My Top 10 Tarot Decks

Just for fun, I have rounded up my top ten Tarot decks! Out of all the decks in my Tarot deck collection (and there are many), these are the decks I go back to again and again.

As an adventurous and promiscuous Tarot lover, I may scamper off with other decks from time to time just for the thrill, but I always return to these ones because I know I’m always guaranteed a satisfying, soul quenching reading.

These decks are in no particular order. I love #1 just as much as #10!

1. Dame Darcy’s Mermaid Tarot

For many years I have been waiting to find THE perfect Tarot deck. A deck that just clicks with me and makes me feel at home. For me, this is that deck.

dame darcy tarot

There is so much I love about this deck – the nautical theme, the mermaids, the hand written card names, barely-there borders, matte finish, blah, blah, blah….but the real magic is in the energy of these cards.

This is a one of a kind, special deck – not just visually, but energetically. I feel like I am truly tapping into my gypsy, tarot reading self when I read with these cards.

Watch me read with this deck

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2. Osho Zen Tarot

When I first saw the Osho Zen Tarot deck I didn’t like it at all. I don’t know why, but it seemed almost too simple. Then a few years later, I saw it again and absolutely had to have it!

osho zen tarot

Since then I have spent hours working with these cards. I find them to be excellent at getting to the real meat of a situation – the deep, underlying issues that need to be recognized.

If your into things like Eckhart Tolle, Eastern spirituality and meditation, then you will really enjoy working with this deck. It’s not “new-agey” or anything like that, but if your interested in understanding the inner workings of your self, ego and mind, then this deck will help you along the way.

I think that both men and women will equally enjoy this deck – many Tarot decks are a bit girly and fluffy, but not the Osho Zen.

Read my full review of this deck!

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3. Hezicos Tarot

There is so much I could say about the Hezicos Tarot! Whimsical, fun and insightful, I love using this deck for self readings. The images and symbols on the cards really pull me in and I find myself going on a mini-journey into my self each time I read with this deck.

hezicos tarot

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4. Universal Waite Tarot Deck

Here is a good old, classic Tarot deck! I always recommend this deck as the deck to learn on, because if you learn with this deck, you will be able to easily read with most other decks that are based on the Rider-Waite structure and symbolism.

universal waite tarot

To be perfectly honest, this deck isn’t my favorite deck to read with, but it is one of my favorite decks to meditate with and to study.

Read my full review of this deck right here

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5. Crystal Visions Tarot

This deck has been a long-standing fave of mine. I ended up trimming my deck to get rid of the annoying white borders, so the cards in this photo look a bit different from when I first got them.

crystal visions tarot

This is a gentle and mystical deck with a girly vibe. I like using it for professional readings because there are no scary looking cards and everyone seems to love this deck.

Read my full review of this deck!

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 6. Morgan-Greer Tarot

Now here’s a succulent, colourful deck that’s just bursting with 1970’s sexiness!  Handlebar mustaches and fertile flowers bloom unfettered by mojo-killing borders. This is one of the few decks out there that is borderless – and thank God for that!

morgan greer tarot

I accidentally bough the Spanish version of this deck – which is actually a good way to learn a few Spanish words – but you might not want to do that if your a total beginner who doesn’t speak Spanish!

Watch me read with this deck

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7. Hanson-Roberts Tarot

This is the deck I usually take with me when I travel and there are 3 reasons why I love it…

hanson roberts tarot

1. This deck closely follows the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, so it’s easy for beginners

2. Cards are quite small –  like a mini deck – and can easily be carried in your purse or pocket. This makes them easy to handle and less intimidating than a full size deck.

3. Images are fairytale-ish and even a bit childish, which gives the deck a gentle feel to it.

Watch me read with this deck

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8. Shadowscapes Tarot

This deck is super atmospheric and gazing at these cards can transport you to another world – especially if you’re the spacey-outey type like me!

I love using this deck for both professional and self readings. My only gripe is that the cards are very detailed and so I find myself squinting a bit. But nobody’s perfect!

shadowscapes tarot

Read my full review of this deck

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9. Anna K Tarot

This is one of my most “down to earth” decks – when I read with this deck, it just makes sense, especially as it pertains to my everyday life.

The cards closely follow the Rider-Waite-Smith imagery, so this is a great deck for beginners to learn Tarot with.

anna k tarot

Watch me read with this deck

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10. Druidcraft Tarot

This deck has major personality! The people on these cards can sometimes seem a bit fugly, but they’re always easy to relate to.

