Tarot for Beginners Part 4 – Top Tarot Books For Beginners

Is there anything better than a cup of tea, your favourite Tarot deck, and a fantastic Tarot book? I think not.

Hi Tarot Tribe, today we are going through the fourth part of my Tarot for Beginners series – The Top Tarot Books for Beginners.

In case you missed the first three parts of the series:

Before I begin, as with everything I share, take what resonates with you and simply leave the rest.

In this post, I am reviewing books that are focused on the Rider Waite Smith system. I do have a number of Tarot books about all different Tarot systems and subjects but these have been chosen to work in the series of the blog posts and videos.

Please keep in mind that these books are not in an order that indicates a rating system.

This is also not the be all and end all of Tarot books for beginners, or Tarot books in general. These are just some books for you to consider. I could actually recommend an entire fucking library but too much in the beginning can be overwhelming.

Many of us read a number of Tarot books while we are learning the art of Tarot and continue to grow our library over the years. Here are the books that I would recommend to a Tarot beginner.

Tarot Books for Beginners 2

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

So many Tarot books are written because of this book by AE Waite. It’s a bit dry and there is not a lot of snazzy language present but it is written by the dude who had the famous Rider Waite Smith deck made so it is worth a read. It is also pretty small so you can read it pretty quickly.

The New Tarot Handbook: Master the Meanings of the Cards

I just love the way that Rachel Pollack has set her book out. The bulk of this book is dedicated to card descriptions with a section in the back about readings. Each card has some quick information that you can work with and then it does deeper. There is a Tarot Spread for each of the Major Arcana cards at the end of the card description which is a really nice way to get to know the energy of the cards.

Not only is the book great but Rachel Pollack is a fucking Tarot legend.

Learning the Tarot

This is a great book by Joan Bunning and one that I have read more than once. There are a lot of exercises in the book as well as great information about each of the cards. There is also card combinations for both supporting combos and combinations that are opposing.

Not only is the print book worth having the whole course is online and it is free. Excellent book.

78 Degrees of Wisdom

Another gem by Rachel Pollack. I am pretty sure that if you asked a room full of seasoned Tarot Readers what book they would say is recommended reading and this title is going to come up. It is a little meatier in content as in more academic but don’t let that scare you, it’s a classic for a reason and has so much to offer.

Holistic Tarot

This is considered a modern classic in the Tarot world and there is a good reason for that. Benebell Wen is intelligent and the level of information in this book is worth way more than you pay for the book.

One word. Quality.

Holistic Tarot is extremely informative and you will have a great time delving into the world of Tarot with this book for weeks if not months. It is a fantastic reference book as well.

Tarot Coloring Book 

Theresa Reed knows her shit and she is one heck of a Tarot badass. It is not just a coloring book there is some stellar information at the beginning of this book and it is straightforward and memorable.

This is an excellent book for learning the symbols of the Tarot as you are coloring you will notice things you have never noticed before. You can spend some quality time getting to know the 78 cards that make the deck.

The large format of the book allows for additional notes as well and thank the Tarot Gods for it being spiral bound.

Kitchen Table Tarot

Melissa Cynova’s Kitchen Table Tarot is another book that goes through each of the Tarot cards with additional information about the Tarot in general and the elements of a reading.

What I love most about this book is that it is really conversational and entertaining, as well as full of great information. It is a modern take on Tarot which will give you some great insight into how Tarot can show up in the real world. Plus it is sassy which is 100% my cup of tea.

That’s my list.

You can pick one of these books and have a merry ole time learning some core meanings of the cards.

I hope you enjoyed the video and I would love to hear from you. What is the first Tarot book you read? What Tarot books would you recommend to a beginner? I will see your hot self in Part 5.

  • Oldriska
    Posted at 08:08h, 08 March Reply

    Thank you Lisa Mena I appreciate your comment

  • Elouan
    Posted at 13:20h, 10 March Reply

    Then I shuffle the Tarot deck that recently came into my life through one of my closest friends.

  • Brandon
    Posted at 12:58h, 20 May Reply

    Unfortunately “The Tarot Coloring Book” no longer comes in spiral binding. Makes me so sad! I wish I had gotten it sooner, but it is still an awesome resource.

    • Ethony
      Posted at 10:28h, 21 May Reply

      Oh that is a bummer.

  • Claire
    Posted at 09:36h, 10 June Reply

    I have most of these books, my go to favourite is wft is tarot! Ethony I recommend that one for you. It’s modern and like chatting to the girls, plus it’s so funny

    • Ethony
      Posted at 15:44h, 10 June Reply

      I will have to check it out

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