Learning The Tarot: A Book List

Learning the Tarot is not difficult if you are willing to synthesize the information. You can’t read one book and expect to know all there is. I’ve been reading since 1980 and still learn something new every time I pick up the cards. One way to learn is to read a lot of books. Here are a few that would be good for beginners and those looking to expand their skills.

I recommend Tarot for Your Self : A Workbook for Personal Transformation Second Edition as a first book for all my students. Mary K. Greer offers several ways to go further into a card’s meaning. One of my favorites is a method of literally going into the card visually and interacting with the card.


Rachel Pollack’s Tarot Wisdom: Spiritual Teachings and Deeper Meanings is another good book. She goes into each card with personal anectdotes that help you translate real life into how you interact with the cards. Pollack also wrote Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot which I also have. Both books are great. If you can get only one, get the Wisdom one.

Another good book (and website) for Tarot consultants is Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners. Joan’s companion website is invaluable. She’s a favorite of mine for her succinct card meanings.

Of course, if you are around other Tarot consultants, you will hear about the Readers Studio. The founders of that amazing event wrote a very nice book. Tarot Tips (Special Topics in Tarot Series) is based on their helpful newsletter that has been published for many years.

If you want books that are specifically about one area, check out Understanding the Tarot Court (Special Topics in Tarot Series) for a great book on the Court cards. Reversals is another area of confusion for many people. I always recommend Learning Tarot Reversals or The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals as good books for that.

A good companion book is Power Tarot which offers a wide variety of quick, easy spreads. Of course, if you want to break away from set spreads, you might like to get Designing Your Own Tarot Spreads (Special Topics in Tarot Series)by Teresa Michelsen to learn how to design your own Tarot spreads.

Finally, for books on learning to read Tarot, Mary K. Greer’s 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card will give you some different ways to look at the cards.

If you want to practice your skills, you can do free one card readings through http://www.freetarot.us/ which is a service the American Tarot Association offers.

I highly recommend the blogs of Theresa Reed aka The Tarot Lady and Bonnie Cehovet. Both offer interesting takes on the Tarot that you can learn from as well. And keep your eyes peeled for Bonnie’s upcoming book being published by Schiffer Books in fall of 2011 – “Tarot, Birth Cards and You: Keys To Empowerment”. I can’t wait to get my hands on that one.

If you have any other questions about how to learn the Tarot, I hope you will ask. You can just leave a comment and I’ll respond. Of course, if you know the answer to someone else’s question, feel free to respond yourself. We learn more by sharing with one another.

2 thoughts on “Learning The Tarot: A Book List”

  1. Great post. Tarot education is never complete. Like spiritual lessons, the teachings are ongoing. Love your suggested reading. I own a few, will have to add the others to my reading.

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