Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners by Joan Bunning
Joan Bunning wrote a comprehensive book on learning all main things about Tarot. It’s based on the author’s course on how to read the tarot cards. “Learning the Tarot” deals with the elements of the Tarot, principles of interpretation, exercises, card descriptions (very clear and thorough!), Celtic Cross spread, and informative appendices. The information is down- to- earth and very practical, and it really helps to understand the cards and their meanings. This book will not leave you overwhelmed by lots of unnecessary stuff. The author thoroughly explains the Major and Minor arcana. The book is written in simple and warm style.
Mary K. Greer’s 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card
Mary Greer is a wonderful teacher of Tarot. In “21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card”, Mary Greer offers twenty-one stimulating, interactive techniques created to employ your skills of observation, interpretation, and intuition. You will find so many different ways of interpreting the cards in the book. It is always great to be able to add different techniques to your readings. E. g. one of the first activities is to say the name of the card you have chosen aloud. “That’s all there is to this first step. Say the name of the card! It seems obvious but don’t overlook doing it. Time after time, I see students look at a card in desperate silence, with no idea of what to say or where to begin.
Saying the name of the card opens your mouth and starts it moving-what I call “priming the pump” or getting the ideas flowing. You’ll then find it’s easier to say the next thing and the next. Naming something helps you own it and thus connects you to what you know about it. It’s like a key that unlocks a gate-sometimes a floodgate-of information”.
Each approach has two levels of use, called the apprentice and the adept. The apprentice exercises provide a quick overview of card messages. The adept level takes you more deeply into the meaning of the cards.
Around the Tarot in 78 Days: A Personal Journey Through the Cards by Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin
This book is a comprehensive 78-day course. The book is designed to be read one card per day, each day has a lesson attached to it. The lessons are created to give a new reader an full introduction to Tarot cards.
Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot by Rachel Pollack
As Rachel Pollack puts it: “This is a psychological approach to the Tarot, examining all aspects of the cards – their origins, symbolism and their historical, mythological and esoteric background.”
Rachel Pollack writes insightfully and intelligently. The well-researched material is very inspiring and easy to understand.
This book doesn’t give you formulas to memorize and it moves away from tradition and dogma. Ms. Pollack asks the reader to let the Tarot speak its own unique language every time one reads the cards.
“Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom” gives the historical, mythological, spiritual, etc., meanings and background for each Major Arcana and also her personal insights and experience. She does the same for the minor cards, however, she does not go much into history and mythology here but instead provides her own experiences and interpretation.
The book also provides a very good explanation of the Celtic Cross spread.
The Tarot: A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages by Paul Foster Case
Paul Foster Case (1884-1954) was one of the leading American occultists of the twentieth century. His book and his deck of Tarot cards significantly influenced how Tarot is taught and understood today.
In the introduction Case says, “The aim of this analysis is to show you how to use Tarot,” and “The book aims to put into your hands the fundamental knowledge of Tarot symbolism which will enable you to you to use the Keys intelligently.”
If you are a serious student of Tarot, you need to study this book. But this is not an easy read. Most probably you will need to stop at each chapter and to comprehend the message.
This book is the study on the occult Tarot of the Western Hermetic Tradition. It explains astrological, numerological, colour, Hebrew letter, and musical correspondences. The author deals mainly with the Major Arcana, though you will find a lot of other unique knowledge on Tarot in this book. The work is full of wisdom, practical advice, and clear, concise explanation.
If your intention is to deepen your knowledge of the wisdom of the Tarot and move beyond the fortune telling, I deeply recommend this book.
Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth by Benebell Wen
Well, I have hesitated if this is a book for beginners, but, yes, everyone, a beginner as well as an experienced reader will benefit from this work. The book is really a significant and complete reference manual on Tarot. It is jam-packed with information, and contains clear, concise, easy-to-follow instructions.
If you are serious about studying Tarot, then you should have and read this book. It will serve you as a reference guide for many years to come.
Those publications are great books to start off your journey as a serious student of Tarot. The good thing is that you will use these books as long as you will be reading Tarot.
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