Picking a Tarot Deck

Best Tarot Deck for Beginners

Picking a Tarot deck can be a bit overwhelming.  Here are my simple guidelines to picking a tarot deck for beginners and some of my recommendations.

Guidelines for picking your first Tarot deck:

  • My advice for picking a tarot deck for beginners is to choose one based on the Rider Waite.

    Pick a deck based on the Rider Waite.  The Rider Waite isn’t the best deck or the true deck or the most accurate deck, but it is the most talked about deck.  Join the conversation where the majority of conversation is happening, set your foundation, and then be free to explore.

  • Pick a deck that is clear and easy distinguish without excessive detail.  Start simple.  Start with 3×5. Don’t jump to algebraic equations before you’ve learned the basics.


  • Picking a deck with pictures on the numbered cards or pips makes interpretation straight out of the box easy and without a lot of research.


  • Pick a tarot deck with the court cards: King, Queen, Knight, and Page.  Some Tarot decks will drop one of the court cards.  Or they may change names, for example pages become daughters. To avoid confusion, stick with the standard court cards.


  • Pick a tarot deck with the 22 major arcana, no more no less, and hopefully sticking to the “traditional” names.  Many decks will rename cards such as the Devil and the Death cards because people shy away from such naming conventions.


  • Keep to the standard 78 card deck.  Once again, some decks will have more or less depending on the author.  Keep it simple in the beginning and play with a full deck!

My Recommendations for Beginner Tarot Decks:

  • Rider Waite
  • New Palladini
  • Morgan Greer
  • Aquarian Tarot

And if you are in need of copyright free Tarot Images, be sure to check out the deck I created.

What was my first Tarot deck?

Marseillies.  Doesn’t fit my criteria, LOL., but I’m a sucker for woodcuts!

Ever wondered if you should buy your first Tarot deck or if it should be gifted?

Post in the comments what your first Tarot deck is or will be.

Should I pick my own Tarot deck?

You may have heard that your first Tarot deck should be gifted.

Many people ask, “Should I pick my own Tarot deck? Or wait for someone to give me one?”

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The Sun Card from the Rider Waite Tarot Deck.

My answer to that is, don’t wait for someone to give you a deck.  Go ahead and buy one.

We have lost tradition and lineage in our modern western society. It used to be that many things were passed down through families: professions, wedding dresses, watches, family history, occult knowledge perhaps…

Now that kind of passing down is very rare.  We no longer practice mentorship. Schools of thought are very different now, and very often the new ideas are favored over the old. You get the picture.

So if you wait for someone to gift you a Tarot deck you may be waiting a very, very long time.

Do yourself a favor and go buy one.

A few of my picks for beginners include:

Lunar Eclipse Astrology 2017

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius

There is a lunar eclipse this August 2017 taking place at 15 degrees of Aquarius. This eclipse is part of the Great American Eclipse cycle of 2017. Read on to learn more about the Lunar Eclipse Astrology.

lunar eclipse August 2017Eclipses happen when the moon intersects the ecliptic, which is the apparent path of the sun across the sky.  Eclipse season happens twice a year, and the eclipses come in pairs or triplets.

This particular pair of eclipses will take place in Aquarius and Leo, with the full moon Eclipse happening first, at 15 degrees of Aquarius. The Lunar Eclipse will be followed by the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21 at 28 degrees Leo.

This lunar eclipse is on the South Node which calls for letting go of the material and focusing on the spiritual. People, places and things that have passed their expiration date will fall away at this time.  You can voluntarily let go of things, or, since eclipses have a fated element to them, they will sometimes be removed for you.

Lunar Eclipse Astrology 2017

Look for what axis this pair of eclipses fall across to learn more about the Lunar Eclipse astrology of 2017 for you personally.

lunar eclipse astrology 2017

For me, the lunar eclipse falls in my 2nd house and the solar in my 8th.  Just this week, I got a raise at my full time job, which is allowing me to release my second job which I have been working for a year.

