Occult Tarot Cards For Beginners  

Samantha Dillinger
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If you or someone you know is looking to learn the Tarot, then a Tarot deck made with beginners in mind is the best place to start. This list of the best Tarot cards for beginners has a range of decks that offer everything from in-depth guides to quick-reference booklets.

Some of these beginner Tarot card decks base their motifs around the traditional Rider-Waite illustrations, refreshing or updating everything from the colors to the details of the images themselves. Others use Pamela Colman Smith's original designs or A.E. Waite's conceptions of the symbology merely as a jumping-off point for unique imagery. Others abandon the traditional symbology all together and create fresh motifs, making them particularly good beginner Tarot decks for folks who want something different than the overly familiar Rider-Waite imagery.

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Original Rider-Waite Tarot Set... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Tarot Cards For Beginners
Photo: US Games/Amazon

Card size: 2.75 x 4.75 inches
Accessories: Companion guidebook

Not only are the familiar Rider-Waite designs refreshed to their original palette, but the accompanying guide, The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, is updated with a forward by Liz Greene. Combined with a helpful card spread guide, this set is a wonderful introduction to Tarot for beginners.

The Complete Tarot Kit by Susa... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Tarot Cards For Beginners
Photo: Susan Levitt/Amazon

Card size: 2.75 x 4.75 inches
Accessories: Spread sheet, quick reference chart, card box, and Introduction to Tarot book

Not only does this thorough introduction to Tarot kit come with both the Rider-Waite and Crowley Thoth Tarot decks, it includes both an in-depth book about Tarot and a quick reference guide. There's even a card spread guide for laying out cards to guide beginners in spread placement.

Quick and Easy Tarot Deck is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Tarot Cards For Beginners
Photo: US Games/Amazon

Card size: 2.75 x 4.75 inches

Instead of coming with a companion guidebook, these cards have the meanings printed on the cards themselves. With artwork based on Pamela Colman Smith's familiar motifs, with refreshed colors and new details, this is a perfect introduction to Tarot.

Chrysalis Tarot Deck and Book ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Tarot Cards For Beginners
Photo: Chrysalis Tarot/Amazon

Card size: 2.75 x 4.75 inches
Accessories: Illustrated companion book, card spread guide

This beautiful set not only contains a book describing the process and meaning of the Chrysalis Tarot cards, but an exclusive card spread - The Chrysalis Fairy Ring Spread. The rich illustrations and layered meanings of each card make it a wonderful and non-traditional introduction to Tarot.