Deck Share: My Playing Card Collection


When I started getting into cartomancy with playing cards, I was asked the same question over and over again - What is your favorite playing card deck? It's about time that I do a little "deck share" on the blog with them! I only have 4 playing card decks in my collection right now, I'm not sure if I'll be adding more as time goes on or not, but I do have a few others still on my wishlist. I thought for sure my deck collection would explode but I found out that I am very more picky with my playing cards than tarot, who would have thought?!

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First, I thought I would mention how I learned cartomancy. I took a course taught by Kristen of Over the Moon Oracle Cards called Your Future is in the Cards and it was excellent! I was told it's good to find a system and stick with it, there are many systems out there with slight variations so it's key to find one that is comfortable for you and makes sense. I decided to stick with the system she taught since it was what I learned first and really made a lot of sense - also, there was so much info and print outs that I filled a 1.5 inch binder, that is now my go-to book! I recommend Kristen's course highly, she is an excellent teacher!

Also, did you know you can read playing cards like tarot cards? A few of my friends started their tarot practice this way and after I learned cartomancy I decided to check it out for fun. I found that It's a great way to get to know the numerology involved in tarot and takes away the distraction. If there is any interest, I may do a small post on explaining how this is done.

Ok, let's show you my decks! I'm going to start with the first deck I owned and go up from there.

Pagan (Blue Limited Edition) by Uusi


This was the first playing card deck that I had, while yes I have had many standard Bicycle decks over the years, this one was more "fancy" so I never used it. I received this deck in a swap when I traded for the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot. I didn't know it was coming along for the ride until the package showed up and I was quite pleased but didn't know what to do with it but I knew that I didn't want to use it for card games, so it sat on my shelf for over a year.

In the end, this was the deck that I studied and learned on, it's often my go-to deck when I do cartomancy readings. I've put a lot of energy into this deck and it reads very well for me. This is perfect for starting out with cartomancy, it's follows your standard playing card set up.

You can find this deck HERE


Hotcakes (Red Edition) by Uusi


Another Uusi deck! What can I say, I love their card stock and designs. Each deck that Uusi creates is painted card by card so even the pip cards (numbered cards) are hand illustrated and vary slightly - I love this and this is one reason I keep coming back to Uusi decks! This was my first intentional cartomancy purchase, I ordered this deck after I got my certificate of completion with the course and it's one I had my eye on for awhile but didn't know what I would do with it until I learned cartomancy.

This is a cheeky deck and it carries an erotic theme spread through the face cards, I think it was quite tasteful in how they presented the illustrations. I really enjoy working with this deck! This is another deck that I find perfect for starting out, it also follows the standard playing card set up.

You can find this deck HERE


Into the Weird by Gebhardt


My third deck to collect was the Into the Weird deck and I love how quirky it is! This is the first deck I bought that strayed away from the standard system of the design. This deck features a different illustration or scene on each card, making it a great playing card + oracle mix. I love to read the cards first as I normally do, then I go back and add a layer of oracle meaning based on the card illustrations. I get a really great, in depth reading this way and it's a fun way to use more of your intuition in the cards rather than follow the system direct.

You can find this deck HERE


Little Deck of Horrors by the Ellusionist


Lastly, one of my absolute favorite decks I own is the Little Deck of Horrors! The second I got into cartomancy this deck started popping up on my Instagram feed with sneak peeks and they were killing me. I'm a "Halloween everyday" type of person and the design of this deck really resonated well with me. Hard to see from the pictures but all of the cards are illustrated in a rough/air brush style design. I love everything about this deck all the way down to the box, which is a side opening style rather than top. While my first deck is always going to be my favorite, this deck comes in right behind that.

One thing I'll note is that the system I use for cartomancy works with directional face cards (court cards). That means, that the direction the face card is looking plays a huge importance in the reading itself. For example: if one or two face cards show up in a 3-card reading I pay attention to how they interact with one another or if there is just one face card I look to see what card that face card is looking at. The reason I mention this is because I had to pin dot mark my face cards in this deck as they don't show direction (facing left or right). However, I didn't let that stop me from buying this deck!

You can find this deck HERE

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Do you read playing cards?
Do you use them like tarot cards or in their own system?

Let me know in the comments and if you want to show me your decks,
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