6 Best Tarot Card Apps (Updated 2020)

6 Best Tarot Card Apps (Updated 2020)

Best Tarot Apps

The practice of reading tarot cards has been around since the mid-15th Century; it was typically passed down, learned from mentors, and eventually made available in books. In the digital age, it has been made far easier—if you want to get into reading tarot cards, there are now online courses, websites, and even apps dedicated to the art. Some apps are very simple, while others provide in-depth lessons to guide a beginner.

The best tarot card apps should give the user an overview of the art of reading tarot, details on the different cards, and their meanings. It should be easy to use, offer lessons for the user in order to help beginners better their practice, and act as a guide for those looking to provide readings.

Let’s take a look at what tarot means and how a physical deck can affect a reading. We will also discuss what makes a good app and consider some of the best tarot card apps available today.

What Makes a Good Tarot App?

Beyond simply being easy to download and navigate, there are a few things that help to rate an app, such as smooth navigation and clear menu titles. If an app is difficult to work, cluttered, or full of ads, most users will delete and look for another.

Similarly, the design is quite important. Users today are used to well-designed apps that look professional and might question the validity of an app if it is not up to a certain standard.

For a tarot card app, you need to think about what you want from the app, your skill level, and your knowledge before reading a deck. Some users may be looking for a fun distraction where others are looking for education and practice. For the latter, your first step should always be to learn. If an app provides no knowledge, it might not be for you.

Tarot

To many, the art of tarot reading is sacred. The practice is designed to find insight into the past, present, and future by pulling and interpreting various cards. A tarot reading can involve a specific question or a reading centered around an area in the client’s life, such as love or their career. A client will draw cards from the deck, hoping to find direction.

As the reader, your job is to interpret the cards, providing guidance and answers to potential questions. Each card holds a different symbol, meaning and can be read in a few different ways, depending on the outcome of the draw. For example, if a card is drawn reversed, the interpretation will be different than if it were upright.

The Shuffle

For many, the act of shuffling a deck and drawing the cards is vital. The idea is not to choose the same cards over and over, ensuring a more random draw. However, there is more to it. Shuffling the deck gives you the time to focus on the cards and what you are looking for. As you move them between your hands, touching them all as they move, you are imparting your own energy into the deck.

For purists, the turn to an app might not be easy. There is little theatre in tapping on a screen, and it can be difficult to connect with the deck. However, if you lost your deck or forgot it at home, an app can make a good substitution.

Some apps even act as a companion to a physical deck, giving the reader a guide to the cards with brief descriptions. They are also great if you want to log a reading for later evaluation.

The Digital Age

Some tarot apps are simple decks that provide a daily reading for the user. Many include horoscopes and daily affirmations, and these apps tend to be free and full of ads. They also usually have limitations unless the user is willing to pay.

We are going to look at apps that are more educational and professional. As a beginner, these are a great way of introducing yourself into the world of tarot, getting more familiar with the deck and the different cards, and their meanings.

For more seasoned tarot readers, these apps can act as a helpful guide, improving their knowledge and practice, as well as a substitute for a physical deck. In order to decide if a tarot card app is worth downloading, we will look at the following:

  • Is the app user friendly? Ideally, these apps should be usable by readers of all skill levels.
  • Does the app offer some kind of learning? By that, we mean it should give the user information not only on the cards and how to interpret them but on tarot and its history.
  • Can the user perform readings with the app? Where some apps will allow its user to pull digital cards as well as input from a physical deck, some people are looking for a way to replace their deck completely. However, with some apps, there is a limit on how many readings can be performed for free.
  • Has the app been reviewed substantially? In looking at user reviews, we can find the apps that people actually enjoy using and get an insight into their pros and cons.

Labyrinthos Tarot Reading

With over 12,000 combined reviews, Labyrinthos has established itself as a great app for tarot enthusiasts. Creator, Tina Gong, has a background in linguistics and design, along with being a tarot enthusiast. According to the website, she “operates on the principle that sacred knowledge should be free.” She has worked hard to create a free tarot app that provides this sacred knowledge in an easy to use manner.

