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Complete Deck List

I own most of the decks listed here, although I've added other decks as I've acquired high-resolution card images from various sources. Decks missing a quality rating are decks I do not own personally.

All decks

DeckArtistAuthorPublisherArtworkIntuitionBookQualityBuy
Alchemical Tarot (5th Edition)plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigAlchemical Tarot (5th Edition)

Deck Notes

This was my first serious Tarot deck. I found it by accident and was very strongly drawn to the artwork and heavily symbolic imagery. The Alchemical Tarot isn't a particularly intuitive deck. I didn't find many of the images to be very intuitive without the context provided by the artist's book. That said, Robert Place does an excellent job of maintaining consistency throughout his artwork's images and symbolism. Similar symbols and images are used thr…
Robert M. PlaceRobert M. PlaceHermes Publications

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Art Nouveau Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigArt Nouveau Tarot

Deck Notes

This is a cute little mini deck that is now out-of-print. The artwork is quite nice, but lacks any real depth - much like another popular Nouveau-style deck, the Ethereal Visions Illuminated Tarot. I don't use it for reading. I enjoy the artwork, however, and it follows the standard RWS rubric, so if you like the Art Nouveau aesthetic, the full size deck is still available.
Antonella CastelliPietro AlligoLo Scarabeo

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Bleu Cat Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigBleu Cat Tarot

Deck Notes

I stumbled across this deck in some corner of the Internet in Spring 2022. My long-deceased maternal granddad loved Siamese cats. When I was little, he had a Siamese named Eddie, and I'd carry around that giant cat in a cotton drawstring bag, with his head poking out the top. In retrospect, he was an amazingly tolerant cat! After Eddie died, my granddad adopted another Siamese named Julius, who remained my granddad's faithful companion until he died. I bought this dec…
Beth SeilonenBeth SeilonenSchiffer Publishing

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Cat Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigCat Tarot

Deck Notes

This is a really adorable deck, with high-quality watercolor illustrations on each card. As the name suggests, the theme is all things cat. This is a great deck to use with pet and animal spreads. The LWB is pretty good, although the minors don't get a whole lot of attention. It's enough for reading, though, unlike Lo Scarabeo's extra-extra-short LWBs.
Megan Lynn KottsJulia SmillieChronicle Books

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Cirque du Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigCirque du Tarot

Deck Notes

This is a circus-themed deck. The artwork is very whimsical, with a distinct vintage feel. The included book is comprehensive and includes detailed descriptions of all 78 cards. There are also some spreads, and a short introduction explaining the theme.
Josh TuftsLeeza RobertsonLlewellyn

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Crow Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigCrow Tarot

Deck Notes

This deck is owned (and was digitized) by a friend.
MJ CullinaneMJ CullinaneU.S. Games

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Dark Wood Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigDark Wood Tarot

Deck Notes

This is a Jungian-inspired deck, with artwork and text focused on confronting one's β€œshadow self” - the individualized negative traits which contribute to our personalities.

This is a somehwat cartoonish deck, with an aesthetic reminiscent of old Disney animated films. That being said, I think it works well for the deck's intended
Abigail LarsonSasha GrahamLlewellyn

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Dreamkeepers Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigDreamkeepers Tarot

Deck Notes

This deck liberally uses Pamela Colman-Smith's interpretations as its foundation, but the surrealist style is a big departure from the traditional Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot deck. The imagery is very woman-oriented: many male characters have been replaced with women, aside from the knight and king of each suit, as well as cards depicting couples (Two of Cups and The Lovers). This deck makes no attempt to conform to modern notions of
Liz HustonLiz HustonU.S. Games

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Druidcraft Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigDruidcraft Tarot

Deck Notes

I have another deck illustrated by Wil Worthington (the Wildwood Tarot), and knew when I bought this deck that his cartoony face aesthetic wasn't my favorite. That hasn't changed, but the depth of his imagery is growing on me, and I've used this deck for a few readings for my husband with excellent results on his part. He's easily put off by deck art, and he's gotten something out of every reading we've done with this deck.
Wil WorthingtonPhilip & Stephanie Carr-GommSt. Martin's Essentials

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Edgar Allen Poe Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigEdgar Allen Poe Tarot

Deck Notes

This is a deck inspired by the writings of American author and poet, Edgar Allen Poe. The included book is comprehensive, and all 78 cards are given equal attention by the author, Rose Wright.

