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What type of tarot deck do you use/suggest?

I’m looking to replace my deck. I like to own decks that are unique and that I feel a connection with rather than the traditional Rider-Waite deck. Does anyone have a favorite unique deck they’d recommend?
Also, can anyone recommend a good tarot book that gives basic meanings, spreads, etc.


  1. If you can find it, the Ancestral Path Tarot is interesting. Each of the suits is based on a different mythology:
    Wands – Egyptian
    Swords – Japanese
    Cups – Arthurian
    Pentacles – Native American
    Beautiful artwork on the cards. Unfortunately I think the deck is out of print.
    Also, check out http://www.aeclectic.net for lots of information on tarot decks and meanings.

  2. The Thoth Deck, and the Tarot of the Dead have some pretty nice artwork, and are good for something a bit different from the norm. There’s tons of internet resources on spreads and card meanings. The best I’ve read is to spend a few days meditating on each card to get a feeling of what it represents to you and work from there.

  3. I fully recommend the Thoth. The set up is very different from the Rider-Waite, but when you drop one of those on a spread, you can feel it.
    I also recomend an actual Golden Dawn deck, as the RW is kinda a bastardized version of that [The Trumps are messed up, and so are the courts], and A.E. Waite was a bit high and mighty in his manuals.
    Er, I’m not the best to ask about this, but I enjoyed “Book T,” [Which can be found in Israel Regardie’s, “The Golden Dawn.” Also, take a peak at Aleister Crowley’s “Book of Thoth,” [though, only if you can keep separate the Thoth Tarot from the others.]

  4. I think that anything that has to do with that should be picked with caution. But you can usually feel if the object has a negative energy. Whatever calls to you.

  5. There are lots of decks, literally hundreds, so you’ve got to pick something that works for YOU. Same thing with the books out there.


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