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What are the most helpful books out there for learning tarot?

I’ve read a couple books for beginner tarot readers and none of them have been very helpful, (Tarot Made Easy, Tarot-The Royal Path to Wisdom) so if you’ve found any books helpful to you when you were learning, please list them here!
And online sources as well!


  1. Everyone I’ve seen do a tarot reading had a different method of shuffling and dealing and involving the participant, but they all had one thing in common – they were not using the actual cards to do the reading but rather just ‘cold-reading’ the person paying them.
    Whereas tarot the French card game is well-worth learning, very fun. It’s similar to Rook.

  2. The best book I have ever found is called
    “The Secrets of the Tarot: Origins, History, and Symbolism”
    by Barbara G. Walker
    It goes into incredible depth on each card – about 3 pages worth of info and has been hugely helpful in studying and understanding tarot.
    Its a little hard to come by as most book stores won’t carry it, but it is easy to find online.
    I also visit a couple of websites that you might like: http://www.spiritualguidancetarot.com/
    A great way to study and really connect with the cards; is to randomly pick one card for yourself everyday and really focus on its meaning and connection to your life in that day. it will probably take a year before you pick every card in the deck but when the time is done you will understand each card much better.
    I hope that helps. 🙂

  3. Mary K. Greer is an author I highly suggest. She writes in a way that both beginners and experienced readers will benefit from. Two books I suggest (and own personally) are “Tarot for Yourself” and “21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card”. You will go back to these books again and again, they are full of insight and teach you how to truly interpret the cards, not just memorize their meanings to recite back on call. Greer writes in a very interactive manner, inviting the reader to participate in her excercises and I highly suggest keeping a dek with you while you read as you will be tempted to try all of her wonderful suggestions.


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