I'm personally not a fan of this deck's aesthetic - some images are great, but in several, the women depicted look a little too mannish for my taste.
Eugene SmithRose WrightLlewellyn

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Ethereal Visions Illuminated Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigEthereal Visions Illuminated Tarot

Deck Notes

This is essentially a remake of the standard Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot deck, so if you're already familiar with that imagery, you can read with this deck pretty easily. That said, the imagery isn't particularly inspired. It's beautiful artwork, but I don't think there's much depth to the symbolism in each card. If you really love Art Nouveau, you might find this deck more aesthetically pleasing to use than the traditional RWS deck.
Matt HughesMatt HughesU.S. Games

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Everyday Witch Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigEveryday Witch Tarot

Deck Notes

This deck was inspired by a postcard illustration, and reflects a positive, whimsical view of life. I have yet to read with this deck, but in processing all 78 card images for this site, I've rather enjoyed the imagery. It's likely I'll be adding this one to my collection eventually.
Elisabeth AlbaDeborah BlakeLlewellyn

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Flame Tree Marseille Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigFlame Tree Marseille Tarot

Flame Tree Marseille Tarot
David JonesJosie MitchellFlame Tree Publishing

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Forest of Enchantment Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigForest of Enchantment Tarot

Deck Notes

This is by far my favorite deck for intuitive reading. I love my Alchemical Tarot (5th Edition) deck, but I've found this deck to be easier to read without referencing my notes or the accompanying book. The Forest of Enchantment uses familiar Germanic fairy tale imagery combined with the archetypes found in the Tarot.
Meraylah AllwoodLunaea WeatherstoneLlewellyn

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Gilded Tarot Royaleplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigGilded Tarot Royale

Deck Notes

This is a very bright and colorful deck full of animated artwork. The included book is not full color, but complete descriptions are provided for all 78 cards.

Production Quality

This is a Llewellyn product, which means it's likely packaged in a magnet flap box with a junior size book. Llewellyn cards generally need to be sleeved to maintain quality.
Ciro MarchettiBarbara MooreLlewellyn

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Green Witch Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigGreen Witch Tarot

Deck Notes

I bought this deck to accompany Ann Moura's book, Green Witchcraft. The book is well-written, and I appreciate Ann's angle on witchcraft, since her own witchcraft philosophy is built on a lineage of folk witches, along with wiccan influences.
Kiri Østergaard LeonardAnn MouraLlewellyn

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Greenwood Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigGreenwood Tarot

Deck Notes

The Greenwood Tarot is a well-known Tarot deck that has been out of print for some time (as of September 2020). It's apparently coveted by a lot of Tarot readers and collectors, but I find the artwork pretty juvenile and unappealing. What's much more interesting is the wheel of the year methodology created by the artist. She has generously provided her own thoughts on the cards and the wheel of the year at the deck's official website,
Chesca PotterChesca Potter

Heaven & Earth Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigHeaven & Earth Tarot

Deck Notes

Note: I do not own this deck. The images are from a detailed YouTube review of this deck.
Jack SephirothJaymi ElfordLo Scarabeo

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Herbcrafter's Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigHerbcrafter's Tarot

Deck Notes

I purchased this deck specifically as a reference for herbal correlations, as part of my research into magical uses for plants of all kinds. The images are very beautiful, but unless you already have an existing deep, encyclopedic knowledge of magical herbalism and nature magic, you're probably going to have a very hard time reading with this deck.
Joanna Powell ColbertLatisha GuthrieU.S. Games

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Jean Noblet Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigJean Noblet Tarot

Deck Notes

I found this deck after a bit of searching. It's the only currently-produced reproduction of one of the very oldest French tarot decks ever discovered. That deck is incomplete, but thanks to the efforts of a French tarot historian named Jean-Claude Flornoy, the earliest decks have now been reproduced in full, assembled from known copies kept by the French National Library.
Jean NobletJean-Claude FlornoyÉditions «letarot.com»

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Linestrider Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigLinestrider Tarot

Deck Notes

This is a deck that has enjoyed mainstream popularity. The illustrations are attractive, but lack the kind of coherence I prefer in a tarot deck. There is at least reasonable depth to the illustrations.

