The best books to make Tarot seem less intimidating

Laura Perry Author Of The Minoan Tarot
By Laura Perry

The Books I Picked & Why

Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Tarot Journey to Self-Awareness

By Rachel Pollack

Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Tarot Journey to Self-Awareness

Why this book?

Though Tarot readings themselves don’t always feel clear or straightforward, this book is both of those things. It does an excellent job of demystifying the cards, providing both practical card meanings and the history and symbology behind the art and iconography. It’s my go-to when I have questions or need clarification. Pollack manages to organize a huge amount of useful information into a format that makes sense and isn’t at all intimidating. There’s a reason a lot of people call this book their “Tarot Bible.”


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Guided Tarot: A Beginner's Guide to Card Meanings, Spreads, and Intuitive Exercises for Seamless Readings

By Stefanie Caponi

Guided Tarot: A Beginner's Guide to Card Meanings, Spreads, and Intuitive Exercises for Seamless Readings

Why this book?

Guided Tarot is a how-to book for Tarot readings: how to lay out the cards and get some sense out of them. There’s more to Tarot than just memorizing the card meanings, and this book walks you through the process of developing your own card reading style. If you can’t figure out which spreads to use, or if you’re having trouble trusting your intuition and letting the reading flow, this book will take you through exercises to figure out the answers to those questions so you become a more powerful Tarot reader and can take the training wheels off, so to speak.


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Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth

By Benebell Wen

Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth

Why this book?

If you’ve ever thought about using the Tarot for personal development instead of just divination, but didn’t know where to start, Holistic Tarot is the resource for you. Tarot cards are no substitute for a good therapist, but in this book, Benebell Wen shows you how to use the cards to better understand your emotions and desires and to help you remove blockages to your creativity and satisfaction with life. This is a structured and methodical approach that will give you practical results.


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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?

Tarot for Your Self is a classic that has stuck around because it’s such a great resource. Like Holistic Tarot, this book focuses on using the Tarot for personal growth. But Greer offers some unique methods beyond just Tarot spreads: from mandalas to meditations to rituals and guided visualizations, even charts, and diagrams for those who understand better through visual aids. Though the results are powerful, the methods are enjoyable, even playful, which is sometimes the motivation we need to do that all-important personal work – and is anything but intimidating.


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Tarot 101: Mastering the Art of Reading the Cards

By Kim Huggens

Tarot 101: Mastering the Art of Reading the Cards

Why this book?

This is a Tarot how-to book with a difference: It organizes the cards by theme, making it way easier to understand and remember their meanings compared to the usual memorize-them-one-at-a-time approach. The book is really a Tarot course in 22 lessons (it’s no coincidence that there are 22 Major Arcana cards in a Tarot deck!). Tarot 101 is an excellent resource for demystifying the Tarot and breaking it down into manageable chunks that make sense and that you can remember and use for the long term.


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