The best tarot books to own

Angelo Nasios Author Of Tarot Tracker: A Year-Long Journey
By Angelo Nasios

Who am I?

I found the tarot at the age of fourteen. Like many teenagers exploring the spirit world, I was curious about witchcraft, prophecies, numerology, astrology – it was a matter of time until I found the Tarot and fell in love with the cards. From studying Tarot, I branched out into Gnosticism, Kabbalah, and finally coming home to my culture’s Hellenic Tradition (Hellenism). I went on to college to receive a B.A. in Religion and later a M.A. in Ancient History.  I give the Tarot large credit to all my later achievements in life. Those 78 cards opened my eyes to a whole world of mysteries to be unlocked.  


I wrote...

Tarot Tracker: A Year-Long Journey

By Angelo Nasios,

Book cover of Tarot Tracker: A Year-Long Journey

What is my book about?

Keeping a record of Tarot readings to plot your growth over a year can be daunting. Now you can use this simple, effective, and beautiful annual tarot journal to keep track of your daily readings and seasonal occasions. Foster a personal bond to your cards and create a permanent record to keep forever to understand and plan your special path. Find out what the year may bring, record and reflect on daily and nightly readings, recognize patterns in your life, and connect personal experiences to the cards.

Begin your calendar journey at any time during the year, and use the knowledge you accumulate to chart your spiritual progress through the Tarot. Includes quick and easy traditional Tarot card meanings to help interpret your journey.

The books I picked & why

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Tarot and the Gates of Light: A Kabbalistic Path to Liberation

By Mark Horn,

Book cover of Tarot and the Gates of Light: A Kabbalistic Path to Liberation

Why this book?

What I love about this book is that it proves the old saying that there is nothing new under the sun to be wrong. Mark Horn’s Tarot and the Gates of Light blends together two traditions already closely linked; Tarot and Kabbalah. While it is Hermetic Qabalah that is mostly applied to Tarot, Mark Horn introduces a unique way to use the Tarot to practice Counting the Omer. This will be the most unique tarot book to have on the shelf as it offers you a rare transformative practice. 


Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners

By Joan Bunning,

Book cover of Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners

Why this book?

This is a sentimental pick. Learning the Tarot by Joan Bunning was one of the first tarot books I owned and was foundational in my early years as a reader. It is definitely my favorite choice for new readers to pick up. The card meanings are detailed yet simple. For example, The High Priestess can mean “waiting patiently” – Joan offers short meaning such as these and card descriptions with long length explanations. Joan helps newbies also learn which card ‘oppose’ or ‘reinforce’ any given card. For example, The Two of Wands (acting bodly) opposes The High Priestess (being passive). The Hermit (looking inward) reinforces the High Priestess (trusting your inner voice).


Tarot Deciphered: Decoding Esoteric Symbolism in Modern Tarot

By T. Susan Chang, M.M. Meleen,

Book cover of Tarot Deciphered: Decoding Esoteric Symbolism in Modern Tarot

Why this book?

The Tarot is littered with symbols and occult references. You do not have to go deep into esoteric corresponds if you do not want to, but if you do I recommend Tarot Deciphered. This book gets down and dirty into all the symbology of the Rider-Waite Smith Tarot, the Thoth Tarot, and other decks which share its symbols. This book is probably not for beginners unless of course, you want to dive deep into Tarot and occult symbology fast. 


The Tarot: A Collection of Secret Wisdom from Tarot's Mystical Origins

By F. Homer Curtiss, Harriette Augusta Curtiss, Manly P. Hall, Papus, S.L. MacGregor Mathers, Arthur Edward Waite, Eliphaz Levi, P.D. Ouspensky, P.R.S. Foli

Book cover of The Tarot: A Collection of Secret Wisdom from Tarot's Mystical Origins

Why this book?

This pick is for the history nerds like me. This book provides, in a single volume over ten selections from foundational tarot books from the last two hundred years. This book is definitely for the enthusiast who wants to go back to the study texts that are out of print or to go back to the beginning of occult Tarot. This book includes ‘old school’ fortunetelling techniques not seen in a long time. I love some old fashion fortunetelling techniques. This is also a recently published book, so you can show off a fresh hot big book on Instagram to make the followers go “ooooo.” 


The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Spreads: Reveal the Answer to Every Question about Work, Home, Fortune, and Love

By Liz Dean,

Book cover of The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Spreads: Reveal the Answer to Every Question about Work, Home, Fortune, and Love

Why this book?

Every Tarot library needs a few good books on spreads. Spreads are the backbone of a reading. Liz Dean’s The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Spreads is approachable as it is not overwhelming with an excessive number of spreads, Liz provides numerous quality spreads that do not disappoint. Whether it is love, romance, health, wealth, self-development, rare, or occult – Liz has you covered with all the spread you will need. 


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