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Archive for January 30th, 2019

Prompt: How do you pick your Tarot decks for readings?


For my own use, I pick a deck mainly on mood or what deck calls me at the time. However, if I am very comfortable with a deck I tend to stay with it. This means I do not rotate decks often and others may go unused. That’s something I probably should work on a bit: rotating my decks better in my personal practice.

For public readings, I combine decks I am comfortable using and that I think people will respond to well. Some recent choices for reading for others I’ve used:

  • Witches Tarot (link to official site), or any deck that is an RWS “clone” or similar. Most people associate Tarot with RWS. I do not use a “traditional” RWS, i.e. with Pamela Colman Smith’s art, but I do like modern interpretations of the system. A deck like Witches Tarot draws from RWS, has bright, clean art, and beautiful clear images.
  • Gaian Tarot (link to my review) is for folks who may be interested in Tarot but are not into castles, knights, etc.
  • Santa Muerte Tarot (link to Llewellyn) as a bit of a novelty. I use it as an example that Tarot can have many themes and forms. Plus this one reads really well for me.
  • Vampires Tarot of the Eternal Night (link to my review). I use this one during fall and Halloween season. For folks who want a darker touch during the season.
  • Gilded Tarot (link to my review). I use this one in similar way as I use the Witches Tarot.

I also take an oracle deck or two with me for public readings, but I rarely end up using them. I mostly show them to people as a different divination system. During Halloween season, the Halloween Oracle (link to my review) may get used once or twice. Down the road I may try to integrate oracle cards in public readings, but it is not a priority now.



You can find Ethony Dawn’s prompts, including a video explaining the prompts, over on her blog. The social media hashtag for this one is #31DaysOfTarot19.

January 2019


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