The #1 question I get asked is for Tarot book recommendations and educational resources, so here they are! These are all books/websites/podcasts that have informed my personal practice and that I have found helpful. That means not every Tarot text out there is on this list, only the ones I’ve felt particularly drawn to and/or had time to read. (I’ve got a stack waiting, believe me.)
Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen. This book is a densely researched brick and is one of my faves. Wen also cites her sources, which I find invaluable in a Tarot text.
Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack. A seminal classic and must-read.
Tarot for Your Self by Mary K. Greer. A great workbook for beginners.
Learning the Tarot by Joan Bunning. Another good starting place for beginners. A lot of the materials are also available online. (See under Free Resources below.)
Tarot Face to Face: Using the Cards in Your Everyday Life by Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin. Helpful book on the practice and ethics of reading for other people. Great for those who have experience reading for themselves and are looking to take the step into reading professionally.
The Dark Exact Tarot Guide by Coleman Stevenson. It may be a guide book for the Dark Exact deck, but it’s also a great resource for reading with any deck. I particularly love the focus on the Major Arcana as part of the alchemical process.
Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A.E. Waite. One of the seminal Tarot texts by the creator of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, published 1911. Public domain means you can read it for free online here.
Oracle of the Tarot by Paul Foster Case. Another classic work, published 1933. Public domain download here.
Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés. If you’re femme and haven’t read this yet, what are you doing.
Anything by Joseph Campbell. The Power of Myth is a good place to start.
Any books on symbols. I have The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols by Jean Chevalier and Alain Gheerbrant, trans. John Buchanan-Brown.
Tarot for the Wild Soul: Such a great place to start learning Tarot or to deepen your existing relationship with Tarot. Lindsey Mack provides insights and wisdom that surprise me all the time. I highly recommend this podcast to everyone, from beginner to expert.
Root Lock Radio: Basically an audio course in reading Tarot! Weston is informative and thoughtful, and his guidance is practical and deeply useful.
Learning the Tarot: an on-line course, by Joan Bunning. (Free!)
Little Red Tarot. “Alternative approaches to Tarot, ritual, magic, & more.” Great website with a diverse perspective and lots of free material on the blog. While I haven’t personally taken it, I’ve heard good things about their Alternative Tarot Course.
Benebell Wen’s website has a treasure trove of free offerings for Tarot students in the form of study guides, videos, and downloadable PDFs. If you’re thinking of going pro and starting your own Tarot business, Wen (who’s a lawyer by day) basically lays out all the legal and business stuff for you and provides language for privacy policies and legal disclaimers for all to use. Go here and scroll down to the bottom, to the supplements under the Advanced Student section. I’m so grateful for this human, I can’t even tell you.
The Tarot Lady has free resources and free online courses for learning Tarot and astrology, as well as a number of podcasts on Tarot, astrology, and business.
Biddy Tarot. A Tarot giant becoming ever more corporate, but her free content, especially the card meanings, is handy and accessible for beginners. A note on Biddy’s Tarot course: her paid online course offers a Tarot “certification,” which I do have to call bullshit on because no one can “certify” anyone else in Tarot, in my beliefs. Tarot is entirely about accessing our own intuition and integrating our wisdom learned through life experience and ancestral knowledge, and no fancy piece of paper can give you that. That is certainly not to say that you can’t learn from teachers (I am one, after all), but only that anyone who tries to tell you that you need a “certification” from an “accredited program” (accredited by who, exactly?) is selling you some snake oil. I couldn’t in good conscience direct my readers to her site without that disclaimer. That being said, totally go use her free learning content.