Some other current favorites (both traditional and oracle-esque) are the Gaian Tarot, Madame Endora’s Fortune Cards, Housewives Tarot, and Tarot of the Secret Forest. I will say that I’ve never used any of these for readings. I just think the concepts and artwork are really good. I’m a sucker for 30s-50s advertising art — which is why I love the Housewives Tarot.
I’m still looking for a deck that incorporates the Hebrew Aleph-Bet well. Usually they’re just slapped on there with little or no explaination — and the correspondences are from the Christian kabbalah, so I’m completely turned off by them.
I’m still working primarily with the Waking the Wild Spirit Tarot, which is not a traditional deck, but has served me well for more than a year now. I’ve gone through several before landing with this deck. I’ve found that I need a solid balance of dark and light and masculine and feminine. One of my early decks had great “dark” cards — but nothing was happy. A later one had brilliant happy cards, but nothing was every bad. I started looking at two specific cards to guage whether or not I could work with a deck: the tower and six of staves or rods. I want a tower that is life altering. I want to be jolted and jarred. I like a six of staves that tells me life is good that I’ve just won!
There are other cards that I look at, but either of these can be the killer to an otherwise good deck for me.
Here’s a few more take a look at. I’d love to hear what decks you all look at and what’s important to you in a deck. Share your comments below.