Today is Day 4 of the #31DaysofTarot Challenge by Ethony and the focus for today is the Top 5 Tarot Books of 2017! I love books so I was thrilled to see them as part of the challenge this month. I read a lot of e-books, so I felt that a blog post, rather than a video would be best for this particular topic.
Unlike my posts on the Top 5 Tarot and Oracle decks of 2017, I chose to list my favorite tarot books in general here, rather than focus only on those published last year. These are books I’ve enjoyed and recommend to other readers of various tarot reading skill levels.
1. Tarot for Your Self by Mary K. Greer
“Using the Tarot, she offers meditations, rituals, spreads, mandalas, visualizations, dialogues, charts, astrology, numerology, affirmations and healing all designed to allow you to experience your self in new and ever expanding ways. Tarot For Your Self is a personal journal and a workbook of tremendous value to the beginning aspirant as well as the advanced practitioner.”
I mention this deck in my blog post on advice for the beginner tarot reader. I love this book and still have my first copy of it I bought back when I began to read the cards. Its the books I recommend the most to aspiring readers who want to use the cards not just as a party trick but as an aid to their magickal, mental, and spiritual practice.
2. Mapping the Hero’s Journey with Tarot by Arwen Lynch
“The Hero’s Journey is a tried-and-true method of building your story. Because the goal here is to activate your voice and to use your imagination, there is no need to memorize anything. The Tarot is your tool because you are your own boss. Let this book give you a secret weapon disguised as 78 cards. Vision boards can be created. Outlines defeated. Your own creative voice comes out loud and clear.”
I highly recommend this book for witchy writers, especially if you, like me, are participating in National Novel Writing Month or Camp NaNoWriMo.
3. The Tarot Cafe by Sang-Sun Park
“Meet Pamela, a tarot card reader who helps supernatural beings living in the human world. She’ll help anyone, whether they’re a love-stricken cat, a vampire spending eternal life running from his one true love, an unattractive waitress looking for the man of her dreams, or even a magician who creates a humanoid doll to serve the woman he loves. Although she is good-natured, there is a deep dark secret that she must deal with before she can move on to the next life.”
Who said that my top 5 books on tarot had to all be non-fiction?
I picked up this manga as a teen. I was (and still am) a big fan of Japanese comics and cartoons (anime), especially those with an occult vibe. The Tarot Cafe appealed to my tarot and occult interest with a blend of fairy tales and romance.
4. Eileen Connolly’s Tarot the first handbooks for the Apprentice, the Journeyman, and the Master
These books almost didn’t make the list. I have a love/dislike relationship with some of the teachings in them. That being said, I think there is a lot in these books that tarot readers can better their practice with. My only suggestion is to remember that intuitive tarot is a true method of reading, just as other methods are also of benefit. Take what works for you and if something doesn’t resonate, leave it where you found it.
“Fully illustrated with the Connolly Tarot deck, this groundbreaking guidebook contains the results of a lifetime of Dr. Connolly’s research into the ancient concept of the Tarot. Her purpose is to aid the master student in uncovering the karmic force or purpose of intimate relationships, comprehending life’s obstacles, and attaining a true understanding of one’s soul and others’ souls.”
5. Understanding Aliester Crowley’s Thoth Tarot by Lon Milo DuQuette
“Originally published in 2003, Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot has proved to be the essential guide to accessing the unique symbolism and meaning of Aleister Crowley’s remarkable tarot deck along with the deeply textured artwork of Lady Frieda Harris. Crowley authority Lon Milo DuQuette starts by providing an insightful historical background before delving into descriptions of each card in depth, from a tarot perspective and from an expanded, magickal point of view. He first describes the tarot meaning of each card in detail and then explains all the other attributions Crowley intended.”
One of the first books I’ve ever read on tarot, this book brought the cards into a totally new perspective for me. While, yes, this book is on the Thoth Tarot by Crowley, I’ve learned information about tarot that I’ve been able to bring with me when reading many decks, including the Rider-Waite-Smith and modern, artistic decks.
While not a book on tarot, I think tarot readers with an irreverent mindset will enjoy this book. Gwynne Michele uses tarot to help readers go deep with journal prompts that truly make a difference in mindset. I’m enjoying this book greatly right now with my tarot journey and couldn’t create a list of books on tarot without at least a mention of it here.
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