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13 Must-Have Tarot and Oracle Decks

From the Modern Witch Tarot to a locally-made, LGBTQ-themed deck

'The Fool' in different decks—The OK Tarot, the Modern Witch Tarot, and the Rider-Waite-Smith

Throughout the pandemic, I’ve found myself to be a lot more anxious than usual. Whenever I feel restless, stressed, and like I’m untethered to reality, I drop everything I’m doing and take a breath, while at the same time pulling a card from my tarot deck, revealing what the universe is trying to tell me, and trying to process what I myself am going through.

It’s a grounding exercise; it helps untangle the thoughts in my head and helps me understand myself—and the world—a little bit better. Below, 13 must-have tarot and oracle decks, from the classic Rider-Waite-Smith to my personal favorite, the Modern Witch Tarot. 

The Rider–Waite–Smith

For tarot beginners, starting off your practice with the Rider-Waite-Smith is helpful in learning how to read intuitively, and familiarize yourself with the meaning and interpretation behind each card. Originally published in 1909, this deck is considered the most popular in the world, and has helped me get to know the practice before spending money on more expensive decks.

  • The Rider–Waite–Smith

The Fountain Tarot

The Fountain Tarot is a deck that intimidates me, because of how abstract the art can be, but I’m pushing myself to get past that fear, because its art, no matter how different, is also something that can elicit a visceral reaction in people. The paintings are ethereal, unlike anything we see in our world, and it pushes the reader to feel instead of think.

  • The Fountain Tarot

The Modern Witch Tarot

The current deck I use now is the Modern Witch Tarot by Lisa Sterle, which features beautiful illustrations of exactly that: diverse, modern witches, from the young, the old, the middle-aged, the femme, the masculine, the androgynous, and so much more. This deck is vibrant and colorful, and 100% photogenic—I love doing my morning readings with this because it instantly brightens up my day.

  • The Modern Witch Tarot

The OK Tarot

Depending on your level of comfort, The OK Tarot by Adam J. Kurtz can either be super easy, or super difficult. But at the end of the day, what matters is how you feel in connection with the deck, so if you’re looking for something that’s simple, easy on the eyes, and even a little eccentric, this deck is the way to go.

  • The OK Tarot

Rainbow Seekers Tarot

Rainbow Seekers Tarot is the first LGBTQIA+-themed tarot deck from the Philippines, having launched early this month at the beginning of Pride Month. It “empowers people to find their own rainbow,” and features bold and eye-catching illustrations colored in various Pride flags.

  • Rainbow Seekers Tarot

Triple Goddess Tarot

The Triple Goddess Tarot’s energy is more suited for divination and witchcraft, I think—but that doesn’t mean we can’t use it for introspection and self-reflection (or even just fun!). This deck “perfectly captures the deep magic of the feminine divine” to provide insight into “the cyclical nature of the challenges that dawn in our lives.”

  • Triple Goddess Tarot

Mystical Cats Tarot

The Mystical Cats Tarot is one of my favorite decks not just because I’m a cat person but because of its energies as well. Its art is charming and approachable, and it’s easy to get to know the deck even more if you know how cats are.

  • Mystical Cats Tarot

Magical Dog Tarot

Of course, if you’re more of a dog person, there’s a deck for that, too. The Magical Dogs Tarot, illustrated by the same artist behind the Mystical Cats Tarot, features a wide variety of dogs, channeling their “beauty, wisdom, and irresistible personality” into 78 cards.

  • Magical Dog Tarot

Creative Journey Oracle Deck

I also like pulling from oracle decks. They’re good for quick bursts of inspiration and self-reflection. This one by Abbey Sy and Practical Magic is perfect for creatives, especially those stuck in a rut or burnt out. It features 40 cards.

  • Creative Journey Oracle Deck

Music Oracles: Creative and Life Inspiration from 50 Musical Icons

I also like this deck of Music Oracles because after pulling one from the pile, I like listening to their music throughout the day, trying to feel their vibe and energy.

  • Music Oracles: Creative and Life Inspiration from 50 Musical Icons

Pinoy Practical Magic

This deck has a Filipino pop culture twist to it—have your readings guided by Filipino icons like Nora Aunor and Susan Roces! This deck 'uses vintage images from Filipino celebrity magazines from the 70s, colorful collage, and colloquial catchphrases to give you tarot full of Filipino flavor."

  • Pinoy Practical Magic

The Imaginarium Tarot

This deck is Filipino-designed and features beautiful art on the fantastical and the magical. Each card is its own charming little world, filled with color and life.

  • The Imaginarium Tarot

Practical Magic Starter Set

This "uses colorful collage and quick catchphrases to introduce you to the practical magic of tarot!"

  • Practical Magic Starter Set
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