2012: Tarot of Ascension has been designed as a tool for spiritual growth and evolution. It has images set in an imaginary medieval setting, with concealed new age symbols and secrets. The minors have been altered to better reflect the seeker's upward path, with some traditionally negative cards becoming more positive.
The African American Tarot is a strong and vibrantly coloured deck of scenes and imagery of African and Afro-American culture, animals and art. According to the booklet, each card is linked with an important deity, character or location in African-American history.
Another of the several re-coloured versions of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. Pamela Colman-Smith's artwork is copied exactly and re-coloured. There are several similar tarot decks, but the Albano-Waite Tarot is loudly coloured, sometimes garishly so.
The striking, fascinating artwork in this deck was created by the famous occultist and Golden Dawn member, Aleister Crowley. The Thoth Tarot deck is regarded as another classic Tarot deck, but some previous knowledge of tarot would help when using this deck. This edition of the deck has 80 cards, which included three versions of the Magus card.
The Ancient Italian Tarot shows artwork in a medieval Italian style. The card scenes are of a similar style as the 1JJ Swiss Tarot but with more detail and muted colour. Card titling is small and in Italian only.
The Anna K Tarot is designed to show the fullness of human life and emotions through its cards. It is Rider-Waite based and generally uses traditional symbolism (with a few innovations), and has a strong sense of realism in its illustrations. Previously available in a limited edition run from the artist, it's now out in a mass-market edition from Llewellyn.
The Art of Life Tarot matches well-known paintings - from Van Gogh, Mucha, Degas, Klimt and more - with inspirational quotes. The 78 over-sized cards can be used for readings but are also suited to daily card draws, contemplation and meditation.
The Beginner's Guide To Tarot is an ideal kit for the novice tarot reader. There are a clearly and attractively illustrated set of 78 cards inspired by the Rider-Waite and Visconti-Sforza Tarot decks, and a 192-page book written by Juliet Sharman-Burke.
The Bleu Cat Tarot has 78 cards with slightly abstract images of a playful and anthropomorphic Siamese cat, illustrated in blue. From Beth Seilonen, artist of the Dream Raven Tarot and Tarot of Leaves, and inspired by observations of her own Siamese cat.
The Book of Shadows Tarot is the first volume in a two volume deck set conceptualised by tarot expert, Barbara Moore. This is the 'as above' deck, focusing on universal and divine energies, while the second will be 'so below' and concentrate on everyday human experiences.
Strikingly vibrant, the Bosch Tarot deck depicts humans, monsters, and visions as Tarot cards. The art style is modelled on that of Dutch artist Hieronymous Bosch and has elements from his paintings. Fascinating.
The Brotherhood of Light Egyptian Tarot is the companion deck to the book, The Sacred Tarot, by C. C. Zain. These cards were first designed in black and white in the 1930s, and then redesigned in full colour in 2009.
Inspired by the rich and detailed artistic style of Flemish painter, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, these cards show the daily life of the medieval peasant in lively fashion. It's a rather more earthy Tarot than the Giotto Tarot by the same author - this one features drunk peasants!
The Cat's Eye Tarot is by a feline veterinarian, a person very familiar with cats, their habits and personalities. These cats are very natural and real, and yet have been beautifully adapted to Tarot cards. The deck is now completed and published by US Games.
The Celestial Tarot is from the author of the Spiral Tarot, Kay Steventon. The pretty, non-traditional images directly associate astrology, the planets, and the constellations with the 78 Tarot cards. Twenty-two majors are zodiacal constellations and
ten planets (Pluto is counted as a planet) of
astrology. Each minor suit is associated with an astrological
element of fire, earth, air and water. The system includes
Golden Dawn decanates, astrology, astronomy, myth and
symbolism. Now available with a companion book as well as a standalone deck.
The Celtic Tarot from Lo Scarabeo is illustrated by two different authors in comic-book style art. Gaudenzi created the majors, with images of Celtic legends and mythology; Tenuta created the minors. Each suit is linked to a people of Ireland - Fomori, Fianna, Ulaid and Tuatha de Danann.
The China Tarot is a re-release of the Chinese-published Der-Jen Tarot by Lo Scarabeo. The majors are rather beautiful atmospheric paintings, and the minors are similiar in feel but feature Chinese suit emblems instead of illustrated scenes.
