The TAROT OF THE WITCHES deck (by Fergus Hall) was the first Tarot deck I ever owned, back when I was in high school some 30 years ago. I was immediately grabbed by the illustrations, and I just knew it was for me. I cut my teeth on this deck, and even the plain "pip" cards didn't prevent me from learning all the possible meanings of all the cards, Major or Minor Arcana. The illustrations on the Major Arcana cards are like peering back into a dream you had that you could never quite remember. This deck hits the subconscious like a ton of bricks, and breaks right through to the other side. There is something frightening, disturbing, yet utterly familiar and strangely nostalgic about the world which Fergus Hall illustrates. (NOTE: I've NEVER EVEN SEEN the James Bond movie which supposedly has this deck featured in it, so that can't be the source of the deja vu, at least not for me!) It's a weird otherworld which triggers your abilities to "get" a reading, and understand it immediately and completely.
Although I switched eventually to the THOTH deck, because I wanted a deck that illustrated and explained Minor as well as Major Arcana cards (and Lady Frieda Harris' illustrations are phenomenal), my readings on that deck never quite reached the level of truth and insight that I got from this deceptively simple deck. When I'm doing a particularly important reading, I still reach for the TAROT OF THE WITCHES. I've bought many "Thoths" since then, and many, many other decks besides. This deck is the only one I have that has never been replaced. It's the same old deck from 30 years ago, and it's still my favorite. How it has lasted all this time is only one of it's many mysteries! If I decide to buy a new deck, it's good to know I can get it from Amazon. Whether you are in the market for a new deck, or haven't yet bought a Tarot deck but are considering it, please do consider this one. It's special.