Since the 15th century tarot cards have been used by some to tell the future. Now many locations offer tarot cards for sale hoping to reach this unique market of intriguing individuals.
Tarot Cards have attracted the spiritually curious from the days of yore! The delicate power that lies with you, simply sitting in a chair as you let your free will guide you to pick up a card that might hold nebulous secrets to your future is both an enthralling experience and charming , even if you are of little faith in the power of the deck! lncreasingly, people are being attracted to tarot cards for purposes other than prophetic. No one can deny that mostly tarot decks are absolutely magnificent to look at. People are now buying tarot decks for entertainment purposes – just playing a good game of French tarot or ltalian tarocchini with your family (heads up, it’s replacing poker night!) and they make an exciting gift as well. l mean, aren’t chocolates and flowers a bit banal? l think so! Tarot cards can be quite a novelty present.
And if you want to learn to read tarot, you are in for good news. Earlier considered to be an esoteric knowledge, Tarot can be actually mastered through practice over time, for it actually has nothing to do with “psychic powers” as is alluded to in cliched movies but developing a natural intuition.
A little background before we begin: Tarot cards are known to have come into existence around the mid fifteenth century when they were hand-painted. It is believed that Tarot originated for game playing purposes only. It was inducted into occult activity by the late eighteenth century. Many of the hand-painted decks from a later era have survived but they remain a privilege of the rich, as they did then! However, there is a beautiful collection of tarot cards for sale on amazon with a variety of different decks (many of which are either a reconstruction or an exact reproduction of the hand painted cards), each having a unique history and significance, and a reasonable price.
Many decks have also been customized according to comic books and TV shows. The link below offers a DC comics Justice League card deck! Well, even if you don’t know much about the game and are more of “living in the moment” kind of person, it still makes for a great collector’s item or a gift to a DC fan!
DC Comics Justice League Tarot Card Deck – A deck of cards customized according to the TV show, Penny Dreadful. Further on, in the spirit of entertainment and fun, newer decks like the Halloween Deck have come up! You can check out the list of the most popular tarot cards for sale on amazon here: Best Tarot Cards Fors Sale.
It must be noted that some of these decks are only for entertainment purposes and are often not the best choices to practice the deeper arenas of tarot work.
Types of Tarot Card Decks
There are different kinds of decks based on myriad themes and the number of cards in them might differ. Most commonly, each deck would have 78 cards in total- out of which, 22 are called Major Arcana cards (also known as “trump cards” which are not divided into suits) and the remaining 56 are called Minor Arcana cards and are further divided into 4 suits. Both these sub-groups have unique meaning and weight in a tarot reading. The Major Arcana cards are said to be more powerful while the Minor Arcana cards, though do not carry the same power and weight as the former, are still important. The Major Arcana cards are numbered using the Roman Numeral system from 0 to XXII and usually represents a lasting effect and energy. A Minor Arcana card alludes to short term effects. Further information about the cards and their significance is available in tarot books that usually come with a deck.
Tarot decks are commonly themed around the subjects- Angels, Animals, Egyptian, Mythological, Art-based, For Children, Plants etc.
So which deck to choose, especially if it is your first? Well here is some basic know-how: l have a friend who knows a great deal about tarot cards and she told me what perhaps, every other reader or tarot enthusiast would tell you – it is not just about the aesthetics, You have to feel a connection to the deck! l wondered if this was some far – fetched mystical nonsense but then l went around shopping for my own deck and l realized what she meant. You have to pick a deck that suits your personality the best or one that inspires you! With the wonderful and affordable choices available all around, you can take your time to browse through and decide upon which theme is for you. But if you do still think this is superficial mystical nonsense, even then, it is an charming experience to find a deck that you can identify with and which will have a longer lasting appeal for use.
Here is another tip: If you absolutely cannot decide on which deck to choose upon long contemplation, just pick one at random. It will be an act of free will and that is the beauty of Tarot- the universe guides you ( far-fetched? Perhaps, Try it.)
