I’d like to share with you, my tarot card collection.
What’s the difference between tarot & oracle cards?
With both types of decks are used for divination, tarot consists of a distinct set of cards with universal meanings — 78 cards including 22 major arcana, and 56 minor arcana divided into four suits (cups, wands, swords, and pentacles.) All cards have the same meanings, but depending on the artist and the artwork, meanings may slightly vary between types of decks.
Oracle cards, on the other hand, are highly variable in meanings. It’s ultimately up to the artist on how many cards are included, what each card means, and what the artwork looks like. There is much more creative freedom here. Oracle cards usually have a specific focus, such as “romance” or “halloween.”
- Artwork (1= mediocre, 5= impressive)
- Skill level (1= beginner, 5= advanced)
- Rarity (1= common, 5= very rare)
- Description (personality/purpose)
*By the way, the order of these decks are completely random and have nothing to do with date or purchase or favoritism!*
Please refer to photo — going from top left to bottom right.
Artwork: Creative and pretty, but very dark and hard to see.
Skill level: Differs highly from the classic, but context clues from the pictures aren’t too difficult.
Rarity: Easily found on Amazon for reasonable price.
One of my more recent decks, Steampunk represents a nostalgic and romanticized era of 19th century, Victorian era, industrial steam-powered machinery. The aesthetic comes across as both old-fashioned and futuristic, giving it a paradox-type feel. It is fictional and can best be described as a made-up, alternative history. In my opinion, this deck truly captures essential elements of the entire steampunk movement. It comes in an impressive box with a fantastic guidebook. The cards themselves fall slightly short, as the cards are super thin (which some may prefer), and the artwork is a little too dark to clearly see everything. This deck is great for asking fantasy-type questions, invoking your imagination, and diving yourself into the science fiction vibe.
Skill level: Very different from the classic, possibly overwhelming artwork, but very easy context clues.
Rarity: Easily accessible!
This is possibly the most modern deck I own, incorporating essential themes of the original tarot mixed with everyday-life. The artwork is super vivid, filled with lots of details, to the point where I sometimes find it overwhelming! The artist clearly put so much work into each picture. This deck is awesome for anyone who feels witchy, as well as anyone who is sick of the medieval classic deck and would rather see more relatable artwork. This deck is ideal for asking “mundane” questions, like, “what should I do this weekend?” But don’t be fooled, this magical deck is anything but mundane!
Artwork: Minimal yet satisfying.
Skill level: NOT for beginners, only recommended those who have the card meanings memorized.
Rarity: easily accessible!
Kawaii tarot is super cute! The cards are tiny and the artwork is minimal, making it a very simple yet satisfying deck. This deck is great for traveling or clearing a cluttered mind. Contrary to the Everyday Witch, this one is quite underwhelming — making it calming and straightforward. This is my first “advanced” deck I bought myself — luckily it comes with a helpful guidebook, but I would certainly recommend memorizing most of the meanings before using this one. Use this deck as a supplement to other decks, or when your intuition is feeling strong enough that you don’t need a complicated/deep answer. Plus, it’s super kawaii!
Lisa Frank (major arcana only)
Artwork: *squeals* AHHHH!
Skill level: No guidebook included, differs highly from classic deck. However, since it only contains major arcana, could be very useful for those just starting out.
Rarity: You have to “make it yourself” by downloading the images, uploading them to a card-making online store, and ordering it from there. There’s a slight chance that you may be able to find it pre-made, secondhand for a really high price.
I am OBSESSED with Lisa Frank art! The only disappointing thing about this deck is that it only contains the 22 major arcana cards! Yet still, the artwork is super fantastic and really brings out the 90s little fangirl in me. This deck is useful for broad questions, since it only contains the major arcana.
Cat (major arcana only)
Artwork: Hand-drawn, making it raw and authentic.
Skill level: Just like the Lisa Frank, it’s different, but could be ideal for beginners since it’s only the major arcana.
Rarity: Only available from the independent artist themself. Not sure if they are still available.
I got this as a present, from my friend Laura G, who bought it from an independent seller on Etsy. I love the authenticity of this deck. You can really tell that a person’s heart and soul was poured into it.
Artwork: Hilarious! The “death card” is a vacuum cleaner!
Skill level: Extremely different than the classic, and quite difficult to determine the suites.
Rarity: Easy to find
This deck (a gift from my sister!) is a must-have for all cat lovers out there. Completely straying away from the classic medieval theme, this deck is 100% focused on the modern-day cat. If you were a cat, this is the deck you’d make for yourself. If you want to get in the mind of your cat, use this deck. Just like the Everyday Witch, these cards are great for asking the “mundane” or “everyday” questions. Even better, use this deck to try and figure out how your cat really feels about you…
Artwork: If you enjoy psychedelic art, you will fall in love with this deck.
Skill level: Surprisingly similar to the classic Rider Waite.
Rarity: Only available directly through Oliver Hibert’s website, for a very, very high price…
I am a huge fan of Oliver Hibert’s unique, one-of-a-kind artwork. His art is psychedelic and dark, with an emphasis on eyeballs and some (tasteful) nudity. This is my most expensive deck, but completely worth it in my opinion.
Artwork: Simply and minimalistic.
Skill level: With such minimal artwork, you definitely have to be very familiar with meanings in order to use this.
Rarity: I bought this on Etsy from an independent seller!
This is a really cute deck, perfect for seasoned tarot readers who are looking for something more challenging and sick of all the common/mainstream tarot decks.
Artwork: LOVE IT!!! Totally trippy!!!
Skill level: Nearly identical to original Rider Waite, so it’s accessible for beginners.
Rarity: A little difficult to find! Very pricy too!
This deck is absolutely perfect for those who like the groovy 70s theme. So fun.
Tarot of sexual magic
Artwork: Perfect for sexually related themes. Although, some of it is a little silly and laughable!
Skill level: Not for beginners. The cards seem to take on their own, unique meanings. More of an intuitive type of reading.
Rarity: Easy to find on Amazon.
Every tarot reader deserves something a little spicy in their collection, right?
Dark Grimoire Tarot
Artwork: Absolutely fantastic, truly captures that eerie feeling.
Skill level: Again, not for beginners, as the artwork adds more depth and meanings to the cards.
Rarity: Also, easy to find on Amazon.
This deck is super dark and perfect for shadow work.
Rider Waite Tarot
Skill level: As easy as it gets.
Rarity: Easiest deck to find.
My very first tarot deck, also recommended to be any new reader’s first deck. From 1900, this is an absolute classic. There’s many differences between the “original” from the 1400s, but comes pretty close, while adding much more details to help you remember the card meanings.
Artwork: Egyptian hieroglyphs and art!
Skill level: Very difficult for new readers! This is expert-level for sure.
Rarity: Pretty easy to find on Amazon!
As a huge fanatic of ancient Egypt, this is one of my favorite decks.
Artwork: Fascinating and unique.
Skill level: Advanced.
Rarity: Pretty common.
Aleister Crowley basically ripped “mainstream tarot” apart and recreated this deck to revolve around the occult.
Beauty of Horror
Artwork: Horrifying! In the best way possible!
Skill level: Somewhat based on the classic, but not for beginners!
Rarity: Findable on Amazon!
This deck is all about finding the serene in the chaos.
Artwork: Based on Halloween, but not scary at all — very cute and gimmicky.
Skill level: Medium — a great bridge between Rider-Waite and something different.
Rarity: Easy find!
All the fun parts of Halloween, none of the scary.