The included book is full color, and includes full page card images. Equal attention is paid to the minors, which I always appreciate. The introduction is reasonably complete and includes several spreads.
Siolo ThompsonSiolo ThompsonLlewellyn

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Mermaid Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigMermaid Tarot

Deck Notes

This mermaid-themed deck has very nice artwork and aesthetic, but isn't really my vibe. The included book is full color, with full page card illustrations. It's also comprehensive, and gives equal attention to all 78 card descriptions.
Julie DillonLeeza RobertsonLlewellyn

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Mystic Faerie Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigMystic Faerie Tarot

I picked up this deck on Amazon when I was looking for a deck with art nouveau-style artwork. The Mystic Faerie Tarot isn't very nouveau at all. Its styling is more like illustrations in a book of fairy tales. The imagery is pretty easy to decode without the book or even an existing background in the RWS card meanings. Each of the four suits is a story, and the book that's included with Llewellyn's more expensive offering is complete with the story narrative, as well as the …
Linda RavenscroftBarbara MooreLlewellyn

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Mystical Cats Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigMystical Cats Tarot

Mystical Cats Tarot
Mickie MuellerLunaea WeatherstoneLlewellyn

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Pagan Otherworlds Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigPagan Otherworlds Tarot

Deck Notes

This deck and book were my 2021 Christmas gift. I asked for it after seeing the gorgeous major arcana cards posted in revies online, and it did not disappoint - mostly. The numbered cards in the minor suits are light on imagery, but there is still symbolism found in each card. This deck mostly follows the Smith-Waite rubric. The book is pretty good, but the descriptions could definitely be more detailed.
Linnea GitsPeter DunhamUusi

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Radiant Wise Spirit Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigRadiant Wise Spirit Tarot

Radiant Wise Spirit Tarot
Pamela Colman SmithSasha GrahamLo Scarabeo

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Running Press Tarot Kitplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigRunning Press Tarot Kit

Deck Notes

This is the first tarot deck I ever bought - it was an impulse purchase at my local Barnes & Noble. While we were waiting in the checkout line, I noticed this kit in one of the racks nearby, and my husband suggested I get it, since I mentioned I'd always been curious about tarot, given my upbringing.
Julie PaschkisDennis FairchildRunning Press

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Sexual Magic Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigSexual Magic Tarot

Deck Notes

This is a dirty deck! The imagery is very erotic, with lots of nudity and overtly sexual themes. There are other erotic decks out there, but too many of them have a lot of rape-themed imagery, which is the complete opposite of me. This deck isn't overly rapey - the Tower is probably the worst offender in this regard.
Mauro De LucaLaura TuanLo Scarabeo

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Shadowscapes Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigShadowscapes Tarot

Deck Notes

I absolutely adore the artwork in this deck. It's ethereal and soft and magical. It's also very finely detailed, so it's not very good for intuitive reading. The artist follows the RWS standard for the most part, but a lot of the meaning is lost for me in the finer details of the artwork. I love doing short readings with this deck (three to seven cards), but I definitely rely on the accompanying book to understand the symbolism in the cards.
Stephanie Pui Mun-LawBarbara MooreLlewellyn

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Sherlock Holmes Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigSherlock Holmes Tarot

Deck Notes

This was an impulse buy on a clearance rack at Barnes & Noble, and it's really no surprise that's where I found it - this deck is terrible. The artwork is mostly photo collages with Photoshop filters applied, which is one of my least favorite aesthetics. The book has a lot of content, but the deck style and images chosen just make no sense at all to me. The book is comprehensive and very well-made, but the terrible artwork and tenuous correlations to Holmesian …
Wil KinghanJohn MatthewsSterling Ethos

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Smith-Waite Centennial Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigSmith-Waite Centennial Tarot

Deck Notes

Pamela Colman-Smith's artwork has become the de facto standard for Tarot symbolism, mostly because her deck was published at the height of esotericism's popularity at the end of the 19th century. Her artwork is informed by the writings of Arthur Edward Waite, whose perspective on the Tarot was heavily influenced by the Kabbalah mysticism of the era.
Pamela Colman SmithArthur Edward WaiteU.S. Games

