I’m a big fan of divination cards — tarot cards, oracle cards, soul cards, all that kind of goodness. Over the years I’ve amassed quite a collection, but the decks I use the most are not only helpful but also beautiful to look at. I’m particularly drawn to cards that contain strong imagery as I often like to just meditate on the picture itself rather than look up the meaning. This usually prompts a few pages of journal writing — to my mind a pack of cards is like a whole bunch of journal prompts just waiting to be explored!
Some of my favourites include:
The Wild Unknown Tarot (above) — created by artist and musician Kim Krans, you definitely won’t be embarrassed to have these cards lying on your coffee table — they are gorgeous. This is deck I use every day and every day I find new ways to appreciate its simple beauty.
The Dame Darcy Mermaid Tarot — never in a million years did I think I’d love this deck as much as I do. Quirky, unkempt, fun and so so sweet, this is my second most reached-for deck. I simply adore it.
Shadowscapes Tarot — Stephanie Pui-Mun Law’s ethereal paintings take you into a new land, one filled with magical beings that have their own stories to tell. Gentle and intuition-enhancing, this deck is perfect for those hard times.
Mother Mary Oracle — such a nurturing deck of cards. This my favourite out of all of Alana Fairchild’s decks. Her words are as beautiful as the paintings on the cards themselves.
Magdalene Oracle — this is a deeply feminine sultry oracle that always inspires me to dig deeper into my desires. You’ll often find one of these cards on my altar.
Soul Cards — this deck doesn’t have any words or even interpretations in the booklet. Instead, you meditate on the image to find your own meaning. Excellent journaling material and deeply intuitive, I’ve had some profound readings with this deck.
Each of these decks has helped me through different times in my life, but the ones I reach for most frequently are the Wild Unknown Tarot. I have certain daily spreads I like to throw with my morning coffee but sometimes I’ll just draw one card and keep it by my computer during the day. I love that spirit/my wise inner self has another way to get in touch with me.
Other decks I own and love:
Recommendations for your first tarot deck*:
* In all honesty, the best thing to do is find a deck with artwork you ADORE and get to know it, one card a day, until you feel you’ve unlocked all its secrets :-)