What I love about this deck:

1. Big cards! Yes, it makes it impossible to shuffle but the cards act as windows into a different realm. A realm I want to endlessly scamper about in.

2. Druidy vibe and magical feel – you really feel like your using a special deck of cards when you do a reading with the Druidcraft.

3. The companion book – if you can, it’s worth it to get the book and deck set. I usually ignore most companion books, but this one has a lot of good info and fun spreads and stuff. You will want the book especially if you’re interested in druidry or earth based spirituality.

Watch me read with this deck

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What are your favorite decks?

In the comments below, tell me what Tarot decks light your fire. Which decks feel like a comfy, monogamous relationship? Which decks do you rely on for good, solid readings?

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32 Responses to My Top 10 Tarot Decks

  1. Marilyn says:

    I prefer the ancient decks, or the decks based on them; the Visconti Tarots, The Golden Renaissance Tarot, and The Medieval Tarot immediately come to mind.

    For modern decks, being twenty years or newer and not based on TdM style exactly, I really like using Dame Fortune’s Wheel Tarot by Paul Huson. A lot of research put into that one.

    I have about a hundred decks give or take a few, and I appreciate many decks. But those mentioned tend to be my favorites.

    • Thanks Marilyn, for sharing your favorites 🙂 I actually don’t have any of those decks but I have heard good things especially about the Dame Fortune deck. One deck that comes to mind is the Nostradamus deck – it’s a newer-ish deck but has an ancient look to it.

  2. Michelle says:

    I love these decks I have three decks right now, The Mythic Tarot which I use most often because they are easy to use, Angels of Atlantis Oracle cards (which are beautiful!) and my favourite deck right now that I searched ages for and love the imagery is the Robert Wang Jungian Tarot. These are my favouirites right now but my mum uses the Lord of the Rings tarot and her Crystal Visions which are soo pretty 😀

  3. Young at Heart says:

    Thank you for creating this wonderful blog. I bought the Shadowscapes Tarot because of your reviews and I am in love with it. The Hezicos Tarot is also on its way. I wonder if you have any idea on the Inner Child Tarot to share. I am thinking of buying the deck. Thanks.
    Young at Heart

    • Kate says:

      Hi There!
      I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my reviews and that it’s inspired you to get the decks I love so much 🙂
      I don’t know of the Inner Child Tarot so I can’t give you my opinion on it – but let me know if you end up getting it and how you like it.

      Happy Tarot reading!

  4. Ellen says:

    We do have some favorites in common:
    A few of my favorites are;
    1 The Druidcraft Tarot,
    2 The Wild Unknown tarot
    3 The Osho Zen tarot ( thanks to your video’s)
    4 The Morgan Greer Tarot
    5 The Original Rider Waite
    6 Mary El Tarot
    7 Anna K Tarot
    8 Shadowscapes Tarot
    9 Crystal visions
    10 …….. And all my other decks 😀

    • Kate says:

      Awesome list, Ellen! The only ones I don’t have on there are the Mary El Tarot and the Wild Unknown (which I really, really want!)

  5. Katie says:

    Hi Katie,

    I am a Katie also. I enjoy this list. I love Doreen Virtue’s tarot and angel oracle cards, I have her Angel Tarot, Archangel Tarot and the Guardian Angel Tarot cards. I am super excited Doreen has a Fairy Tarot card deck coming out with Radleigh Valentine this autumn. I love working with the Fairies i have Doreen’s other two Fairy oracle decks

    • Kate says:

      Hi Katie – I have those two fairy oracles too. I like one of them way better than the other but can’t remember which. Thanks for sharing your Tarot collection here 🙂

  6. Sue says:

    Hi Kate,
    I have only 3 Tarot decks at the moment..The first two decks chose me rather than the other way around..the third one I only bought today.
    The Cosmic Tarot. My first deck..Still learning to read this. Very intense. Having said that, this deck speaks to me via the High Priestess. It lets me know whether I am on the right track with my interpretations or whether I get it wrong, as the look on the High Priestess’s face changes expression. If I get it wrong, or I am naughty, she glares at me, or if I am very good, she almost seems to smile..:)
    My second deck is the Witches Tarot. I am finding this a little easier to read, as it is based on the RWD. It comes with a very in depth guide book. The card which drew me to select this deck is the “Moon” card. I love the details in this deck.
    My most recent deck is the Angel Tarot by Doreen Virtue. This deck I am finding to be non-confrontational, which would make it an ideal deck for doing readings for others.

