If You're Interested in Tarot, These Books Will Get You Started

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Learn to read the cards with the help of these books!

Tarot Books

In troubled world, people turn to many different places as they seek guidance. Some folks read self-help books while others go to therapy or talk to a trusted confidant in their lives. More and more, people are turning to tarot for guidance as well. These books about tarot can help you learn about tarot if it's something you're interested in.

Tarot isn't something that will fix all the problems in your life--nothing can do that--but that doesn't mean it can't have it's place in your life. Many people use tarot as a form of meditation and as a way to center themselves, while others like the way it can shed new light on questions you may have.

There are tons of reasons people read tarot cards and, if you're interested in learning, these books about tarot are a great place to start!

1. Modern Tarot: Connecting with Your Higher Self through the Wisdom of the Cards by Michelle Tea


Michelle Tea may be known for her memoirs, but she once supporter herself giving tarot readings in San Francisco. With over twenty-five years of tarot-reading experience, Tea brings "unique insight" and "wicked humor" to this guide that offers insight into each card. What's unique about Tea's book is her descriptions on how readers can use the cards for self growth and better integrate each card into their life.

Get Modern Tarot here.

2. 365 Tarot Spreads: Revealing the Magic in Each Day by Sasha Graham


The title of Sasha Graham's 365 Tarot Spreads: Revealing the Magic in Each Day is pretty self-explanatory, but that's the beauty of it. Broken up by month, the book features a tarot spread for each day of the year, which is an incredible way to gain a better grasp on reading cards. The book features some incredible spreads, kicking off the year with the Vision Board Spread and Speak with Ancestors Spread for January 1st and 2nd. I also recommend checking out Graham's companion boo, 365 Tarot Spells: Creating the Magic in Each Day.

Get 365 Tarot Spreads here.

3. Kitchen Table Tarot: Pull Up a Chair, Shuffle the Cards, and Let's Talk Tarot by Melissa Cynova


If you're looking for a conversational yet no-nonsense approach to learning tarot, Kitchen Table Tarot is just the book you're looking for! Cynova provides the card overview most tarot books have, but her book also answers many of the questions we ask ourselves when we're new to tarot. My favorite parts of the book are the exercises to try and the list of diverse tarot decks to check out.

Get Kitchen Table Tarot here.

4. Tarot for Troubled Times: Confront Your Shadow, Heal Your Self & Transform the World by Shaheen Miro and Theresa Reed


We all run into difficult times in our lives, times when things seem worse than usual. That's where Shaheen Miro and Theresa Reed's Tarot for Troubled Times comes in. In the book, they guide readers through different healing practices for both themselves and the world, using tarot as an ally to help guide you. They cover ways to empower ourselves to heal what ails us.

Get Tarot for Troubled Times here.

5. Tarot for Your Self: A Workbook for Personal Transformation Mary Greer


First published in 1984, Mary Greer's Tarot for Your Self: A Workbook for Personal Transformation is a tarot classic. Greer puts an emphasis on self-teaching, your own insight, and the book as a guide. The book isn't kidding when it calls itself a workbook. There are tarot journal exercises to fill in as you learn and gain a relationship with your cards.

Get Tarot for Your Self

6. Story Arcana: Tarot for Writers by Caroline Donahue


Yes, Caroline Donahue's Story Arcana: Tarot for Writers teaches you about the cards, but it's a lot more than that. It's also an amazing companion for those who love both tarot and writing. Geared toward helping you through writer's block, Story Arcana features customized spreads you can use to ask the questions your story needs answered. Each card in the book comes with writing prompts, allowing you to work through writer's block and provide insight both you and your story.

Get Story Arcana here.

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