Delos Tarot

Delos Tarot

Deck Suggestions

As a professional tarot reader and instructor I am often asked for recommendations. However, because tarot decks come in various art styles, and because art is so personal, it’s little hard to recommend any one particular deck. First and foremost, choose a deck that you find aesthetically appealing. The more attracted you are to a deck, the more inspired you'll be to learn more about tarot. I typically recommend that you have a personal deck that really draws you in, something that you love and want to look at, touch and play with. I also recommend that you have, as a study deck, such as the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, which can help you to understand more fully the symbolism of Tarot. I recommend the Rider-Waite-Smith deck because more decks are modeled after this deck than any other. There are many recolored versions to choose from, which I will list below. However, if you find that you are more attracted to the Thoth tradition, then by all means, get that deck. I have both decks and often compare the symbolism of these cards in my tarot classes.

Tarot decks are easily attained online via Amazon, Etsy, Ebay, ect. Most of the big book stores carry them and of course, your local metaphysical shop is sure to have them. One of my longtime favorite tarot sites for browsing various types of tarot decks is Aeclectic Tarot. There are others out there but Aeclectic is my go to. It may not always have all the decks…but almost.

Self-published decks typically have to be purchased directly by the artist and sell out rather fast. Occasionally these decks are picked up by bigger publishing companies, at which point they are updated and altered for better or worse. If you’re into self-published decks checkout Etsy. If you want to follow decks being created or become a patron check out Indiegogo or Kickstarter.

If you are looking for vintage, European or collectible decks my absolute favorite sites are Collectarot & Books and TarotBg.EU. But I warn you, these sites are especially dangerous for tarot collectors into vintage, historically reproduced and specialty decks. Gets me excited just thinking about it!

Some of the listed decks listed under my personal collection are out of print. However, this does not mean they are unattainable or that they won’t be reprinted…at some point. You can also look into tarot trading groups. In the past, I’ve stumble upon rare decks on Ebay for a song. Sometimes it’s just a timing thing. The right deck presents itself at the right time. I just love it when that happens.

The following list of decks and links are currently being updated. Thank you for your patience.

Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot Decks

Thoth and Thoth Inspired Decks

  • Thoth Tarot

  • Sun and Moon Tarot

  • Rosetta Tarot (self-published)

  • Tabula Mundi Tarot (self-published)

  • Ancient Egyptian Tarot

  • Haindl Tarot

  • Liber T Tarot

  • Vision Quest Tarot

Whimsical, Fantasy and Faerie Decks

Round Tarot Decks


 
 Tarot by Alexander Daniloff

Tarot by Alexander Daniloff

 

My Tarot Collection

I have acquired, lost and given away many decks over the years. Looking back, knowing what I know now, I would have held onto most of these decks, as they are now currently out of print. Still, I have decks that I picked up at yard sales, or off sales tables that are worth hundreds now. Who knew?! I am not actually a great collector. I’m not always able to keep up with latest, upcoming decks. More often than not by the time I find out about a cool, self-published deck, it's already sold out. And as much as I'd like to collect all of the decks, I do have to keep myself somewhat in check. Yeah, right!

 
 A Curious Oracle

A Curious Oracle

 

My Oracle Collection

 
 
 The Pagan Otherworlds Tarot

The Pagan Otherworlds Tarot

 

My Favorite Decks

The following decks have been broken down into categories, as I have decks I use for readings and some I just use for study. I even have decks that I use primarily for phone readings but don’t use for face to face readings. Weird, right? I know…but different decks do different things for me. Some decks I only look at occasionally for a different perspective. Other decks I collect for the artwork but they may not work well for readings. I also tend to keep my personal decks separate from my professional decks. Meaning, I don’t use my professional decks for personal readings. If I’m being honest, I don’t really like to share my personal decks with other people. I don’t like to share my crayons either…but hey, we all have our issues.

Favorite Study Decks

  • Rider Waite Smith Tarot (most versions)

  • Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley

  • Marsellie Tarot

  • Visconti Tarot

Favorite Antiquated Decks

Favorite Oracle Decks

Favorite Personal Decks

  • Illuminated Tarot (medium size, no titles) - Stolen!

  • Tabula Mundi Tarot

  • Delos Tarot (second copy for professional use)

  • The Golden Rider Tarot - OOP

  • Dame Darcy Mermaid Tarot

  • Tarot by Alexander Daniloff 2nd Edition - OOP

  • The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot

  • Deva Tarot - OOP

Favorite for Professional Readings

  • Pagan Otherworlds Tarot

  • Illuminated Tarot (Large)

  • The Delos Tarot

  • Victorian Romantic Tarot 1st Edition – Retired

  • Golden Tarot - Kat Black - Retired

  • Nigel Jackson Tarot - Retired

 
 
 

Tarot Treasure Box