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The Best Tarot Books and Decks for Beginners

By August 24, 2017

Best Tarot booksI believe the Tarot reflects back to us what we already know within ourselves – our inner wisdom.

We may already be consciously aware of the message or insight we receive in a Tarot reading, in which case, the reading can be a heartening confirmation of what we already know. Or, we might be completely unaware of the message – until now.

It’s as if the Tarot cards create the instant connection to our subconscious minds so we can access what we already know deep within, and bring it into our conscious awareness where we can now take action. Neat, right?!

If you’re new to Tarot – and want to explore more of it so you can connect in to your subconscious mind, you’re going to need a deck (of course) and 2 – 3 good Tarot books. Here are my recommendations on the best Tarot books and decks for beginners.

The Best Tarot Decks for Beginners

Choosing a Tarot deck can be incredibly overwhelming. There are literally hundreds of different Tarot decks to choose from, all with their own symbolism, energy, stories, mythology and artwork.

So, where do you begin? How do you sift through the vast array of choices to find your perfect Tarot deck? Well, that’s another blog post entirely, but these decks are where I would start if I were just learning.

Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot

The Radiant Rider-Waite is an updated and more vibrant version of the classic Rider-Waite Tarot. The Rider-Waite is what most Tarot books, decks, and systems are based from, so it’s hands down the best deck for beginners. You’ll notice that I use the Radiant Rider-Waite all over this website.

I use the Radiant Rider Waite for teaching Tarot and reading Tarot professionally.

Sometimes, however, I like to change things up, depending on the client and the question asked, and may dip into my Tarot deck collection. For personal readings, I often have a ‘deck of the month’ –a particular Tarot deck I’m loving and exploring, all within the safety of my personal readings.

The Gaian Tarot

This is a beautiful, healing deck with imagery that is easy to read and interpret. It’s got a very soulful, earthy, and grounded energy. And the guidebook is one of the best out there.

The Wild Unknown Tarot 

Kim Krans’ Wild Unknown Tarot is a modern take on the Rider Waite deck (and is absolutely gorgeous). This deck has taken the world by storm. It’s one of the most instagrammable decks out there – and in fact – you can find it sold in Urban Outfitters and other major retailers!



The Best Tarot Books for Beginners 

If you’ve ever learned Tarot with me or read much of this blog, you’ll know there is one thing I insist every Tarot student does:

“Put the book down!” 

But, there is an exception to the rule. (Isn’t there always?!)

While the ultimate goal is to create your own interpretations of the Tarot cards, it can be helpful to have a few good ‘go to’ resources when it comes to reading Tarot.

As you start to build your Tarot library, think about what books and websites will be most helpful for providing you with a trusted source of information about Tarot card meanings and Tarot reading techniques.

The author and their world view has to resonate with you. They should ‘speak your language,’ if you will. So these are my personal recommendations, but remember – you should choose what’s best for you.


My Personal Recommendations 

Here are my top Tarot book recommendations for the new Tarot reader:


The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings by Brigit Esselmont 

Ever wished you could have instant access to all the Tarot card meanings for nearly every type of reading…Love, career, finance, spirituality and more? It’s all inside The Ultimate Guide. This is a fresh, modern, practical guide to the meanings of every Tarot card (upright and reversed) without the fluff…that͛’s easy to use, too!

Available as either a digital download or a paperback book.

Learning the Tarot by Joan Bunning 

One of the first places I started when I was learning the Tarot card meanings was Joan Bunning’s website,

In her book, she provides practical interpretations of the 78 Tarot cards and 19 lessons on how to read the cards. It’s simple and easy-to-understand and is a great starting place for the beginner.

Tarot for Your Self by Mary K Greer

This is an oldie but a goodie! Mary K Greer is one of the gurus of Tarot and in her book, Tarot for Your Self, she has created something more like a workbook or Tarot journal which includes meditations, rituals, spreads, mandalas, visualisations, dialogues, charts, astrology, numerology, affirmations and healing all designed to allow you to experience Tarot for yourself in a hands-on way. This book is an excellent learning tool for those who are new to Tarot as well as the advanced practitioner.


Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack 

In what is often called the bible of Tarot, Rachel Pollack explores the Tarot as a tool for personal growth. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom draws on both the traditional symbolism of the cards and the more modern psychological aspects of the cards to help the reader truly appreciate the deeper meaning of the Tarot. This is a must for all Tarot readers.

Kitchen Table Tarot: Pull Up a Chair, Shuffle the Cards, and Lets Talk Tarot by Melissa Cynova 

Kitchen Table Tarot is the result of years spent sitting down with friends and neighbors who had questions about the Tarot. Melissa Cynova has heard all of the questions and misconceptions that can confuse people, and she wrote this book as a guide through those questions and experiences.

In this book, you’ll find straightforward guidance on decks, spreads, card meanings, and symbolism. Plus, it’s filled with Melissa’s real-life examples and explanations of the Tarot.

Holistic TarotAn Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth by Benebell Wen 

This is a beast of a book at 800+ pages, but it covers all bases and will no doubt be a well-loved resource as you grow and develop as a Tarot reader.

Benebell provides a detailed and integrated view of the Tarot, including the history of the Tarot and the esoteric traditions that influence the symbolism within the cards.

Holistic Tarot also showcases how to use the Tarot to tap into subconscious knowledge and creativity with different reading techniques and practices. With a little something for everyone, the book is designed for use by new and advanced Tarot readers.


Where to Purchase Tarot Books 

By far, the largest collection of Tarot books can be found on You’ll also find a selection of Tarot books in the ‘big brand’ bookstores, plus your local new age stores.

Or if you’re on a limited budget, then try your local library (it’s free!).


If you’re new to Tarot, I have just the Tarot tutorial for you.

I believe anyone can read Tarot – including YOU – that’s why I created a free eBook that includes five simple steps to help you read Tarot with confidence.

In this free workbook and tutorial series, I’ll lead you through 5 fun and practical activities you can use straight away to connect with the Tarot and your intuition.

Plus, you’ll receive my weekly newsletter with the Tarot card forecast and tips to help you read Tarot with confidence.

The 7 Steps to Read Tarot for Yourself With Clarity

Download this free PDF resource to discover how to create accurate and insightful Tarot readings every time you consult the Tarot cards!