Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : What Tarot card deck is the best beginner deck?

I want to learn to read tarot cards, and i ahve a few books on the subject, and will read them when i get the time since i am usually busy. but i was jsut wondering what would be the best one to start out with for someone who has no experience what-so-ever reading cards, since i have discovered that there are different kinds of decks to choose from? 😛

Answer by Dr. Kent Hovind
Yu-gi-oh starter pack with Dark Magician!

Answer by Alex
The Rider-Waite-Smith deck is the most popular, and the one that most closely resembles the cards used for divination in the 18th century. However, since Tarot is more of a parlor game than a true predictor of your life circumstances, go with the deck you like the best.

Answer by Whispering Trees
Rider Waite.

Answer by ?
The Rider-Waite deck is the most popular deck in America, and one of the oldest. It was first published in 1909. The symbolism used has become so standard that many other decks are just “prettied up” version of this one.

The illustrations are very helpful in interpreting the cards, unlike some others that feature things like gemstones.
If you are looking for a beginners deck, this is the best.

Answer by Jennifer M- F
*** w95 11/1 pp. 6-7 The Truth About Angels ***
Approach to Angels or to Demons?
Much of the current angel movement dabbles in the occult. Consider Marcia’s experience. “From September to December 1986,” she says, “I began to receive messages from ‘beyond the third dimension.’ I saw apparitions and had incredible ‘past life’ dreams. I contacted friends who had died and had many other psychic experiences in which I knew things about people I had just met. I also became blessed with the gift of automatic writing and transmitted messages from discarnates. Some, whom I have never met in their earthly lives, would deliver messages to others through me.”
The use of divination as a means to “communicate” with angels is not uncommon. One source outrightly encourages its readers to employ rune stones, tarot cards, I Ching coins, palmistry, and astrology. “Allow your inner knowing self to lead you to the right oracle,” the authors write, “and trust that an angel will meet you there.”
According to the Bible, however, whatever ‘meets you there’ certainly is not one of God’s angels. Why? Because divination stands in open defiance of God, and true worshipers—in heaven and on earth—have nothing to do with it. Why, in Israel divination was a capital offense! “Everybody doing these things is something detestable to Jehovah,” the Law stated.—Deuteronomy 13:1-5; 18:10-12.
“An Angel of Light”
It should not surprise us that the Devil can make divination appear beneficial, even angelic. The Bible says that Satan “keeps transforming himself into an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:14) He can even fabricate portents and then make them come true, deceiving onlookers into thinking that the omen is from God. (Compare Matthew 7:21-23; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12.) But all of Satan’s works—no matter how virtuous or how sinister they may appear—serve one of two purposes: to turn people against Jehovah or simply to blind their minds so that ‘the illumination of the glorious good news about the Christ might not shine through.’ (2 Corinthians 4:3, 4) This latter method of deception is often the most effective.
Consider the Bible account of a servant girl in the first century. Her predictions brought much gain to her masters. For many days she followed the disciples, saying: “These men are slaves of the Most High God, who are publishing to you the way of salvation.” Her words were true. Yet, the account tells us that she was possessed, not by an angel, but by “a demon of divination.” Eventually, Paul “turned and said to the spirit: ‘I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.’ And it came out that very hour.”—Acts 16:16-18.
Why did Paul expel this spirit? After all, it provided much income to the masters of the demon-possessed girl. With supernatural powers, the servant girl may have told farmers when to plant, maidens when to marry, and miners where to look for gold. Why, this spirit even moved the girl to speak some words of truth, publicly praising the disciples!
Nevertheless, it was “a demon of divination.” As such, it had no right to make proclamations about Jehovah and his provision for salvation. Its complimentary speech, perhaps uttered to lend credence to the servant girl’s predictions, distracted onlookers from Christ’s true followers. With good reason, Paul warned the Corinthians: “You cannot be partaking of ‘the table of Jehovah’ and the table of demons.” (1 Corinthians 10:21) Not surprisingly, first-century Christians destroyed all their books that were associated with divination.—Acts 19:19.

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : Why are there so many tarot card decks on sale?

