Tarot Cards For Beginners 

Samantha Dillinger
Updated December 3, 2018 88 votes 35 voters 3.6k views 12 items

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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.

Original Rider-Waite Tar... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Tarot Cards For Beginners
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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.

Smith-Waite Centennial T... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Tarot Cards For Beginners
Photo: Amazon

Card size: 2.36 x 4.06 inches
Accessories: Companion guidebook

This faithful reproduction of the 1909 Smith-Waite deck comes with a guidebook to help beginners learn the

The Complete Tarot Kit b... is listed (or ranked) 3 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.

The Illuminated Tarot: 5... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Tarot Cards For Beginners
Photo: Illuminated Tarot/Amazon

Card size: 2.75 x 4.75 inches
Accessories: Companion guidebook

Combining Tarot's Major and Minor Arcana from 78 cards to 53 not only makes it easier for the beginner to learn but allows this beautifully illustrated deck to be used on other traditional card games.