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Sola Busca Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigSola Busca Tarot

Deck Notes

This deck is a reproduction of the earliest known tarot deck with fully-illustrated numbered cards (pips). It's dated to around 1490 and appears to have been produced in Northern Italy. The major arcana depict a number of infamous men of the Roman Empire (and its mythos). The courts likewise depict famous Roman men and women. The illustrations in the minors have been the inspiration for tarot decks produced much later. The most obvious example of this is in the thre…
Late 15th-centry Italian ArtistPaola GnaccoliniLo Scarabeo

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Spiritsong Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigSpiritsong Tarot

Spiritsong Tarot
Paulina CassidyPaulina CassidyU.S. Games

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Tarot Catsplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigTarot Cats

Deck Notes

This deck was a gift from a dear friend of mine, who lives in Spain. It's a quirky deck, with an art style that doesn't have mass appeal, but definitely has appeal for those of us who like detailed surrealist art. This deck more or less follows the Smith-Waite rubric, so if you're already familiar with that deck, this should be pretty easy to read. The LWB is very short, as it contains five translations of the contents, so space is at a premium - the card descriptions sum…
Ana JuanAna JuanFournier

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Tarot Illuminatiplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigTarot Illuminati

Deck Notes

This is a painfully bad deck. Numerous faces were obviously composed by mirroring half a face, which looks unnatural and creepy - The Hierophant being the most obvious case. Every image is a digital collage, and while the images are at least somewhat coherent, they just don't look right.
Erik DunneKim HuggensLo Scarabeo

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Tarot of the Alchemical Magnum Opusplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigTarot of the Alchemical Magnum Opus

Tarot of the Alchemical Magnum Opus
Robert M. PlaceRobert M. PlaceHermes Publications

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Tarot of the Celtic Fairiesplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigTarot of the Celtic Fairies

Tarot of the Celtic Fairies
Eldar MinibaevMark McElroyLo Scarabeo

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Tarot of the Sevenfold Mysteryplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigTarot of the Sevenfold Mystery

Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery
Robert M. PlaceRobert M. PlaceHermes Publications

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Universal Celtic Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigUniversal Celtic Tarot

Deck Notes

After two bad decks, I figured I was probably done buying Lo Scarabeo imprints. Shows how much I know! I stumbled across this deck after finding my interest in Celtic mythology and imagery reinvigorated, in part since AncestryDNA's 2020 update revealed I have more Celtic stock in me than I'd previously believed.
Cristina ScagliottiFloreana NativoLo Scarabeo

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Wheel of the Year Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigWheel of the Year Tarot

Deck Notes

I got this deck for free from a user on /r/tarot, and that's a good thing, because this deck is lame as hell. The artwork is ridiculously cartoony - if you're into comic aesthetic, you might like this deck. For me, it's staying on the shelf until I find it a new home.
Antonella PlatanoMaria CarattiLo Scarabeo

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Wild Unknown Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigWild Unknown Tarot

Deck Notes

This is a very popular deck. It relies on highly symbolic imagery, which makes intuitive reading difficult. This deck would work for someone interested in reading through rote memorization of card meanings.

The included book has short definitions for every card, along with a short introduction and some spreads. The imagery is so abstract that there's little to discuss about a card's details, so with that in mind, the included definitions are good enough.
Kim KransKim KransHarperOne

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Wildwood Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigWildwood Tarot

Deck Notes

This is a pretty cool deck - the imagery is inspired by Germanic and Norse folk beliefs and practices, which is something I've become very interested in pursuing myself. The cards are oversized - about 3Γ—5β€œ, which makes them harder for me to shuffle.
Will WorthingtonMark Ryan & John MatthewsSterling Ethos

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Wizards Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigWizards Tarot

Deck Notes

This wizard-themed deck has a very Harry Potter feel to it - iamges of wizards in modern environments, doing the kind of things you'd expect to see at a magic school. It's not for me, but that doesn't mean it's not for anyone!
Mieke JanssensBarbara MooreLlewellyn