You can hardly call them the tarot now that they all look different from the original french ones and the subsequent Rider-Waite cards. Do we really need yet another deck of pretty pictures that supposedly say the same things?

Answer by Sir Richard
There are an awful lot of very gullible people in the world. *shrug*

Answer by Keltasia
The pictures are for the subconscious links the cards create. Personally I prefer the symbolism in the celtic style cards better than Rider-Waite. Its a matter of personal preference. I also know a lot of people who collect the decks but don’t actually use them.

Answer by alice
Even if it seems silly to have different decks of Tarot cards, I find that each deck I have will read differently. I find that when I do a reading for someone, I would let them choose which deck they want, as the energies from certain decks will resonate differently with each person.

I don’t use my cards anymore as I can read someone thru meditation, but you may or may not find some readings better than others if you continue to use the same deck all the time. Hope this helps

Answer by Arbor
Not everyone will be able to use the same deck – their psyches may require either more elaborate pictures or very simple pictures to be stimulated. By having different decks you can appeal to different people. And they don’t necessarily say the same thing – show one card to five different people and you’ll more than likely get five different interpretations. Personally I can’t use the Rider-Waite deck, I get no response when I look at the pictures.

Not to mention the price of tarot cards – it’s quite a racket!

Answer by Gianni
Different people connect with different imagery. I work with pendulums and have a decent assortment. I find that some “work” better than others depending on the subject, mood, time, etc.

Answer by Witchy Mel
Yes. Different art appeals to different people. The importance of the artwork is that it calls to you and you connect to it. If you are reading tarot with cards that you don’t really care for, that feeling can block the accuracy of the reading. There are all sorts of things to consider. Past lives, culture, likes and dislikes etc.


I have never liked the Rider-Waite deck. I love the Connolly deck. The pictures are much more bright and vibrant and I love the use of imagery to get the meaning of the card across. It is just much easier to connect with.

Answer by Princess Catfish
Many of them are ‘art’ and also, different decks speak to different personalities…

Answer by bubbles
because people are looking for something and hope they can find it through the cards no i dont think we need another deck of pretty cards lol

Answer by Kel
Uh – there were many, many decks before the Rider – Waite cards… well as other decks from other members of the Golden Dawn society (not to mention Crowley’s…) (didn’t Regardie also have a deck??? Hmm…gotta look that up again…)
But that’s the nice thing about them….you can find the deck that suits you. I worked with the Waite deck, the Crowley deck, and numerous others before I found a deck based on the Greek myths. They’re the ones I like the most- hence, they’ll work the best for me.
Actually – the very best deck would be one you make for yourself, but we’re not all artists! (especially me!!)

Answer by NORMAN P
actuially terot cards have been used for many should get a deck that you are familior with and thare some of those that can be discarded couse thare of no importance.never read for friends family or youre self and allways make the person pay atleast a dollar otherwise you insult the speriots.and keep them clean and in a ceder only need cards that you can read.,and lastly give thanks to god for the gifts that the cards bring.

Answer by AccruateInstinct
Well, one deck works better than another. For example, I always read better with one of my decks than another.

the reason about the tarot cards is because the way people will interpret the meaning. Tarot cards have been created in order to understand your inside, intuition of course. There are so many because there are so many people with different believes but at last they all come to the same point. Tarot is Tarot no matter how you describe it, picture or interpret. Hail lucifer!!

Answer by Gourmet Flossie
I own 5 sets of cards, they are not all tarot but I find that with different people I need different cards to read from. Some cards I use for more in depth readings, others I use for a light reading.
They dont all say the same things… when doing a reading you dont necessarily read the cards as such, i read off the energies the person i have read for has put into the cards when they were shuffling the deck.

Answer by ToriMia the Witch
Not only is the art different from deck to deck, but some decks are not even used in the same way as the standard tarot deck is used. Some cards are used as personal meditation cards. I used to have about 15 different decks. I have had angel cards, gypsy fortune telling cards, meditation cards and an original French deck gifted to me by a complete stranger. I went through them all last year and whittled it down to just 5 decks. I have my fairy oracle, which is my favorite (artwork by Brian Froud). I have my cat people tarot which I use for readings with strangers or people I don’t know very well. I have a deck whose art is quite adult and I can’t think of the artist right now, but I use those for private readings and I have a smaller deck which is just the major arcana but based on the teaching of the Golden Dawn and I got it because I liked the art, but I hardly ever use the deck. I also kept the meditation deck, which I use one by one on my personal alter when I need them. The pictures really aren’t interpreted the same from deck to deck either, so they don’t say the same things. Most of us don’t even interpret the standard cards the same way. What means one thing to me, might not mean the same for you or for the person you are doing the readings for. It’s all about personal tastes.