Letting go of the 2nd job was fairly easy (I’m worn pretty thin) but not necessarily easy, because I like the person I work for, she has always treated me fairly, and I feel very loyal to her.

The pay raise at my full time job was a bit of a surprise.  We talked about a raise at the 3 month mark, and this came in just before the 2 month mark, and higher than what we previously discussed. This partnership involving money paid off more than expected, that’s a north node kind of a thing.

As I mentioned in the video, I don’t profess to say this is all the lunar eclipse in Aquarius or the solar eclipse in Leo will bring forth, but I think it’s a very good example of eclipse activity on a personal level.

There’s definitely more to come as we rock and roll through this August eclipse season.

Let me know in the comments how it’s playing out for you.

Tarot Cards and the Lunar Eclipse

There are several Tarot cards that could describe an eclipse. The theme that runs across all cards is a degree of uncertainty, surprising events, and a flip flopping of past and present.

The Moon Card

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The moon card relates to eclipses, because eclipses take place near the nodes of the moon.

The Wheel of Fortune Card

Lunar eclipse and Tarot
The Wheel of Fortune speaks about the fickle finger of fate. Sometimes fate smiles upon us and sometimes she frowns.

The Tower Card

eclipses and surprises August 2017
Eclipses can knock down or cause a fall from power for political figures. Pride goeth before a fall. Lunar eclipse astrology 2017.


Cancer New Moon Ritual

Cancer New Moon Ritual: make an astrological talisman

For this Cancer New Moon ritual, we will make an astrological talisman for the moon.  This instructions pull heavily from Mansions of the Moon: a lunar zodiac for astrology and magic by Christopher Warnock.

new moon in cancerStep 1 pick a date:

Pick a day when the moon is waxing (between the new and full moons).  In this case, for the Cancer new Moon of 2017, the moon is waxing from June 23 -July 7.

You can add an extra layer of ritual significance if you do it on the day of the Moon, or Monday.  In this case the 2 available dates are Monday, June 26 and Monday, July 3rd.

For Advanced Users:

Performing the ritual on the day of the Moon and the hour of the moon adds yet another layer of astrological significance.  Use this planetary hours calculator to calculate the hour of the moon for your location.

You can also elect a time by placing the moon on the ascendant or the midheaven.  Make sure the moon is not combust (within 8.5 degrees of the sun) and applying to a conjunction, square, or opposition with Mars or Saturn.

To do this ritual successfully, it is not necessary to follow the advanced user instructions.  Just perform the ritual and note the results!


magic square for the moon
Use this magic square for your new moon ritual.

Silver or white candles – 4,7, or 9.  These are all numbers of the moon.

Incense – moon related.

Black and white image of the moon – this is your talisman

Tarot cards (optional) – The Chariot, The Moon, and The Hermit could all be used in this ritual.


  1. Perform any necessary clearing and/or protection rituals.
  2. Light candles and incense
  3. Color your image
  4. Write goals across the image
  5. Draw the magic square for the moon on the back
  6. Wave the talisman through the incense
  7. Meditate for a few minutes or recite the orphic hymn for the moon
  8. Store your talisman in a dark place

Watch and see what happens in the next few weeks as the moon works to manifest your request!


New Moon in Cancer Forecast

New Moon in Cancer Forecast

new moon in cancerThe new moon in Cancer brings new beginnings to your Cancer house.  I do a quick run down, sign by zodiac sign about what to expect and what you can grow under this Cancer new moon.

This Cancer new moon is a bit of a cancer sandwich in that we have Sun, Moon, Mercury and Mars all in early degrees of Cancer, bringing lots of Cancer energy to the table.

All About Cancer

The zodiac sign of Cancer is associated with the home, the mother, and moon.  Cancer is a cardinal sign, which means it initiates action, so Cancer is not always the sensitive, wimpy sign that people make it out to be. Cancer works from the emotional gut, and loves to feel safe, secure and nurtured.

