Um, yes, I think The Princess Bride is the best movie of all time. And yes, that is a Princess Bride deck of cards I TOTALLY use as a tarot deck. It even has swords & wands printed on them! No pentacles or cups, though, so you have to get creative. But isn’t it AWESOME????
I’ve been gathering up my favorite best tarot resources, books, decks, and tools to share with you. Of course that deck had to be number one! In no particular order, here are the rest of the most-used, favorite, or just-plain-best tarot resources in my toolkit right now…
The Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin was one of the first tarot books I found that feels modern. It’s not terribly woo-woo, it’s inclusive, and it deals with real problems. Recommended for beginners & experienced practitioners who want a different way of looking at the cards.
Another “modern tarot book” I just discovered and quickly fell in love with is Modern Tarot by Michelle Tea. She’s a very creative storyteller and writes descriptions of the cards you really remember. Like Jessa Crispin’s book, Michelle writes in a way that is inclusive without the woo-woo wishy-washy descriptions found in many other tarot books. Recommended for tarot beginners who want to get away from the boring “little white book” and actually tie the meanings of the cards to their own life.
The only tarot book I turn to over & over again is Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen, which is focused on using tarot for personal development. Her blog at www.BenebellWen.com is also one of the few tarot blogs I obsessively read. She’s a brilliant thinker with a wide range of metaphysical interests that she weaves into her personal and professional lives. Recommended for anyone who uses tarot for personal self-development and thinks the idea of fortune-telling or divination of the future through the cards is just plain wacky. (If you use tarot for fortune-telling or divination, that’s totally cool. I just don’t use the cards that way, so I don’t have any resources to recommend.)
The tarot deck I use for teaching is the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck from U.S. Games. Although I don’t really like the style of the artwork, this deck has the clearest images with symbols & stories that are the easiest to read. This is the deck I recommend if you are just starting to learn tarot. You don’t have to fall in love with it – it’s just a tool to help you learn, then you can move on to the prettier decks.
Like this one! This is my favorite tarot deck and the one I use every day. The Morgan-Greer Tarot Deck is totally my jam. I LOVE this deck, but it’s not for everyone – it vibes very 1970’s with lots of macho pornstaches and colorful exuberance. Before you buy, check out some of the images of the Morgan-Greer Tarot Deck to make sure it’s to your liking.
And that’s it! I hope you found at least one helpful new resource to make your tarot journey a little easier or a little more fun.