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The Treadwell's Guide to: Tarot Decks and Books

Updated: Feb 5, 2022

The Rider-Waite-Smith deck

This deck is almost certainly the most widely used tarot card deck in the world. Illustrations are done in Art Deco style and the designs are rich in traditional symbolism. An excellent deck for beginners.

Best books to buy for the Rider-Waite-Smith deck

Tarot Plain and Simple

Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom

Big Book of Tarot


The Noblet deck

A beautiful and highly collectible restoration of the oldest known Marseille-style tarot deck, the Noblet tarot, by master card-maker Jean-Claude Flornoy. A great beginner Marseille deck.

The Dodal deck

One of the earliest surviving Marseille-style tarot decks, the Dodal Marseille deck's woodcut art is vivid and powerful, and it features several distinctive iconographic details.

The Vieville deck

A beautiful, high-quality reproduction of a unique seventeenth-century version of the Marseille Tarot. Major Trumps only.

Best books to buy for the Noblet, Dodal, or Vieville deck

Seeing the World

Way of Tarot

Reading and Understanding the Marseille Tarot


Thoth Deck

The Thoth Tarot is one of the most iconic decks of modern occult tarot, designed according to the elaborate kabbalistic and astrological attributions of British occultist Aleister Crowley. It is especially essential for students who want to work seriously with a tarot deck embedded in Western esotericism and Thelema, Crowley's own magical system.

Best books to buy for the Thoth deck

Book of Thoth

Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot

Keywords for the Crowley Tarot


Another book we recommend, regardless of what deck you’re using:

Queering the Tarot

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