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Note from Brigit: Today, we welcome one of our very own team members (and Tarot lovers), Kerina Pharr. She’s been doing some digging into some of the best (and worst) free Tarot apps available. Let’s see what she discovered…

Even the most technologically challenged of us love a good app. We’re in an age where almost everyone has a smartphone, and if you do, you know how much a well-designed app is worth.  They really can enhance your life by helping you stay organized, learn new things, find a budget-friendly deal, or stay in touch with your friends and family. So it was only a matter of time before Tarot apps would become a big thing, and, my friends, that time has arrived!

But if you’re anything like me, you think of Tarot as a tactile experience – holding the deck in your hands. fanning it out in front of your crystals and candles, turning over the cards one by one. But as we know, it takes a lot of time and practice to learn the Tarot, so why not utilize all the tools available to you to help you learn it, including technology?

If you’re still skeptical, don’t worry: I get it. But the great thing about apps is that they can be really cost effective—even free. The real challenge isn’t so much in learning how to use one, but avoiding the really bad apps. Some examples are ones that claim to be free, and then pull a bait and switch to get you to pay for an upgrade, or the ones bombard you with blinking ads throughout your reading. It’s really hard to be guided by Spirit when an advertisement is flashing in your face, telling you to download the Candy Crush Jelly Saga or buy lipstick.

The good news is that there are plenty of apps you can pay for upfront, and even some free ones that won’t make you feel ripped off.

So, with that in mind, I’m going to present you with a short list of the best FREE Tarot apps, so you don’t have to waste a minute of your time or a dollar of your money to find out if technology really can help you on your Tarot-learning journey. As Brigit says: let’s get to it!

Tarot Sampler

The Fool’s Dog, LLC – iOS and Android

I had heard good things about the Fool’s Dog apps, but most of the ones they make are $3.99. So I was excited when I found that they made the free Tarot Sampler app, which gives you access to a bunch of decks and custom layouts, with all the functions Fool’s Dog fans have been raving about. The great things about this app are that it provides you with extensive information, not just on the cards, but on the spreads, too, as well as a journal that helps you learn Tarot as you tinker with your phone.  Even though most apps use a single deck, I really like that this Sampler version uses ten different decks, and provides an intro and background on each of them. I had no idea there was even a deck called “The Prairie Tarot” before downloading this! There are several editions of this app, each with it’s own set of decks to explore. It’s a great opportunity to preview a variety of decks, and give you a chance to create an intuitive bond with the cards even before you purchase your own deck. Brilliant!

Tarot & Numerology

Phuture Me Ltd – iOS

 

Like the title suggests, this app is more than just Tarot, it also delves into numerology, and includes a bonus ‘Forecasting” section, which is neat if you’re into Astrology. This function tells you which signs the sun and moon are currently in, as well as the moon’s phase. When you enter in your birthday, you get a personal numerology analysis including your Personal Day, Month, and Year. The numerology section analyzes your birth name and date, and tells you your life path number and your “Essence.” I don’t know too much about numerology so this was a bit above my head, but I do like that it calculates it for you. Because isn’t that what technology is about — never having to do math in your head again?

The Tarot section further incorporates the numerology themes by giving you the option to do a spread for the week ahead based on your birthday. You have access to many other spreads as well, and no matter which one you choose, the deck is spread out in front of you, and you can point and click on the cards you want. A short interpretation of each card in your spread is provided when you click on it, with bonus links to three Tarot websites, including Biddy Tarot! Now how can you go wrong with that? 😉

Golden Thread Tarot

Tina Gong –  iOS and Android

 

