One of my favorite things to do is check out tarot and oracle deck collection videos on YouTube. I kid you not; I get a notepad and pen to write down the decks. And this is how I come up with my wish list of decks. It is about a mile long.
Decks are like eye candy. They are pretty and intriguing, and I just want them all! This leads to a lot of impulse buying. I have to admit that there are decks that I own that I don’t read with or hardly read with.
There are also a lot of decks that I look at and just think “ewww!”
Recently, I bought one of my “ewww” decks. It wasn’t because of feeling left out due to the popularity of the deck. It wasn’t because everyone raves about the deck. I couldn’t stop thinking about this deck, and I couldn’t understand why.
I have worked with the deck, a little reluctantly, due to the art. But I found out that the readings with this deck are spot on and very insightful. (future blog post)
I started to rethink my wish list. As I looked through the list, many decks are on there solely for the art. I love the collage of the Voyager Tarot. The Mystic Dreamers Tarot is visually stunning. And the Tarot in Wonderland….gorgeous!!!
But would I read with them?
And I get caught up in the hype of decks. I want to have these amazing experiences with decks that others have had. Tarot of the Vampires and the Mary-El Tarot have followings practically. Some people rave about these decks.
But would I read with them?
At this point, the answers are just “maybes”. Is a “maybe” a good enough reason to buy a deck? What if there are decks that are more than “maybes” and more of “I can’t stop thinking of this deck”?
That made me think about what I had on my wish list. What are the ones that are “I can’t stop thinking of this deck”? Why can’t I stop thinking about them? Why do I want to read with these decks?
So here are the ones that made that list…
Revelations Tarot by Zack Wong (Mass Produced)
When I first heard of this deck, it piqued my interest. Right now, I am not comfortable reading reversals. But this deck does reversals in a unique way.
While the illustrations of the cards are nothing really spectacular (they are pretty), they are illustrated with the reversals in the image. It is cool to see these cards reversed.
Imagery with tarot does play a huge roll with learning and reading the cards. Yes, this is just my opinion. With the Revelations Tarot deck, you get to see that reversed meaning, in a way. I want to further my tarot skills with reversals, and I see this deck as a way to do just that.
With imagery being so important in reading the cards, this deck hits you will the dreamiest images!
This is not a standard deck by any means. Each card is like a gateway into another world. These images can pull you in and just surround you. This deck lets you experience the cards. The mind and the intuition can just run free.
This stimulation of the mind and higher self is what I do like in a deck. This deck would be great for that depth I would be seeking in a reading.
White Witch Tarot by Maja D’Aoust (Mass produced)
This deck is crazy! All the backgrounds are black. The images are line images that are done in a way that they appear as light from the darkness. These images are somewhat surreal.
This is a deck that the intuition could have some fun with. I like the idea of doing shadow work with deck while the veil is thinning.
Heart & Hands Tarot by Liz Blackbird (available at https://www.etsy.com/listing/467551445/heart-hands-tarot-deck )
This deck is, in a way, tied for first place.
It is simple in that it is black and white. But there is wonderful detail in this deck. Now I do love rich colors in a deck, but the detail without color sometimes lets you see more. Again this is a deck that lets the intuition pick up on little clues and gives more insight into the reading. Also, while this deck is RWS based, some of the way the cards are represented still stay true to the meanings but the symbolism is slightly different.
I feel like this would just be a great deck for any reading. The cards just seem crisp and clear.
My favorite card is the Princess of Pentacles. I just love her!
The Naked Heart Tarot by Jillian Wilde (available on her website: https://jilliancwilde.com/ )
I didn’t really know that is deck existed until maybe a week ago, and it is right up there with the Heart & Hands Tarot on my list.
The Truth in Story on YouTube has a walk-thru video of this deck. I noticed it as I was looking through my tarot wish list for this blog. So I decided to go and look at the deck.
The Death card is one of my favorite cards in tarot, so I have to look at it in any deck. This one was impressive. A white rose with skeletal hand coming out of the center with a butterfly near the finger tips. The Strength card is just beautiful with the Griffin (which is more lion than eagle). But The Empress is what sucked me in.
Renamed the Earth Mother, she is a very pregnant woman done in green and is seated. Instead of a head, there is a tree growing. Just suits The Empress! The deck had me!
The creator of this deck has added layers to these cards. This just gives so much more to work with, especially intuitively. There is uniqueness in the symbolism that conveys the energy of each card. This deck reminds you that you are always a student of tarot, never a master.
So that are my top decks that I really want to work with and expand my knowledge of tarot and just bring greater depth to my readings.
Have you ever thought about what is on your wish list and why? Does this make you rethink some of you choices? Let me know. I would love to hear about it. Comment below or use the hashtag #starlightstarotwishlist
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Much love and many blessings ❤
*For the walk-thru of the Naked Heart Tarot from Kelly (The Truth In Story): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCWv2WYlZiY
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