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Decks I own

DeckArtistAuthorPublisherArtworkIntuitionBookQualityBuy
Alchemical Tarot (5th Edition)plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigAlchemical Tarot (5th Edition)

Deck Notes

This was my first serious Tarot deck. I found it by accident and was very strongly drawn to the artwork and heavily symbolic imagery. The Alchemical Tarot isn't a particularly intuitive deck. I didn't find many of the images to be very intuitive without the context provided by the artist's book. That said, Robert Place does an excellent job of maintaining consistency throughout his artwork's images and symbolism. Similar symbols and images are used thr…
Robert M. PlaceRobert M. PlaceHermes Publications

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Art Nouveau Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigArt Nouveau Tarot

Deck Notes

This is a cute little mini deck that is now out-of-print. The artwork is quite nice, but lacks any real depth - much like another popular Nouveau-style deck, the Ethereal Visions Illuminated Tarot. I don't use it for reading. I enjoy the artwork, however, and it follows the standard RWS rubric, so if you like the Art Nouveau aesthetic, the full size deck is still available.
Antonella CastelliPietro AlligoLo Scarabeo

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Bleu Cat Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigBleu Cat Tarot

Deck Notes

I stumbled across this deck in some corner of the Internet in Spring 2022. My long-deceased maternal granddad loved Siamese cats. When I was little, he had a Siamese named Eddie, and I'd carry around that giant cat in a cotton drawstring bag, with his head poking out the top. In retrospect, he was an amazingly tolerant cat! After Eddie died, my granddad adopted another Siamese named Julius, who remained my granddad's faithful companion until he died. I bought this dec…
Beth SeilonenBeth SeilonenSchiffer Publishing

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Cat Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigCat Tarot

Deck Notes

This is a really adorable deck, with high-quality watercolor illustrations on each card. As the name suggests, the theme is all things cat. This is a great deck to use with pet and animal spreads. The LWB is pretty good, although the minors don't get a whole lot of attention. It's enough for reading, though, unlike Lo Scarabeo's extra-extra-short LWBs.
Megan Lynn KottsJulia SmillieChronicle Books

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Dreamkeepers Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigDreamkeepers Tarot

Deck Notes

This deck liberally uses Pamela Colman-Smith's interpretations as its foundation, but the surrealist style is a big departure from the traditional Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot deck. The imagery is very woman-oriented: many male characters have been replaced with women, aside from the knight and king of each suit, as well as cards depicting couples (Two of Cups and The Lovers). This deck makes no attempt to conform to modern notions of
Liz HustonLiz HustonU.S. Games

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Druidcraft Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigDruidcraft Tarot

Deck Notes

I have another deck illustrated by Wil Worthington (the Wildwood Tarot), and knew when I bought this deck that his cartoony face aesthetic wasn't my favorite. That hasn't changed, but the depth of his imagery is growing on me, and I've used this deck for a few readings for my husband with excellent results on his part. He's easily put off by deck art, and he's gotten something out of every reading we've done with this deck.
Wil WorthingtonPhilip & Stephanie Carr-GommSt. Martin's Essentials

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Ethereal Visions Illuminated Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigEthereal Visions Illuminated Tarot

Deck Notes

This is essentially a remake of the standard Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot deck, so if you're already familiar with that imagery, you can read with this deck pretty easily. That said, the imagery isn't particularly inspired. It's beautiful artwork, but I don't think there's much depth to the symbolism in each card. If you really love Art Nouveau, you might find this deck more aesthetically pleasing to use than the traditional RWS deck.
Matt HughesMatt HughesU.S. Games

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Flame Tree Marseille Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigFlame Tree Marseille Tarot

Flame Tree Marseille Tarot
David JonesJosie MitchellFlame Tree Publishing

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Forest of Enchantment Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigForest of Enchantment Tarot

Deck Notes

This is by far my favorite deck for intuitive reading. I love my Alchemical Tarot (5th Edition) deck, but I've found this deck to be easier to read without referencing my notes or the accompanying book. The Forest of Enchantment uses familiar Germanic fairy tale imagery combined with the archetypes found in the Tarot.
Meraylah AllwoodLunaea WeatherstoneLlewellyn

