The best books about the Esoteric Tarot

Peter Mark Adams Author Of The Game of Saturn: Decoding the Sola-Busca Tarocchi
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The Books I Picked & Why

The Way of Tarot: The Spiritual Teacher in the Cards

By Alejandro Jodorowsky, Marianne Costa

The Way of Tarot: The Spiritual Teacher in the Cards

Why this book?

The famed filmmaker and esotericist, Alejandro Jodorowsky, has poured decades of profound spiritual and divinatory understanding into this text to create one of the most significant systems for using the cards as a divinatory tool. Based on the Tarot d’Marseilles - arguably the stylistic form that constitutes the tarot’s most fundamental iconography - the text includes a comprehensive training system that can be used to provide a foundation for professional divinatory work.


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The Esoteric Tarot: Ancient Sources Rediscovered in Hermeticism and Cabalah

By Ronald Decker

The Esoteric Tarot: Ancient Sources Rediscovered in Hermeticism and Cabalah

Why this book?

Tarot scholar and art historian, Ronald Decker, provides a solid and up-to-date grounding in the history and esoteric sources that informed the design of the earliest tarot decks. Decker balances the demands of historical scholarship with esoteric insights derived from Hermeticism, Neoplatonism, and the Kabbalah to provide a foundational text in the various traditions underpinning the notion of an esoteric tarot.


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The Book of Thoth: (Egyptian Tarot)

By Aleister Crowley, Frieda Harris

The Book of Thoth: (Egyptian Tarot)

Why this book?

The Crowley-Harris Thoth Tarot remains one of the greatest tarot decks ever conceived in respect of the artistry employed in its design and the esoteric depth conveyed by its underlying system of metaphysics. Supervised personally by Aleister Crowley, one of the most important esotericists of the past century, this essay - suitable for advanced students - remains a tour de force in the evolving tradition of the esoteric tarot.


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The Alchemical Tarot

By Rosemary E. Guiley

The Alchemical Tarot

Why this book?

This truly great, visionary re-conceptualisation of tarot imagery combines profound mystical insight with inspired artistry to render familiar tarot imagery through the transformative lens of alchemy. The Alchemical Tarot deck is one of the most outstandingly beautiful and inspiring decks in existence. Based on my own initiatory experience I can confirm that The Alchemical Tarot is an inspired, true, and faithful transmission of the esoteric current underpinning the notion of an esoteric tarot.


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Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey Into Christian Hermeticism

By Anonymous, Robert Powell

Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey Into Christian Hermeticism

Why this book?

This classic text is perhaps the single greatest work combining mysticism with the tarot; one that is viewed through the rarely revealed lens of Christian esoteric tradition. The text guides the reader through a series of extended meditations on each of the Tarot d’Marseilles trumps. Irrespective of your belief system, these meditations provide a valuable source of spiritual insight and a ladder in the evolution of one’s own spiritual path.


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