So that’s that! The choice of the theme is down. Now there are still different types of decks to choose from although mostly all of them are based on the same model but have differing artwork. Some of the most commonly available occult tarot decks are:
- The Standard deck
- The Rider Waite deck: One that is very commonly available in the US, Also referred to as the Waite Smith Tarot deck. Mostly the other decks, centered around different themes, are at heart derived from Rider Waite deck;
- The Universal Waite deck: It is very similar to the Rider Waite style deck but differs in terms of colors and contrasts, it is known for having softer shades;
- The Albano Waite deck: This is contrast to the Universal Waite deck has bright colors but is essentially the same as the Rider Waite Deck,
Non-occult Tarot Decks (for game playing purposes) are:
- The French suited tarot decks
- The German suited tarot decks
- The Non-occult ltalian suited tarot decks
Cards for playing the game of tarot available here: Best Tarot Cards Fors Sale
Because the type of deck is a reflection on your personality, it must be chosen with care. Nobody else can choose a deck of cards for you. For example, with the Albano Waite style deck, people either love it or absolutely despise the neon bright colors,
So for your first, it is safest to go with a standard deck of cards as it has the most common format. However, doing so is not necessary, l know of a lot of people who begin with completely unconventional tarot decks and end up using them for a long time. it really all comes down to what appeals to you the most out of all.
Briefly About Some Well Known Decks of Tarot Cards for Sale: ( These are Occult Tarot Decks i.e. they are used for reading purposes and not game playing.)
1. The Thoth Tarot: Also known as the Crowley Thoth Tarot or the Aleister Crowley Style Deck: Designed and created by a famous British occultist Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris is a classic deck to be used only if you have some prior knowledge of tarot. A book titled “The Book of Thoth” written by Aleisler Crowley himself, is also available with instructions and explanations for using the deck. It also defines the symbolism of the cards and the sources and mythologies lthat Crowley took his inspiration from. The deck in various versions, has up to 30 cards.
2. The Mythic Tarot: A deck drawn out of inspiration from Greek legends is very popular among buyers. It is a deceptively simple deck with 78 cards and also comes with a book explaining the significance and use of the
3. The Deviant Moon Tarot: A deck that is not be chosen lightly reader. It is known for its graphic and often disturbing illustrations, venturing into the deeper and possibly darker parts of human personality and soul. Designed by Patrick Valenza, the deck contains 78 cards and comes with a companion book.
4. The Golden Tarot Deck: A beautiful deck of cards drawing its inspiration for illustrations from the early renaissance period and the middle ages. It also has 78 cards and has been designed by Kat Black. Fashioned
after the Rider Waite deck, it has pleasing and characteristic gold gilt edges.
5. The Druidcraft Tarot: With 78 cards, this deck can be a handful as the cards are bigger in size compared to the normal decks. The illustrations look right out of mural paintings with vivid colors and images. This
charming deck was designed by Stephanie Carr Gomm and is accompanied by a book of instructions.
6. Legacy of The Divine Tarot: A beautiful, digital styled deck of 78 cards, often appeals to comic book lovers. The illustrations are vivid with imagination and story. They are explained in a companion book. Styled by Ciro Marchetti, the deck is one of the most popular among buyers.
7. The Tarot Illuminali Deck: With magical, spry illustrations, this deck has been designed by Kim Huggens who has been studying Tarot for over 20 years. This eye-pleasing deck makes for an enchanting read and a wonderful gift.
8. The Steampunk Tarot: This deck of cards designed by award-winning Barbara Moore, has beautiful darker undertones in terms of color in the illustrations. The vintage outlook of the cards gives it a classic appeal. It contains 78 cards.
9. Visconti Tarot Decks: This historical deck of tarot cards by Lo Scarabeo is a re-construction of the tarot cards of the early 1400s by Pierpont-Morgan Visconti. It is patterned on the works of renaissance.
10. The Wild wood Tarot: A deck that is bringing to life the out of print “Greenwood Tarot” which is a rare collector’s item. It re-constructs and redesigns the obsolete deck using primitive pagan imagery. The illustrations are created by Mark Ryan.
11. Shadow scapes Tarot: The deck offers flowing but meticulously detailed water-color art work by the tarot designer Stephanie Pui-Mun Law: It has 78 cards and comes with a detailed companion book
12. Mary El-Tarot: This deck offers vivid and fierce imagery that flow along the theme of achieving mastery over self. Designed by Marie white using oil paints, this deck contains 78 cards and have very good reviews on Amazon.