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Green Witch Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigGreen Witch Tarot

Deck Notes

I bought this deck to accompany Ann Moura's book, Green Witchcraft. The book is well-written, and I appreciate Ann's angle on witchcraft, since her own witchcraft philosophy is built on a lineage of folk witches, along with wiccan influences.
Kiri Østergaard LeonardAnn MouraLlewellyn

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Heaven & Earth Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigHeaven & Earth Tarot

Deck Notes

Note: I do not own this deck. The images are from a detailed YouTube review of this deck.
Jack SephirothJaymi ElfordLo Scarabeo

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Herbcrafter's Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigHerbcrafter's Tarot

Deck Notes

I purchased this deck specifically as a reference for herbal correlations, as part of my research into magical uses for plants of all kinds. The images are very beautiful, but unless you already have an existing deep, encyclopedic knowledge of magical herbalism and nature magic, you're probably going to have a very hard time reading with this deck.
Joanna Powell ColbertLatisha GuthrieU.S. Games

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Jean Noblet Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigJean Noblet Tarot

Deck Notes

I found this deck after a bit of searching. It's the only currently-produced reproduction of one of the very oldest French tarot decks ever discovered. That deck is incomplete, but thanks to the efforts of a French tarot historian named Jean-Claude Flornoy, the earliest decks have now been reproduced in full, assembled from known copies kept by the French National Library.
Jean NobletJean-Claude FlornoyÉditions «letarot.com»

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Mystic Faerie Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigMystic Faerie Tarot

I picked up this deck on Amazon when I was looking for a deck with art nouveau-style artwork. The Mystic Faerie Tarot isn't very nouveau at all. Its styling is more like illustrations in a book of fairy tales. The imagery is pretty easy to decode without the book or even an existing background in the RWS card meanings. Each of the four suits is a story, and the book that's included with Llewellyn's more expensive offering is complete with the story narrative, as well as the …
Linda RavenscroftBarbara MooreLlewellyn

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Mystical Cats Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigMystical Cats Tarot

Mystical Cats Tarot
Mickie MuellerLunaea WeatherstoneLlewellyn

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Pagan Otherworlds Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigPagan Otherworlds Tarot

Deck Notes

This deck and book were my 2021 Christmas gift. I asked for it after seeing the gorgeous major arcana cards posted in revies online, and it did not disappoint - mostly. The numbered cards in the minor suits are light on imagery, but there is still symbolism found in each card. This deck mostly follows the Smith-Waite rubric. The book is pretty good, but the descriptions could definitely be more detailed.
Linnea GitsPeter DunhamUusi

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Radiant Wise Spirit Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigRadiant Wise Spirit Tarot

Radiant Wise Spirit Tarot
Pamela Colman SmithSasha GrahamLo Scarabeo

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Running Press Tarot Kitplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigRunning Press Tarot Kit

Deck Notes

This is the first tarot deck I ever bought - it was an impulse purchase at my local Barnes & Noble. While we were waiting in the checkout line, I noticed this kit in one of the racks nearby, and my husband suggested I get it, since I mentioned I'd always been curious about tarot, given my upbringing.
Julie PaschkisDennis FairchildRunning Press

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Sexual Magic Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigSexual Magic Tarot

Deck Notes

This is a dirty deck! The imagery is very erotic, with lots of nudity and overtly sexual themes. There are other erotic decks out there, but too many of them have a lot of rape-themed imagery, which is the complete opposite of me. This deck isn't overly rapey - the Tower is probably the worst offender in this regard.
Mauro De LucaLaura TuanLo Scarabeo

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Shadowscapes Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigShadowscapes Tarot

Deck Notes

I absolutely adore the artwork in this deck. It's ethereal and soft and magical. It's also very finely detailed, so it's not very good for intuitive reading. The artist follows the RWS standard for the most part, but a lot of the meaning is lost for me in the finer details of the artwork. I love doing short readings with this deck (three to seven cards), but I definitely rely on the accompanying book to understand the symbolism in the cards.
Stephanie Pui Mun-LawBarbara MooreLlewellyn

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Sherlock Holmes Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigSherlock Holmes Tarot