The Circle of Life Tarot is a round deck, so chosen to emphasise the concepts of circularity and cycles in life. The 78 unique illustrations depart from the usual symbolism, and are unconventional and imaginative Tarot journey.
The Classic Tarot is a reproduction of a Milanese deck, dated 1835. The art is pen-and-ink and somewhat unusually coloured in bright oranges, lime greens and pinks but is the overall effect is harmonious.
The Connolly Tarot is a set of 78 rather beautiful vibrant and vivid cards. They have kinder, gentler tarot imagery with a Christian influence. The author has also toned down two 'scary' cards in the deck: Death is now Transition and the Devil is Materialism.
The Contemplative Tarot is a thoughtful deck influenced by the works of philosopher P.D. Ouspensky. It has Pagan-inspired, lifelike, three- dimensional major arcana cards, while the minor arcana owe their basis to the el Gran Tarot Esoterico and are in a flatter, less-detailed artistic style.
The Corto Maltese Tarot is about a comic book character of the same name, by artist Hugo Pratt. Corto is an adventurer and sailor and the cards illustrate scenes, places and personalities that he encounters. The corresponding card in the Marseille style is also repeated in the four corners of the pale aqua border.
The Cosmic Tarot is a popular mystical New Age deck, that has the 78 full illustrated major and minor arcana cards. The ink drawings on the cards are coloured in pastel and have a attractive, somewhat eighties feel.
The Crow's Magick Tarot is the second deck created by artist Londa. The cards have a very dark feel, probably because most of the scenes have a black background. I'm not sure how the symbols relate to traditional tarot, but the images are powerful.
The Crystal Visions Tarot is a tarot of fantasy art, based on Rider-Waite symbolism and structure but given unique illustration. Prints of the cards can be purchased from the artist. The deck is also now complete and published by US Games.
The Faerie Tarot is a hugely colourful, whimsical and positive deck of 78 fae cards. There's a vague resemblance to Rider-Waite in some cards, but most cards take their own symbolic direction. Each individual card also has a differently designed border in the colours of the card. Suitable for older children and teenagers, and the young at heart.
The Fantastical Creatures Tarot has 78 cards of mythical creatures, fantasy animals and legendary races, painted in watercolours in Lisa Hunt's beautiful and detailed style. It's based on the Rider-Waite, but in this deck Swords are associated with Fire and Wands with Air.
The Fenestra Tarot is a pretty deck, with 78 soft, watercolour, almost sepia-toned cards. It roughly follows the Rider-Waite format in the tarot scenes, surrounding them with large, decorative borders. New from US Games.
A colourful and finely illustrated synthesis Tarot and Feng Shui, the Chinese system of environment arrangement. The biggest change in the Feng Shui Tarot from a 'standard' tarot are the suits, which are now Black Tortoise, Red Phoenix, White Tiger and Green Dragon instead of Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles, and it can be difficult to get to used to.
The Ghosts and Spirits Tarot features ethereal and supernatural beings from legend and lore. The 79-card deck is from Lisa Hunt and is illustrated in her very recognisable style, as seen in the Fantastical Creatures and Animals Divine decks.
The Giant Rider-Waite Tarot is just that -- huge. The 78 cards have the same images as the regular Rider-Waite Tarot, but are 3.75 by 6.5 inches in size. A bit too big for use in a reading, the cards are ideal for teaching, classes, meditation and close symbolic study.
The Golden Dawn Magical Tarot uses symbology and colours as adhered to by the Order of the Golden Dawn. The major arcana show abstract and very vibrant scenes, but the minors are overly repetitive. Little changes between the cards of a suit but the number of cups or pentacles.
The Order of the Golden Dawn was an active occult society in Europe around ninety years ago which attracted some brilliant people. Their tarot deck was illustrated by Wang under instruction from Regardie, and is a work of esoteric importance rather than aesthetic interest.
The Golden Tarot is a sumptuous collage Tarot deck, skilfully blending medieval and Renaissance artwork into whole Tarot scenes. Long known as a digital deck, the Golden Tarot is now in print from US Games. The edition comes in a sturdy box with a companion book, and cards with gilt edges.
The Gummy Bear Tarot has cards in Rider-Waite style, featuring those chewy lollies, Gummibears. The deck was originally published in German as the Gummibear Tarot, but the English version has been released in 2005 by US Games.
