Looking to try out tarot or oracle cards at home? I have been dabbling in tarot for years, and only began to dive more into the hobby during lockdown. In the past, I would only pick up a deck whenever I found one at a thrift store or yard sale. Normally, decks are $20 to $30 each, so they can get pricey. Now that I’m making a bit more money, I have made an active effort to get to know what’s out there, and order tarot cards on Amazon to try out various decks. The only trouble is that you may not be sure where to start. Here are some of my personal recommendations, but also be sure to read the reviews on each of the individual items to get several opinions.
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If you’re going to learn how to use tarot cards, it only makes sense to buy the classic Rider Tarot Deck. Originally published in 1909, this deck is the most popularly circulated version of tarot. The illustrations are what you always see, because it’s considered to be the original. If you’re reading websites or books with guides on how to interpret the cards, it’s also usually based on The Rider-Waite Tarot.
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If you believe in that you are a “starseed“, this oracle card deck might be for you. It’s filled with advice to uplift you and get in touch with another realm. I’ll be honest- I bought this because I loved the artwork. Do I believe in starseeds? Not really. But I do like how this deck is filled with mostly positive messages, so you don’t have to be scared of a negative reading.
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I don’t have this one yet, but now that I know it exists, I want it! The Cat Tarot deck is exactly what it sounds like- It’s tarot, only with cats! This is one of the most highly rated tarot card decks on Amazon. This can be a really fun way to do a reading, or a great witchy gift to give a friend who loves cats.
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These oracle cards are beautiful, and incredibly popular. Out of all of the tarot cards on Amazon, they have the most five-star reviews. However, they don’t mean much at all. Almost all of them have identical meanings, because they’re the stages of the moon. However, if you use these in conjunction with regular tarot cards, they can hold more meaning for you. To see how this is done, check out the Gem Goddess YouTube channel and watch a few of her “pick a card” readings.
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If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, this could be an amazing deck to use whether you’re first starting out, or if you already own a more basic deck. It could also be a great gift for a fan of the show who is interested in trying out tarot.
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If you were browsing through tarot cards on Amazon, you would be forgiven for skipping this one. At $30, it’s really expensive to buy if you’re a beginner. However, if you already have a few decks and you’re looking for additional symbolism in your readings, these are great. To get a little sneak preview of these cards, check out this video on animal spirit guides by the Gem Goddess.
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This is a deck that I own personally, and it’s one that a lot of people start out with as their very first oracle card deck. This can be great for getting quick answers to your questions, without getting in-depth with Tarot.
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Before you do a tarot card reading or anything else that can potentially tap into the spiritual realm, you need to clear the energy from a room. This can be done by burning palo santo, or sage.
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If you’re on a tight budget, I would skip this item. You don’t need them to start doing tarot card readings. However, they are a lot of fun if you’re trying to incorporate classic divination into the mix.
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Pendulums are yet another accessory that isn’t necessary for you to start, but it can be a lot of fun to use. These originate in several cultures and religions, including wicca. The way that they work is that they’re supposed to tap into your spiritual energy. You hold a pendulum still, letting it hang from your hand. Then, they can give a “yes” or “no” answer depending on the direction that it swings. If you’ve never used one before, check out this guide on how to use pendulums.
Personally, I’m skeptical if this is really tapping into some sort of higher power or the spirit world. However, I do believe that it’s a really useful way to tap into your deeper subconscious. I personally believe that your body could be sending nerve signals to your hand to move the pendulum one way or another. Even within itself, this is useful.
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