Deck Notes

This was an impulse buy on a clearance rack at Barnes & Noble, and it's really no surprise that's where I found it - this deck is terrible. The artwork is mostly photo collages with Photoshop filters applied, which is one of my least favorite aesthetics. The book has a lot of content, but the deck style and images chosen just make no sense at all to me. The book is comprehensive and very well-made, but the terrible artwork and tenuous correlations to Holmesian …
Wil KinghanJohn MatthewsSterling Ethos

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Smith-Waite Centennial Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigSmith-Waite Centennial Tarot

Deck Notes

Pamela Colman-Smith's artwork has become the de facto standard for Tarot symbolism, mostly because her deck was published at the height of esotericism's popularity at the end of the 19th century. Her artwork is informed by the writings of Arthur Edward Waite, whose perspective on the Tarot was heavily influenced by the Kabbalah mysticism of the era.
Pamela Colman SmithArthur Edward WaiteU.S. Games

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Sola Busca Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigSola Busca Tarot

Deck Notes

This deck is a reproduction of the earliest known tarot deck with fully-illustrated numbered cards (pips). It's dated to around 1490 and appears to have been produced in Northern Italy. The major arcana depict a number of infamous men of the Roman Empire (and its mythos). The courts likewise depict famous Roman men and women. The illustrations in the minors have been the inspiration for tarot decks produced much later. The most obvious example of this is in the thre…
Late 15th-centry Italian ArtistPaola GnaccoliniLo Scarabeo

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Spiritsong Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigSpiritsong Tarot

Spiritsong Tarot
Paulina CassidyPaulina CassidyU.S. Games

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Tarot Catsplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigTarot Cats

Deck Notes

This deck was a gift from a dear friend of mine, who lives in Spain. It's a quirky deck, with an art style that doesn't have mass appeal, but definitely has appeal for those of us who like detailed surrealist art. This deck more or less follows the Smith-Waite rubric, so if you're already familiar with that deck, this should be pretty easy to read. The LWB is very short, as it contains five translations of the contents, so space is at a premium - the card descriptions sum…
Ana JuanAna JuanFournier

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Tarot of the Alchemical Magnum Opusplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigTarot of the Alchemical Magnum Opus

Tarot of the Alchemical Magnum Opus
Robert M. PlaceRobert M. PlaceHermes Publications

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Tarot of the Celtic Fairiesplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigTarot of the Celtic Fairies

Tarot of the Celtic Fairies
Eldar MinibaevMark McElroyLo Scarabeo

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Tarot of the Sevenfold Mysteryplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigTarot of the Sevenfold Mystery

Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery
Robert M. PlaceRobert M. PlaceHermes Publications

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Universal Celtic Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigUniversal Celtic Tarot

Deck Notes

After two bad decks, I figured I was probably done buying Lo Scarabeo imprints. Shows how much I know! I stumbled across this deck after finding my interest in Celtic mythology and imagery reinvigorated, in part since AncestryDNA's 2020 update revealed I have more Celtic stock in me than I'd previously believed.
Cristina ScagliottiFloreana NativoLo Scarabeo

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Wheel of the Year Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigWheel of the Year Tarot

Deck Notes

I got this deck for free from a user on /r/tarot, and that's a good thing, because this deck is lame as hell. The artwork is ridiculously cartoony - if you're into comic aesthetic, you might like this deck. For me, it's staying on the shelf until I find it a new home.
Antonella PlatanoMaria CarattiLo Scarabeo

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Wildwood Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigWildwood Tarot

Deck Notes

This is a pretty cool deck - the imagery is inspired by Germanic and Norse folk beliefs and practices, which is something I've become very interested in pursuing myself. The cards are oversized - about 3Γ—5β€œ, which makes them harder for me to shuffle.
Will WorthingtonMark Ryan & John MatthewsSterling Ethos

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Decks I don't own

DeckArtistAuthorPublisherArtworkIntuitionBookQualityBuy
Cirque du Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigCirque du Tarot

Deck Notes

This is a circus-themed deck. The artwork is very whimsical, with a distinct vintage feel. The included book is comprehensive and includes detailed descriptions of all 78 cards. There are also some spreads, and a short introduction explaining the theme.
Josh TuftsLeeza RobertsonLlewellyn

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Crow Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigCrow Tarot

Deck Notes

This deck is owned (and was digitized) by a friend.
MJ CullinaneMJ CullinaneU.S. Games

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Dark Wood Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigDark Wood Tarot

Deck Notes

This is a Jungian-inspired deck, with artwork and text focused on confronting one's β€œshadow self” - the individualized negative traits which contribute to our personalities.

