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’ or ‘Rider/ Waite/ Smith’) 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.

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. The other books listed here are newer additions to my library, but I highly recommend each title.

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