The best books on tarot for personal growth and spiritual development

The Books I Picked & Why

Tarot for Your Self: A Workbook for the Inward Journey

By Mary K. Greer

Tarot for Your Self: A Workbook for the Inward Journey

Why this book?

This was the first book that ever taught people not only how to read for themselves, but also how to use the cards to attain personal insight. It will teach you how to develop a deep relationship with the cards, and it shows you how to use the cards for greater self-knowledge. Every book on this subject since has Mary K. Greer to thank. When I first came across it, it changed the way I read forever. And it gave me new tools to use the cards for my own.


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The Numinous Tarot Guide: A New Way to Read the Cards

By Rashunda Tramble

The Numinous Tarot Guide: A New Way to Read the Cards

Why this book?

This is a very recent book that I love for its deceptive simplicity. The explanations are easy, the language is conversational, and each card is described in contemporary terms so that you’ll recognize yourself or people you know on every page. And for each card, there are a series of questions and journal prompts that on the surface seem simple, but that takes you on a deep inner journey. The subtitle of this book is “Know the cards to know yourself” and it’s a promise this book will help you keep.  


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Tarot Shadow Work: Using the Dark Symbols to Heal

By Christine Jette

Tarot Shadow Work: Using the Dark Symbols to Heal

Why this book?

There is no personal growth or spiritual development without encountering and coming to terms with one’s shadow. It can be a frightening prospect, and it’s not a very comfortable process, but there is no getting around it. That’s why this book is important. When you confront your shadow, it helps to have a guide who has been there and done it. Steel has done the work and knows how to help you do it too. I am very grateful for this book—it helped me face inner conflicts and accept things about myself I always thought were unacceptable. It’s not an easy practice, but the results are profound. 


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Tarot for Troubled Times: Confront Your Shadow, Heal Your Self & Transform the World

By Shaheen Miro, Theresa Reed

Tarot for Troubled Times: Confront Your Shadow, Heal Your Self & Transform the World

Why this book?

One of my gripes about so much “new age” teaching is that it can be very Pollyanna-ish. Everything is light. Except that’s what the authors call “woo woo psychobabble”. And they’re right. This book is the cure for spiritual bypassing. It recognizes that we all have neuroses—old behavior patterns and beliefs that limit our growth and development. And it can be very difficult to look at these patterns, much less work through them. This book gives you powerful exercises that will build your personal insight into your shadow, to heal your relationship with it. 


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Tarot for Change: Using the Cards for Self-Care, Acceptance, and Growth

By Jessica Dore

Tarot for Change: Using the Cards for Self-Care, Acceptance, and Growth

Why this book?

The last book is actually the most recent, with a title as direct as it can get. While my orientation is Kabbalistic, the Kabbalah is highly psychological, and Dore’s book brings the wisdom of behavioral psychology to working with the cards. This isn’t about telling fortunes but working with the cards in this way can change your future, because in fact, it helps you change yourself. And really, that’s what the cards are for. Best of all, the book is highly personal, so while you’re connecting with the author, you’re learning how to better connect with yourself. 


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