If you follow my page, you know that I am a big enthusiast when it comes to Tarot. I collect anything and everything Tarot while I am also learning to read for myself. I am not a professional Tarot reader or anything like that, I am just someone that appreciates the self-reflection that comes with Tarot and how it often combines with pop culture or themes that resonate with me. One of the biggest myths out there is that you can’t buy your own tarot deck and that it must be given to you. Well, you are probably going to be waiting for a long time! Years ago I was told this by a friend who read tarot when I expressed how I wanted to learn and buy a deck. I dropped many hints to many different people and months later I still had no deck. So I went and purchased my first deck which soon grew to me purchasing a new deck every fortnight. I used to just buy exclusively tarot but also started to buy oracle cards as well. The artwork speaks to me and while some decks I have just to have them, others often rotate through my card of the day board that I use. There is no right or wrong way to collect tarot cards. If you want to buy a deck to just have it then go do it! If you want to buy a new deck to read with, go get that! Tarot is incredibly personal as it requires you to look within yourself so you need to have some form of connection with the cards. If it is just you think the artwork is pretty or it is a themed deck from an indie artist or even a television show or classic movie that you like; if you feel that connection, treat yourself!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Tarot Deck and Guidebook Cards – 14 March 2023 by Gilly (Author), Karl James Mountford (Artist)
In every generation, there is a chosen one–explore your destiny like Buffy the Vampire Slayer with this magical and bold take on the traditional 78-card tarot deck. This set features the heroes you love, casting Buffy, Willow, Angel, Spike, Xander, Giles, and more in gorgeous original illustrations based on classic tarot iconography. Featuring both major and minor arcana, the set also includes a helpful guidebook explaining each card’s meaning and simple instructions for easy readings. Packaged in a sturdy, decorative gift box, this alluring tarot deck is the perfect gift for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan or tarot enthusiast.
ORIGINAL ART: Each of the 78 cards in this deck and the booklet features never-before-seen original Buffy the Vampire Slayer-themed art.
GUIDEBOOK INCLUDED: This unique deck includes a guidebook to help tarot practitioners of all skill levels do fun and informed readings.
BEAUTIFUL GIFT: The tarot deck and guidebook are packaged in a deluxe gift box perfect for gift-giving.
OFFICIAL LICENSED BUFFY DECK: This is the only official licensed Buffy the Vampire Slayer deck and guide.
25TH ANNIVERSARY: This deck is the perfect way to celebrate 25 years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
There is a lot to unpack here. As a MASSIVE Buffy fan, I am so very excited about this deck and it happens to be released a couple of weeks before my birthday so I know what I will be asking for this year!!!!!!! Also, how has it been 25 years? Are we that old? I grauated high school the same year as Buffy did although my graduation was less dramatic. I have all the Buffy DVD box sets and at one point I even had a Mexican Walking Fish I named Spike. The images just look amazing and that death card! I don’t know what else to say but if you are a fan, you get it!
Obviously, this is based on the TV Series and not the movie (which was also pretty amazing), but this will be a must-have for any Buffy fan! We can immediately relate to the characters and their depictions, so whether it is something you have in your collection or read daily, this deck is going to be so much fun (and will be getting a big run in my household!)
Universal Monsters Tarot Deck and Guidebook Cards – July 11, 2023 by Insight Editions (Author)
Let Count Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, and other creepy creatures guide your tarot practice with this hair-raising tarot deck and guidebook inspired by the iconic Universal Pictures Monsters!
Bring the spooky spirit of classic movie monsters to your tarot readings with this cinematic spin on the traditional tarot deck!
Featuring stunning original artwork inspired by classic tarot iconography, this 78-card deck depicts spine-chilling characters, imagery, and themes from the legendary Universal Pictures monster films, from Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein and Bela Lugosi’s Count Dracula to the Wolf Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and more!
Comprising both major and minor arcana, the deck also comes with a helpful guidebook explaining the meaning of each card as well as a few simple spreads for easy readings. Packaged in a deluxe collectible box, it’s a gift that will wow horror film fans and tarot enthusiasts alike!
78 BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED CARDS: Each of the 78 tarot cards is a work of art featuring original, detailed images of iconic characters and scenes from films such as Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, and more!
OFFICIAL UNIVERSAL MONSTERS DECK: This is the only official Universal Monsters deck and guide.
HELPFUL GUIDEBOOK: The included guidebook explains the meanings of each card as well as a few simple spreads for easy readings.
CELEBRATE THE CLASSICS: Celebrate the classic legacy of films like Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Wolf Man, and more!
