Decks Used

Choose the Deck I Use for Your Reading

Learn more about the decks I use below. I tend to be drawn to larger card sizes with whimsical illustrations on smooth, sturdy card stock. I really enjoy decks from Boho and Indie Wild, Labyrinthos Academy, and Ethony* Dawn. Card images on this site are courtesy of their amazing creators and illustrators. I’ve included both official images from the creators (where available) and photos of the cards in my reading space (blue silk tarot cloth background), along with links to learn more.

My first decks were the Universal Mind Oracle and the Akashic Oracle, so Oracle decks hold a special place for me. My first Tarot deck was the 78 Tarot Nautical, still a favorite. Just so you know, if you choose to purchase decks using the links below I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I purchased each of the decks below for myself, unless otherwise noted.


Tarot Decks (7)

Lenormand Decks (2)

Oracle Decks (8)


Next Steps

  • Request your reading using one or more of the decks below.
  • If you feel drawn to a particular deck, I encourage you to visit the creator’s website (linked in my descriptions)!

Tarot Decks

78 Tarot Nautical: Tarot of the Water

80-card multi-artist Tarot deck (out of print–a few available on Etsy!) by the 78 Tarot Project, 2015

This was my first Tarot deck and is still the one I reach for most often. Most of the jewel-toned oceanic images are in the style of the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot. The large card size allows the detailed artwork to shine. The 78 Tarot Project (Etsy), led by Kayti Welsh, produces a themed collaborative Tarot deck each year, with each artist creating a one-card masterpiece in keeping with the theme. Visit their website for free downloadable spreads, more beautiful decks, and deck cloths.

Ocean Tarot Deck, Kayti Welsh Tarot Deck, Nautical Tarot Deck

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The Wild Unknown Tarot

78-card Tarot deck drawn in a pen-and-ink sketch style by Kim Krans, 2018

Much of this deck is drawn in black ink with occasional pops of color. The Wild Unknown Tarot features illustrations that are anything but traditional. The feel of the deck is more serious, more pointed than the 78 Tarot Nautical (above). I highly recommend that you spring for the set if you’re interested in this deck–the Guidebook is beautifully handwritten and is what truly drew me to the Wild Unknown Tarot. Kim’s book adds a simple yet profound perspective to the card meanings.

Kim Krans Tarot Deck, pen-and-ink Tarot Deck, hand drawn Tarot Deck

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Comparison Photos of the 78 Tarot Nautical and Wild Unknown Tarot Decks


Dear Stephanie, Much thanks for the prompt revert. I needed some time on this to give you a relevant feedback. Must say your tarot card spread for… Read more “Aspects to Ponder”

Aspects to Ponder

Hi Stephanie, First of all, I would just like to say a hearty thank you for taking the time to give me a reading. I appreciate it… Read more “Blown away by the positivity”

Blown away by the positivity

The Vagabond Wild Tarot

78-card Tarot deck by Tiffany Sosa of Boho and Indie Wild, 1st edition (out of print)

The simple abstract backgrounds allow me to focus on the main image in each card. The 2nd edition is available for purchase. This is my 2nd deck from Boho and Indie Wild, another vibrantly-colored deck with fantastic holographic edges. Check out the Boho and Indie Wild Etsy Shop for readings and her other beautiful decks.


Penny Dreadful Tarot Cards: The Tarot of Vanessa Ives

78-card Tarot deck based on the Showtime series, 2014

I received this deck as a gift since I enjoyed the Showtime series “Penny Dreadful”. It appears similar to the Tarot deck used by Vanessa Ives in the show, complete with gruesome, creepy imagery. The simple line-drawing artwork is repeated across the numbered cards of each suit, and the images are often unrelated to the card meanings. With thin card stock, the Penny Dreadful Tarot Cards are more a novelty or “art deck” than for daily readings. Showtime no longer links to this deck, so the featured image to the right is found at https://setjataset.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/tarot-deck-review-penny-dreadful-tarot-cards/.

Penny Dreadful Tarot Deck, Miss Ives Tarot Deck, The Tarot of Miss Ives


Stephanie’s reading answered all of my questions. Her answers were straight to the point, but she also emphasized that I needed to put in the work to… Read more “Very Thorough”

Very Thorough

Dear Stephanie, Thank you for reading Tarot for me! If anything, I can say your reading was very inspiring for me. I love how it was positive… Read more “Very inspiring”

Very inspiring

Arcana Iris Sacra Tarot

78-card vintage-style Tarot deck by Tina Gong of Labyrinthos Academy, 2019

Arcana Iris Sacra translates roughly to “Mysteries of the Sacred Rainbow”, according to the creator. This Tarot deck is modeled after the Golden Dawn tradition, rather than the more widely-known Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot style. The symbolism draws from astrology, the Kabbalah, and Hermes Trismegistus’ teachings. I received this deck as a gift after expressing an interest in deepening my Tarot knowledge. See the Claves Astrologicae companion deck below.