The Haindl Tarot has non-traditional imagery and is highly recommended for an advanced Tarot reader, or for meditation. The author, Hermann Haindl, was inspired by Qabbalah, Runes, I Ching, and Native American influences for the deep and compelling artwork.
A fun Rider-Waite-based Tarot deck in the theme of the American Halloween holiday. The Halloween Tarot is done in lots of black and orange, vampires, skeletons, bats and jack o' lanterns abound. Frankenstein makes an unusual Emperor.
The Hanson-Roberts Tarot is the deck I learnt to read with.. it's an easy to understand one for beginners and has positive, slightly medieval artwork that was originally drawn in coloured pencil. Some of the humans look a little odd, but it grows on you.
The Harmonious Tarot is pretty, light and flowery, like sitting in a rose garden on a sunny spring afternoon. The Tarot art, mostly by Victorian artist Walter Crane (with some additions by Fitzpatrick) is romantic, heavily floral, and quite easily readable.
The Herbal Tarot is another Rider-Waite style deck, except it pictures a different herb that corresponds with each card, such as garlic for the Tower, and a lotus in the Ace of Cups. Some herbal knowledge (or the companion book) would be necessary to read with this deck.
The Hermetic Tarot is black and white only, but is very highly detailed Tarot deck of 78 cards. It is an artistic recreation of a mysterious, esoteric Tarot deck by Mathers, a member of the Order of the Golden Dawn. Now reprinted and again available.
The Hobbit Tarot draws on the world of elves, trolls, dragons and wizards as created by Tolkien in his novel, The Hobbit. The illustrations for the 78 cards have been created by fantasy artist, Peter Pracownik, who also created the Dragon Tarot.
The figures and scenes in the Hudes Tarot cards are very medieval/Renaissance style, and maps, constellation charts, astrology and alchemy all make an appearance in this pretty but somewhat melancholy Tarot deck.
The Ibis Tarot has stylised ancient Egyptian figures and hieroglyphs in rather pretty scenes. I like the colours used for each card in this deck, but some Egyptian knowledge would help with interpretation.
The Joie de Vivre Tarot is the second deck from Paulina Cassidy (the first was the Paulina Tarot. It's in Paulina's unique artistic style but brighter, less complex, and less busy than her previous deck.
The Legacy of the Divine is a stunning 78-card deck from Ciro Marchetti, talented artist and creator of the Gilded Tarot and Tarot of Dreams. It's roughly based on a Rider-Waite foundation, but rendered in a magical, highly realistic digital style. The deck is available as a special edition from Ciro, and also as a mass-market edition from Llewellyn.
As the title suggests, the Legend: Arthurian Tarot is based on the myth of the Dark Age King Arthur, and his fabled court at Camelot. Each card has misty artwork surrounded by a grey border, and corresponds to a character from the legend.
The Llewellyn Tarot is based on the legends and mythology of Wales, and celebrates the Welsh heritage of Tarot publishers, Llewellyn. The cards are illustrated in a similar mystical, watercolour style to the Legend: The Arthurian Tarot. Now released in a 78-card kit.
The artist draws on the energies of Mother Earth in the Native American fashion, using pastel, positive looking artwork to create a feeling of harmony, reverance, and wonder in the Medicine Woman Tarot.
The Medieval Cat Tarot is an elegant deck of aristocratic felines in Renaissance dress and style. The 78 cards have traditional roots but have been updated and simplified in symbolism, making it suitable for beginners and the more experienced reader.
Morgan's Tarot is not really a tarot in the strict sense, but 88 cards of modern, alternative, amusing and strange archetypes and situations. It was first self-published in the seventies, and then in the eighties and again in 2009 by US Games.
The Morgan-Greer Tarot is an excellent deck for Tarot beginners, this deck is of the Rider-Waite tradition, with far better artwork. The cards are borderless, for something different, and the characters are shown fairly close-up.
The Mystic Dreamer Tarot has atmospheric cards, created with skillful photo collages of real people, landscapes, and some computer generated elements. The fully-illustrated deck has now been published by Llewellyn, with a companion book by Barbara Moore. The Llewellyn deck has rather different borders to the original graphics.
The Mystic Faerie Tarot is an enchanting faerie tarot painted in watercolours by fantasy artist Linda Ravenscroft. Ornate borders and gold edges surround tarot images of sprites, nymphs, mermaids and faeries, in a charming, pretty and readable new tarot deck.
