Tarot Resources To Make The Most Of Your Practice
Whether you're a beginner or more advanced in your knowledge of tarot cards, sometimes we all need a little extra hand when it comes to understanding the cards. Even the most professional tarot reader will have a variety of books on the trade that they turn to now and again, whether that's to brush up on their skills or to help them out during a sticky situation.
As I've said a million times before, there is always something new to learn with tarot, and not knowing everything about it doesn't make you a bad reader. A good reader is someone who is always prepared to learn something new, take advice on board and step out of their comfort zone.
I've been reading for 6 years now and I still have a box full of tarot books that I look through every now and again and turn to when I feel I need some extra guidance. And I know I've said before that you shouldn't rely on textbook meanings of the cards, but just because you shouldn't rely on them doesn't mean that you can't use them at all.
Tarot resources are amazing for reference - the trick is not to depend on these books too much, tarot is after all about developing your intuition. So instead of researching the card meanings as soon as you're done with your reading, use your intuition first to tell you what that card means for you and how it applies to your life, write that down in your journal and then do your research.
Here are a few of my favourite tarot resources.
Danielle Noel is the creator of the beautiful Starchild Tarot Deck and this book compliments her tarot deck well. But don't worry, this book works for all tarot decks so you don't have to go out and purchase the Starchild deck to use this. This is an easy-to-read and visually appealing guidebook, full of wonderful tarot knowledge and beautiful illustrations - it is quite literally a work of art. The Book Of Tarot will teach you how to read and use your cards, all 78 card meanings (upright and reversed) and their correspondences among other things. This book will really help you use tarot for self-discovery, reflection and inner-clarity and will feel right at home on your bookshelf - or altar. Get it here.
Do I need to tell you more than the title already does? This book has everything you need to know about tarot cards, from it's history to modern day with everything in between. This will take you through the basics of choosing and understanding your deck, how to ask your question, preparing for your reading and how to perform your reading. Sarah Bartlett provides us with all the tarot information that we will ever need and brings it across beautifully from the writing to the illustrations used. She talks about the mysteries that the cards hold themselves and the symbolic nature and in-depth meanings of all 78 cards along with a magical collection of spreads that have been organised into different topics - if you're a newbie, you won't find better resources than this book. Get it here.
Michelle Tea really does breathe fresh air into tarot with this brilliant book. She takes away the supernatural and divination aspects of tarot and focuses completely on the spiritual aspects of it, which I love. If you prefer using tarot as a spiritual tool to guide you through self-development and personal growth, this book will certainly benefit you. As the title suggests, this book is all about using tarot to connect with your higher self. And with Michelle Tea's unique outlook on tarot reading and her brilliant sense of humour, Modern Tarot will definitely take you on a wonderful journey to self-improvement through the tarot cards. Get it here.
I won't lie, I didn't do any research into this book before I purchased it - I'd never even heard of it - I just saw the title and knew that this would be my kind of book. And guess what, it was such a delight to read. Yes, it's as cheeky inside as the title suggests. This book is a beginner's guide - the title gives that one away - but honestly, it's worth a read however advanced you are in your readings. WTF Is Tarot looks at tarot from a completely magical point of view, also incorporating other magickal and spiritual practices. This book is completely different from your average guide but for me, the way that Bakara Wintner interprets the cards with every-day life associations - humanising the tarot to make it more relatable - makes this book the perfect modern-day tarot guide. Get it here.
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What are your go-to tarot resources whenever you need to guidance or to brush up on your skills? Let us know below in the comments!