Thinking of learning to read Tarot for yourself? I’ve compiled a short list of cards and books that may help. Although many people start with The Rider Tarot Deck (also called ‘Rider-Waite’) I strongly recommend the Morgan-Greer deck. The imagery is very similar, but with slightly updated and refined artwork that I prefer. The artwork in the Sacred Rose Deck has more intense colours with fewer, larger, details that some might prefer while others find distracting. There are
dozens hundreds of other designs offered; many using Rider Deck based imagery and its arrangement of Major Arcana titles.
Using different decks all based on the standard 78 card arrangement may be easier than adding other kinds of decks to your repertoire early on. Other kinds (‘oracle’, ‘divination’ or ‘spiritual’ decks) have unique card names, images and suggested interpretations. While valuable tools in their own right it is important to understand what purpose their designers had in mind. I use the three First Nations decks listed below, as well as two D.Virtue Oracle Decks I was gifted last year. The Morgan-Greer tarot deck is my default for readings at GuncleTarot.com.
The Complete Guide to the Tarot by Eden Gray, is a Kindle version of a classic book that’s a great introduction to the Tarot. In fact Ms Gray’s three books introduced the Tarot to generations of card readers, any one of them a great resource for folks interested in Tarot philosophy in the early to mid 20th Century.
Power Tarot and The Creative Tarot are newer additions to my library, but I highly recommend each title. The first of those is now about 20 years old, but is a great introduction to the cards as well as being packed with “more than 100 spreads that give specific answers to your most important questions.” The second book is just a few years old. It was written for Artists, with some very focused spreads. I use spreads from both; see GuncleTarot.com. Volume 1 of The Encyclopaedia of the Tarot is for those who really want to get a feel for the history of Tarot.
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