The app, which is the successor to the popular Golden Thread Tarot, offers a daily tarot reading and the choice of multiple decks. The lessons are plentiful and easy to follow. With a variety of spreads, such as love, career, moon phase readings, it provides the users quite a lot.

Is the App User Friendly?

Yes. Although the app is free, users do have to login/sign-up before they can use it. For some, this can be a turn-off. Many people like to explore an app a little before they commit to handing over their information.

The layout is easy to use, with sections clearly labeled, and smooth transitions make navigating pleasant. The lessons and theory are well written and very thorough, offering detailed information, flashcards, and quizzes to help you learn.

If anything, it is a little bland. It seems quite clinical and doesn’t convey the magic behind the art of tarot. But it is modern-looking, clean, and great for beginners.

Does It Offer Learning?

Yes. Labyrinthos offers practice lessons, designed to help the user learn the 78 cards and their meanings. The design uses flashcards and keywords to help sustain learning and is very helpful for beginners and readers of all skill levels.

Can the User Perform Readings?

Yes. This app allows the user to draw cards a number of times. If you choose, you can perform a reading with the Celtic Cross for one person, and then perform the same reading to another right away. Some apps will only allow one daily reading. Labyrinthos does not seem to have a limit.

Once your client has drawn their cards, you can select the individual cards and provide your insight into their meaning. They also give the option to transfer to their website for more information, should you need it.

Tarot Apps for iPhone and Android

Has the App Been Reviewed Substantially?

Yes. Though Labyrinthos only has 40 ratings in the iOS App store, it has more than 12,500 in the Google Play store. For the most part, the negative reviews complain of bugs and crashes within the app. There also was some problem with the sign-in function that the developers have supposedly fixed.

Although some users expressed issues with the app function, the overwhelming majority of reviews are positive. A few customers noted the ease of use along with the clear and helpful quizzes. It is highly rated amongst beginners who like the layout and lessons provided.

Availability Price Average Rating
iOS, android Free (inc in-app purchases) 4.8/5

Galaxy Tarot

With over 42,000 reviews, it’s safe to say that Galaxy Tarot is a top contender when considering tarot card apps. Created by Galaxy Tone for android, they offer a number of tarot related apps. These include a variety of tarot decks.

Galaxy Tarot includes a tarot reading and a tarot card encyclopedia, customizable tarot decks, and five tarot spreads, with the option to purchase more. One excellent feature is how the app allows you to simulate a shuffle and card draw.

Rather than simply tapping on a box and the card appearing, this app gives the illusion of a shuffle, and you can choose a card at random from within the pack.

Is the App User Friendly?

Yes. It is a little dated in terms of styling, but overall, the app is easy to follow with clear titles and guides. It might be a little too simple for experienced readers but offers enough information for those just starting out to get involved.

Does It Offer Learning?

Yes. Galaxy Tarot provides detailed information attached to each card, giving the user insight into how to better interpret what they are seeing. It offers access to Wikipedia pages for further information, in addition to reversed card options with helpful keywords.

Can the User Perform Readings?

Yes. Unlike some apps, your clients may prefer the added symbolism of virtually shuffling the deck and choosing cards at random, in the same way, they would with a physical deck.

Has the App Been Reviewed Substantially?

Yes. Galaxy Tarot has more than 42,500 reviews in the Google Play store and almost 1000 reviews on Amazon. A few of the lower reviews complained about software issues, and some were not too impressed with the free version, but in general, the reviews are very positive.

Many people seem to enjoy the symbol dictionary and added insights when learning about the different cards. The broad information, including all of the cards, their reverse meanings, and extra interpretations seem to help users with the bigger picture of tarot as a whole.

Availability Price Average Rating
Android, Amazon Free (inc in-app purchases) 4.7/5 – 3.8/5

Wildwood Tarot

This app is not the highest-reviewed on the list, but it gives its user a deeper look into the Wildwood Tarot. This deck focuses on the earth and pre-Celtic mythology.

