How to Choose a Tarot Deck

Posted on July 24, 2019
Updated on May 27, 2020

A Tarot reader conducts a tarot reading on one of three decks.

Choosing the Tarot deck that’s right for you can be a little daunting at times, especially if you’re new to reading the cards. Remembering the Tarot card meanings and applying them to readings is formidable in itself, let alone knowing which deck works best for you!

But as with all things, a bit of intuition and experience goes a long way. When it comes to choosing a Tarot deck, much of the time it’s about going with what feels right as opposed to anything else.

There really is no right or wrong answer; it’s all about how the deck makes you feel, and if it feels like this deck is the one for you, then that’s good enough.

So, How Do I Choose a Tarot Deck?

The last thing you want to be doing is splashing out hundreds of dollars on various decks only to discover that you simply can’t connect with any them. This is why, when it comes to picking the deck that’s right for you, it’s important to go with the best tools you’ve got: your instinct and intuition.

Instinct can be harnessed both on the internet and outside it.

Let’s start with browsing around a Tarot shop. You’re likely to come across loads of decks, all very different from one another. Here are the things to take into consideration when choosing a deck:


Are you drawn to the images on the cards? Do they make you feel repelled or do you love the look of them?

If you like the way the images look then this is a good indication that this is the right deck for you. If you find the imagery confusing or simply draw up a blank when you look at them, then it’s probably best to put it back.

Holding a Deck

Holding a deck in your hands can be a good way for particularly intuitive readers to gain an idea as to which one is right for them.

Hold a deck in your hands for several moments and just stare at it. Let your mind relax and take note of how the deck makes you feel, as well as any random thoughts that pop into your mind. You may feel a connection with this deck; don’t question it, just go with it. If, however, you feel nothing while holding it and nothing comes into your head, then it is likely this particular deck isn’t right for you at this time.

Remember, just because a deck doesn’t feel right for you at the time, it doesn’t mean it won’t be in the future. I have discovered over the course of reading Tarot that you can be drawn to a deck at random, unexpected times – so there’s no need to dismiss a particular deck forevermore!


This is quite a fun way to choose a deck, but it does depend on whether you are adept with the pendulum or not.

Simply hold your pendulum and ask it to guide you to the deck most suited to you. As you browse, see which one it points to! (This method can also be used when choosing crystals).

Choosing a Tarot Deck Online

As with choosing a deck offline, choosing a Tarot deck on the Internet mostly revolves around listening to your intuition and going with what feels right. You can browse through various Tarot decks just as you would while visiting a store, and often websites will have at least a few pictures of the cards accompanying them.

You can also read descriptions of the decks, which is pretty handy, and it is easier to access accompanying books that may go with the decks as well. Again, paying close attention to imagery and how it makes you feel is essential. Does this deck seem like the type of deck you would find easy to read?

Remember though, not every deck you are drawn to will necessarily be the one for you! On one occasion, I was strongly drawn to a deck online and promptly purchased it. Upon receiving it, however, I found I couldn’t connect with it at all, much to my disappointment and bewilderment. My friend, also a Tarot reader, came to visit me not long after and she spotted this deck sitting on the table.

Immediately, the strangest sensation swept through me and I picked them up, handed them to her and said, “Take them, they’re yours!”

My friend still uses this particular deck to this day and her accuracy rating with them is quite phenomenal!

There is No Wrong Way to Choose a Tarot Deck!

Not sure where to begin your search? Check out the Astrology Answers Master Tarot Deck right here.

Choosing a Tarot deck can indeed be a little overwhelming in the beginning, but with practice and trusting in your own intuition, you can find the deck that works best for you. In time, as you build up your Tarot deck collection, you’ll also be able to ascertain which one is right for which reading, which can be really nifty and handy as your skills grow!

Related Article: A Skeptic’s Guide to Tarot

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Sarah Brownlee is a harmonious Libra Sun, Conflicted Scorpio rising, and a Tiger in the Chinese Zodiac. A whirlwind writer with a passion for Tarot cards and Astrology in all… Learn More About The Author »

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