By Amber C. Snider, with recommendations by Enchantments' staff
We've rounded up our very favorite tarot decks – perfect for gifting or adding to your own collection.
There are two kinds of witches in the world: those who believe that a tarot deck should be given or received as a gift – and those who don't. Whichever kind you are, we've got you covered with these 12 handpicked beauties; perfect gifting for your astrology-obsessed cousin, art-loving bestie, or even yourself.
Decks are available for purchase at the Enchantments' brick-and-mortar shop or by clicking on the purple links. Happy divining, witches!
Ethereal Visions Tarot –– For your artistic, ultra-creative friend
Drawing its inspiration from the Art Nouveau movement, this beautifully illuminated 80-card deck designed by Matt Hughes is an artistic wonder. Complete with elegant gold foil stamping, the aesthetic harkens back to the “Golden Age of Illustration” and comes with a 48-page booklet.
Game of Thrones Tarot –– For the GOT lover in your life
Game of Thrones may be over, but the legacy of Westeros lives on. Fans of HBO’s mega-hit show will love this 78-card deck, complete with illustrations of your favorite characters. Written by tarot expert Liz Dean and illustrated by Craig Cross, the deluxe deck blends Major and Minor Arcana cards with the deep archetypes of GOT. It also comes with a hardcover booklet that explains both the symbolism and how to use the cards. Who will be the Empress, who will be the Fool?
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Otherkin Tarot –– For your mythical creature loving sister (or that cousin who's always talking about their animal spirit guide)
Calling all Otherkin: this sublime, ethereal deck based on the Rider-Waite-Smith system features creatures both strange and familiar. With mythical animal-human hybrids (like a wise old owl as the Hierophant), Otherkin Tarot is a beautifully designed deck with a pastel color scheme that wants to “be left out in the moonlight.”
The Herbcrafter’s Tarot –– Perfect for the kitchen witch in your life
Using herbs as archetypes and the suits as elements, this botanical tarot deck is a great introduction to herbalism and plant spirit magic. The 78-card deck comes with a 124-page book filled with herbal inspiration, and uncovers the symbolism of plants as medicine. The deck is intended to explore the unique, magical messages plants can offer us.
Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot Deck –– For that co-worker who obsessively reads her horoscope out loud in the office
One of the most well-known and popular decks in the world, the Smith-Waite deck is great for both beginners and advanced readers. The Centennial Tarot Deck is a richly illustrated reproduction of the original deck by Pamela Colman Smith and Arthur E. Waite. Includes the standard 78-card set, plus four samples of Smith’s non-tarot artworks.
Spiritsong Tarot –– Perfect for the little wee witch in your life
Spiritsong merges the spirit world and animal spirit guides together to form a whimsical creation that has become a favorite in the magickal community. This award-winning tarot deck by Paulina Cassidy includes 78 Spiritsong animals as “mentors of divine guidance” with designs based on Shamanic and Native American symbolism. It’s a great deck for adults and younger people alike.
The Starman Tarot Deck –– For David Bowie lovers (obviously)
Inspired by David Bowie, this collector’s deck was one of the most “eagerly anticipated tarot kits” of 2018. Designed by Davide De Angelis (who worked on the album art for Bowie's album Outside), this psychedelic deck is a favorite amongst Bowie lovers and weaves together an electrifying fusion of alchemy, sacred geometry, and a vibrant color pattern.
Morgan-Tarot Greer –– For deep, intimately bold souls
The Morgan-Greer Tarot features a bold, jeweled tone color palette with magical imagery based on the Rider-Waite system. The borderless cards feature up-close perspectives in a beautiful and richly saturated design that is meant to evoke an emotional response with each spread.
Tarot Z Deck –– For the undying “Walking Dead” fan (or your apocalypse buddy)
Designed by Alejandro Colucci (you’ve probably seen his work on the cover of Anne Rice books), Tarot Z Deck is a richly illustrated deck with primal, visceral imagery. This 78-card deck is perfect for collectors, those already familiar with the Rider-Waite-Smith tradition, or your favorite apocalypse-obsessed buddy.
Santa Muerte Tarot –– For the edgy Latinx in your life
If you love celebrating Dia de Los Muertos and revere Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte, this deck is for you. Designed by Fabio Listrani, the Sante Muerte Tarot features a series of skeleton figures, as well as the Lady of Holy Death herself.
Golden Tarot of Klimt –– For the lusty lovers out there (great as a couples' gift, too)
Gustav Klimt’s vibrant, gold-gilded imagery often evokes a visceral reaction in many viewers. This tarot deck is “teeming with impressions...that recount love, death, sensuality, and regeneration” and is perfect for art lovers and romantic souls everywhere.
The Aquarian Tarot – For the person who never missed a single Ren Faire
One of the best-selling decks on the market, the Aquarian Deck is sure to please nearly all diviners. Combining Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles, artist David Palladini brings the major and minor arcanas alive with vivid, magickal imagery.
Each deck can be purchase at the Enchantments' brick-and-mortar shop located at 424 East 9th street. For our roundup on the best books on Tarot, click here.