My Personal Library of Tarot Books

This is a collection of Tarot books & decks that I own and have personally learned a lot from. They all have pride of place on my bookshelf and I usually have at least one of them on my desk.

My Bookshelf

The Book of Thoth
by: Aleister Crowley
This book does not promise to teach you how to read Tarot cards for other people, but it does teach you a way to understand the Universe. This book (and associated Tarot deck) provides us with a fascinating snap-shot of Crowley’s Magickal mind. It has one of the clearest descriptions of the Tree-of-Life that I’ve ever read, and effortlessly combines multiple occult systems into one cohesive and workable whole. This has always been and always will be, the first book I reach for if I have questions I want answered.

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Thoth Tarot
by: Aleister Crowley
This is basically the only deck I use for my work. Although I own other decks, the Thoth communicates to me in a way like no other. In Crowley’s own words, this is a pictorial representation of the Universe. When I first read those words, I thought to myself, awesome! I’ve found this deck to be really clear when reading for other people, highly evocative when used in combination with Magickal practices, visually accessible and not at all dark, sinister or scary. Highly recommended!
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Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom
Book called the Seventy-eight Degrees of Wisdom
by: Rachel Pollack
Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom was given to me by a friend many years ago and I really enjoyed it. This book weaves both myth and magic together with remarkable ease. It uses a lot of comparative allegories, symbols, numerology, the Kabbalah, Jungian Psychology and highlights repeating visual elements between cards to explain and bring them all to life. It’s just a great book!

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Beyond the Celtic Cross
Book called Beyond the Celtic Cross
by: Paul Hughes-Barlow & Catherine Chapman
This book teaches Elemental Dignities, Card Counting and a different way to read the Celtic Cross. There’s one Tarot spread that is used throughout the whole book and different techniques are introduced to help analyse this spread. Out of all the information available on Elemental Dignities and card counting, this is the most accessible. All it asks for is an open mind and a willingness to experiment with some unorthodox methods.

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Tarot and the Magus
Book called Tarot and the Magus
by: Paul Hughes-Barlow
I first discovered Paul’s work through his website. When he first published his book, I instantly bought it. If you want to know about the Opening of the Key spread, Magick and the Holy Guardian Angel, then this is a great buy. One of the most important and defining features of this book is the constant use of examples within it. For that reason alone, I highly recommend it!

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The Complete Tarot Reader
by: Teresa Michelsen
This book has a lot of great information in it. There is a heavy influence on self-learning, developing intuition and building up confidence. A great workbook and lots of fun exercises to try. This is the best of all the practical books available on Tarot reading.

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