Popular Tarot Decks

Tarot Decks

There are many different kinds of tarot decks and tarot cards, but the basic tarot card meanings are the same. In some cases, it is the personal preference of the tarot card user, though certain tarot decks are more popular than others.

Here are a few of the kinds of tarot decks available:

Sola Busca Tarot

This is an example of the earliest known type of tarot decks. It was first printed in Northern Italy in 1491 in the city of Milan. The 22 Major Arcana cards in this deck are very ornately decorated, but the 56 Minor Arcana cards are less fancy. The original deck still exists and the Sola Busca family owns it, however, pictures of this deck are on display at the British Museum and can be seen on the Internet.

It is unsure if this particular tarot deck was ever used to divine the future, as using tarot cards for that activity wasn’t really popular for a few hundred years later in the 1700s. However, it is possible to do readings with this deck, even though that’s not what it was originally designed for doing. In the past, such decks were used to play games, mostly in the homes of royalty or the rich and famous of that timeframe.

The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck

The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck is the deck that most people are familiar with, as most modern tarot cards are related to it, even though there are still hundreds of interpretations for it. It was originally created by Arthur Edward Waite, and the artwork was done by Pamela Coleman-Smith. Some of the modern tarot decks derived from the Rider-Waite deck include The Deviant Moon, The Wild Unknown, the Wild Wood tarot, and the Thoth tarot.

In this deck, the Minor Arcana cards contain a lot of detail, but are not considered as complex in comparison to some of the other tarot decks. The illustrations were done based on specifications of A.E. Rider, an occultist and mystic of that timeframe. This deck was also inspired by the Sola-Busca deck and some of its cards are almost exactly the same, such as the Ten of Wands and the Three of Swords. All the tarot decks that follow this style have certain cards that mean the same things, even if the drawings on them are not the same.

The Zerner-Farber Tarot Deck

Another of the tarot decks is the Zerner-Farber, which was designed by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber. It is a modification of the Enchanted Tarot deck, which was designed by the same people. The images on these tarot cards is somewhat quirky and it includes suits of hearts, pentacles, wands, and swords. The emotion love is said to be this deck’s strongest influence. It’s also considered as a good deck for people just starting out reading the tarot card meanings since it is meant for light reading sessions.

The New Mythic Tarot Deck

This deck is a revision of the Mythic Tarot  but with the theme of ancient Greek. It was designed by Giovanni Caselli and Liz Greene in 2009, so it is a very modern tarot deck. Like other decks it has 78 cards.

Deviant Moon Tarot Deck

This particular tarot deck was designed Patrick Valenza. It is considered a bit out of the ordinary with its moonlit art and detailed imagery. It is aimed at delving deeper into someone’s subconscious mind.

Legacy of the Divine Tarot Deck

This deck was designed by the artist named Ciro Marchetti, who is also credited with two other tarot decks, the Tarot of Dreams and the Gilded Tarot. These tarot decks are modern decks, but the artwork is still considered to be quite vibrant and very realistic. It is a good deck for both experienced and beginners.

The Wild Unknown Tarot 

This is yet another modern example of tarot decks. It is sold all over the United States and has become very popular in the past few years, with spreads showing up on Instagram posts. It was designed by Kim Krans, who is credited with redefining tarot cards for the 21st century.  The 78 cards in this deck explore mysteries of the animal kingdom and the world of nature. The deck also comes with a special guidebook and primer on how to use them.

The Fountain Tarot 

This particular deck was created by Jonathan Saiz, along with Jason Gruhl and Andi Todaro. It actually has 79 cards, which is one more than most tarot decks. It is a revision of the Rider-Waite tarot deck. The illustrations on it are based on popular culture, spirituality, and sacred geometry.  The edges of the cards are gilded.

The Starchild Tarot 

Another set of tarot cards popular in the modern world and showing up on Instagram posts is the Starchild Tarot deck. It’s made by Danielle Noel, and is considered as a cosmic and hip deck with a mixed media type of feel. The imagery is grounded on several themes, including self-healing, the ancient world, sacred geometry and spirituality. This deck is meant to be used for meditating and self-reflection of the user.

The Lumina Tarot 

The Lumina Tarot deck mixes symbolism, animal magic and archetypal energy in its vibrand and potent images.

The Linestrider Tarot 

This deck is made by Siolo Thompson and was inspire by Linestriders. These are creatures who are part of a world of both magic and logic, as well as spiritual and physical, the conscious and unconscious world, and the worlds of humans and animals.

Druid/Pagan/Hermetic Decks

Some tarot card users prefer cards designed for a specific occult or religious theme. They are made up of imagery that adheres to those paths. The pagan tarot decks meet the needs of all kinds of paganism including Wicca, druids, Celtics, and Heathenry. They may be used for all kinds of activities such as during pagan holiday rituals or when casting a spell, and some use tarot cards that contain fairies or gods and goddesses.

Oracle Decks

Oracle decks only have 44 cards in a deck. They are used when someone wants to contact some sort of angel or other spiritual being. The person doing the reading will concentrate on the question of the person who is having the reading, and the spiritual being they contact is who is responsible for helping the reader choose cards. They are used to divine past, present and future events.

These are just a few of the hundreds of tarot decks available.

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