When I first started out, I began with a pack of cards and, luckily for me, a very good book on the subject of how to begin reading the tarot. That was almost 35 years ago (yikes) so yes, things have progressed since then.
Now you can learn Tarot online through sites that offer tutorials, and other sites offer free advice on how to read. But I have to say, I still favour having your own books, at least to start with, as nothing compares to the look and feel of a good book, call me old fashioned!
So, which books are the best? I started out with this one in 1981 – A New Handbook For The Apprentice.
It is not in colour, but the detail and page layout is easy to follow, with key words, memory, guidelines and reversals too. There are a couple of suggested spread layouts too. Subsequently Eileen produced several more excellent books on the subject.
This next one is a joy! Tarot For Life And Love ( Using The Tarot To Get The Most Out Of Relationships). In full colour and 2 pages taken up to describe in great detail each Minor and Major Arcane card, this is one of my favourites purely based upon how cheery it looks inside. Jane Struthers has also written several other ‘encyclopaedic’ type of reference books which are also quite good.
These books contain many learning tools such as ‘Exercises’ for you to complete in lesson form. Again, not colour, but a large full page of interpretations for each card, including reversals in book number 2.
Before you start running for the hills, what this actually means is that the authors ask you to forget about the usual traditional meanings connected to each card, but to instead allow the questioner to interpret the symbology themselves by the reader ( you) asking questions such as ..’what do you see in the picture’, how is this person feeling, what has brought them to this place, what will they do, what choices do they have …’ and so on.
The list of questioning is endless and based entirely upon the querant (the person asking the question) having the ability to search inside themselves for the answers, as opposed to being led by a reader.
Amazon is great for ‘cheap’ ( relatively) books, but do get out there and explore your local bookstores, 2nd hand ones too are great, and cheaper!
Touch them, linger over them and find the right books for you to begin on your journey.