The 20 Best Tarot Card Decks in 2023

I can see your future, and it's looking pretty bright.

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Practices like tarot, birth chart reading, and manifestation have seen a spike in popularity in recent years. While, ultimately, we all have the power to take control of our destinies, it remains endlessly exciting (and fun) to buy a new deck of tarot cards and lay out a spread that promises to teach and excite you about what lies ahead.

What Is Tarot?

Tarot cards can be traced back to at least the late 14th century, but it's unknown where, exactly, they came from or who invented the practice. Tarot reading itself is a means of divination, or fortune-telling, in which each card symbolizes a certain idea or theme. Tarot readers shuffle the cards and draw one or several, and are able to discern a message about the future through the resulting spread.

How To Read Tarot Cards

There are many ways of reading tarot cards. Most tarot card decks come with little instruction booklets that give the meaning of each card along with suggestions on how to read them. There are certain spreads for love, career, family, and even full-life readings, wherein the position of each card within the spread contains its own significance (i.e., a certain position might indicate the current situation, another person's feelings toward you, what the likely outcome is, etc.). Alternatively, some people shuffle their tarot cards while thinking about they're question until one "jumps" or falls out to answer them.

Whatever you do, though, don't look into cards too literally. The Death card, for instance, is often used in movies and television shows to allude to literal death, but that's often not the case in real life. If you're doing a reading about a relationship, for example, and you draw the Death card, it could mean the "death" of an argument, a certain set of circumstances, or a phase in you and your partner's life. 

Our Favorite Tarot Card Decks

Without further ado, here are some of our favorite tarot decks, both new and tried-and-true. Each presents an opportunity for self-care, meditation, and some deep, calm thought about the path you're on.

Gabrielle Ulubay
Beauty Writer

Gabrielle Ulubay is a Beauty Writer at Marie Claire. She has also written about sexual wellness, fashion, culture, and politics both at Marie Claire and for publications like The New York Times, Bustle, and HuffPost Personal. She has worked extensively in the e-commerce and sales spaces since 2020, including two years at Drizly, where she developed an expertise in finding the best, highest quality goods and experiences money can buy. As a film school graduate, she loves all things media and can be found making art when she's not busy writing.