9 Best Tarot Books for Learning to Read Tarot Cards

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While growing in popularity, tarot is often misunderstood because it is often portrayed in pop culture as a form of predicting the future (with a tendency toward the ominous). But that’s not an accurate depiction: in fact, reading tarot cards can be a way to connect to your higher self or your intuition.

“The tarot doesn’t tell you what’s going to happen – it’s not about taking away your agency – it outlines options so you can take the actions you know can help create the future you want,” says Mark Hornauthor of “Tarot and the Gates of Light, a Kabbalistic Path to Liberation,” who has taught at tarot conferences across the United States and offers private readings and classes.

If you are interested in reading tarot, one way to learn is to pick up some books to start. “Long before I learned tarot with a teacher, I started my journey with tarot books,” says Horn. “You can learn at your own pace, review when you need to, and it’s a lot cheaper to have three or four books from experts who can give you a range of thoughts on the cards.”

Plus, “[books are] also helpful for those times when you get stuck, something many new readers experience a lot – psst…even seasoned pros have those moments!,” says Theresa Reed (“The Tarot Lady”), a professional tarot card reader, podcast host and author to “Twist Your Fate: Manifest Success with Astrology and Tarot“and”Tarot: No Questions Asked – Mastering the Art of Intuitive Reading.” “I recommend having more than one tarot book. That way, you have different points of view, which can expand your interpretive skills.”

Even professional readers continue to purchase and use tarot books to expand their knowledge. “I’ve been reading cards for more than 50 years now, and I continue to buy tarot books,” says Horn. “In some ways, tarot is like a jewel with many facets—each book, each teacher will give you a different facet of beautiful insight.”

Whether you are a true tarot beginner or already own multiple tarot deckswe have book recommendations for all skill levels, according to professional tarot readers.

The 9 best books to learn how to read tarot cards:

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