70 from Moondaughter 

(please note all prices have been converted to AUD and are subject to change, the prices listed are reflective of the current dollar at the time of posting)

What deck calls to you? Which was your first tarot deck?