The Navigators of the Mystic Sea Tarot deck is based on the Golden Dawn foundation of the Hermetic Qabbalah, with the Tree of Life on the back of the cards. The artwork is really quite bizarre, but interesting. Previously out of print, it has now been reprinted by the artist.
The Necronomicon Tarot is the completion of author Donald Tyson's trilogy that draw on the mythology created by H.P. Lovecraft, the occult writer. It's a dark deck (as you might expect) with 78 cards fully illustrated with computer-generated art. Also comes with a companion book.
A Rider-Waite style Tarot, these reworked cards are artistically unusual and coloured with rich, strong hues. The artwork of the New Century Tarot is very striking, particularly in the the major arcana.
The New Palladini Tarot is a reworked version of the earlier Aquarian deck b y David Palladini, and with far more vibrant artwork. Personally I really like this deck, I'm not sure exactly why it's so attractive.
The medieval English style artwork has a has a wonderful soft, old-fashioned look. The majors are quite simple figures, while the minor arcana show the suit elements and a tiny scene at the base of the card.
The Oswald Wirth Tarot is a deck of 78 cards, based on the 22 majors created in 1889 by Swiss occultist, Oswald Wirth. It has a Marseilles foundation, with some changes based on the ideas of Eliphas Levi. The card art is illustrated in primary colours on a gold metallic background.
The Paulina Tarot builds a magical, whimsical natural world through its 78 cards. Paulina Cassidy's artistic style is incredibly intricate and full of detail, coloured with watercolour washes in muted hues. It's a little bit Victorian, a little Tim Burton-esque, and very enchanting.
For some reason, the art in the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot reminds me of Rugrats cartoons. It has slightly crazy and surreal tarot deck with a clashingly bright art style and symbols personal to the author.
The Quick and Easy Tarot attempts to simplify the use of Tarot cards. It has very large orange and blue borders with printed upright and reversed card meanings, around illustrations from the Universal Waite Tarot.
In the Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot, Poshkus has re-illustrated and updated Pamela Colman-Smith's famous images used in the Rider-Waite Tarot. Compared to the original, these cards are much more luminously coloured and three-dimensional.
The Rider-Waite Tarot is a classic Tarot deck, perhaps the most well-known in the Western world. It is often called the first modern Tarot deck, as the cards drawn by Pamela Colman-Smith and commissioned by Waite were the first to use detailed pictures on the minor arcana cards.
Easy for beginners and tarot newcomers to use with its Rider-Waite foundation, Robin Wood's self-titled Tarot deck is also rich in Pagan symbolism. The illustrations in this popular deck are attractive, and brightly but not harshly coloured.
The Royal Thai Tarot has been created for fortune-telling by Thai Tarot reader, collector and enthusiast, Sungkom Horharin. The authentic artwork (unfortunately limited to the major and court cards) has been created by Thai artists and honours the art, culture, history and religion of Thailand.
The Sacred Art Tarot takes religious and classical artwork and iconography, and cut-and-pastes extra tarot symbolism to link it with the traditional Rider-Waite imagery. Each of the 78 illustrations is surrounded with a gilt frame border.
Based on the Celtic Pagan perspective, the Sacred Circle Tarot uses photographs of sacred sites, as well as traditional plant and animal associations from Ancient Britain. The artwork is a mixture of hand drawings, photography, and computer generated images which doesn't always blend well, but overall the deck is quite charming.
The ShadowScapes Tarot is a stunning Tarot deck from artist Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, with gorgeous watercolour Tarot imagery in her unique flowing yet detailed style.
Long-awaited by its many fans, the deck is now out from Llewellyn in a bordered edition with a companion book.
The Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, and is a faithful reproduction of the original deck published in 1909. The commemorative set includes the deck of 78 cards, postcards, and two books, Waite's Pictorial Key to the Tarot and Kaplan's The Artwork and Times of Pamela Colman Smith.
Rather obviously made for beginners, each card in the Starter Tarot has a list of associated keywords and concepts to aid in memorising the card meanings. The artwork is simple and pastel coloured, and is similar to the Marseilles deck art.
