I am a beginner in the world of tarot, and I first started my research by reading a small book that had pictures of all different tarot decks. The artwork of the Haindl deck immediatly caught my attention, and after seeing the few examples in the book, I knew it was the deck for me. I actually bought my deck in a bookstore, and I debated between Haindl and the Universal-Waite deck only because I am a beginner and thought it might be easier with the Universal deck. But the Haindl deck felt best to me, and it is now my first deck. After opening the deck, I couldn't believe the artwork. There is so much color, depth, and meaning behind the paintings that were used for the cards, and they are very open to many interpretations. Another thing I really like about the deck is that it represents many different cultures and religions. Hindu, Egyption, Native American, and Greek mythology are all represented, and it makes it the perfect deck for people of any belief. Some find the Eye that graces the back of the cards to be strange and ill fitting, but I thing it represents what the tarot is; the will to want to see more clearly in our own lives, and the lives of others. The cards are a slightly larger size, but still feel comfortable in my hands, even though I have the smallest hands of everyone I know. The only semi-bad thing about this deck is that for the beginner, some of the things are different, like stones instead of pentacles or coins, and a mother, father, son and daughter for the suit cards instead of king, queen, knight and paige. There are also few books available about the Haindl deck, seeing as Rachel Pollack seems to be the only one that has written about it. But all in all this is a beautiful deck, and I am glad that it is my first.