The tarot cards were known as playing cards in medieval Europe though, they began to be used for forecasting and other occult purposes only in the late 18th century. During their long existence tarot decks used to be richly decorated with drawings and ornaments. Those ancient packs were hand-painted and had a little story on each card. Unsurprisingly, it made people take an attempt to decipher its possible hidden meaning.
Later, besides traditional tarot motifs, the tarot decks began to include astrological symbols and the four elements. They became more popular and affordable after the invention of the printing press as well.
Modern tarot decks’ decoration includes various original styles and unique designs that let underline their owners’ individuality. Today both printed and handmade packs are valuable. Whatever appearance tarot cards have we are still fascinated with them. Let’s take a look at a short rating that reviews some of the most favorite tarot decks of the year.
1. Botanica Oculta Tarot Antique Edition 78+2 Extra Cards Deck
An artificially aged tarot deck from the Victorian series was released in 2021. The cards are designed with numerous flowers, grasses, and trees that possess the force of Nature. The deck can be used as a plant reference book, revealing each card’s hidden symbolism and magic! Besides the life-like drawn images, they contain short legends to learn for better understanding the secrets of past, present, and future. The set includes cards of Major and Minor Arcana (120 x 65 mm/4.75 x 2.75 inches), a booklet in English, and a tuck box.
2. The Neon Tarot 78 Cards Deck
A modern styled tarot deck of poisonous neon light was released in 2021 and have already 2 editions. Its bright and positive colors are perfectly suitable for divination to reveal the secret pieces of knowledge of the ancestors from the mysterious East. Each card is designed with colorful streaks that represent invisible threads from one to another and finally create an image of the connection between past, present, and future. The set includes 78 tarot cards (120 x 65 mm/4.75 x 2.75 inches), a guidebook in English, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese.
3. Pink Pain Tarot 78+2 Extra Cards Deck
The deck was first released in 2019 as a special edition for young players. It still remains one of the most creative and original packs. The creators’ aim was to search for the common visual language between the traditional images and underground culture of the millennials. As the result, the deck turns out to be a mix of the ancient and the modern, the old and the young, the past and the present, the hidden and the forthright. However, be careful: some images can be inappropriate for sensitive players! The set includes cards of Major and Minor Arcana (120 x 65 mm/4.75 x 2.75 inches) and a booklet in English as well.
4. Victorian Freak Show Tarot 78+2 Extra Cards Deck
Yet another old-fashioned deck with mysterious freak show artists like straight from the 19th-century posters. The pack was released in 2021 and the core idea of its design was to combine ugliness and beauty, more of our souls than of appearance. Like a mirror, the cards reflect the essence of our past, present, and future. It’s just impossible to look away from hand-drawn images. With some cards, players can also get to know the real persons who ever lived and took part in performances as a human miracle. The set includes cards of Major and Minor Arcana (120 x 65 mm/4.75 x 2.75 inches), a detailed booklet in English (written by a professional tarologist), and a tuck box.
5. The Cocaine Tarot 78+2 Extra Cards Deck
A stylish deck that was first released in 2020 and full of bravery and desires spirit. Without any boundaries of conscience, it’s much easier to open your minds and find all answers to your questions. Explore past, present, and future, revealing feelings and emotions, fears and hurts, hopes and dreams that could be hidden deep inside. There is no place for shame and secrets to be left. The set includes cards of Major and Minor Arcana (120 x 65 mm/4.75 x 2.75 inches) and a booklet in English and Russian.