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druidcraft_deckThe Druidcraft Tarot 

This is one of my premiere decks. At any given time, even though I own many decks, I will only choose to read between 2 or 3 decks. This is definitely one of those decks.

The artwork is beautiful and creative, yet the symbols & images are close enough to the RWS deck that it's an easy deck to read. My only complaint about it is that it is an over-sized deck, making them a little hard to shuffle. But this is a small detail, and should not deter you from a deck which, imho, is one of the finest and most intuitive decks around.

 

Vision Quest Tarot 

I don't have this deck, but it's on my Christmas list. I love the fact that they don't use, cups, wands, pentacles and swords, but instead use water, fire, earth and air. The artwork is absolutely beautiful. It looks like an incredibly spiritual deck.

If you are interested in Native American culture, there are a lot of really beautiful decks out there, but this one has to be one of the nicest.

 

 

ls_universalLS Universal Tarot (Waite) 

I like this deck because while it is very similar to the RWS deck in concept, the drawings have a touch of reality to them. The people look a tad less like caricatures and more like human beings in real situations.

Great deck if you want the simplicity of the RWS symbolism, but are tired of the same old images.

This deck used to come in a mini deck (the one I have) but I don't see that anywhere now.

 

 

hanson_roberts_tarot_deckHanson-Roberts Tarot Deck

A highly popular deck, the Hansen-Roberts deck is quite unique in it's presentation. Staying in the tradition of the RWS deck, the drawings are close-up, fantastical versions. The colors are vibrant, and the images are beautifully drawn.

I haven't used this deck in a while, but just reviewing it to write about it makes me want to go and dig it out again. Easy to read, but great for 'getting lost' in the fantasy of the image.

 

 

morgan_greerMorgan Greer Tarot Deck

Another deck which uses close up images of the Rider deck, but in a different way than the Hanson-Roberts deck. The pictures are drawn with a little more down-to-earth and serious feel.

What is unique about this deck is the lack of borders. The pictures bleed all the way to the edge of the cards. I find these cards to have a lot of strength in them.

They're easy to read, and closely follow the RWS tradition.

 

cat_people_tarotTarot of the Cat People

Of all the decks on this page, this one is farthest away from the Rider tradition. I love the images, but be prepared to work a little harder to read these if all you have ever used are Rider-Waite-Smith decks.

Each card has a cat on it and it clearly has the same RWS suits, yet the images, to me, appear almost as science fiction images. If I remember correctly, the artist, indeed, placed the participants of the card on another planet.

But the artwork is beautiful, and the cats are wonderful. If you like cats, and you like that 'otherworldly' feel, these are the cards for you.

 

christian_deckConnolly Tarot Deck 

The Connolly deck is very close, indeed, to the RWS tradition. The simplicity of the pictures are quite appealing and, from what I hear, it has its basis in Christianity.

I used this deck as my primary deck for years, but never consciously realized that the negative images of the traditional RWS deck have been toned down a bit. For instance, the Devil is called "Materialism," and the Death card is called "Transformation."

That didn't make a difference to me, one way or the other when I was using it. I just saw the images, liked them, and used it. Great deck, also comes in mini.

 

fey_tarotFey Tarot Deck 

This is one of the few decks on these pages that I don't own. Although I can't speak to the ease of reading with them, I put it here because it's an absolutely stunning deck that someone used to do a reading for me.

The only reason I haven't gotten it yet is because I'm not really a "fairy/pixie-type" person.But if fairies & pixies speak to you, this is the deck for you. The artwork is stunning. The people I know who have this deck really love it.

 

 

Voyager Tarot: Intuition Cards for the 21st Century
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This deck is sort of a difficult deck to categorize, it doesn't really belong on this page, because it is only loosely, loosely, based on the Rider deck; only in that is has a major and minor arcana. The similariy pretty much stops there. But it's really not an oracle deck, so here it stays.

I, personally, don't use this deck, it's very unusual and I don't connect with it at all. But I put it on here because my husband has fallen in love with it, and last night we went to a friend's house, and she did the same. It is a very unique deck. Those who love it, love it. Those who don't, it's a curiosity, but interesting. Look at the image samples and see for yourself.

 

Voyager Tarot Kit: Intuition Cards for the 21st Century
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This is the same deck but it is 10 % larger than the deck above this. However, this deck is much more expensive. The cards above are a good size, not a mini deck. If however, you want particularly large cards, you might consider these.

 

Connolly, Morgan-Greer, Cat People, Hanson-Roberts reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyrights © by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited.

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