Meet the crown jewel of the Tarot apps. Golden Thread is a cut above the rest, and definitely shows that you don’t have to resort to ads and other gimmicks to make an amazing digital product. It starts out with a helpful walkthrough that reminds you that the soul of the cards is in your deck, and that this app is just a tool for your Tarot studies, which definitely appealed to my old-school sensibilities. The artistry is unique; charming line drawings that are pared down to a few key colors. I really like how they designed this app to be a fun and mobile companion to the Tarot, not just a watered-down experience of holding the cards in your hands. Golden thread comes with a custom-built Log, which serves as a Tarot journal, a crucial tool in deepening your understanding of the tarot. It prompts you to record how the card makes you feel with keywords and a rating scale – very inventive! There are also “Tarot Lessons” and a crucial Tarot Database to teach you even more about Tarot. The readings section even gives you an option to use a physical deck instead of a digital one, if you want to learn outside of the app. This app is thoughtfully designed, nicely illustrated, and definitely a keeper. As far as free apps go, you can’t do much better.

My options for free apps were limited to those that work on iOS, but I have heard good things about Galaxy Tone, for those Android users looking for more apps to try.

I hope you found this intro to Tarot Apps useful, and that you are maybe a little less reluctant than I was to try one out. Do you have a favorite Tarot app already? Tell us in the comments below!

About Kerina Pharr

kerinapharr_015EDITKerina Pharr is the Content Marketing Manager for Biddy Tarot, helping Brigit produce all the Tarot goodness that you see here and on our social media channels. She is also the Community Manager for the Biddy Tarot Community

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14 Comments

  • Daisa says:

    By far the best Tarot app for Android is ‘Let’s play Tarot’ by SolLuna. It’s incredibly accurate (sometimes even scary), it lets you choose between multiple spreads or it lets you draw a random card for a question. I believe it’s great both for beginners and advanced Tarot readers. It’s the only Tarot app I use since I’ve discovered it and the only one I really recommend. Give it a try, you’ll love it.

  • Sneha says:

    Informative 🙂 Was looking for a good App

  • Brandy says:

    I actually like Galaxy Tarot by Galaxy Tone. It is free and does have some spreads that you have to pay for.

  • Shonna says:

    Thanks for mentioning Galaxy Tone! We are currently developing our free app, Galaxy Tarot, and our other tarot titles for iPhone and iPad users. We couldn’t be more excited to reach a wider audience of tarot lovers ❤

  • Kim says:

    Yes, Galaxy Tarot is a great free app for people who want an app that uses the RWS deck. You can upgrade to have the option to record your readings in a journal, but for a simple, user-friendly free app, I definitely would suggest Galaxy Tarot for Android users.

  • Julie says:

    Galaxy Tarot is amazing! Always accurate. Love it!

  • Kerina says:

    Daisa — thanks for the tip for our Android users 🙂
    I am envious of all you who get to use Galaxy Tarot, and am eagerly awaiting my iOS version. It’s said to be top notch!

  • Zoë says:

    Might want to check out http://www.stoneriley.com/FlashShow.html

    His Spirit Hill Tarot is absolutely beautiful and the flash reading is great!!!!!

  • Grete says:

    This is great! Thank you! So useful!

  • Utz says:

    Hi, what do you think about my recently published tarot app? I tried to give it the feel of a real card deck as much as possible. Check it out for android if you like (for free) at the Google Play Store:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.utzzimmermann.cbd.marseille.tarot
    It is in English and German with acoustic announcement of drawn cards and has up to 6 different spreads.
    It is based on the Marseille Tarot cards from 1740 AD

  • Rosy says:

    Thank you so much for this informative blog and the work that you do for those drawn to the world of Tarot and Oracles. I have created an oracle deck myself (The Wisdom Keepers Oracle Deck) and am very much wanting to create an App for it. Aside from The Fools Dog (have already reached out to them), do you know of companies/people who who have the capacity to convert an Oracle Deck into a high quality App? Or, the best software to use on a Mac, if I’m to try to go it alone? Would really appreciate any advice you (or any of your informed followers) might have to offer. Thanks so much!

    http://www.wisdomkeepers.net/the-wisdom-keepers-oracle-deck.html

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