The Wildwood Tarot includes 14 card layouts, an animated shuffle, and a journal option. In addition, they provide a 160-page book on the Wildwood Tarot. Per Goodreads, the book explains how to use the classic forest archetypes, such as The Green Woman and The Stag, “as a meditation system, divinatory oracle, or reference in tarot readings.”

Is the App User Friendly?

Yes. This app has a lot of focus on its artwork, drawing the user into the world of Wildwood Tarot. The main menu has clear options that take you to new screens, on which you have your options.

Access to the accompanying book is made clear with a simple link in the description, and everything appears to be labeled well. However, for a beginner, you might not find it too easy to work with.

As a novice, you may not know the difference between a Pathway Spread and a Free Form Spread. Unlike the Labyrinthos app, which provides the key features of what to expect, Wildwood seems more geared toward intermediate readers.

Does It Offer Learning?

Yes. With the inclusion of the book, the creators are guiding users through their version of the tarot deck and explaining how the cards should be interpreted. Although if you are a beginner and do not have a grasp on the more traditional deck, you may find jumping into this deck a little confusing.

Can the User Perform Readings?

Yes. As with the Galaxy Tarot, Wildwood Tarot offers an animated shuffle and cut feature, allowing a reader to perform a reading for clients with ease and a little more flair.

Has the App Been Reviewed Substantially?

Sort of. Although this app has less than 1000 reviews, it is still worth checking out. The creator, Fool’s Dog, has a number of well-reviewed tarot card apps that come with accompanying books and guides for added information.

One thing a few reviewers noted was a lack of reversible cards. Meaning, they wished there was an option to reverse a card and get the meaning in order to help in their learning. Still, many people praised the use of the app along with a physical deck but still were pleased with its use as a stand-alone.

Availability Price Average Rating
Android, iOS $3.99 4.8/5 – 4.9/5

Golden Thread Tarot

The precursor to Labyrinthos, this app can’t be ignored just because they are no longer working on it. When searching for tarot card apps, Gold Thread Tarot is one of the first to pop up and has more than 30,000 combined reviews.

As with the Labyrinthos and Galaxy Tarot, Golden Thread Tarot offers a daily card, designed to give insight into your day to come. Readings can be done consistently, with the added bonus of integrating a physical deck. Simply select the cards as they are drawn, and you can log the reading as you would a digital reading.

The tarot database is an excellent resource into the cards, their suits and meanings, and the log feature allows the user to look back and track their progress.

Is the App User Friendly?

Yes. Much like Labyrinthos, Golden Thread has quite a clinical feel and is very simple. That being said, the app is very smooth, clean, and easy to navigate. Each reading option has a brief description of what to expect, and they provide easy to follow instructions.

Does It Offer Learning?

Yes. The lessons are easy to follow, giving key details. For a beginner, it introduces you to tarot, the meaning of magic, along with the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana. The drawback is their length. For someone totally new to tarot, you would likely want a little more information. It is probably that a beginner would need to research outside of the app.

Can the User Perform Readings?

Yes. The integration of a physical deck is a really nice option here. But if you don’t have the deck, the digital readings are just as thorough and can be performed without limitations. However, you don’t get a simulated shuffle, which may not be preferable to some clients who view the choosing of the physical card as important.

Has the App Been Reviewed Substantially?

Yes. With 6,800 reviews on iOS and over 27,000 on Google Play, this app has been used and reviewed far more than its successor. Of the lower reviews, a few users expressed their disappointment in the cards chosen. Many claimed to only receive negative cards. However, the positive reviews far exceed the number of negative comments.

Availability Price Average Rating
Android, iOS Free 4.7/5 – 4.8/5

Tarot & Numerology

This iOS app comes highly rated from almost 3000 users and provides a slightly different approach to tarot reading. Although tarot leans toward symbolism and the interpretation of the cards, there is a connection with numbers that can help to build on a reading. This app looks at using that connection to give better readings.

They offer more than 30 spreads and the ability to connect with a tarot reader (at a set price). Each reader has a detailed bio so you can choose who seems right for you. Their information section is quite thorough and would be very helpful to new users.