SPOOKY GIFT: This delightfully ghoulish tarot deck and guidebook are packaged in a deluxe gift box, perfect for the horror fanatic in your life.
Storytime folks! When I was growing up, on a Saturday night on SBS, they would often show old horror movies on a Saturday night (before some of the other interesting movies. IYKYK). I always loved watching the old-school Dracula with Bela Lugosi and would laugh at how silly the creature from the black lagoon looked in black and white yet intrigued by the story. There are a lot of people in this era of horror and monsters and this tarot deck is an ode to that period. I do wonder how they are going to get a whole 78 cards out of this and wonder if some of the minor arcana are just made up of symbols rather than images (a little pet peeve of mine) as I like individual images for each card to read not just a card with 8 symbols where I am expected to remember it’s meaning. I haven’t seen a picture of any of the minor arcana so hopefully, I will be pleasantly surprised but this deck has piqued my interest none the less! On a side note, I am also patiently waiting for a Vincent Price themed deck.
The UFOlogy Tarot by Greg Bishop – Update
The Ufology Tarot deck uses the 22 Major Arcana cards for learning and personal reflection using historical figures from Ufology.
I mentioned this one last year as it was originally due out in November 2022. As it is a Kickstarter campaign, there was a little bit of a delay but according to the updates, the Major Arcana deck has now been printed and supporters will receive their decks Late Jan/Early Feb. It looks fantastic!
Some of the best tarot decks out there are ones that have been independently created. You will find most Tarot artists got their deck off the ground by launching kickstarter campaigns. It is too late to pledge in this one but you need to go check out the page and look at what they are developing because it looks like it will be a must-have! Hopefully, once it gets off the ground there will be more decks available!
The Complete Tarot & Oracle Journal: (With Metal Closures and Two Ribbon Markers) Hardcover – October 1, 2022
by Selena Moon (Author)
Unlock the secrets of the mystical art of card reading and record your insights with this beautiful journal!
Keep this gorgeous journal alongside your collection of tarot and oracle card decks to unlock the secrets of your readings and awaken your consciousness.
The Complete Tarot & Oracle Journal is more than just a diary, it’s a tool to jog your memory and give you greater insight into your subconscious mind. Using this journal will assist you in remembering and interpreting your readings with more accuracy and detail, and help you realize the messages in the cards.
The journal includes a helpful introduction to card reading, reading exercise, notes on the differences between oracle and tarot readings, and suggestions for spreads to work with.
A stunningly beautiful book with exquisite finishes, this journal is designed specifically to easily keep a record of your card readings and is completely compatible with all card decks expanding opportunities for spiritual work with tarot and oracle sets.
Grab a deck and your favorite pen (because we know you have one) and open yourself to the messages that await you!
This deluxe edition features two ribbon markers, two metal closures, copper-color gilded edges, and foil printing on the cover. A true and lasting keepsake.
If you are like me, you like to keep track of things via a Tarot journal. Sometimes I just use a notebook, and sometimes I like to use a purpose-made tarot journal because it challenges me to look deeper into my readings and even encourages me to change it up for my spreads. When I was looking for a journal, this one stood out purely for the artwork. I can’t vouch for how good it is, I just felt drawn to it so I guess time will tell!
This is just a small taste of what I have seen coming over the next few months. Here are a few tips (or lessons I have learnt) when buying new tarot:
- Always try to buy direct from the artist’s shop or their publishers. A cheap deck on eBay usually means it has been ripped off by a cheap overseas supplier. The quality is poor, the cards are a different size and it is just bad all around.
- Do your research when funding a kickstarter campaign. There is always an associated risk, it just depends on how much you believe in a product!
- Sometimes handmade products on Etsy are not up to the standard they should be. Always check reviews.
- Book stores or retailers only sell verified products from a publisher. While they may be mass-produced, you are receiving a genuine product.
- Don’t be afraid to support an indie artist. The unboxing experience is quite personal and you can literally feel the love they put into creating the deck.
- Tarot is very personal. I might like something you hate or vice versa. It should be something that speaks to you or resonates with you in some way. Don’t let someone tell you that is not the deck for you if it is something you like. Also, don’t let someone force you into getting a deck that you don’t like. If you don’t like it, you won’t use it and it will sit gathering dust. Whether it is just a themed deck you like or it is artwork you think it is beautiful, when the right deck comes along, you will just know it!
** I am not an amazon affiliate nor have I been asked to promote these. They are just things that have caught my eye!
Here are previous articles on tarot recommendations!
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The Literary Witches Oracle – Review
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