Recommended Tarot Books

What follows is a list of tarot books that we feel are useful and helpful to those interested in learning about tarot cards and in using tarot cards.  Some, like Tarot for Beginners, are designed for those new to the subject.  Others are more advanced.


Top Picks:

  • Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners, by Joan Bunning
  • Learning Tarot Reversals, by Joan Bunning
  • Complete Guide to the Tarot, by Eden Gray
  • The Secret Language of Tarot
  • The Tarot: A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages, by Paul Foster Case
  • The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination, by Robert Place
  • The Tarot Companion; An Essential Reference Guide
  • Tarot for Yourself, by Mary K Greer


Other Tarot Books of Interest:

  • Guide to Tarot, by Sarah Kettlewell. 
  • How to Read the Tarot
  • How to Use Tarot Spreads
  • Intuitive Tarot, by Richard Prosapio.
  • Pictorial Key to the Tarot - By Arthur Edward Waite.  Waite called this book "fragments of a secret tradition under the veil of divination."  Contains detailed descriptions of each card in the Rider-Waite deck, with regular and reversed meanings.   Softcover, 340 pp.  
  • Power Tarot - By Trish MacGregor & Phyllis Vega. 
  • Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom, by Rachel Pollack.
  • Tarot As a Way of Life: A Jungian Approach to the Tarot ,  by Karen Hammaker-Zondag.
  • Tarot for Beginners: An Easy Guide to Understanding & Interpreting the Tarot
  • Tarot Made Easy, by Nancy Garen.
  • Tarot Plain and Simple
  • Tarot: Your Everyday Guide , by Janina Renee.
  • Textbook of the Tarot, by Janet Berres.
  • Understanding the Tarot Court, by Mary K. Greer.


Free Tarot Reading

In addition to the books noted above, one might also consider getting a free online tarot reading to get an idea of tarot layouts. Many such readings are very basic - they often do not use reversals or cards other than the major arcana - but one can at least see different layouts. We like Matrix Software's free Oracle tarot offering; one has a choice of decks and layouts.





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