If you’re just starting out on your witchy journey and you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with the sheer number of amazing tarot and oracle decks are out there, then you have come to the right place! We have rounded up 10 of the best decks for beginners, these decks are all recommended by professional tarot readers and are a great starting point for any journey into tarot or oracle readings.
Each deck has its own unique characteristics, so look for one that you feel you connect with the most. It’s a good idea to check out the imagery, read online reviews, find out more about the creator, and see if their philosophies and interpretations reflect what you’re looking for in your path. Without further ado, here are our recommendations!
By MJ Cullinane
The beautifully unique design and rich symbolism of the Crow Tarot make this deck a beautiful accompaniment on any journey of self-discovery. The deck follows the Rider-Waite-Smith system, so it is a great deck to help beginners understand the complexities and nuances of tarot.
Modern Witch Tarot Deck
By Lisa Searle
Acclaimed illustrator Lisa Sterle perfectly incorporates the symbolism of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck with youthful, stylish illustrations and nods to modern-day lifestyles. This deck has a strong focus on womanhood which makes it perfect for younger female readers who are just beginning their journey. Check out our review of the Modern Witch Tarot here.
Seasons of Witch Oracle Deck
By Lorraine Anderson and Juliet Diaz
If you’re the type of witch who longs for the energy of Samhain all year round, then this is the deck for you! Samhain is one of the most potent nights of the year for performing divination, ritual, and spells, and this beautifully designed deck from Juliet Diaz and Lorraine Anderson perfectly encapsulates that energy. With stunning artwork from Gaida Rose, this deck will help any beginner on their journey with oracle readings.
By Biddy Tarot
Everyday Tarot takes a fresh approach to tarot and aims to empower people who are embracing their intuition with tips, soulful activities, and plenty of tarot spreads. The designs on the deck are relatively simple and easy for beginners to interpret, with enough nuance that they can also be used by more advanced practitioners. Check out our review of Everyday Tarot here.
Moonology Oracle Deck
By Yasmin Boland
This oracle deck is based on Astrologer Yasmin Boland’s book Moonology, in which Yasmin explores the effect of the phases of the moon and the position of the stars on our lives. Each card shows a phase of the moon, or moon positions in the zodiac. The magical illustrations mean this deck is a beautiful and wise companion for beginners and anyone looking to harness the moon’s power.
Light Seer’s Tarot
By Chris Ann
This beautifully illustrated deck is a guide to explore both the light and shadow sides of our nature. The deck reimagines the traditional tarot archetypes and symbolism in a contemporary and intuitive style, exploring the light and shadow sides of our natures and the lessons that can be learned from both. This deck is perfect for beginners who are looking to uncover the places that are most in need of illumination.
Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot Deck
By Arthur Edward Waite and Pamela Colman Smith
Arguably the most influential tarot deck of all time, the Rider-Waite-Smith is a must have for any witch’s tarot collection. Almost all modern decks pay homage to the original symbolism and archetypes created by artist Pamela Colman Smith in this deck, and so it is for that reason that we recommend it for beginners. The iconic artwork and interpretations are not only a great accompaniment for anyone beginning their journey with tarot, they are also rich and complex enough to continue being used by advanced practitioners.
This Might Hurt Tarot Deck
By Isabella Rotman
A modern deck based on the Rider-Waite-Smith tradition, This Might Hurt deck is designed to be both easy to read and highly relatable. Diversity is embraced and queerness is lovingly acknowledged throughout. The images are beautifully created and are perfect for beginners and the guidebook is a super helpful companion for interpreting the cards.
Joie de Vivre Tarot Deck
By Paulina Cassidy
The second of Paulina Cassidy’s tarot deck creations, the Joie de Vivre deck is a joyful, light-hearted deck that taps into your intuition and helps you connect with the source with child-like wonder. While the imagery is complex and can be on the challenging side for a beginner, the fantasy style of the illustrations means that this is a perfect deck for anyone who is frightened or nervous to use tarot cards.
By Jake Richards
A uniquely different take on the traditional tarot card system, Conjure Cards by Jake Richards is a divination deck based on the authentic backwoods traditions, folklore, and superstitions of Appalachia. The cards are based on a traditional playing card deck combined with the superstitions and dream symbols that Jake grew up with in western North Carolina. Check out our review of Jake’s book Backwoods Witchcraft here.