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : What exactly does a tarot card reader do

Ok tomorrow i’m going to a tarot card reader, just for the fun of it and for something to do. But i’m not sure exactly what kind of stuff they tell you? Do they tell your future or your present or something else?

Answer by Psi_D
Ok so a tarot card reader charges her card with universal energy (the stuff we are surrounded in and produce on the non corporal realm of things) and she will ask ask you to ask a question draw the cards that you feel have a ramification to you (face down). She will then lay the cards out and tell you about your past situations, the current situation, and what you can expect in the future. If they’re good they can get really in debth so don’t be alarmed.

Hope that helps. Don’t let them over mystify you though. This is something anyone can learn to do in time.


Answer by Sadhara Satguru

Dont go for fun, go because you have a reason & need insight.

A tarot reader can be many things, some are psychic – others not. Ask her she will tell you what she does & from what basis.

What areas she deals in I could not say, but tarot as with all readings can deal with the past, present as well as future projections.


Answer by ind-a-go
If you are using Tarot cards as an oracle, you may be more inclined to read card meanings and spreads. But if using Tarot Cards as a tool for Psychic Ability you would be less likely to hold to any hard and fast guide lines. I’m a profession psychic and use Tarot Cards in a random way. In 25 years of professional readings I’ve never used any ‘meanings, spreads or reversals’ of tarot cards from any books.

So if you want to develop ‘Psychic Ability’ throw the books and guidelines away and let the images inspire you. But you may need to try the Rider Waite or another imaged deck.

Here’s the how-to of reading tarot cards with your psychic perception in six simple steps.

You can use this four minute video as a brief meditation on the tarot that, repeatedly viewed, will help you learn how to read tarot cards psychically.

To tap in to it more you can go to my free psychic development pages here:

But on the other hand, if you want to use the Tarot as an oracle, a form of divination that needs no real ‘psychic ability’, then keep the books and use the meanings and spreads if you prefer.

Here is a free download demo for a great Tarot program. To keep the size of the demo manageable it contains the Rider/Waite deck, the actual program will have 10 complete decks. This Demo version of Tarot is a full working copy for 30 days. So you get 30 days to study meanings and spreads!

Answer by philebus
Tarot reading is a particular type of cartomancy – that is, divination using playing cards. Tarot cards are playing cards dating back to the mid 15th century and consist of a pack of regular playing cards (usually featuring Latin suits of cups, coins, swords, and batons, as well as having 4 court cards in each suit) that has been augmented with a fifth suit of trump cards – these originally took as their theme a traditional triumph procession, hence they were called trionfi, meaning triumphs, and from which we get our word trump.

Divination with tarot cards was first suggested at the very end of the 18th century by the Occultist Antoine Court de Gabelin, a resident of Paris. He supposed the cards to have been of ancient Egyptian origin (a theory that has been debunked by historians) and this was the origin of all occult belief about the cards. It was another century before this belief spread beyond France and took root in English speaking countries, where the practice of divination with them has gained great popularity.

Tarot readers attempt to learn answers about the future, the past, about individuals, about themselves, and the eternal verities. They do so by shuffling the cards and dealing a number out into a pattern called a spread. Cards falling in different positions within the spread are believed to represent different elements of the answer. Each card is assigned its own meaning or selection of meanings and these are applied and interpreted accordingly. You can ask a reader almost any question, so long as it does not require a yes or no answer – most readers seem to agree that the cards can’t be used that way.

As, contrary to the myths, tarot cards are not occult in origin, their use in divination seems no different in status to the use of regular playing cards, dominos, dice, tea leaves, or knuckle bones – they have all been used this way. I leave you to decide for yourself if they work or not.

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