The Truth About Picking your First Tarot Deck

I’m going to say some shit here no one was honest enough to tell me when I started looking for my first tarot deck. Brace yourself, now.

No, you may not pick “whatever deck calls to you.”

Not this time. Next time maybe, but not this one. My recommendation:

Google “RIDER WAITE CLONE” and fucking pick one.

Rider Waite, Universal Rider Waite, Golden Rider Tarot
Rider Waite, Universal Rider Waite, Golden Rider Tarot

“But they’re all the same!”

Yep. That’s the point.


  1. Information on this specific deck is widely available.
  2. The cards have enough symbolism to remind you what each card means.
  3. The cards don’t have so much symbolism that you can’t tell what’s going on.
  4. Please just trust me.

“But I like Hello Kitty and Gummy Bears!”

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Not enough symbolism.

“But I saw this deck on Instagram…”

The Wild Unknown
The Wild Unknown

Not enough symbolism.

“But there was this deck on Kickstarter…”

The Wooden Tarot
The Wooden Tarot

Not enough symbolism.

“But my favorite author just came out with a deck…”

Raven's Prophecy Tarot
Raven’s Prophecy Tarot

Not enough symbolism, but the guidebook is fantastic.

“But I was at Barnes and Noble and I saw this deck…”

Deviant Moon Tarot
Deviant Moon Tarot

Deviant symbolism.

“But this deck is so beautiful!”

Tarot of the Secret Forest
Tarot of the Secret Forest

Too much symbolism.


Wildwood Tarot
Wildwood Tarot

Too much AND deviant symbolism.

If you want pretty cards, go for whatever your little heart desires. But if you want to read and really understand the tarot, please just pick an ugly goddamn deck. You’ll thank me later.


One thought on “The Truth About Picking your First Tarot Deck

  1. You are so right. I wish I had read this post long ago AND been smart enough to listen. I have several decks I love for the art but i don’t see how i will ever be able to read with them.Could’ve saved myself some money looking for that “perfect” deck. I put myself on deck restriction after i pledged on kickstarter for the True Black deck (not sorry about that one). But as it won’t be out until 12/2018 that’s long enough to work with what i already have. I just found your blog a couple days ago (i don’t do FB, Twits, or instagram) so as usual I’m late to the party. I have read all that you have posted. I am so glad to have found a voice I can relate to. I think you’re saying things that will get people thinking and a greater gift can not be given. I hope you continue to share your thoughts.Thank you for your time. Sounds like you have a very full life and I’m very impressed with effort and thought that goes into your posts. As I’m closer in age to 60 then you are to 30 it pains me to say – You’re smarter then I am Chickie! Luv Ya


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