The Tarot resources below are ones that have personally helped us learn to read the Tarot. While Ricardo prefers learning from Tarot guidebooks, I prefer an eclectic variety of approaches.
This is by no means an exhaustive list since there are so many other Tarot resources out there. This is a collection of the top 10 Tarot resources we’ve used throughout our journey into the mysteries of this realm and the next. They have aided in expanding our knowledge and experience of the Tarot.
1. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack
Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack is a classic Tarot resource and is often regarded as the “Tarot bible.” Rachel Pollack delves deeply into the symbolism and concepts of each card.
Along with its deep interpretations of the Tarot cards, the book also contains a history of the Tarot and an introduction to some of the commonly used Tarot spreads.
Although we hadn’t purchased this book until well into our Tarot journey, it truly changed the way we see the Tarot, especially the Major Arcana.
2. Tarot Plain and Simple by Anthony Louis
The title of this book says it all. Tarot Plain and Simple is a clear, no-nonsense approach to learning the Tarot. This Tarot resource is easy to understand with its keywords for every card, as well as, in-depth interpretations. He includes meaning for upright Tarot cards and reversals for each of the 78 Tarot cards.
Along with the great descriptions and multiple scenarios provided, the book also includes several sample readings, instructions on common Tarot spreads like the Celtic cross and general advice to gain a deeper understanding of the Tarot.
The Tarot deck portrayed in the book is the Robin Wood Tarot which is one of my personal favorites and the tarot deck I first learned to read.
Below I’ve included a sample page so you can see for yourself how detailed each description is.
3. Your Tarot Deck’s Guidebook or Little White Book (LWB)
Most Tarot decks come with either a guidebook or a Little White Book. When starting out, these can be the best Tarot resources at your fingertips. Ricardo, for example, learned a lot from the incredible guidebook included with the Tarot Apokalypsis deck. In the same way, there are many other examples of great guidebooks.
The Little White Book, also known as LWB, is small and simple. It usually contains a few keywords for each Tarot card. Many people can feel overwhelmed by the wealth and depth of information provided in many instructional Tarot books and guidebooks. The simplicity of the LWB can be great for beginners.
If you prefer a more scholastic approach to learning then learntarot.com is the best Tarot Resource for you! This is a free online course for learning the Tarot created by Joan Bunning.
It is a self-paced course that includes 19 lessons that gradually takes you from the basics to the more advanced aspects of the Tarot.
Each lesson also includes exercise to enhance your understanding. There is also a “Cards” section which contains descriptions and information of each of the 78 Tarot cards.
5. Biddy Tarot
Biddy Tarot is one of my favorite websites for descriptions and meanings of the card and it’s totally free! No book purchase required.
Along with offering in-depth descriptions of the 78 Tarot cards, they also have many other useful resources for beginners. Along with the free content, they also offer paid courses for both beginner and advanced tarot readers.
6. Golden Thread Tarot App
The free Golden Thread Tarot App is based on the Golden Thread Tarot, a simple and modern Tarot Deck.
The animated app offers a quick guide to reading the tarot and descriptions of each of the cards. Along with quick and easy access to the meanings of the Tarot, you can also do readings on the app and they provide a variety of tarot spreads for any type of reading you need to do.
7. Exercise from the American Tarot Association
About a year ago, I came across an interesting exercise from the American Tarot Association. The exercise is a Keyword Self-Test designed to give you an idea of how well you know the cards.
For this Tarot exercise you will need your favorite tarot deck and either a computer or pen and paper. Turning over the cards in your deck, one by one, you will write down the upright and reversal meanings of each card. How much do you know this card? How many keywords can you come up with?
The Keyword Self-Test PDF can be found here.
Pinterest is another great resource for learning the tarot that is completely free. There are so many different tarot spread ideas for any topic or need. You can also find infographics with keywords and other Tarot topics and advice. Pinterest is also great for other esoteric topics.
I, myself, have created a Pinterest board with all the tarot spreads and information I’ve found interesting over the years. You’re welcomed to check it out.
Askthecards.info is an interactive tarot reading generator. One of my favorite features of this website is the ability to choose from a variety of different decks – 320 to be exact. It’s a great way to get to know the assortment of Tarot decks that exist.
Askthecards.info has eleven spreads to choose from and ten different types of interpretations. If you scroll down, there are many other tarot resources you may find useful and interesting.
I highly recommend YouTube for new tarot readers. Not only can you find lots of information on learning about the tarot and doing readings but there are a plethora of other tarot videos available.
Watching others do readings is a great way for beginners to learn to read the cards. Watching pick a card videos like the ones we create on YouTube is a fun and personal way of gaining insight into the world of Tarot.
I hope you found this list of Tarot resources useful on your journey to become a Tarot Master. Let us know in the comments below what other resources have personally helped you to get to know the cards.