How Did You Choose Your Tarot Deck?

A thought came to me earlier today about choosing a tarot deck.  Personally, I am one who is rather “boring” when it comes to my tarot deck collection, as I only own the traditional Rider-Waite and Tarot of the Sweet Twilight.  The Rider-Waite I have purchased because it has a very systematic meanings and approach to it and most all of the card meanings  you will easily find access to in any book that you read.  However, there are hundreds of tarot decks on the market, many of which the creator claims is perfect for “intuitive” readings.

I suppose that this is what called me to my purchase of the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight deck.  The sadistic yet beautiful images seemed to “call” to me in a way.  The artwork is just so beautiful.  This particular deck, however, doesn’t fully line up to the same structure as the traditional Rider-Waite and is a deck that stresses can only be read “intuitively”.

Everybody certainly has their own views and experiences with what we may define as an “intuitive” reading, though I personally feel that all readings, if they are going to be accurate, have to have an intuitive element to them whether they are structured or not.  Anyone can deal three cards and look up the meanings or memorize the meanings, but it takes a strong intuition to make sense out of it and discover the story behind it.

That being said, though I very much so enjoy the artwork so much more on my Sweet Twilight deck, I only wish that the readings were just as good as it is when I stick to the Rider-Waite.  Unfortunately, I always feel like the deck goes too far off the beaten path to really provide as much depth of what could be.  But, as everyone says: You have to find the deck that “speaks” to you.  We all have our own symbols and images that our unconscious uses to speak to us.  If we all had the chance to really make our own deck from scratch then that would probably be our best bet at providing the most “intuitive” readings so that we can simply look at an image, ask ourselves what we feel about that image or scene, and provide an interpretation.

That all being said, I personally wonder if perhaps creating a deck based on common dream images might actually be the best to really provide a full “intuitive” reading.  But, of course, there would still be a level of knowledge and greater self-awareness that we would need to attain in order to fully understand the meaning behind the image — it’s all intuitive development.

So, perhaps at the end of the day, the only best tarot deck is to only use your intuition and dream interpretation and not use a tarot deck at all. 😉  Just kidding, because divination tools do make these things easier — but it is still a good personal goal to make.

So how did you choose your tarot deck?  Do you feel that it really “speaks” to you?  Do you feel there was still a considerable amount of knowledge and awareness that you needed to gain to still really understand the deck?


About Jennifer Twardowski

Jennifer is a graduate student in transpersonal counseling psychology. Her interests are in personality typology (MBTI, Enneagram, Jungian typology), expressive arts, dreams, yoga, tarot and oracle cards, world religions, dance, photography, gardening, floral design, and more!

Posted on August 2, 2012, in Dreams, Psychic, Reading Tarot, Tarot. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. All of the above. I look for a theme that draws me, pictures that speak to me, and most of all, a deck that seems “accessible.” I have a number of decks and use different ones as the mood strikes. Sorry, no formula.

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