Initiatory Tarot of the Golden Dawn
A Lo Scarabeo deck that attempted the daunting task of bringing the esoteric iconography of The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn into the modern era, The project is pretty much an illustrator's dream gig- take the descriptions from the Order's few-remaining sacred documents on Tarot [such as the Liber T], and allow inspiration to guide you further.
The result is a deck that feels more dynamic and lively than what you would expect, while still packing the depth and complexity of its source material. Its imagery is far more esoteric [and as such it certainly doesn't hold your hand], but is still an accessible deck to receive guidance from.
This happened to be my very first deck when I started learning the Tarot [because apparently I like giving myself a challenge!], and it remains the one that comes the most naturally to me!
Great Choice If: You love decks steeped in esoteric tradition, non-flowery imagery, not a fan of reversals in readings.
Don't Choose If: You want a more straightforward deck, not a fan of occasional nudity.
Deck Tradition: Primarily Golden Dawn
Art Style: Comic-Realism
Suit Titles: Wands, Chalices, Pentacles, Swords
Court Card Titles: Princess, Prince, Queen, Knight
Any Other Peculiarities?: The Minor Arcana in the Golden Dawn Tradition hold special titles as 'Lords' of their respective domain [eg. 2 of Cups as "the Lord of Love"]