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How to choose tarot cards?

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With the growing popularity of tarot cards, there are many different tarot card decks available today. But how do you choose the right Tarot deck? Which tarot cards will be the best for me? These questions are faced by every person who decides to learn the art of Tarot cards.

Choosing a deck of tarot cards is an individual and intimate process that everyone must do independently. There are a variety of Tarot decks available, from the classics to a variety of modern decks. In different decks, the sequence (numbering) of the arcana may differ, but the number of cards is constant. The full kava consists of 78 cards, of which 22 are senior arcana and 56 are junior arcana.

Different Tarot schools may have different interpretations of the arcana.

Rider–Waite Tarot cards

At the beginning, I would recommend choosing one of the classic cards, such as the Rider Wite Tarot cards, because they will have the most training materials, interpretations and information. Once you have mastered the Ryder White Tarot, you can choose another deck that you really like and find compelling. Choose the cards that appeal to you the most, trust your intuition.

If you have the talent of an artist, you can even draw your own deck of Tarot cards, depicting on the cards exactly how you see and feel each of the arcana. However, it is recommended to do this when you have already learned the Tarot more deeply.

Marseille Tarot

Another popular Tarot deck is the Marseille Tarot. There are no illustrations for the younger arcana, but there are illustrations for the older arcana, similar to Ryder White’s Tarot.

Aleister Crowley's deck of Thoth Tarot

The famous magician and tarologist Aleister Crowley’s deck of Thoth Tarot cards has also gained popularity in the world. However, it is recommended to choose this book when you have already become more familiar with the Tarot arcana in their classical sense. Occultist Aleister Crowley transformed the symbolism and imagery of the Tarot cards into his own vision.

What are the types of tarot decks?

Universal Tarot Cards

Universal tarot cards include the previously mentioned Ryder White Tarot cards. These cards can be used both for predicting future scenarios, for analyzing the current situation, and for studying past events. It can also be used in presentations on virtually any issue. Thanks to the universal use of the cards, they are also suitable for beginners. You can find the interpretations of Ryder White’s Tarot cards in many Internet resources, books, of course also in the Tarot card meanings section of royaltarotcards.com.

Classic Tarot cards

Classic cards include the previously mentioned Ryder White cards, which are also universal. However, the classic decks also include more complex decks that are not part of the universal decks, such as Marseille Tarot cards, Egyptian Tarot cards.

Light and Dark Tarot Cards

Light Tarot cards usually depict different characters (both “bad” and “good”). Light Tarot cards are universal and suitable for a variety of spreads and questions. On the other hand, the dark Tarot cards represent the negative, dark sides of the arcana (usually representing demons on the cards). Dark tarot cards are usually used to reveal some negative, dark side and are mostly used by practitioners of black magic.

Artist's Tarot Cards

Today, there are many Tarot cards created by different healers, designed in different styles. There are very modern cards that represent modern day scenes and can help to create a closer connection and association with today’s reality.

How to choose the best deck of Tarot cards for you?

Choose size and material

Tarot cards tend to be small, medium, or large in size. Hold cards of different sizes in your hands to understand which ones are more convenient for you. You will choose a material and size that allows you to easily mix the cards and that are pleasant to hold in your hands.

Pay attention to the symbolism

Different schools of tarot and different kavas may have different symbolism and illustrations. There are cards with plot drawings, there are cards without drawings, only with symbols. You will choose the ones that you like best and seem the most understandable.

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