Reading Tarot often means reading anything and everything we can get our hands on! From books and guidebooks to worksheets and blogs – as Tarot readers, we like to have a lot of information available.
But while we love to learn, sometimes it can lead to overwhelm. With so many options available, how do you know what to choose? Where should you spend your energy, time, and money?
A few years ago, I shared my take on the Best Tarot Books for Beginners. With so many new resources on the market now (including my own!), it’s time to update the list.
Before you spend hours searching for your next guidebook, read this list of the top 10 best Tarot books.
The Top 10 Best Tarot Books
The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings, by Brigit Esselmont
My beloved eBook is now more comprehensive than ever and available in paperback! If you’ve ever wanted instant access to all the Tarot card meanings for nearly every type of reading, this is the book for you.
Inside this fresh, modern, practical guide, you’ll find:
- Comprehensive upright and reversed Tarot card meanings
- Images and detailed descriptions of the 78 Rider-Waite Tarot cards
- Quick reference keyword charts for each Tarot card (including upright and reversed)
- Tarot card meanings for everyday situations including detailed interpretations for relationships, career, finances, spirituality, personality, health, and well-being
- Suggested Tarot card combinations and what they mean in a reading
- Inspiring quotes to increase your conceptual understanding of each card
The Ultimate Guide is your comprehensive guide to Tarot Card Meanings – it has everything you need to read the cards like a pro.
Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth, by Benebell Wen
The Tarot has been used as a form of divination for more than two centuries. Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen showcases an easy-to-follow approach to using the Tarot to tap into subconscious knowledge and creativity.
Holistic Tarot is a guide for using Tarot for personal development. With a little something for everyone, the book is designed for use by new and advanced Tarot readers.
Who are You in the Tarot?: Discover Your Birth and Year Cards and Uncover Your Destiny, by Mary K. Greer
Did you know you have Tarot cards associated with your birthdate and name? They form a pattern and help describe the themes of your life.
In this book, Mary Greer connects astrology and numerology to the Tarot to create an in-depth personality profile. Use this book and the personality profile for self-realization, personal harmony, and to create a deeper understanding of the Tarot.
Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot, by Rachel Pollack
Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom has been called the “bible of Tarot readers”. It was originally two volumes, but now both are available in one book.
In this book, Rachel Pollack draws on mythology and esoteric traditions while diving into the symbolism of each card. But unlike many other guides, this book looks at each card from a modern psychological slant – based on the pictures of the cards, rather than a system of occult symbolism.
Tarot 101: Mastering the Art of Reading the Cards, by Kim Huggens
Another must-have for any Tarot lover is Tarot 101. This book helps to demystify the art of reading Tarot and includes 22 lessons in reading the cards. Each lesson introduces an essential concept broken down into topics with tips, key terms, and activities for hands-on learning.
The cards are grouped according to shared themes in this book, which is another way to learn the cards and gain a deeper understanding of the Tarot. The book is designed to be used with the Tarot deck of your choice and the lessons can be completed at your own pace.
21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card, by Mary K. Greer
Another book by Mary K. Greer, 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card details Greer’s approach to interpreting the cards. This approach is made up of 21 techniques that can be used in any combination for new insights and perspectives on each card.
The techniques laid out in the book include interpretation methods, storytelling, sketching, symbols, metaphors, dialogues, acting, and other exercises designed to stimulate the imagination and bring about interaction and transformation.
Tarot for Beginners: A Practical Guide to Reading the Cards, by Barbara Moore
In Tarot for Beginners, Barbara Moore explains the core divinatory meanings of all 78 cards. The explanations are broken down by Major and Minor Arcana, suit, and number.
The book includes a variety of spreads and sample readings to help you develop your Tarot skills and create your own unique style.
Psychic Tarot: Using your Natural Psychic Abilities to Read the Cards, by Nancy Antenucci and Melanie Howard
The Psychic Tarot guidebook is designed to help you learn to read Tarot while using your innate psychic skills.
Inside the book, you’ll find creative exercises you can use with any deck, plus sample readings and spreads, and stories to help you gain inspiration, guidance, and insight. You’ll also learn simple techniquest for energy readings, and instructions for keeping a journal to heighten your skills.
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.
Listen to the Biddy Tarot Podcast episode featuring Melissa Cynova and learn:
- All about Melissa’s book Kitchen Table Tarot
- Melissa’s style of Tarot reading, which is accessible and real, and approaches it from where we are right now
- How Melissa found her Tarot Tribe
Modern Tarot: Connecting with Your Higher Self through the Wisdom of the Cards, by Michelle Tea
In Modern Tarot, Michelle Tea shows how you don’t have to believe in the supernatural or use Tarot solely as a divination tool. Her focus is on how Tarot can offer deep, transformative connection to our higher selves.
You’ll also find illustrations of all 78 cards and Tea’s descriptions of each of the cards, as well as specially-designed card-based rituals that can be used with any deck to guide you on your path.
Ready to take the next step?
Now more than ever, all types of people are looking for the answers within and through Tarot, but reading Tarot doesn’t have to be a lonely journey.
The Biddy Tarot Community is a modern learning community for people who love Tarot, want to improve their Tarot reading skills, and who desire a deeper connection with their intuition.
When you join the Biddy Tarot Community, you will be surrounded and uplifted by a community of fellow Tarot lovers.
As a member of the Biddy Tarot Community, you’ll have access to classes and lessons on everything from the basics of reading Tarot to new spreads – and you can do it on your own schedule, at your own pace. Then, when you’re ready, you can offer free readings to people who are willing to give you kind, constructive feedback. (The best way to learn!) And you’ll be able to ask for second opinions on your readings, learn how other Tarot lovers interpret the cards, and talk shop with Tarot lovers from all around the world.