This is a somehwat cartoonish deck, with an aesthetic reminiscent of old Disney animated films. That being said, I think it works well for the deck's intended
Abigail LarsonSasha GrahamLlewellyn

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Edgar Allen Poe Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigEdgar Allen Poe Tarot

Deck Notes

This is a deck inspired by the writings of American author and poet, Edgar Allen Poe. The included book is comprehensive, and all 78 cards are given equal attention by the author, Rose Wright.

I'm personally not a fan of this deck's aesthetic - some images are great, but in several, the women depicted look a little too mannish for my taste.
Eugene SmithRose WrightLlewellyn

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Everyday Witch Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigEveryday Witch Tarot

Deck Notes

This deck was inspired by a postcard illustration, and reflects a positive, whimsical view of life. I have yet to read with this deck, but in processing all 78 card images for this site, I've rather enjoyed the imagery. It's likely I'll be adding this one to my collection eventually.
Elisabeth AlbaDeborah BlakeLlewellyn

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Gilded Tarot Royaleplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigGilded Tarot Royale

Deck Notes

This is a very bright and colorful deck full of animated artwork. The included book is not full color, but complete descriptions are provided for all 78 cards.

Production Quality

This is a Llewellyn product, which means it's likely packaged in a magnet flap box with a junior size book. Llewellyn cards generally need to be sleeved to maintain quality.
Ciro MarchettiBarbara MooreLlewellyn

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Greenwood Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigGreenwood Tarot

Deck Notes

The Greenwood Tarot is a well-known Tarot deck that has been out of print for some time (as of September 2020). It's apparently coveted by a lot of Tarot readers and collectors, but I find the artwork pretty juvenile and unappealing. What's much more interesting is the wheel of the year methodology created by the artist. She has generously provided her own thoughts on the cards and the wheel of the year at the deck's official website,
Chesca PotterChesca Potter

Linestrider Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigLinestrider Tarot

Deck Notes

This is a deck that has enjoyed mainstream popularity. The illustrations are attractive, but lack the kind of coherence I prefer in a tarot deck. There is at least reasonable depth to the illustrations.

The included book is full color, and includes full page card images. Equal attention is paid to the minors, which I always appreciate. The introduction is reasonably complete and includes several spreads.
Siolo ThompsonSiolo ThompsonLlewellyn

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Mermaid Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigMermaid Tarot

Deck Notes

This mermaid-themed deck has very nice artwork and aesthetic, but isn't really my vibe. The included book is full color, with full page card illustrations. It's also comprehensive, and gives equal attention to all 78 card descriptions.
Julie DillonLeeza RobertsonLlewellyn

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Tarot Illuminatiplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigTarot Illuminati

Deck Notes

This is a painfully bad deck. Numerous faces were obviously composed by mirroring half a face, which looks unnatural and creepy - The Hierophant being the most obvious case. Every image is a digital collage, and while the images are at least somewhat coherent, they just don't look right.
Erik DunneKim HuggensLo Scarabeo

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Wild Unknown Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigWild Unknown Tarot

Deck Notes

This is a very popular deck. It relies on highly symbolic imagery, which makes intuitive reading difficult. This deck would work for someone interested in reading through rote memorization of card meanings.

The included book has short definitions for every card, along with a short introduction and some spreads. The imagery is so abstract that there's little to discuss about a card's details, so with that in mind, the included definitions are good enough.
Kim KransKim KransHarperOne

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Wizards Tarotplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigWizards Tarot

Deck Notes

This wizard-themed deck has a very Harry Potter feel to it - iamges of wizards in modern environments, doing the kind of things you'd expect to see at a magic school. It's not for me, but that doesn't mean it's not for anyone!
Mieke JanssensBarbara MooreLlewellyn

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