Tarot reading looks intimidating but I believe anyone can pick it up easily as long as they have the right tools.

If you’re just starting out tarot reading, I recommend the Smith-Waite Tarot Deck Centennial Edition Tarot-in-a-Tin version.

Smith-Waite Centennial Deck Tarot in a Tin

Popular deck

I like the Smith-Waite version for beginners because this is the artwork that is currently the most popular in the market.

This means that when you search for tarot meanings online, they refer to the Rider-Waite/Smith-Waite versions.

My favourite interpretation sites are Psychic Revelation and Aunty Flo.

Smith-Waite Centennial Deck Tarot in a Tin

The colour of the Smith-Waite Centennial Deck Tarot in a Tin is muted, which I find charming.

Great for carrying around

Tarot decks come in different packages.

Most of tarot cards that comes in a box have really flimsy boxes. I end up having to find a pouch just to carry them around.

I find that the tarot-in-a-tin versions make it easier for me to carry my cards around without worrying about destroying the cards.

Great size

Do note that “tin versions” are a lot smaller in size. But I like the smaller size because it shuffles easier.

Tarot card sizes

Size comparision
Left: Tin
Middle: Giant
Right: Regular

Good print

There are Rider-Waite decks out there that are cheaper than the Smith-Waite Tarot Deck Centennial Edition Tarot-in-a-Tin version. But I read that these cards have poor print quality and flimsy card stock.

My own Smith-Waite in a tin comes has a sturdy card stock and the colours of the cards have an old-timey Instagram filter to it.
Smith-Waite Centennial Deck Tarot in a Tin


Should you get a non-Rider-Waite/Smith-Waite deck?

There’s nothing wrong with getting a non-Rider-Waite/Smith-Waite based tarot deck. But it’ll be more difficult for you to get the interpretations.

I ran a tarot workshop last weekend and my student had a special tarot deck set. It took us a while to get into the groove of applying Rider-Waite meanings to the cards but once we did a run-through, she gained more confidence in reading.


Get updates about my next workshops

If you’re just started out learning tarot, you’ll learn much faster if you have someone experienced to guide you with readings.

At my workshop, I teach the meanings of all the cards and walk you through how I conduct my readings.

You’ll get to practice reading for other people too.


Jackson Low · April 11, 2018 at 9:19 am

Was thinking of singing up for my girlfriend’s behalf for tarot cards workshop for beginners. What’s your fees like? ^_^

Cindy · December 15, 2019 at 8:40 pm

May I ask, how any day course for beginner?

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