Personal Library : Tarot

The first phase of my Tarot project will be studying, learning, developing ideas, and taking lots of notes. I’ve gathered together a collection of over a thousand books to draw from while I create my tarot cards and my own book to accompany them.  I’ve divided the books into four separate posts:

Personal Library : Tarot

Personal Library: Symbolism and Imagery

Personal Library: Mysticism, Spirituality, and the Occult

These are books that I have printed copies of. My collection of digital books in PDF are listed in a separate post.

I plan to eventually post my notes about each book. If you have anything to add, any questions, or thoughts about any of the books I’ve listed here, feel free to reply to this post below. These books are not listed in any particular order.

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Tarot of the Bohemians

Papus    1896

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Deviant Moon Tarot

Valenza, Patrick    2016

This is the companion book for the Deviant Moon Tarot. It explains the cards, and the artists motivations and inspirations.

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The Wheel of Destiny : The Tarot Reveals Your Master Plan
McLaine, Patricia    1991

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The Tarot : History, Symbolism, and Divination
Place, Robert M.    2005

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Tarot : The Origins, Meaning and Uses of the Cards
Douglas, Alfred    1974

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Dictionary of the Tarot
Butler, Bill    1975

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Tarot Classic
Kaplan, Stuart R.    1974

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Origins of the Tarot Deck: A Study of the Astronomical Substructure of Game and Divining Boards
Franklin, Stephen E.    1988

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The Illustrated Guide to Tarot
Ozaniec, Naomi    1999

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Complete Illustrated Guide to Tarot
Pollack, Rachel    2004

This is another book filled with illustrations of lots of different decks.

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The New Tarot
Pollack, Rachel    1990

This book is a critical review of 70 Tarot decks, filled with pictures and descriptions of each one. This is exactly the kind of information I’ll need to create something exceptional, or at least something that Rachel Pollack might approve of.

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The Haindl Tarot, The Major Arcana
Pollack, Rachel    1990

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The Haindl Tarot, The Minor Arcana
Pollack, Rachel    1990

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Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners
Bunning, Joan 1998

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The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals
Greer, Mary K. 2002
( Reversals will be a serious consideration in my designs.)

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The Secret Language of Tarot
Amberstone, Wald & Ruth Ann 2008
( This book deals specifically with symbols and how they translate from one deck to another. )

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The Tarot Handbook: Practical Applications of Ancient Visual Symbols
Arrien, Angeles 1987
( This book deals specifically with the symbolism of the Thoth deck. )

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Pictorial Key to the Tarot: being fragments of a secret tradition
Waite, Arthur Edward 1910
( I picked up a 1959 University Books hardcopy )

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Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot
Pollack, Rachel 1980

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The Book of Thoth: A Short Essay on the Tarot of the Egyptians, Being the Equinox Volume III No. V
Crowley, Aleister 1944

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Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot: New Edition
DuQuette, Lon Milo 2003

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The Ultimate Guide to Tarot: A Beginner’s Guide to the Cards, Spreads, and Revealing the Mystery of the Tarot
Dean, Liz 2015

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