Best Tarot And Oracle Decks To Ring In The New Year

Best Tarot And Oracle Decks To Ring In The New Year December 14, 2023

Tarot and Oracle Decks photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

The end of the year is an auspicious time for psychics readings and divination of all kinds. As always there are a multitude of new tarot and oracle decks on the market and this is a great time to check them out. Some people believe you only need one tarot deck, madness I say. Different decks provide a different outlook on a situation. A reader may choose to use one deck for personal readings, and another for readings done for others. Alternatively they may change decks based on the season, or the situation. Ultimately it’s up to you. Here are some recent best and brightest decks for you to consider getting for yourself, or as a gift for that special someone. Just let me start by saying that these are in no particular order, I honestly recommend each and every one of them.

The Green Witch’s Oracle Deck by Arin Murphy-Hiscock and Sara Richard. Photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

The Green Witch’s Oracle Deck by Arin Murphy-Hiscock – This deck is for Earth Witches, Garden Witches, and everyone in-between. The art on these cards is phenomenal, depicting the delightful bounty of nature. There are cards for celestial beings like the moon, and cards for very specific instances of the earth’s bounty- like the cards for Thyme or Broom. What I especially appreciate is that the book in addition to giving you a clear meaning for each card also gives a reflection. A few year’s ago we also reviewed this author’s book Protection Spells. If you like this deck from Adams Media maybe check that out too.

Turning Terrestrial Tides Tarot by Sara Calvarese – There are many different traditional tarot decks out there. I’m glad to say this isn’t one of them. Basic variations on a classic theme can get tiresome. However,  the images featured here are new and innovative. This deck is all about shifting the world around you to maximize the best outcomes. This deck is published by PM Press, a powerful company releasing some great titles.

Santa Muerte Tarot Mini Cards – The popularity of Santa Muerte continues to grow exponentially. This mini deck makes it easy to take this “bony lady” everywhere you go. Each card, including the lesser arcana, is colorfully presented and tells it’s own unique story.

Lilith Dorsey and Charles Harrington at Endless Night Vampire Ball – New Orleans.

Tarot of the Vampires by Charles Harrington and Craig Maher – Vampires love tarot too, and this deck features all the delightful darkness you would expect. The exquisitely illustrated deck and book do their best to remind us that “(Un)life can be so sweet…,” and how sweet it is. Each card shows us a different aspect of the unholy creatures of the night. I had the most fortunate pleasure to meet the author Charles Harrington at this year’s Endless Night Vampire Ball here in New Orleans. I’m also proud to announce that an image from this deck graces the cover of my soon to be released Tarot Every Witch Way. 

The Queen Mab Oracle– This anxiously awaited oracle was released by Llewellyn Publications earlier this year. I’m a huge fan of Tess Whitehurst’s work and when I heard this was coming out I couldn’t wait to see it. The cover image for this deck, depicted above, is the card named Proud and Pitiless, it urges the seeker to speak their truth and stand up for themselves. This like so many other messages in this deck are powerful and profound. Another plus is that this deck features a wide range of multi-cultural images, making this more inclusive than several of the decks on the market today. I can’t recommend it enough.

Witch Sister Tarot by Julia Jeffrey – At first glance this deck just looks intense. Published by Llewellyn Books, it has been described as “hauntingly beautiful,” and it is indeed that and so much more. Several of the cards feature animals, familiars if you like taking the form of both birds and beasts.

The Beloved Dead: An Oracle for Divining Ancestral Wisdom– I truly appreciate a deck that features photos or photo collages. This deck does just that with powerful images of those long past, of the “beloved dead” who we both long for and look to for guidance. The creators of this work, Carrie Paris and Tina Hardt, do a fantastic job with this oracle designed to help people access knowledge which may have been lost. Published by Weiser Books this makes an important addition to the library of anyone serious about ancestor working.

Hopefully you will find inspiration and answers in these cards. In the past this blog has featured posts about Crappy Yule Gifts, so if you’re looking for those click here. Have a great holidaze season and as always if you have enjoyed what you find here please remember to like, comment, and share !

About Lilith Dorsey
Lilith Dorsey M.A., hails from many magickal traditions, including Afro-Caribbean, Celtic, and Indigenous American spirituality. Their traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University, and the University of London, and their magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is also a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly, filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation,’ and choreographer/performer for jazz legend Dr. John’s “Night Tripper” Voodoo Show. They have long been committed to providing accurate and respectful information about the African Traditional Religions and are proud to be a published Black author of such titles as Voodoo and African Traditional Religion, 55 Ways to Connect to Goddess, The African-American Ritual Cookbook, Love Magic, the bestselling Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens and the award winning Water Magic. Keep a lookout for the soon to be released Tarot Every Witch Way coming in 2024. You can read more about the author here.
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