Labyrinthos Tarot, Golden Dawn Tarot, Vintage Style Tarot Deck


Thoth Tarot: The Book of Thoth

78-card Tarot deck by Aleister Crowley and Lady Freida Harris, Large edition

Creator Aleister Crowley and illustrator Lady Freida Harris worked together on the Thoth Tarot, also known as the Book of Thoth, from 1938-1943. It was completed and published in 1969 after their deaths. Crowley published a companion book of the same name in 1944. This deck relies heavily on Egyptian and astrological symbols. The center image of 8 cards below is from the Magick Cauldron, https://www.magickcauldron.com/product/thoth-tarot-large-by-aleister-crowley/.

Crowley Tarot, Crowley Thoth Tarot, Golden Dawn Tarot, Vintage Tarot Deck, Hermes Trismegistus Tarot, Book of Thoth Tarot Deck


Everyday Tarot

78-card Tarot deck from Biddy Tarot

Tarot teacher and author Brigit Esselmont and illustrator Eleanor Grosch created a deck that is both modern, think clean lines and a simple color palette, and traditional, including the most relevant symbols. For this deck, Brigit updated her Tarot card meanings from those initially listed on her website Biddy Tarot. The small size, lovely illustrations, and easy-to-read images make the Everyday Tarot an easy favorite for readings on the go or around the house outside my reading space.

Biddy Tarot Deck, Daily Tarot Deck


Lenormand Decks

Bohemian Wild Lenormand

36-card traditional Lenormand deck in a whimsical cosmic style by Tiffany Sosa of Boho & Indie Wild, 2nd edition (out of print), 2017

The Bohemian Wild Lenormand 2nd edition was my first Lenormand deck and my first deck by creator Tiffany Sosa. I found the Guidebook ever so helpful, including the keywords and general information. I love the gilded edges and vibrant jewel colors of this deck. The 3rd edition is available for purchase. Check out the Boho and Indie Wild Etsy Shop for readings and her other beautiful decks.


Seventh Sphere Lenormand

36-card Lenormand deck by Tina Gong of Labyrinthos Academy, 2017

This modern Lenormand deck has clean lines on smooth card stock made from recycled plastic. While the feel of the cards is different, it is pleasant. This was my first deck from Labyrinthos. One of the ways Lenormand differs from Tarot is that only the main symbol or illustration on the card is important. This deck succeeds at focusing your attention. Lenormand cards are read in pairs or strings (multiple cards that form a sort of sentence). See the card images, along with Lenormand combination meanings.

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Hi Stephanie. Thank you for my reading. I feel like you are “spot on” regarding my reading. I like that you gave me guidance on what to… Read more ““Spot On””

“Spot On”

Hi, I really enjoyed the reading you gave me. I’m giving you 5 stars. It was very detailed and you gave me a lot of helpful and… Read more “A Lot of Helpful, Important Information”

A Lot of Helpful, Important Information

Oracle Decks

Akashic Oracle Deck

48-card watercolor oracle deck by Mel Shapcott, 2017

The Akashic Oracle deck serves as a single-card oracle, created in an art-therapy style. Rather than shuffling, cards from this deck are intended to be chosen by the artwork on the back of the card. These compassionate, encouraging messages are often a great addition to a reading on a difficult subject.


The Awakened Soul Oracle Deck

50-card oracle deck by Ethony* Dawn, 2016 and reprinted in 2020

This inclusive, vibrantly-colored deck is “for people who want to see and connect with imagery that resonates with their life”. The rich colors and interesting details draw me in. The Guide Book adds layers of meaning to each card. See Ethony*’s Full Walkthrough video. Ethony* is the author of Your Tarot Court: Read Any Deck with Confidence.