Cancer Personalities

For a hilarious and very informative look at Cancer personalities. Watch this video.



Summer Solstice 2017

Weekly Astrology and Tarot forecast for June 18-24

Summer Solstice 2017 is the highlight of the week along with a new moon in Cancer! Mercury is conjunct the sun on the solstice bringing messages about our future possibilities.  This week’s tarot reading focuses on how life is good for each of the zodiac signs.

What is Solstice?

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The path of the sun including summer solstice and winter solstice points.

During summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, the sun is directly overhead at noon at 23.5% N Latitude (the tropic of Cancer). In essence, the sun is at it’s highest position for the solar year and rises and sets the furthest North. After the sun stands still against the backdrop of the stars for 3 days, it will begin to not only rise later every day, but further south.

The sun does not retrograde, but it does stand still for 3 days on the summer and winter solstices, marking its turn back toward shorter and longer days, respectively.

Tarot Cards associated with Summer Solstice

Sun – peak experiences, success, joy, health, vitality, celebration of life force

The Chariot – confidence, having a plan, moving towards a goal, overcoming fear and self doubt.  The Chariot is associated with Cancer through the Golden Dawn Tarot card meanings.  Interestingly the card seems to combine sun and moon imagery with the chariot (sun) and the horses (emotions good and bad) to achieve success.

Free Weekly Tarot Reading

This week’s reading focuses on how life is good for each of the zodiac signs:

Cancer: how do you make life good?
Leo: how do you get in your own way?
Virgo: how do your friends and network make life good?
Libra: how do you make life good through your legacy?
Scorpio: how do you make life good through your philosophy and vision of the future?
Sagittarius: How do you make life good through transformation, change and letting go?
Capricorn: How is life good through partnership?
Aquarius: How is life good in your day to day life?
Pisces: How is life good with your children and through fun, play and creative projects?
Aries: How is life good through home and family?
Taurus: How is life good in your neighborhood?
Gemini: How is life good through what you have and value?

Full Moon In Sagittarius [Video]

Full Moon in Sagittarius June 9, 2017

This week we have a full moon in Sagittarius the same day as Jupiter turns direct. Jupiter is back on track to expand the Libra part of your chart until October when it enters Scorpio. Mars enters Cancer on June 4th, Mercury enters Gemini on June 6th and Venus enters Taurus on the same day.

Full Moon in Sagittarius

The full moon has us check in with how our vision for 2017 is shaping up.  Are we missing any information?  Are we still inspired or do we need to change direction a bit?  Right after opposing the sun, the moon will conjoin Saturn giving us another reality check for the visions of our future.  Have we been doing the work necessary?  What kind of limits or boundaries would be helpful at this time?

Mars Enters Cancer

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Mars will have to cool his jets while in Cancer

Mars enters Cancer this week, the sign of its fall.  Mars will cool his jets in Cancer until July 21 when he can join the Sun in Leo and get back to work!  But for now, Mars will need to deal with his feelings and try to express them as much as possible. Dealing with your feelings is of primary importance now.  Don’t let things fester! Find a way to express your emotions.

Venus enters Taurus

Finally!  Venus has spent a looong time in Aries, the sign of her detriment due to her retrograde earlier this year.  Venus enters Taurus on June 6 and will luxuriate in her palace until early July.  Venus can help bring a little sweetness and pleasure to your life now, so be sure and ask for it!

Mercury enters Gemini

Mercury has also recently finished a retrograde from Taurus to Aries, and will enter his home sign of Gemini on June 6th. Get ready for information overload!  Now that Mercury in back in his home sign for a mere 2 weeks, he needs to catch up on everyone and everything that happened in his absence as well as make plans for the future as he races to catch up with the sun.  The fast pace of this year doesn’t promise to let up anytime soon.

Jupiter stations direct in Libra

Jupiter stations direct in Libra on June 9, the same day as the full moon.  This is the last third of the Jupiter cycle before it moves into Scorpio in October.  Lady luck is back in action so take advantage of Jupiter in Libra and settle up any lingering unresolved conflicts.