    I have only been learning Tarot for only 5 months, and have been finding it challenging. I love my decks and am now becoming addicted. (the High Priestess of the Cosmic deck would approve)
    I have 3 oracle decks
    The Spirit Messages – John Holland
    Life Purpose – Doreen Virtue
    Money, and the Law of Attraction – Esther & Jerry Hicks.
    I can have a good conversation with the Spirit Messages deck.. Just like a good friend..
    Thank you for a great Post!..

    • Kate says:

      Thank you Sue for sharing your deck collection here 🙂 I don’t have the witches tarot, but I have the other two and I agree with your observations on them both. The Cosmic Tarot is very intense and magical – but not the easiest to learn on. But that High Priestess card is special! Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  7. Janine says:

    I have too many, my faves are in no particular:

    The Ian Daniel’s Vampyre Tarot. (Got both physical and app)
    The Hezicos Tarot – Thank you Kate for showcasing this deck.
    The Dame Darcy tarot – I wanted a nautical themed deck which I love and now I have it!.
    Shadowscapes Tarot – love it! (Got both physical and app)
    Morgan -Greer – I don’t work energetically with the RWS, so this is my version of it.
    Crystal Visions – mine are intact, my first deck I massacred trying to trim them. (Got both physical and app)
    The Victorian Fairy Tarot – Not usually my thing victorian, but this deck!
    Mystic Faerie Tarot – I love it!
    Chinese Tarot – US Games recent purchase and adorable.
    Goddess tarot by Kris Waldherr – people normally use RWS as their beginner deck, this is my learner deck. (I have both physical and app for these too!)

    Honorary mentions, as these are apps.

    Joie de Vivre Tarot and Tarot of the Hidden Realm.

  8. Brie says:

    Hi Kate! I just got the Dame Darcy as a birthday gift…I’m a bit lovesick over it too 🙂

    My go-to decks are the Alchemical Tarot and The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery by Robert M. Place. There’s something comfortably RWS about them, and at the same time, the artwork and symbolism feel so deep and inspiring. I’m super monogamous with the Place decks – and I’m a total commitment phobe!

    If I’m feeling abstract and sort of magical, I always seem to pick up the Fairy Lights Tarot by Lucia Mattioli. The cards are ethereal and loaded with subconscious imagery – using it always gives me goosebumps! My husband loves readings from the new Prisma Visions Tarot by James Eads. It’s a gorgeous deck…each suit combines to make a bigger picture.

    Other favorite decks: Alexander Daniloff’s Daniloff Tarot (it’s stunning and full of powerful, creative imagery – the characters somehow seem “larger than life”), Kat Black’s medieval collage decks, and the Victorian Romantic Tarot by Baba Studios.

    • Kate says:

      Brie, you’ve mentioned some fascinating sounding decks here that I am not familiar with… now I must google them all! 😉
      Thanks for sharing your fave decks!

  9. tarotstream says:

    Delphi Tarot – beautiful images, and intense emotions, with the classical Greek & Roman mythology that is hidden deep in western culture. For example: 5 of Swords: Clytemnestra, after killing her husband Agamenmon. He did kill all her family, and he did force her to marry him, and he did return from war with a concubine and child. The look on Clytemnestra’s face is arresting, as is the blood dripping off her axe onto the floor. Total fantasy, totally descriptive, well done.

    Alchemical Tarot – and the book has many old alchemical illustrations that were sources for the images.

    Smith-Waite Commemmorative – just “weathered” looking enough to appreciate it again after all these years.

    Etruscan Tarot – reading this deck is like sitting on a sun-drenched patio in the ancient mediterranean, with the lovely frescoes glowing off the walls. The LWB descriptions illustrate the deck creator’s appreciation of Etruscan culture and its joy of living. Two cool theme-related spreads included.

    Bruegel Tarot – I know Bruegel is a force of nature in the art world, but his paintings are ‘way too much like a “Where’s Waldo” picture for me to sit through looking at one painting. However, in small tarot card snippets, this deck is a delight. The Empress, for example, sits at the window, spinning the ball of the world (with that cross at the top), and outside the window are two pregnant women, one with the sign of “mars” at her feet, the other “venus”. Bruegel’s good natured view of humanity comes through with gentle humor and sardonic wit in these cards. A real gem for those folks who don’t think they can stand the tarot.

    Kat Black’s Golden Tarot and Touchstone Tarot – the Golden is classically beautiful, with all the subtle images one expects to see. The Touchstone is literally “in your face” as it is all portraits, many of which really grow on me the more I use the deck. The Five of Wands man stands staring at me with his wall-eye as if to say: “Oh yes you can”, and the Eight of Wands woman looks up at the 8 wands flying at her: is it going to be a great message or a head injury? She’s got to be one of my favorites.

