Hey there Baby Squirrel and welcome BACK to part 2 of this monthly series Good Decks for Beginners or Nah? Where we dive into old, new and upcoming tarot decks to hit the market giving tarot readers a plethora of options sticking closely to the traditional RWS imagery to aid in learning and memory recall!
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Before I get into my own agenda with this topic I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming responses from last months article! I want to take the time to recognize a few subscriber submissions and share some of their comments and ideas:
In the first installment of this series we looked at my personal opinions on the importance of having a traditional RWS deck in your collection to have and to learn with, along with a huge variety of options when it comes the traditional RWS decks! It seems many people have had similiar experiences where we fight to admit that the traditional deck is exactly what we need to grow, and certainly don’t want to admit we like it! lol But if you TAKE A LOOK there are quite a few options when it comes to the traditional decks that …..hey, you have options…find the one you like the most and go with it.
We ended talking about “next level” decks that start to stray from the traditional imagery but mostly only in creativity. They still provide a traditional-like image so we can get our creative juices flowing and of course….give us more options for more decks to connect with 🙂 So let’s dive in…
Thanks to Ikale Sunflower for writing in and suggesting the Robin Wood Tarot! An oldie but a goodie in my opinion 🙂 In the later 1990’s we start to see a major uptick in deck creators pushing the boundaries and taking our original 1910 images and tailoring them into art through the lense of the creator!
The Robin Wood Tarot is a naturey/pagany deck that gives a more life-like quality to the characters and scenes in the cards. With a heavy nod to Pixie’s original artwork but bringing it into the modern world making this deck more relatable!
Two great suggestions from Kasia Dallas that I find an interesting point to bring up before we dive in! Kasia’s suggestions goes to show at how vastly different decks can be not only in aesthetics but in quality as well! It makes me happy to know that we are living in a time where deck creators are supported and allowed to thrive; creating this beautiful world of SO many options no matter your taste!
I’ll start with the Modern SpellCaster’s Tarot as I own this deck and can speak from personal experience with it:
In a nutshell (pun intended) the Spellcaster’s Tarot is a great deck that for those interested in it’s content I would highly suggest purchasing! It comes in a really great sturdy box complete with a CHUNKY full color guidebook that gives both card meanings with artist interpretation. The cards are borderless (which those of you that follow me know I love my borderless decks) semi gloss and a decent card quality. I say decent because I’m always in a struggle over card stock. I love me some thick high quality stock BUT it never shuffles well…so the more “standard” stock which feels flimsier to me I’m not a fan of BUT the deck shuffles like a dream.
The artistry in the deck honors the traditional RWS imagery but gives it an interesting twist. The art can stray a bit but not enough that a new learner is not going to recognize or be able to get the meaning from the cards! Experienced or newb alike this is a good deck overall!
The Dark Mansion Tarot is currently available with several different options. Choose your card size, style of gilded edging and card backs too!
This is an adorable deck that I have heard nothing but positive things about and why I don’t own this? I’m not sure but you can bet your bottom acorn I’ve added it to my wishlist lol
As you can see the Dark Mansion Tarot is a richly colored cartoon deck with almost that Nightmare before Christmas vibes. From what I can tell this honors the traditional imagery of course with it’s own spooky little twist!
Twist the Leaf makes a great point that I feel is really important to bring up again! The first episode I loosely addressed this, but Twist is far more elegant with words than this Squirrel is! Stating that having both a traditional deck along with the deck that calls to your Soul is what aids in the learning process. This makes reading fun, on your terms while still referencing sources imperative to your learning with the tarot!
This in my opinion is a GREAT deck for beginners that are looking for something more modern and certainly inclusive. I speak more about this in the full write up so check that out if your interested or watch the video for the full flipthru!
Lastly we will end with a highly talked about deck from subscribers throwing this deck into the hat…the witches hat… 🙂
The Everyday Witch Tarot which honestly I have no experience with at all was mentioned by quite a few people, so let’s go with it 🙂 A collab deck between Deborah Blake and Elizabeth Alba bringing a bit of witchiness into the tarot. Or a lot of witchiness actually! From what I can see this certainly gives a nod to traditional images while making the deck it’s own thing! Not gonna lie, but this gives me more Harry Potter vibes than anything lol
But listen, if half of my subscribers say it’s a great beginner deck, I trust all of your opinions and will take your word for it! It looks like a cute deck for sure and anyone into the witchy theme I’m sure will appreciate it as well!
Thank you to all the user submissions and suggestions in order to help make the content that you see today! My goal is to provide options to those who otherwise may not have known about what decks are good or not for their learning and development. This may be a bold statement but somehow I think no matter where you consider yourself on the scale of tarot mastery we all can appreciate decks that are great for beginners!
Want your chance to get featured on the next episode ?!? Make sure to comment down below and let me know what your thoughts and opinions are! I ALWAYS try to encourage this anyways as I know what you have to say is of value and importance and I appreciate that! So comment down below…. what are some good decks for beginners? It can be old decks, new decks, or decks coming out in the future I’d love to hear them all!
Until next time Baby Squirrel thank you for joining me here in the Squirrel Nest today! Much love and light to you!