What was your first deck and why/how did you get it? [ full list of questions here ]
My first deck was the traditional Rider-Waite deck. I purchased it around Fall of last year (2011) at an occult store. A friend and I had just finished grabbing dinner at one of our vegan favorite restaurants and I suggested we check it out. Neither of us has been there before so we spent quite a bit of time wandering up and down the aisles. There was quite a bit of things to look at and I remember a customer was getting their cards read in the back room.
I browsed through the tarot decks they had on display and decided on the R-W to use as my ‘beginner’ deck. I recall they had two versions, the standard size and a mini. I chose the standard size deck along with a couple boxes of incense. I went home that night and went through the cards one by one to get a feel for them. Over the past year I spent some of my free time shuffling cards, doing spreads for myself, and learning all I can about tarot. The R-W deck has served me well this year.