13. The Oceanic Tarot: This unique, mermaid-themed deck of cards has been designed by Jayne Wallace and Jane Delaford-Taylor with mermaids, fishes and oceanic gods in mythologies for illustrations. A companion book by Jayne Wallace is available with the deck.
14. Tarot of the Silicon Dawn: It has a radical approach to tarot imagery and illustration This deck of cards offers unique comic book style illustration, which has a nebulous futuristic and a science fiction distinction to it. It has 78 cards in the deck and is created by Egypt Urnash.
by Lucia Raimondo and Christano Spadoni
This deck illustrates scenes from the life of a pagan or Wiccan. Rather than give each individual card a meaning or an explanation in the LWB, Wicce explains the Number system (aces through tens) and how the deck works by asking: What’s happening? What’s she feeling? How does the card work with other cards around it?
The deck doesn’t show a lot of esotericism, but it does show pagan symbolism. The pictures in the minor arcane depict the action of the card’s number. Colors are mostly muted blues, browns, yellows and greens. Intense colors for emphasis would be a nice addition. The daily life depicted matches (RWS) Rider Waite Smith meanings fairly closely. The deck is glossy, 2 5/8 and 4 ¾ and is easy to shuffle. The backs feature the same illustration as the World card and are not reversible. The World card shows a man and a woman on a floating rock. She has summoned all four elements (sylph, salamander, undine, gnome) with the help of the man. There is a fire over the horizon in the background. In the white border are the card title at the top and numbers in the right and left hand corners. At the bottom are card titles in four different languages.
Courts are renamed: Page/Elemental, Knight/Novice, Queen/Initiate, King/Elder. Wicce says that Courts are /snapshots of ourselves at various points of actualization. Suits are Earth/Pentacles/security; Air/Swords/perception; Fire/Wands/spiritual challenge; and Water/Cups/emotions. The (Pages) Elementals are Wands/Fire/Salamander; Cups/Water/Undine; Swords/Air/Sylph; and Pentacles/Earth/Gnome. The Queens and Kings/Elders wear stoles of colors that represent the suits. There are no thrones for royalty. Wands and swords are male and Cups and Pentacles are female.
Take a look at the cards activities. All the Aces have draped cloths in colors that match the suits. 3 of Wands is searching want ads. 9 of Wands has the setback of having a car towed.6 of Cups has a mother and daughter having a tea party with dolls. Page of cups is a beautiful undine under water. 8 of Swords has swords in a row like a gate and the person’s hands are clasped. 10 of Swords has a woman stomping on the swords, breaking them to throw them in the trash.2 of Pentacles makes you wonder if the woman is having a hard time juggling career and her pagan life when you see two robed elders in her yard. The Fool shows a woman in a white robe with a white cat walking on the Milky Way. A religious figure in the Hierophant is overseeing a book burning and a woman looks on sadly from the side. Strength is a woman in the forest surrounded by forest creatures including a bear and a wolf. The Wheel is a pie chart on a computer screen.
The Pagan Tarot is a lovely deck to read with if you contemplate the cards in the way that Wicce mentions, taking time to ask questions. If you already know the RWS meanings, this deck can be used by beginners as well as professionals. This is a collector theme deck that Wiccans will especially appreciate. If you want to understand the pagan path, the Pagan Tarot is a tool that will help as you follow the initiatory process.
by Lo Scarabeo and Antonella Platano
The Witchy Tarot features beautiful, vivid artwork by Antonella Platano and is published by Llewellyn, Inc. It is immediately evident to be a modernistic depiction of the ancient practice of Wicca or Witchcraft. As a practicing witch and professional tarot reader, I am always intrigued when a tarot deck comes out sporting my favorite themes — especially a witchy one.
The young witches who dance and move across this tarot deck are pony-tailed, youthful, dressed in jeans, and are displayed in very contemporary terms yet wear stereotypical pointed hats to indicate their chosen path in their every day lives. They are undeniably cute, charming, mischievous vixens, so more serious tarot readers may find this deck too playful or silly. I admit that my first reaction was much the same, and I was initially surprised and unimpressed by the roller skating, rather underdressed young witches with innocent and utterly silly expressions as depicted on the pip cards; yet as I worked with the deck more, I found this treatment of the tarot simply a lighter version of an old tradition and less offensive.