Is the App User Friendly?

Sort of. Again, the interface is quite simple and dated. It does not have the sleek look of the Labyrinthos app, and there is a lot of information to take in. For example, when choosing a spread for the first time, you are presented with a page of text on how to use the feature.

Once you have selected cards, you are given another page of text informing you of what to tap and when to get the best experience.

The first time trying a reading, after getting through the text, you will see your cards and can go into more detail. They even offer links to external pages for added insight, which is very easy and convenient. However, it is not clear how to get back to the main menu and could be confusing for some.

In general, the menu is clearly labeled, and the navigation works well.

Does It Offer Learning?

Sort of. The app offers some well-explained text on the history of tarot, the significance of the deck, the spread, and how to incorporate numerology into your readings.

Where this app falls short is in the lack of guidance for the cards themselves. Unlike with the other apps, Tarot & Numerology does not provide an easily accessible library for the cards and their meanings. You have to go through the act of drawing cards for a reading in order to access that information.

However, when you do get to the cards and their meanings, this app has included links to three appropriate webpages. Including these offers much more information and insight into the different cards.

Can the User Perform Readings?

Sort of. Though you can use the feature without limitation, the design is not suited for performing a reading on a client. It comes across as a learning tool, rather than a deck substitute. This app is better suited for getting to grips with the tarot yourself before moving on to something a little more professional.

Has the App Been Reviewed Substantially?

Yes. This app has 2,800 reviews, and most are very positive. Many of the reviewers seemed to like the inclusion of the numerology and the added weight it provides to a reading.

Many of the negative reviews focused on the way the information is displayed and how the app looks. A few commented on the app crashing, but the majority of the reviews are quite happy with the app in general.

Availability Price Average Rating
iOS Free 4.8/5

Tarot Card Memorizer

Developed by Brainscape, this app is less about performing a reading and more about becoming a better reader.

Is the App User Friendly?

Sort of. Before you can explore the app, Brainscape requires you to sign in. They do allow a Facebook integration, or you can sign up via email. Again, this isn’t always ideal before you decide if you like the app.

Once in the app, it is quite simple. The menu on the side is not for the tarot so much as for using the app in general. You can find instructions on how to test yourself and other Brainscape options.

For learning the cards, the navigation is easy to follow and offers guides, so you know what to do next.

Does It Offer Learning?

Sort of. For the purpose of learning the tarot cards and their meanings, it lacks a lot of information. This is not an app for beginners, but rather seasoned tarot readers who are looking to help memorize the key aspects of the cards.

There is no introduction to tarot or information on how to read the cards and interpret the symbols. But the flashcard style is effective and gives key aspects to help retain the fundamental details.

Can the User Perform Readings?

No. This app is not designed to read tarot or practice readings. It does not offer a spread or choice of cards. It is simply a tool used to help memorize the key features of the cards in order to better your practice.

Has the App Been Reviewed Substantially?

Yes. The leaderboard within the app features 128 users, and it has been reviewed in the app store more than 1500 times.

A few of the negative comments were critical of the lack of information and the ads. In addition, many people disliked the in-app purchases that become necessary once you have completed one section. The app does not provide all the decks for free, which some people took issue with.

Of the positive reviews, the consensus is that the app is simple and effective. People like the flashcard style and found it a good companion when learning tarot.

Availability Price Average Rating
iOS Free 4.7/5

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking to go digital with a tarot card app to further your practice through added knowledge or a way to practice anywhere, there are several apps that can help. When looking for the right app, it’s important to gauge your experience level and find one that suits your level of knowledge.

If your goal is to learn the art of tarot or even to continue your education, Labyrinthos is an excellent option. The lessons are thorough and detailed, and the quizzes offer a fun way to test your knowledge. Beginners can use apps like Labyrinthos or Galaxy Tarot to become familiar with the cards and their meanings, and practicing readings.

There are also other apps you can use to practice, but have some ads.

For the more experienced, Wildwood Tarot and Tarot & Numerology provide a different style of practice that can only work to enhance your knowledge.

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