Everything You Need to Know About Selecting Tarot Card Decks

Buying a tarot deck for sale on eBay is a unique and personal decision. Whether looking at new, vintage, or used tarot cards, you can choose from numerous designs and types. As you browse through eBay listings, you may find decks with designs and themes such as crows, trees, Isis, or angels.

Types of tarot decks you can choose

Tarot cards come in a variety of different types. Your first step is to decide whether you want a standard tarot, oracle, or Lenormand deck. The decks are similar, but they read in different ways.

  • Standard tarot decks: These are good for every level from beginners to advanced users. A standard tarot deck contains 78 cards, including 22 cards in the Major Arcana and 56 in the Minor Arcana (four suits of 14 cards each). You can create basic layouts like the three-card spread representing past, present, and future. You can also create complex readings using many cards.
  • Oracle decks: These are like tarot decks except that all the cards have names like Communication or Compassion. Unlike the traditional tarot deck, these names are not standardized. An oracle deck can have any number of cards, but 22 to 45 are common. Oracle decks tend to lean toward the positive side of things and are excellent for general readings.
  • Lenormand cards: These are used to find highly specific answers to real-life questions. A Lenormand deck consists of 36 cards that are like playing cards but that do not have suits. Less symbolic, these cards are read in relation to each other.
What choices do you have for tarot artwork?

The most common tarot deck for sale is the Rider Waite deck. Pictorial symbolism abounds in this deck, making it easier to read. Choose this deck for beginners because many explanations of tarot symbolism use the pictures from this deck. Many artists paint tarot decks using styles from highly detailed and symbolic to minimalist. The more details and symbols, the more clues you can interpret as part of your reading. You can also pick art by theme, such as animals, myths, or spirituality.

Can you read well with a used tarot deck?

Yes. Most used tarot decks are available because the original owners never bonded with them. If you give the deck a good cleansing, it will open for you to set your intentions into it. Cover it with salt for 24 hours, smudge it with sage, or leave it on a windowsill that will be lit by the new moon. Purchasing vintage tarot cards is a way to acquire eBay tarot cards that are affordable and unlike anything currently for sale. If you are worried about buying a used deck, among eBay tarot cards there are also clearance tarot decks that are very affordable and that are new.