Highly Recommend Tarot Decks and Books for Beginners

Highly Recommend Tarot Decks and Books for Beginners

Navigating the Tarot world can be a bit over whelming when you first start out, as there are 1000’s of decks & books to choose from! On one hand, the amount of choices you have is absolutely amazing, as you can choose what resonates with you. However, as a beginner all the choices can make the selection process a bit daunting, as you might not be familiar with the deck styles or the book authors. 

If you are looking to grow and develop your Tarot skills then you’ll be interested in this blog post! As a Teacher and Reader of the Tarot, here are my top Tarot books and decks that I recommend to my students:

Top 5 Tarot Books

1. Back in 2010, I led a Tarot Book Club in New Westminster, BC for about a year and then a friend took over for a couple of months. The first book that the Tarot Book Club did was Mary K. Greer’s 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card. Mary Greer’s book made me look at the Tarot from a different view point that deepened my understanding! 

2. If you are symbolism junkie like myself then you’ll want to know why a card, such as The Magician has engravings on the side of the table or why he is wearing a snake belt. If you want to know the meanings of the symbolism in the cards then   The Ultimate Guide to the Rider Waite Tarot  by Johannes Fiebig & Evelin Burger is perfect for you! 

3.  Exploring the meaning of the cards and discovering the personal meanings of each card for yourself can be a magical experience. The importance of a Tarot spread that resonates with your heart space can’t be undervalued, as you’ll be able to give yourself and others an intuitive reading more easily.  Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings by Barbara Moore is an invaluable book if you are looking to create your own Tarot spreads.

4. A classic favorite of many Readers of the Tarot is Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot by Rachel Pollack. Full of rich wisdom and knowledge that is invaluable! 

5. Not all Readers of the Tarot read the cards in the reversed position. I read my cards in the ill-dignified position, as I find that it adds another layer of depth  to my readings. The only book that I recommend for learning reversals is Mary Greer’s, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals (Special Topics in Tarot Series)

Top 5 Tarot Decks

1. As a beginner, you want to use a deck that has simple imagery like the The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck. In fact the The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck is the best deck to start your Tarot journey with, as most modern day deck are based on the Rider-Waite. If you can read the The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck then you will be able to easily pick up any modern deck and be able to receive messages from the cards.  

2. Crystal Visions Tarot by Jennifer Galasso is based on the Rider-Waite Deck, but the imagery is more gentle. Also, you can read the body language and facial expressions of the figures in each card more easily than the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck. 

3. The Gilded Tarot Deck by Ciro Marchetti is a popular deck with my Tarot students, as a large portion of them have purchased this deck as there second deck because the illustrations are based on the Rider-Waite model.

4. Llewellyn’s Classic Tarot created by Barbara Moore and Eugene Smith is simply stunning, as the illustrations trigger your intuition and speak to your soul. 

5. Spiral Tarot Deck is a wonderful deck for beginners who are interested in astrology, as the Major Arcana cards have the astrological and elemental symbols and also the Hebrew letters on each card. 


Love & Blessings,

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