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For a beginner is it ok to use the rider tarot deck? or should I get a different one.

Thank you in advance. 

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The Rider Waite Smith deck is the most common deck with many variations of colour and size.  It is probably also the one most used to illustrate tarot books so if you go with this you would have a lot of resources.


That said, if it doesn't resonate with you, pick something you just like.  If you pick something that says it is in the style of the Rider Waite Smith you would have all those resources to use.  Otherwise, most all decks come with a LWB (little white book) that gives you a place to start.


So don't despair if the Rider Waite Smith art is not your cup of tea.  Pick artwork that resonates with you to start so you will be inclined to use them more. The more you use them, the quicker you learn.


There is no right or wrong here.


Have fun!

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Like ballerina said, the RWS is the easiest deck to find information on. You can even read Waite's book free online:



So if you're happy with it, stick with it. If not, there's no reason you shouldn't start with a Marseilles or a Thoth. 

But IMHO, I'd caution against just any deck that "resonates" (how do you know it resonates if you havent tried to use it?) or "calls to you" (decks obviously can't "call" anyone - this is just a roundabout way of saying the art is pretty. 🙄) A lot of artists in recent years have discovered that creating a deck is a great way to sell art, and many of them had no prior knowledge of Tarot. So there's some very confusing stuff out there, often without any adequate explanation. If you end up going with a RWS-based art deck, do a bit of research and make sure that the artist is also a reader with a good comprehension of Tarot.

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