Weekly Tarot Reading

For the weekly Tarot reading, I pulled: 10 of cups, The Tower, The Devil, 8 of cups, and 9 of wands.  The question was how can we frame the next 6 months of 2017?

Managing emotions and going with the flow is important.  The end of the cycle is nearing but for now do the inner work necessary to release yourself from the attachments that are holding you back.  These attachments can be to thought patterns, people, or material things.  Where do you find yourself saying “I can’t because…” this is a good place to start and then deal with the emotions that get stirred up.

See you next week.

Mars opposite Saturn [Video]

Free Weekly Astrology and Tarot Reading: May 21-28 2017

This week we have a fun and flirty new moon in Gemini on Thursday, May 25.  However, your fun Gemini new moon party might be spoiled by an aspect building in the background… Mars opposite Saturn.  This is the Rumble in the Jungle — will you be the dope on the ropes or the victor?

New Moon in Gemini

The Sabian Symbol is a revolutionary magazine asking for action.  This new moon in Gemini is a bright, new beginning and a revolution in your life. Where in your life can you step out boldly and start something new?

Mars Opposite Saturn

Mars opposite Saturn can bring conflict and frustration with authority figures.  You may feel stymied or unable to act. You or others around you may be angry and frustrated.  With Saturn in Sagittarius it’s important that we ask ourselves whether or not our actions are serving the bigger vision of what we want and where we are going.

Are you fighting every battle that comes your way, or the strategic ones that will help you advance and win the war?

Mohammed Ali had a strategy in the famous match up with George Foreman in 1974 called Rumble in the Jungle. His strategy was to wear George foreman out by goading him into throwing punches and wearing himself out.

Are you the dope on the ropes or do you have the patience and timing to win?

Weekly Tarot Reading

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Bright new beginnings with the Gemini new moon.

Here is how the new moon in Gemini and Mars opposite Saturn might play out sign by sign:

Aries – the Empress and 8 of wands.  This is your abundance trigger.  It’s go time! Start moving toward what prosperity means to you.

Taurus – 6 of wands and 3 of wands.  Keep your vision in mind as your success builds.Victory is yours. Keep your eyes on the prize.

Gemini – Justice and the Wheel of Fortune.  The time for new beginnings is now.  What’s the right thing to do?

Cancer – the Fool and Queen of swords.  Enter this new period with the innocence and curiosity of a child but at the same time be crystal clear about what you want.

Leo – Ace of Wands and The Tower. These new beginnings may involve burning a few bridges or disrupting the tower of perspective that you have built for yourself.  I know you can do it, Leo.

Virgo – 4 of swords and Knight of swords.  With the north node in your sign for the last 18 months you may be feeling a little worn out.  Your new beginning involves a retreat and a review of your thoughts on things.

Libra – 5 of swords and Knight of Wands. What’s all the ruckus?  Pick your battles, Libra.  If it inspires you and matches your vision, then fight the good fight.  If not, let it go.

Scorpio – Chariot and 5 of pentacles.  In order to get where you want to go, you’ve got to let go. Let go of your fears about not having enough, not being enough, or getting shut out.  You have the power to make it through, Scorpio, embrace the change.

Sagittarius – Knight of Pentacles and 3 of Cups.  The path to riches for you, Sagittarius is through having fun with others.  If it’s not pleasurable, don’t do it!

Capricorn – Page of wands and 10 of cups. Your new beginnings involve a letting go.  Let go of something emotionally so your new beginnings can burn brightly.

Aquarius – 7 of wands and the Sun.  Aquarius you need to strike while the iron is hot and defend your position! Your strength of purpose will lead you toward your destiny.

Pisces – 7 of swords and Ace of cups.  Pisces I know you like to float around and bump into the next opportunity.  This strategy will not help you know.  You need to pick a destination and plan a route. Then when you open up your vast emotional capacity, you will end up in the right place instead of Dramaland, USA.