Best Tarot Decks for Tarot Lovers

All these cards can be used for fortunetelling, but each of these decks is also a worthy artifact and a finished piece of artwork.

Which Tarot deck to buy in 2021?

On the web, you can find plenty of recommendations like “Top 10 Tarot Decks for Beginners” and “Best Tarot Decks 2021”. These are lists of popular decks, bestsellers, often combined by an incomprehensible criterion. Now I want to share my thoughts on those decks that I personally prefer. This is a subjective choice based on my personal aesthetic preferences and the ideas I admired.

All these cards can be used for fortunetelling, but each of these decks is also a worthy artifact and a finished piece of artwork. These decks are based on old traditions, but many represent a new vision of the Tarot: they consist of mixing of classic images with modern trends, and also combine cultural, philosophical, and occult trends and add feelings and emotions.

Besides, these are just beautiful decks of positive energy.

Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition

Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition

The classic Ryder-Waite tarot deck was released to commemorate the centenary of the most popular tarot of our time. In this deck, we see the cards as they were drawn by Pamela Colman-Smith.  All this gives the impression that you are holding in your hands a truly authentic deck of Tarot cards, which is more than a hundred years old. The centennial edition pays tribute to the artist, so her name is mentioned in the title along with Arthur Waite.  It is thanks to her that we got these memorable images that have become Tarot classics. 

Morgan-Greer Tarot

Morgan-Greer Tarot

The Morgan-Greer Tarot deck combines the classic Rider-Waite system with a new visual style. The first thing which makes an impression is the colors – not too bright, but very saturated. Magical color combinations. The main focus is put on the characters, not on the scenery. When the faces are as close as possible, the details take the back seat. Looking at the cards we feel the emotional closeness to these characters. Lacking borders magnify the effect.

Everyday Witch Tarot

Everyday Witch Tarot

The Everyday Witch Tarot deck is filled with humor and optimism, but it is also a great tool for every Tarot practitioner. This deck is easy to understand, especially for beginners. 
These cute and jolly cards are full of witchy stuff, like brooms, hoods, magic wands, pots of potion. And lovely cats are also there!  
The cards are very bright-colored and picturesque. Images resemble illustrations from fairy tales. You want to look at them for a long while and discover funny details on them.

Alchemical Tarot by Robert M. Place

Alchemical Tarot by Robert M. Place

Medieval alchemy had a great influence on the development of not only many occult movements but also a number of modern scientific and philosophical disciplines. The connection between alchemy and Tarot symbolism was traced earlier. But the first person who clearly connected the symbolic images of alchemy with the Tarot Arcana was a famous American artist and Tarot researcher Robert M. Place. 
The drawings on this Tarot deck are made in the style of alchemical engravings of the XVII century. I really love this visual style. I think this is how a classic Tarot deck should look like.

Universal Waite Tarot

Universal Waite Tarot

You like the traditional Rider-Waite deck, but its colors seem too dark or out of date? Then you should get acquainted with the Universal Waite Tarot deck - it features classic images of the Rider-Waite Tarot in more contemporary vibrant colors and with a variety of shades.  
In the 1990s, artist Mary Hanson-Roberts painstakingly and carefully recolored the traditional cards created by Pamela Colman Smith. Mary used colored pencils in her work. This technique made it possible to achieve a handmade effect, adding bright colors to the cards, while preserving the authenticity and spirit of the classic deck.
Universal Waite Tarot is published by the U.S. Games Systems. There are versions of the deck in standard size, pocket edition and in a wonderful iron tin.

I am delighted with the current flourishing of the Tarot. Earlier it used to be knowledge for the chosen. Individuals who created their own decks or changed something in the Tarot theory could be counted on one hand. The Marseilles Tarot and the Rider-Waite Tarot have been almost single options for years. But today we have a wide choice of cards. Sometimes the choice is too difficult. Now almost everyone can draw their own deck :) In recent decades a lot of really beautiful Tarot card decks have appeared. Creating their own versions, the authors link the classical structure and archetypes of the Tarot with their worldview.

Tarot has ceased to be a dogma with imposed visual images. As a result, each of us can choose a deck that matches his/her character, temperament, worldview, and visual preferences.

To be continued...