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Best Book for Beginner?


Ach, Sooo many Tarot books out there for a newbie to look at, yet I really want an EXTREMELY simple and succinct Tarot book that explains to me the basic meanings of every card and what Tarot/Oracles are really for.....

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You Could try Tarot: Plain and Simple by Anthony Louis... it's perfect for beginners.
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It's All in the Cards - if you want to learn basic everyday reading meaning in various situations.

The Complete Tarot Reader - that's exactly what it is: teaches you to become a reader.

Tarot for Yourself - if you want to develop the intuitive reading method.

Two of those in combination should help you out.



Personally, I started with 78 Degrees of Wisdom. It's not easy, simple, succinct or anything like that, and it won't teach you to read tarot, but it's a marvellous classic all the same. It got me to see the tarot as an esoteric gift from the very start.



But the truth? - your best book is your deck - 78 pages that should keep you busy for a while. Buy a notebook and pen and write your own basic meanings. Get those down either before or at the same time as reading a book like 78 Degrees (write down each card before you read up what the author has to say).
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Absolute Beginners Guide to Tarot by Mark McElroy is the book that I wish had been around when I started. I also constantly find myself referring to Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom and The Complete Guide to Tarot by Rachel Pollack.
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I like as a beginner book: Learning the Tarot by Joan Bunning.
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>EXTREMELY simple and succinct Tarot book
then do NOT pick the 78 Degrees of Wisdom

but
Learning the Tarot by Joan Bunning is exactly that...

you'll out grow it (with a few months of experience), but it's a great start

(78 DoW is a good read much later)
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And Joan Bunning has a great website: learntarot.com. Fabulous reference even after years of reading
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Then I will check out the Joan Bunning book as my first book to try..are the Mary Greer books good for beginners?

Thanks for all the tips!

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I few years ago I bought The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tarot and Fortune-Telling. It's been by my side ever since. I highly recommend this book. I read somewhere (I can't for the life of me remember where) someone saying that they thought this book was a little silly. But I think for a beginner it's great. It might be a light-weight read, but I do find that the interpretations make a lot of sense. Good book!
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are the Mary Greer books good for beginners?
One of them is - I mentioned it in my first post: Tarot for Yourself. It's a workbook, and very good for beginners and those in need of refreshment alike
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