I was asked recently to provide some suggestions for tarot decks that I think are great for everyday readings... because we don't necessarily want every reading to be about shadow work or spiritual transcendence!
Of course, any and every tarot deck is more than capable of being an everyday deck. And the decks I have listed below certainly aren't limited to mundane matters. All decks have many layers to them. These decks are those which, in my experience, the first layer or two are reasonably straightforward and easy to read.
So, here are my top 8 decks (plus one oracle!) that I find work really well for quick, practical readings over my morning cuppa tea. They are listed in no particular order.
1. Rider Waite Smith Tarot
The RWS is an oldie but a goodie, in my humble opinion! It's a go-to deck for me and feels very reliable and direct. There are certainly many, many layers to its symbolism, but I find that is can clearly speak to work, occupation, and how resources, such as time and energy, are being used.
2. RWS Clones - eg. The Minute Tarot
As with the Rider Waite Smith itself, I find clones can be similarly effective on a day to day basis. The Minute Tarot by Robyn Tish Hollister is my current favourite RWS clone. And what makes this deck especially applicable to this exercise is the fact that the artwork for each card was created in a five-minute time limit. This has resulted in the deck having a very snappy, to the point voice. Plus, it's just super cute!
3. Sasuraibito Tarot by Stasia Burrington
The Sasuraibito Tarot has very quickly become a favourite of mine, in part because of how easy it is to read. It feels very rooted in the present experience, and therefore is perfect for an everyday tarot deck. It's surface layers are quite soft, encouraging and approachable, often reminding me of a chat with a supportive friend.
4. The Next World Tarot by Cristy C Road
This deck has blown me away in the short time it has been with me. It is so incredibly deep and rich, but it is also very modern, making its images very easy to relate to. Because of this, it can be used in a very literal, face-value way. Ideas for what you can do or focus on today can be drawn directly from the imagery, which can be a super fun and refreshing way to approach the tarot. On a deeper level, the Next World Tarot provides an empowering, loving approach to taking action in the world.
5. The Fountain Tarot by Saiz, Gruhl and Todaro
The Fountain Tarot has become a bit of a classic since it was released a couple of years ago. And why I think it works well as an everyday deck is because, as with the Next World, it is quite modern. This has one of the best little white books I've ever read, and it is a great one to use for direct, practical messages. This deck has a way of bringing clarity to a specific situation, which is perfect for setting intentions in the morning.
6. World Spirit Tarot by Lauren O'Leary and Jessica Godino
This is another deck that is fairly modern, although in a very different way to the previous two. The World Spirit feels absolutely rooted in the body, in the worldly experience. It speaks beautifully to work, relationships, health, and passions. It is very much based on the RWS, making it easy to read, but certainly has a unique perspective. This is a great deck for setting goals for those things that really matter in your life.
7. Anna K Tarot by Anna K
I've said before that the Anna K has a distinctly storybook quality. This deck is based on the RWS tradition, but has removed all of the occult symbolism of the Golden Dawn. Instead, the art uses facial expressions, body language and the use of colour to deliver a simple message. It speaks to our emotional, mundane experience, rather than our more intellectual side.
8. Bad Bitches Tarot by Ethony
The Bad Bitches Tarot is another modern deck, in a fashion art style. The simplicity of the imagery makes it a snappy read, but what really stands out about this deck is the guidebook. Ethony offers meanings for different sides of the cards, that relate to the various important aspects of life. These are the 'Bare' (traditional, base interpretation), 'Boudoir' (for love and relationships), 'Business' (for work and career), 'Bank' (for finances), and the 'Blocked' (or reversed) meanings.
9. Elements of Recovery Oracle by Beverly King
This little deck is the only non-tarot deck on this list. It is quite different from any other oracle deck I own. The Elements of Recovery is based on the principals of Alcoholics Anonymous but has removed overtly religious or dogmatic language and concepts, making it a whole lot more accessible to those of us for whom such ideology does not work. The printable guidebook that Beverly offers is essential for getting the most out of this deck.
I find the Elements of Recovery especially useful in working through my addictive tendencies, unhealthy habits, perfectionistic thinking, self-sabotage, and other self-limiting beliefs and behaviours. I tend to draw two cards with this deck, asking 'What am I doing well?' and 'What can I do better?'