Are you interested in learning the tarot but confused by the amount of decks available? Perhaps you have read or heard somewhere that the Rider Waite (aka Smith Waite) tarot deck is the deck for beginners but you can't seem to connect with the images...? The reason why the Smith Waite comes so highly recommended is that most beginners books are based on it.
But do you really have to start with this deck?
No, you don't! There are plenty of decks out there that are just as suitable for the beginner tarot reader. Here is a list of links to reviews of decks with clear symbology and illustrated number cards (pips) that will work just as well as the Smith Waite and hopefully you will find one that you resonate with.
My top 10 beginner decks:
Crystal Visions Tarot - a beautiful and rather feminine fantasy type deck
The Morgan Greer Tarot - very like the Smith Waite but very 70's and close-ups
The Hanson Roberts Tarot - also close-ups but softer than the Morgan Greer, child friendly
The Connolly Tarot - bright colours and Christian overtones
The Anna K Tarot - easy to read with, much thanks to the vivid facial expressions
Smith Waite Tarot - Centennial Edition - an antique feeling Smith Waite version, so much nicer than the standard deck. Comes with the 1910 A.E. Waite 'Pictorial Key to the Tarot' which is also available for free online
Gilded Tarot - lively colours, beautiful digital artwork, very easy to read with - two sets to choose from, both with excellent companion books for the beginner
The DruidCraft - the perfect beginner deck for the Pagan/Witch/Druid, the companion book is an excellent introduction to the Tarot
Tarot of a Moon Garden - for those who are in touch with their inner child and like dreamlike fantasyscapes
Pearls of Wisdom Tarot - lots and lots of details, bright colours, a deck that never fails to uplift (the link for where to order this deck needs updating on Aeclectic - you can purchase it HERE)
Brightest Blessings, Lisa