What Makes an Essential Tarot Deck?

Marisa Mohi
6 min readOct 27, 2023

It’s no secret that I have a lot of opinions on tarot cards, and perhaps you find many of them frustrating since they’re all basically a variation of “do whatever works for you.” So, when people ask me for my essential tarot deck recommendation, naturally, it’s not a simple answer.

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For what it’s worth, you shouldn’t take any overly easy answers about tarot. Like pretty much everything you could learn-art, sports, cooking, social skills-tarot and intuition aren’t about what works for other people.

It’s about what works for you.

So, some people feel connections to certain decks. But if they tell you their favorite deck is the best to work with, and then you struggle to use it, that’s going to be an issue.

Firstly, you’ll feel like a failure because you can’t use the deck that was recommended and so perfect according to the person you asked. Secondly, you’ll probably give up and assume you just can’t do tarot.

So, instead of telling you which deck is the essential tarot deck, I’m going to talk about how you can find the essential tarot deck for you that will help you learn tarot reading fast.



Marisa Mohi

Writer and Tarot Reader. Fueled by black coffee and notebooks with thick paper. https://marisamohi.com