The Steampunk Tarot is a Rider-Waite based deck illustrated by English artist, Aly Fell, and with a companion book written by experienced tarotist, Barbara Moore. "Go where the past and future converge, into a world of roaring engines and gleaming metal, top hats and corseted silk gowns... where alternate histories play out in a film reel of fantasy, adventure, and magic."
The Sun and Moon Tarot has colourful, undistracting illustrations and a definite Thoth influence. Major arcana are linked with Hebrew letters, and the minor arcana with elemental symbols. A useable and unexpectedly appealing 78-card deck.
The Tarot Kit for Beginners includes the 78-card Universal Tarot deck, along with a guidebook written by tarot reader Janet Berres, called Your Guide to the Tarot. It's a solid set with which to start your tarot journey.
The Tarot of the Ages is a multicultural deck that draws on Egyptian culture for the major arcana, and Aztec, Hindu, African and Viking cultures in the minor arcana. The lifelike card artwork is lovely, but somewhat limited by the substantial white borders.
The Tarot of the Hidden Realm has 78 expressive, intriguing, and borderless images. Rather than relying on traditional tarot symbols, it strips back its images to the raw elements of nature and the fae. The art is full of life, movement and feeling.
The Tarot of the Witches was featured in a James Bond film, Live and Let Die, and so is also known as the James Bond 007 Tarot. It's rather ugly.. and not to be confused with the Witches Tarot, which is far different and much better.
The Tarot of Vampyres is a new vampire deck created by British illustrator, Ian Daniels. "The vampyre legend is rooted in darkness and seduction, but its enduring message is one of spiritual hunger—to drink in the everlasting divine." The art is stunning - romantic, brooding and dark.
The Tell Me Tarot is designed to make the wisdom of tarot accessible to anyone. It has simplified but recognisable tarot scenes, text titles and meanings on the cards underneath the tarot scenes, and even indicates whether they are positive or negative.
Originally published in 2004 in Hebrew and English, it has also been reprinted in 2008 by US Games.
The Complete Tarot Kit has copies of two incredibly influential tarot decks - the Rider-Waite Tarot and the Thoth Tarot. Accompanying the deck is the book, Introduction to Tarot, by Susan Levitt. The book has full-colour comparative pictures of both decks and is a basic intro to using tarot.
The Tiny Universal Waite Tarot is one of the smallest decks I've ever seen - with 78 cards that are just 2 x 3.5cm. They're a little too small to shuffle and are best drawn from a bag for a reading, or just used as tarot decorations.
The Transformational Tarot is a universal mythology for our time, showcasing colourful modern collage artwork with a medieval/renaissance feel. Previously self-published, this deck has been now been updated and reprinted by US Games.
The Undersea Tarot is illustrated by comic book artist, Frank Fradella, who also created images for the Fradella Adventure Tarot. This deck has fairly simple imagery of mermaids, mermen, fish, and real and fantasy inhabitants under the ocean waves.
The Vanessa Tarot is a cute, sassy, and glamourous deck inspired by pop culture heroines. It's light-hearted, fun, feminine and still very readable deck for the girl in every grown woman (or man). Packaged with a small tin along with a booklet.
A reproduction of 74 tarot cards that were painted in the fifteenth century, the scenes in the Visconti-Sforza Tarot are authentically medieval. The cards are not titled (there is no text on the cards at all), and four cards have been recreated to make the full 78-card deck.
While based on fairy tales and nursery rhymes, the Whimsical Tarot is not just for children. Created by Dorothy Morrison and illustrated by Mary Hanson-Roberts, this is a friendly, cute, but not sickly sweet tarot deck.
Winged spirits - angels - are represented in this art deck, drawn and placed upon a featureless monochromatic background. The contrast highlights the poses and detail of the central figures in the Winged Spirit Tarot.
The Witches Tarot overlays natural Pagan symbols on the traditional tarot structure to create a visually attractive deck. Created by practicing garden Witch and Llewellyn author, Ellen Dugan (who also wrote the excellent companion book) and digitally illustrated by Mark Evans.
The Wizards Tarot is a tarot deck and a school of magic, where the majors feature the professors and the minors feature the students. Designed by Corinne Kenner and illustrated by John Blumen, it has photo-realistic digital art and a distinct Harry Potter feel.
The Major Arcana cards of the Yeager Tarot of Meditation show scenes with life-like human figures and are interesting, using a lot of black and yellow, but the minor arcana artwork is of lesser quality.