This week I’ve been trying to delve back into my tarot studies, lacking a little since the new year, and it got me thinking about my comfort decks. I’m an avid tarot and oracle card collector, spending most of my spare cash adding to my collection, so I own quite a few decks now. However, whenever I come back after a break, I always turn to the same decks; my safety decks.
What about you? Do you have any comfort reads/hobbies?
The Original Rider Waite Tarot Pack | A.E. Waite
Published:1999, by Ebury Publishing.
Pages: 85 (+78 Cards)
First issued in 1910, each card is rich in symbolism and striking in its design. The deck is accompanied by an invaluable instructional book, The Key to the Tarot explaining the history and usage of the tarot cards, of which there are 78 divided into the Major and Minor Arcanas.
The book can be used in conjunction with any set of tarot cards, but it was written in particular to accompany the 78-card Rider Waite tarot deck which was designed by Pamela Colman Smith in accordance with A. E. Waite’s instructions.
This deck is one I’ve been studying devotedly for a few months now, adoring the design and characterisation of the cards. It’s a classic for any tarot collector and user, so it’s no surprise that I hold it very close in my collection. They’re a very traditional deck, their personality favouring those who have spent a lot of time and dedication exploring the cards and the themes within, and it’s no surprise that I learnt tarot with the help from this deck. They admire success, so with more time and patience I believe I’ll learn a lot from using this deck.
The Wild Unknown Tarot | Kim Kran
Published: 2016, by HarperOne.
Pages: 208 (+78 Cards)
From the beloved artist-seeker behind The Wild Unknown comes the long-awaited box set of her hit tarot deck and guidebook-together for the first time in a beautifully designed keepsake package. Kim Krans is not only a vanguard of the new tarot movement, but the person who is redefining it for the twenty-first century. For a legion of contemporary seekers, The Wild Unknown is more than a tarot deck; it’s become a resonant guide for people all over the world, inspiring them to share countless images of their readings, tattoos, and art prints from the deck.
It’s no surprise for those familiar with this blog that Kim Kran’s The Wild Unknown is making an appearance on this list. This deck is very much so my soul deck, it being a vital part of my tarot practice and being carried around with me everywhere I go. I adore this deck, it being in my collection for a few years now and I’ve never not used it in my practice. I’m desperate for a second copy, my own being a little well-used, but I can’t seem to part with this one just yet. We still have a way to go together. They’re a very positive deck within my collection, favouring hard work and dedication which makes them the perfect partner within my practice. There’s nothing more I can say other than just how much I adore this deck.
The Light Seer’s Tarot | Chris-Anne
Published: 2019, by Hay House, UK.
Pages: 184 (+ 78 Cards)
By reimagining the traditional tarot archetypes and symbols in a contemporary, boho, and intuitive style, The Light Seer’s Tarot expresses the light and shadow sides of our natures and explores the lessons that can be learned from both.
The expressive characters who live within the landscapes of the cards tell stories, ask questions, and provide guidance. This deck is an ideal companion as you seek to uncover the places in your life – and in yourself – that are most in need of illumination.
This deck was one of my most anticipated purchases of 2020, absolutely adoring the vibrant illustrations of the cards and the guidebook to go with it is so detailed and whole. There’s so much to love about this deck, so much that I haven’t parted with it since, it having a dedicated spot at my bedside and I pluck a card whenever I need a little inspiration. They’re a very positive deck, favouring those who look for creativity during the darkest of times and I absolutely adore that about them. They’re a very much devoted deck, which makes them a perfect addition to my collection.
The Modern Witch Tarot | Lisa Sterle
Published: 2019, by Liminal 11.
Pages: 78 (+78 Cards)
Modern Witch Tarot is a magical take on traditional tarot symbolism, inspired by fashion and modern witches from every walk of life.
Spark your imagination, seek your inner wisdom and discover your true power.
So, this deck is my most recent witchy purchase, and I’m kicking myself for taking so long to add it to my collection. It’s an absolutely gorgeous deck, with the classic RWS clone-style images but with a modern twist. It’s definitely my most used deck out of all of this list, delving into its vibrancy with enthusiasm and instant understanding of the cards depictions. There’s so much to this deck, and the only fault I have with it is that I didn’t pick it up sooner.