I have always loved tarot cards so I have seen my share of decks. The Modern Witch Tarot deck is one of my favorites of all time.
Tarot cards play a major role in my life. In the mornings, I often pull one to three cards to get guidance for the rest of the day. I’ve had fun trading readings with a group of friends who are as interested in metaphysical topics as I am. I also have turned to tarot cards to delve into my psyche, using them as journal prompts and serving as something of a therapist when I didn’t have the money or time to see a human one. I’ve even used tarot cards to attract a love relationship or two.
So yes, you can say I’m sold on their usefulness.
Once you’ve purchased more than one deck, you’ll quickly realize that all tarot decks are not the same. Each one has its own personality and your interpretations of the cards will often vary by deck. (Of course this assumes that you are using your intuition to read the cards rather than simply memorizing meanings.)
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For many people, the Rider Waite Tarot deck is their introduction to tarot. Once they get familiar with the cards, they often look to other decks. The Modern Witch Tarot is one you should definitely check out.
What is the Modern Witch Tarot deck?
The Modern Witch Tarot deck was published in 2019, and was created by Lisa Sterle and Vita Ayala. Lisa Sterle is a comic book artist and Vita Ayala is a writer. Like all Tarot decks, the Modern Witch deck has 78 cards, all rich with their own symbolism.
The deck is divided into two parts. The 22-card Major Arcana is a subset of cards that represent major events in your life. The 56 Minor Arcana cards have to do with your day-to-day life and all of the little things that make those days up.
While many tarot decks feature more masculine energy than feminine energy, the Modern Witch deck features only women in its imagery. It also features many women of color, making it one of the most diverse tarot card decks I have ever seen.
How to read the Modern Witch Tarot deck?
The Modern Witch Tarot deck comes with a little introductory booklet that gives you meanings for each of the cards. And you can certainly read the meanings and memorize them. But I don’t recommend that. I believe tarot cards are designed to help your intuition verbalize what it is picking up on.
For example, I might be looking at a tarot card and the sun in the picture may stand out to me, telling me that the outcome of a particular situation would be a bright one. I might look at that same tarot card at a different time and a body of water might stand out, telling me that abundance would be an outcome of the topic at hand.
When you get a new tarot deck, I recommend that you take some time to get to know it. Meditate on each card and ask your Spirit Guides what message they want to convey through that card. Some people bond with their tarot cards by sleeping with the card under their pillow.
The more time you spend with the Modern Witch Tarot deck, the more comfortable with the deck you will be. Here is an excellent exercise to help you bond with your tarot deck. The more comfortable you are, the more likely you will be able to interpret the messages that are being relayed in a tarot card reading.
Is the Modern Witch Tarot deck good for beginners?
I don’t believe there is a one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to which decks are best for beginners. I believe tarot cards are personal, in that everyone will be drawn to the deck they are meant to use. If you are drawn to the Modern Witch Tarot deck, I believe you should work with the deck whether you are a tarot beginner or not.
I will say that the Rider Waite can be a good deck to use for beginners mainly because so many books and web sites that deal with tarot refer to that deck in their writings. When I first started learning how to read tarot cards, I did start off with the Rider Waite deck and I still use it sometimes today, along with other decks I am drawn to.
Most people I know who work regularly with tarot cards have multiple decks. Sometimes I’m drawn to work with one; other times I’m drawn to another. There’s no reason why a beginner can’t work with multiple decks as well.
What I like most about the deck
Hands down, the thing I like most is the deck’s diversity. This deck features women and women of color, making it relatable to the world that I live in. I feel empowered when I’m working with these cards, which is a good way to feel when you’re working with a tool to get answers to your biggest life questions.
The imagery also seems very gentle to me. Some tarot cards can seem scary when you pull them.
For example, the 10 of swords in the Rider Waite deck features a man lying face down with 10 swords in his back. Not the most refreshing image to contemplate. The Modern Witch Tarot deck comes with two different 10s of swords cards that you choose from.
In both a woman is lying down with 10 swords in her back. However, in one of the cards, the woman appears to be lying comfortably as she looks at her phone, and below her read the words, “Everything is fine.”
If you’re looking for a new tarot deck, give the Modern Witch Tarot deck a try.