Basic Resources

Because of the classes and conversations I keep having, I wanted to put out this list as a starting place or springboard in your studies or investigations.

Starter Decks

Understanding that you can learn with any deck you have, or (nearly) any imagery you love, these are decks I recommend for their alignment with the Rider-Waite-Smith deck and imagery.

This is relevant because most training books and methods start with this system. You’re welcome, of course, to start with the RWS. This list is for people looking for an alternative.

  1. Joie De Vivre Tarot (Cassidy)
  2. Crystal Unicorn Tarot (Chen/Higuchi)
  3. Everyday Tarot (Esselmont/Grosch)
  4. Mermaid Tarot (Robertson/Dillon)
  5. The Luna Sol Tarot (Medaglia)
  6. Ostara Tarot (Applejohn/Cooke/Gibbard/Iredale)
  7. The Fountain Tarot (Gruhl/Saiz/Todaro)
  8. The Steampunk Tarot (Moore/Fell)
  9. Shadowscapes Tarot (Moore/Pui-Mun Law)
  10. Everyday Witch Tarot (Blake/Alba)

Be careful not to buy a similarly titled deck by accident. If you want it, that’s fine, but if you’re looking for these decks be sure to watch for the author/illustrator match.

Books

These are books I’ve found interesting and/or useful. Don’t feel like you need to rush out and get all of these – or even that all of them are necessary. The top four are designed as baseline texts – starting places. The rest are… fun and deeper dives or broader applications of tarot. Read more

Reading Reversed Cards

I love reversals. People who don’t use them insist that all the possible meanings are in a card, upright or not, but that’s a huge load to make a card (or reader) carry.

By including reversals, I only have to see half of that stuff at a time.

From the Monstarot deck

Reversals have been read a number of ways:

  1. Something opposite the core meaning
  2. The worst version of the card topic
  3. a smaller or specific aspect of the card
  4. intensifying the core meaning
  5. in protection aspect (kind warning)
  6. delay or resistance to the topic/essence
  7. fear related to the topic of the card, or placement in the spread.
  8. Not at all (every reader chooses for themselves, and have all of these element still available to them).

There are more, of course, but these are the ones I’ve run into personally.

How do you know which one it is? Read more