What Tarot decks and books do you recommend for an absolute Tarot beginner?

Posted by Joseph Constantine-ADMIN on November 5, 2014

What Tarot decks and books do you recommend for an absolute Tarot beginner?

A: If you are a Tarot beginner, its best to keep it simple. You might be tempted to buy a whole bunch of decks and books, but I would recommend purchasing just one deck and one or two books to start. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself!

Note: the Amazon.com links in this article are my affiliate links, which means if you click on that link and buy that product, I will receive a percentage of the sale.

I highly recommend buying the basic Rider-Waite Tarot Deck (sometimes called the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot Deck or RWS for short). This is the best tarot deck for learning on for two reasons:

  1. The images in the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck are clear, simple and easy to learn.
  2. Most modern Tarot decks are based on the images and meanings of the RWS. Once you learn the card meanings and structure of this deck, you will be able to read from most other decks quite easily.

There are many variations of the RWS tarot deck, such as the Radiant Rider-Waite or theGiant Rider-Waite. These variations differ in their size or coloring, but the imagery is the same. I use the Universal Waite Tarot and I highly recommend this deck, particularly for a Tarot beginner.

Read my review of the Rider-Waite tarot deck, to find out more about this deck.

If the Rider-Waite tarot deck does not appeal to you, there are other excellent decks to learn with. The Hanson-Roberts Tarot is another good deck for the tarot beginner. The imagery closely follows the Rider-Waite deck, but some feel that the artwork is more likeable – it really just depends on your personal tastes.

Nearly every Tarot deck comes with its own little white book (LWB) – a tiny booklet outlining the basic meanings for each card. Some LWB’s even include a basic tarot spread or two. But for further understanding and learning, it is best to have a more detailed tarot book on hand…

Great Books for the Tarot Beginner

The first Tarot book I ever read was A Magical Course in Tarot by Michele Morgan and it has remained one of my favorites.

This book covers the basics of Tarot reading in a fresh, inspiring manner that will get you excited about learning Tarot.

The author teaches you how to tap into your intuition to read the cards, so you aren’t just relying on memorizing the card meanings. This book is enjoyable and easy to read, making the Tarot seem very learn-able without taking the magic and mystery out of it.

 

Another great Tarot book for beginners is Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners by Joan Bunning.

This book is packed with information, tips and exercises and presents learning the Tarot in a very logical, well laid out manner. This is one of those books that you will refer back to again and again, even after you have mastered the Tarot.

Please visit my Tarot Shop to see some of my other recommended Tarot books and decks.

Back to Ask Kate! to see more Q & A’s

Views: 172

Replies to This Discussion

I agree with the first two decks (Rider-Waite-Smith & Hanson-Roberts). The RWS was introduced to me in high school around 1990 and the Hanson-Roberts around 2008. It wasn't until later did I dabble into the Osho Zen, Thoth, & and a few other variants, which led to my own creation in 2015. Still....classics never get old!

RSS

Have questions?

Need help? Visit our Support Group for help from our friendly Admins and members!

Have you?

Become a Member
Invited Your Friends
Made new Friends
Read/ Written a Blog
Joined/ Created a Group
Read/ Posted a Discussion
Checked out the Chat
Looked at/Posted Videos
Made a donation this month
Followed us on Twitter
Followed us on Facebook

Donations

Please consider a donation to help with our continued growth and site costs

Connect

Visit The Temple
on Facebook:

....

Blog Posts

The Sol Assassin (II)

Posted by Quingu on January 22, 2020 at 10:30am 0 Comments

The Sol Assassin

Posted by Quingu on January 19, 2020 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

The Fallen Angel

Posted by Quingu on January 16, 2020 at 10:30am 2 Comments

The High Storm

Posted by Quingu on January 15, 2020 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Natalie Merchant - Carnival

Posted by Helela on January 14, 2020 at 7:12pm 0 Comments

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO UNDERSTAND?

Posted by Rosey on January 14, 2020 at 6:00am 2 Comments

The Beam of the Scale (Tarazed)

Posted by Quingu on January 12, 2020 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

The Heavenly Wolf

Posted by Quingu on January 10, 2020 at 2:00pm 2 Comments

The Wolf Moon

Posted by Quingu on January 9, 2020 at 10:30am 3 Comments

2020 Predictions

Posted by Helela on January 5, 2020 at 10:02am 15 Comments

Unless They Call

Posted by savlove on January 4, 2020 at 5:53am 5 Comments

FEELING POWERFUL?

Posted by Sky a.k.a. JD Aeon on January 4, 2020 at 4:00am 0 Comments

(BEL) HORUS (V)

Posted by Quingu on January 2, 2020 at 5:30am 2 Comments

(BEL) HORUS (IV)

Posted by Quingu on January 1, 2020 at 7:26pm 0 Comments

El Cronus (Saturnalia)

Posted by Quingu on December 30, 2019 at 4:44pm 0 Comments

(BEL) HORUS (III)

Posted by Quingu on December 29, 2019 at 9:10am 0 Comments

JANUARY AWARENESS


 


 

 

© 2020   Created by Bryan   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service