    I’m looking forward to getting to know the Nostradamus tarot and the Grail tarot. They seem pretty specialized, & they may take some extra attention.

  10. Ricky Blue says:

    Rider Waite Smith deck (I prefer the plaid version or the Colman Smith commemorative version)
    Prisma Visions Tarot
    Cosmic Tarot
    Wild Unknown Tarot
    Mythic Tarot
    VIA Tarot
    Navigators of the Mystic Sea

    And for the last three spots I’m not so sure. It’d be between Japaridze, Illuminati, Aquarian, Ceccoli, and Baroque Bohemian Cats.

    I also enjoy the Fairy Tale tarot, but I only have Fools Dog app so I mostly just enjoy reading the companion book sometimes.

    The RWS has never really been the greatest to look at, but the used version I bought some time ago has a very strong energy to it.

  11. Oh great list! Kate, we seem to have quite a similar deck taste in tarot decks LOL… 😉 This is my top ten:
    1. The Ludy Lescot Tarot
    2. Dame Darcy’s Mermaid Tarot
    3. Crystal Visions TarotOsho Zen
    4. Universal or Standard RWS
    5. Nicoletta Ceccoli Tarot
    6. Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg
    7. Robin Wood
    8. Fantastical Tarot
    9. Old English Tarot
    10. Hudes Tarot

  12. Chris says:

    Hi Kate, I got carried away with that last post. Very long! I forgot to mention that both of your last two blog posts (this one and the weekly reading) came in at exactly 2:22 am. It just happened to catch my eye and I only mention it here because it’s a remarkable coincidence and the numbers might be personally significant to you. If I remember correctly from a past webinar of yours, I think you are on Pacific time (I’m on Central Time)- which would make the numbers 12:22 instead of 2:22. Anyway, maybe it’s nothing, but I thought I would mention it. 🙂

    • Kate says:

      That’s a strange coincidence, Chris! Interesting. You should look up 222 on google, see if anything comes up. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  13. okymiden says:

    My favourite to use is the Fantastical Creatures deck, someone gave it to me as a gift and I have been learning on it ever since. But the Shadowscapes images I saw here are drawing me to looking into it.

  14. Chris says:

    Hi Kate, Great post! I only have a few Tarot and Oracle decks, and most of them have come from your recommendations…LOL! I love my Druidcraft Tarot– and I actually trimmed that one– and I love it much more without borders. I’m curious as to how you’ve trimmed your Crystal Visions Tarot. I did my best and tried to be exact with the DC, but even my best efforts with a paper cutter (and edge rounder) yielded slightly uneven cards. Is there a way to get hand-trimmed cards close to what a factory-cut deck would feel like? I’m just curious. Also, I just recently bought the Tarot Mucha. It’s such a beautiful deck. I’ve heard that a similar deck (the Art Nouveau) has an 1980’s look to it. This one is just classically beautiful and the artwork is just fantastic. It’s a deck with more feminine energy and characters, I’d say… (but unlike Goddess decks), it does have masculine characters in it which I do like… we are all a mix of masculine and feminine. I also have the CELESTIAL TAROT– lots of blues and soft watercolors here. It’s very ethereal and lovely. The minor arcana is not Rider-Waite in style– but the meanings are very similar to RWS decks. Constellations and mythological beings are pictured on the minors. My favorite part about this deck (aside from the gorgeous Major Arcana artwork) is that it takes me to a spiritual place when I read it. It’s a great deck for more process/psychological/spiritual information. I really love it. My only gripe about both the Tarot Mucha deck (which is brand new) and the Celestial Tarot is that the cards are typical Tarot size and the beautiful artwork and details get lost in the small cards. Both these decks would look beautiful in a larger size. I’ve heard wonderful things about the Prima Visions Tarot (?). Benebell Wen (on her website) has a great review of this deck on her blog. I don’t resonate with the artwork as much, but the concept of the minors creating a flowing panoramic view is so unique! Thanks for posting your decks! Love your blog!!

    • Kate says:

      Hi Chris!
      Thanks for commenting here and sharing your top decks 🙂
      No, I don’t have any good tips for you on trimming your deck. My trimmed decks are all a bit uneven too.
      Good to hear you love the Tarot Mucha, I’ve heard lots of good things about that deck – I will have to check it out!

      Thanks for reading 🙂

  15. moongirl says:

    This is a great post! I have heard good things about the Osho Zen deck…and some of the others listed here are peeking my interest…but my favourite is hands down Stephanie’s Shadowscapes and so I’m happy to see it on your list.

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