It is absolutely a whimsical and brightly colored deck, which when allowed that platitude, speaks to the modern mind easily with delightful characters which exemplify that (as the accompanying booklet describes) Young or old, a witch is hiding in every woman. Perhaps every witchy, light-hearted tarot reader will find this deck equally enjoyable and truly fun.
The Major Arcana cards do demonstrate more traditionally-dressed, mature witches who appear to be more experienced in their craft and demonstrate the lessons they have learned through experience along a life-long path in Wicca. Once past my original surprise with this deck, my own misconceptions became clear that this was a form of snobbery on my part, and I began to relax and enjoy the deck for what it is — unique and sometimes tongue-in-cheek humor. It reminds one that it is wisdom to occasionally see humor in life and to be unafraid to laugh and play no matter how serious life can be.
Here is a delightful, fresh approach to a serious subject and one that is valuable for reading to the teen witch, house parties, and situations where the funny bone needs a bit of tickling. It is a great gift idea for a young reader and is based upon the format of the traditional Rider-Waite deck for ease in interpretation (although I prefer a new reader begin with a more traditional deck when starting out).
Also, The Witchy Tarot is based on symbolism and interpretation basic to many traditional formatted decks, it is further divided into groups of seven: Tools, Plants and Animals, which accompany the witchy subjects illustrated throughout the deck. The Devil (#22) does not, however, belong to any of those categories. The suits may also be a little confusing at first — Chalices or Cups are Cauldrons, Pentacles or Disks are Boulders, Wands are Flames, and Swords are Broomsticks. That makes perfect sense, however, a bit daunting at first since with the broomsticks one might think they would represent fire as they would be similar to wands and as wood, burnable. Yet, if one thinks in witchy terms, their ancient use for broomsticks was for flying and achievement of mental aspirations and astral travel there is the AIR association!
The Court cards are also given a more witchy format: The Page becomes Celebration, the Knight becomes Moon, the Queen becomes Goddess, and the King becomes Trial. New readers may express confusion with these terms as associated with the cards, but it is noted in the accompanying pamphlet that the meaning of the card remains exactly as with a traditional Court Card. However, in a similarly witchy manner, I find that these cards do also interpret differently when considered for the way in which these words relate to the witch’s life path and tradition. For the non-witch who may find this treatment of the Court cards difficult, I offer this information.
Briefly, Celebration refers to seasonal practices such as Imbolc for Chalices, etc. Refer to the pamphlet by the author for further explanation. The Moon (Knight) is represented by the phases of the moon, i.e., Full Moon for Cups. The Goddess (Queen) is pretty self-explanatory and basically the same as the Queen in regular decks. The King which is represented by Trial, however, refers to the ritual performed. However, with all that said, the accompanying pamphlet explains that each Court card is interpreted exactly as it would be in a traditional deck as applied to a reading. I agree that this application of meaning to these cards which, by these somewhat confusing terms, are clearly deemed as relating to the Craft, but I encourage a little experimentation and you will fit them into your sensibilities very easily.
I do recommend The Witchy Tarot for the young-at-heart reader, the more serious-minded Witch who can still laugh at life, and the teenage practitioner of the Craft who finds humor in life experiences each day. If you wear blinders and are too serious, this is not a deck for you. However, whether a reader is just a witchy woman who enjoys whimsy in all forms — this deck is for YOU! So Mote it Be and Blessed Be!
The above mentioned tarot card decks are the most popular ones among buyers. However, there are more than a hundred style decks to choose from and you should not limit them. Don’t be fazed by the daunting number of choices. I will repeat, nobody can really tell you which deck would suit you best except, well, you. If it makes sense to you, that tarot card deck will suit you best, such is the divine nature of tarot cards, my friends.
I hope this article was informative and will offer an insight to those who are new to the world of tarot. Also I hope you found your best tarot cards for sale. Welcome, to this distinct method that has been an inspiration and a way of self realization for many people before us and many more to come.