Dear Stephanie, Much thanks for the prompt revert. I needed some time on this to give you a relevant feedback. Must say your tarot card spread for… Read more “Aspects to Ponder”

Aspects to Ponder

Dear Stephanie, Thank you for your reading. I appreciate your time to craft this reading for me. My Tarot birth cards reflect quite well my inner-self. Your… Read more “Strong Hope”

Strong Hope

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Sacred Self-Care Rituals Oracle Deck

55-card oracle deck by Jill Pyle of Goddess Provisions and Tatiana Vedenkina, 1st edition (out of print), 2019

I received this self-care deck in with my fabulous Goddess Box subscription from Goddess Provisions. These cards serve as single-card oracles that prompt us to slow down, breathe, and look after ourselves well. The rainbow-pastel images are visually soothing. I like including a self-care card in my readings since many of us would do well to practice more self-care. My apologies for the difficult-to-see center cards in my photos. The 2nd edition is available.


Universal Mind Oracle

44-card mystical oracle deck (out of print) by Michelle Black, revised 1st edition, 2017

The Universal Mind Oracle features nature and space images that are photo-realistic with dream-like artistic overlays. Creator Michelle Black states she’s “inspired by fantasy, flowers, wildlife, and dreams”. My favorite use of this deck is to draw one card to set the tone for a Tarot reading. This was my very first deck of any kind. Working with these amazing cards inspired me to learn more about cartomancy. The glossy finish made it difficult for me to get clear photos of this gorgeous deck, so please see this great review and photos from Pink Stardust Tarot.


Starseed Oracle

53-card mystic oracle deck by Rebecca Campbell and Danielle Noel, 2020

This deck features captivating celestial artwork with captions that echo gently through your mind, stirring something peaceful within. The Starseed Oracle is perfect for readings when you can’t quite capture your thoughts in words. The larger card size and smooth matte card stock emphasize the artwork. This is one of my favorite Oracle decks, both for the art and the messages. Author Rebecca Campbell and artist Danielle Noel also created the beautiful Work Your Light Oracle deck.


Stephanie provided me a lot of insight for the questions I asked. It’s given me a lot to think about and really assess my current situation. There… Read more “Straight to the Point”

Straight to the Point

Stephanie Dreams answered my question fully, the response mirrored my own thoughts on where we find ourselves. Sometimes all we need is for someone to confirm or… Read more “Answered What I Needed to Know”

Answered What I Needed to Know

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Claves Astrologicae de Iris Sacra, Astrology Oracle Deck

41-card astrology oracle deck by Tina Gong of Labyrinthos Academy, 2019

According to creator Tina Gong, “Claves Astrologicae de Iris Sacra” roughly translates from Latin as “Astrological Keys of the Sacred Rainbow”. It includes the astrological planets (plus Earth), the signs and houses, moon phases, and eclipses. I use the Claves Astrologicae primarily as a reference and study aid, as much of the Tarot symbolism draws from astrology. For me, the small card size adds to the vintage charm, along with the muted colors and stylized art. This is a companion deck to the Arcana Iris Sacra Tarot above.

Astrological Oracle Deck, Vintage Style Oracle Deck


Indie Wild Rune Oracle Deck

24-card rune deck by Tiffany Sosa of Boho and Indie Wild, out of print, 2018?

The Indie Wild Rune Oracle presents each of the 24 traditional Elder Futhark Runes along with a whimsical illustration in card form. While I also have a wonderful set of runestones, the cards are uniformly shaped and sized, allowing me to choose intuitively rather than by the physical feel of the stones. I prefer the cards for some readings, especially when reading for others. This is my 3rd deck from Boho and Indie Wild, another thoughtfully-illustrated deck with lovely cosmic backgrounds. Check out the Boho and Indie Wild Etsy Shop for readings and her other beautiful decks.


Stephanie, thank you so much. You just told me clearly things I felt I had to do, but that are so hard. About loving and accepting myself,… Read more “One of the Best and Most Useful Readings I’ve Ever Had”

One of the Best and Most Useful Readings I’ve Ever Had

Five-star rating! Clearly and wisely worded. Excellent advice for me to follow. Thank you and blessings to you! -Ramona in the United States

Clearly and wisely worded

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Money Magic Manifestation Cards

48-card affirmation deck by Ethony* Dawn, 2nd edition

The Money Magic Manifestation deck offers healing words to increase your abundance mindset. Each small, rainbow-colored card has a simple yet powerful message to improve your financial outlook. The Money Magic deck may be used for an entire reading, or for a single-card draw–which is how I most often use them, usually as an affirmation for a financial or career reading. Our financial beliefs and fears are so often tied to many aspects of our lives and histories. Ethony* is the author of Your Tarot Court: Read Any Deck with Confidence. See Ethony*’s other available decks in her Etsy shop.


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