Top 10 Tarot Resources
The most important resource when reading Tarot? Yourself. Allow the images to speak to your younger/psychic self. Center and ground yourself, and listen to what comes into your consciousness. You have everything you need inside you. Tarot offers you the chance to take a step back and look at your life from a different perspective. What message does your higher self want you to receive?
That being said, I learned from books first. I was often surprised by how relevant the words were to my situation. This list is very personal and reflects the resources that were available to me when I was first started learning, as well as contemporary online tools that are accessible from my phone when I am on the go.
What are your favorite sources of Tarot wisdom?
A founding grandmother of Tarot books, Rachel Pollack's wisdom is foundational. This was my first book, bought in an English bookstore while I was studying abroad in Vienna. My favorite thing about this book is the use of images from several different decks. As a newbie I appreciated seeing a variety of visual interpretations of the same theme.
My first deck was Aleister Crowley's Thoth cards. They are a bit intense and dark, but beautiful and mystical. I worked with this deck for a long time, primarily because I love the explanations and descriptions by Hajo Banzhaf. This book shaped my world view, taught me a ton about the symbols used in the cards, and helped me connect with the invisible forces at work in my world. The writing is dense. Get your highlighter ready.
Focusing on the Minor Arcana, Isabel Radow Kliegman's book taught me about Kabbalah and the significance of the numbers of the cards. I also appreciate her take on the court cards, which can be a bit tricky to navigate.
This popular book by Joan Bunning is filled with keywords. I like to use it as a quick reference. Her bullet-point lists are easy to read at a glance. She picks three to four words that capture the essence of the card from different perspectives. Under each keyword are related words that help flesh out the meaning, providing clarity and flexibility to her definitions.
It's a classic! Conceived and written by A.E. Waite, and illustrated by Pamela Coleman Smith, this deck was first published by the Rider Company. The symbology is iconic, easy to read stories into each card. The imagery uses archetypical imagery pulling from Christianity, Paganism, and Mysticism.
The imagery is beautiful, filled with references to natural cycles and shamanic practices. The wisdom shared in the little white book that comes with the deck is fantastic. Gayan Sylvie Winter and Jo Dosé have wonderful insight into the lessons and medicine to be gained from each card.
I don't own this physical deck (but I would LOVE to). It is out of print! I use the app on my phone. Created by Joanna Powell Colbert, this deck is filled with images from her life. The people are from her community, and the landscapes and animals are from her home in the Puget Sound. JPC's wisdom is insightful and compassionate. This book is hopeful, grounded, and magical. It may be my favorite.
Brigit Esselmont is the boss babe behind Biddy Tarot. She is dedicated to making Tarot mainstream and accessible to everyone. This site started like a Tarot journal as Brigit learned how to read the cards, and she posted all her collected ideas about the meanings of the cards. Click here to access her library of card meanings. Scroll down until you see the Major Arcana. It's an awesome resource on the go.
Theresa Reed is known as The Tarot Lady, creator of the Tarot Coloring Book. She's been at this a while. I like that each podcast is short, exploring just one card at a time. She has great advice for looking at the symbols, and ways to explore and embody the card as a meditation.
This is an extra. I love the Native American wisdom in these cards. Jamie Sams and David Carson's deck is an invitation to examine the animals that show up in your life. Each animal has its own message and medicine.
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