My Personal Reading List

The first phase of my Tarot project will be studying, learning, developing ideas, and taking lots of notes. I’ve purchased a small collection of twenty five books that I think will give be a well-rounded understanding of the Tarot.  I plan to eventually post my notes about each book here.  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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A Garden of Pomegranates, Skrying on the Tree of Life

Regardie, Israel

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The Tree of Life, An Illustrated Study in Magic

Regardie, Israel

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

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

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

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Dictionary of the Tarot
Butler, Bill

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Tarot Classic
Kaplan, Stuart R.

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

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The Illustrated Guide to Tarot
Ozaniec, Naomi

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Complete Illustrated Guide to Tarot
Pollack, Rachel

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

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The New Tarot
Pollack, Rachel

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

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The Haindl Tarot, The Minor Arcana
Pollack, Rachel

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The Mystical Qabalah
Fortune, Dion 1935
( I picked up a 1974 hardcopy )

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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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The Golden Dawn: The Original Account of the Teachings, Rites, and Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order
Regardie, Israel 1941
( Everything I’ve read so far points me back to the Golden Dawn. Having a basic understanding them is important if I want to work from a solid foundation. This book is my start point. )
( I picked up a new 7th edition 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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Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System (Llewellyn’s New Age Series)
Anodea,Judith 1987
The colors and symbols of the Chakra will integrated into my designs in a subtle way.

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