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The Top 5 Favorite Tarot Decks of Flowing Essence

Since I started reading as a teenager my collection of Tarot cards has slowly grown. I have learned to understand and develop my reading style over the years and I’ve also found several tarot decks that I love to read with. So when you receive a reading with me, you may notice that I have several decks readily available. While any one deck can read on any topic, I have found over the years that it’s great to have a variety and that certain decks can be great for certain things! Different decks give me different depths of insight depending on the question being asked. So I decided to compile a list of my five favorite tarot decks and why I love them! There is also a bonus deck that my list couldn’t be made without it.

These are my personal favorites that I love to work with. Everyone is different, so if these aren’t for you keep looking as there are so many decks to work with!

1. Aquarian Tarot Deck

The Aquarian Tarot Deck is my absolute favorite deck to use!

  • Author: David Palladini

  • Skill Level: Intermediate

  • Best for: Mediumship and Spiritual Readings

The Aquarian Tarot Deck is my favorite tarot deck! It’s a great deck for seeing through the veil. This deck is great for tarot readers who are past the basics but are looking for a deck that will still feel familiar to them. I use this deck for all my spiritual readings. This deck is also very versatile as it accompanies anyone who does any Mediumship work as well. I love how the faces in the card are almost blank. This leaves a lot of room for your intuition to fill in the blanks. This deck has been my favorite for over ten years!

2. Spiral Tarot Deck

I was drawn to the Spiral Tarot Deck due to its incredible artwork and it has since become one of my favorite decks.

  • Author: Kay Steventon

  • Skill Level: Intermediate

  • Best for: Developing tarot reading skills

The Spiral Tarot Deck was one of the first decks I used after being introduced to the Rider-Waite. Initially, I was drawn to this deck due to the amazing art work. Since it’s very close in style to the Rider-Waite deck, transitioning to the Spiral Tarot deck isn’t too difficult. Due to all the symbols and symbolism in this deck I would say this is a moderate deck great for those looking to go beyond a beginner deck. I use it as a general deck for my personal readings.

3. The Hermetic Tarot Deck

The Hermetic Tarot Deck may lack color, but it is full of layers of symbolism.

  • Author: Godfrey Dowson

  • Skill Level: Advanced

  • Best for: Understanding of Universal Principals and Symbols

This deck was gifted to me last year by a fellow practitioner. I instantly fell in love with the deck, much to my own surprise. As someone who owns over 15 different tarot decks, the Hermetic Tarot Deck is the only black and white deck I have. However, what it lacks in color it certainly makes up for in detail. This deck has layers and layers of symbolism. It really looks past all of the illusions that surround us to show us the real truth. It’s a difficult deck to learn as there is so much symbolism. I would say this is a difficult deck and should really be used by those who are trying to master the tarot.

4. Thoth Tarot Deck

The Thoth Tarot Deck was initially difficult to read, but it has since become a must-have for readings.

  • Author: Aleister Crowley

  • Skill Level: Advanced

  • Best for: Advancing and Focusing Intuition

This was the first challenging deck that I ever used. I remember staring at the Thoth Tarot Deck and looking at all the chalices and thinking, “How will I learn to read that?” Let me just say, oh you can! This deck ignites and encourages your true intuition to emerge. It also makes you focus on thinking about and understanding the colors and energy of a specific card. I recommend this deck for anyone who truly wants to read the tarot intuitively. Definitely not a deck for beginners, but a must-have for anyone expanding their knowledge on the tarot.

5. The Sharman-Caselli Tarot Deck

The Sharman-Caselli Tarot Deck is a wonderful beginner's alternative to the classic Rider-Waite deck.

  • Authors: Juliet Sharman-Burke & Giovanni Caselli

  • Skill Level: Beginner

  • Best for: Developing Tarot Reading Skills

I love this deck as an alternative to the classic Rider-Waite. It has a very similar design but the colors and lines are more modern helping new practitioners to relate more. The Sharman-Caselli Tarot Deck is a great beginner deck for anyone trying to learn the tarot. I use this deck for general readings as it has a consistent energy that works well with all types of questions.

*Honorable Mention*

The Rider Tarot Deck

The Rider Tarot Deck is probably the most well-recognized tarot deck.

  • Author: Arthur Edward Waite

  • Skill Level: Beginner

  • Best for: Learning and Developing Reading Skills

How could I put my top five favorite decks and not mention the deck that started it all? The Rider Tarot Deck will always be a classic. If you want to learn the tarot or wish to know more about it this is a great place to start. Most people who work with the tarot recognize the Rider Tarot deck. If you learn with this deck you can learn to read any tarot cards as it provides the fundamental basics that any tarot reader needs. Great for beginners and enthusiasts alike!


What's your favorite tarot deck? I'd love to know!

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With Flowing Essence, you can receive a deeper insight into your life.

Readings can help provide clarity on all topics.

These services are available over the phone or in person.

All photos in this blog post are original and should be credited to

Amy Sabatino, owner of Flowing Essence.​


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