When it comes to selecting a tarot reader, you have a lot of options. Despite the fact that divination itself is considered a new age practice, you can find readers who are non-religious, Christian, or of any other kind of faith. But if you’re looking for a Pagan reading, whether it’s because you want to find someone who can present the cards to you in a way that aligns with your religious beliefs or simply because you believe it’s the more traditional way to do a reading, you’ll want to make sure they have a few decks in particular at hand. These are the decks that every true, experienced Pagan tarot reader must have in their library.
The Witches Tarot
The Witches Tarot is a very basic, natural Pagan deck that has easy to interpret imagery. Based on the Rider-Waite deck concept, it’s far more toned down insofar as Pagan symbolism goes than you may expect from the title or the large silver pentacle stamped on the back of each card. The up side of a deck like this is that it appeals to all audiences; it’s a good deck for a Pagan reader to own and use on those who are new to tarot, or for those who may be put off by decks that they feel alienated from because of their religion.
The Tarot of the Old Path
This deck is especially powerful for Wiccan tarot readers as the images on each of the cards flow together in a way that aligns well with their faith. This deck even alters a couple of the traditional card names to align their meanings more closely with their imagery and name. Death, for example, is called the Close. This is helpful since Death doesn’t actually mean someone is going to die but more often means that a specific journey is at an end. The Moon has been renamed Illusion, allowing the querant to immediately understand the nature of the card and what it represents in their spread.
The Shapeshifter Tarot
These gorgeously illustrated cards are a must-have in any Pagan reader’s arsenal because of its close ties to European Shamanism. They’re instantly intuitive to anyone familiar with spiritual shapeshifting and Shamanism in general, and it’s a particularly powerful deck when it comes to handling questions related to transformations. The specific focus of this deck is on Celtic shapeshifting traditions, outlining a connection between people and nature.
Robin Wood Tarot
Almost every Pagan reader has this deck, and for good reason. For most Pagan readers this would’ve been their first as its images and even its art style is very similar to that of the Rider Waite deck. This makes it easy to learn for beginners and with the Pagan symbolism etched into each card it’s even easier for those of the faith to interpret. It’s a great deck for building up your tarot readers’ sense of intuition. Published in 1991, it’s also rightly considered a classic deck for any owner of any faith to own.