The Whimsical Arcane
TAROT BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS
Updated: Sep 7, 2022
Here's an active list where I share books I've read and reviewed and books that I still haven't read but have plans to.
Tarot and the Archetypal Journey: The Jungian Path from Darkness to Light
By default I'm really into Jung so I devour as much books as I can that has Jung in the title. This particular book is, I would say, essential in any tarot reader / cartomancer to help truly connect with the characters in the tarot deck. Learning the archetypes creates a sense of familiarity that allows anyone to relate to the specific card making your interpretation accurate + at the same time you are able to face your own darkness in the process.
Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth by Benebell Wen
Benebell has been known as an extremely detailed writer. Anything that she writes is worth reading. This e/book is a comprehensive Tarot guidebook for newbies and even seasoned Tarot Readers. Also, if you don't like the massive (literally) physical book, going digital might be the solution for you.
Where To Get: FullyBooked, Amazon, Kindle
Tarot For Change by Jessica Dore
I really like how Jessica Dore grounds readers into looking at the cards and read it with a self-care mindset so you can be comfortable accepting and adjusting with change.
Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Tarot Journey to Self-Awareness by Rachel Pollack
The go-to book for every tarot reader because it teaches how to look at the cards through the journey of The Fool!
Where To Get: Amazon
Modern Tarot: Connecting with Your Higher Self Through The Wisdom of the Cards by Michelle Tea
I find this book by Michelle Tea relatable as she share life experiences and connects them with Tarot (which can be a great learning approach). It's like asking a sister to tell you a story that has moral lessons in the end.
WTF is Tarot?: ...& How Do I Do It? by Bakara Wintner
This to me has the same vibes with Michelle Tea's book since they are both relatable and insightful. If the title did not catch your attention and somehow intuitively did not get the vibe of this book, I don't know what will. Honestly, this is a fun reference Tarot guide for any Tarot beginner.
Your Tarot Court: Read Any Deck With Confidence by Ethony Dawn
Ethony is my tarot mentor and when I read her book it's as if I can hear her voice exactly. Her style of teaching comes with exercises or activities where you have to sit down and get to know the cards. She uses pop culture for reference to make tarot court more relatable and easier to understand. This is a good starter book for those who would like to get to know the Tarot Court.
Tarot Deciphered: Decoding Esoteric Symbolism in Modern Tarot by T. Susan Chang and M. M. Meleen
This book covers everything - from esoteric tarot to astrological concepts to Qabalah to mytthology to Thoth to Golden Dawn and more. This is a handy book for intermediate - advanced readers.
Untold Tarot: The Lost Art of Reading Ancient Tarot by Caitlín Matthews
I heard a lot of good things about this book but still haven't got a copy so I'm not leaving any stars until I read it.
Where To Get: Amazon