I feel like I’ve answered this recently, but I can’t find it. It’s a bit different than Simon’s “five favorites” as you can pick from any decks you have. Still, I looked through and couldn’t find it so maybe it’s something I did in my head instead of actually writing down.
This post’s theme was originally created by Kelly Bear on YouTube a few years ago, and she recently did an update (because, well, favorites change over time). From what I understand she usually does an update to this list yearly for her, we’ll see if I can remember to update it next year.
The way that I’m looking at this question is along the premise of if my house was on fire and I could only choose FIVE decks out of my collection to save, and none of my collection could be replaced for some reason, what five would I grab?
So here are my top five decks that I would not want to live with out… at this moment.
Tarot of the Hidden Realm – This goes without saying. I’ve mentioned this many times on here that when I opened the box I had a very deep and immediate reaction to these cards the moment I touched them. They speak to me on a level I’ve never had another deck speak to me before and I can’t see these cards falling off of this list any time soon.
Although… the artist is in the process of working on a second deck, and has already signed a contract with Llewellyn to produce it, so you never know, right? I’ve seen some of the finished artwork for the deck and it is spectacular.
Blue Owl Lenormand or the 1889 Lenormand – I’m really kind of torn on this one. The Blue Owl holds a lot of sentimental value for me, but the 1889 Lenormand’s aesthetic really speaks to me. It would be a hard choice but if my ass was on fire and I had to choose just one, I would probably choose the 1889 primarily because I am currently using it more.
Dixit Decks – You can bet your ass if it came down to it I’d shuffle all ten of the decks I own into one monster deck and call it good. I love these decks. They’re actually a card game where you make up stories about the cards and other people have to guess what card you’re making up the story about. It’s a fun game, but it’s not how I use these cards. I personally use Dixit cards as an intuitive oracle, and they work really well for me in this way.
The Hanson Roberts Tarot – I find this deck easy on the eyes and exceedingly easy to read. I also like the card size. My own copy was purchased pre-owned and is one of the earlier printings of the deck. This was good for me because it meant the cards were already broken in just a bit, as I find smaller decks are sometimes difficult for me to shuffle straight out of the box until they get broken in a bit.
The Universal Waite in a Tin – No surprise here that my favorite coloring of the deck is by Mary Hanson Roberts. Although, if they would come out with a Radiant Wise Spirit in a tin? I might have to change my mind. I chose this deck because of the traditional symbolism in the cards, the coloring, and because it’s IN A TIN. Got to love a protective shell. They’re also smaller than a regular tarot deck, which makes them easier to tote around. Not that I tote around my tarot decks, but if I was reduced to five decks? I might have to make myself a go-bag and this one would be in it.
I was actually a bit surprised that none of my out of print decks made it onto this list, although I did consider the Tyldwick Tarot. As much as I absolutely love that deck, though, it would fall in at sixth in line, though. It would kill me to leave it behind because I really love it so much, but it isn’t on this list. I also considered some of my plant or animal decks or a playing card deck, but they didn’t make it on the list for this time either.