Friday, 25 May 2018

My Favourite Tarot Resources, TBR List, and Deck Wishlist

I've been reading tarot for a little over a year now, and while I'm by no means professional at it, I've found a lot of truth within the cards. I went against tradition and bought my own deck online (whoops), and since I first opened my deck, I totally fell in love with it. I read using the Wild Unknown deck, which is by Kim Krans, and my readings have always resonated with me and the friends I've read for.
But tarot is an old form of divination, and there's a lot to it. So the couple books I have, and a few of the other resources are a lot of help. But there are a lot more books that I want to read on the cards, and there are a lot more decks that I'm obsessed with that I want. So I thought I'd make a post on my favourite resources, the books I want to read, and the decks that I want!


The Wild Unknown Guidebook by Kim Krans

This was the guidebook that came with my deck, and while not the most indepth resource I've got, I really like how this one is specific to the art and illustration on my cards. The Wild Unknown is unlike most decks in the way that instead of people, the cards are filled with nature and animal imagery. I think the reason why I really connect with this guidebook is because it specifically references the art on my cards. It might not be the most intuitive guide, but it has some really interesting commentary to make on the cards.

WTF is Tarot? ... & How do I Do It by Bakara Wintner

Guys. My absolute holy grail tarot book. I don't know what it is about Bakara, but I want to be friends with her, but I also want her to be my wing woman in literally everything I do. This book is a take-no-shit explanation of the cards, and the way she writes about them  has been so helpful. Before I read this (and kind of still now) I had no idea what to do with the court cards. I genuinely had zero idea what to do with them. But the way she's grouped them into families, and given them each roles helps me understand who they are and what their strengths and weaknesses are. If you want to start with tarot, start here. She's a fucking blessing, and my favourite HWIC (head witch in charge).

Llewellyn's Complete Book of Tarot by Anthony Louis

This one I dip in and out of (it's on my kindle) and it's a really great basic, and has a lot of interesting history on tarot, and why we read it. While a lot of the other resources I have have taught me to trust my intuition, and given me skills to do that, I find this one good in giving me a lot of good grounding knowledge on the card meanings and tarot history.

Tarot for the Wild Soul Podcast by Lindsay Mack

This podcast has saved my life, people. I cannot tell you how many times I've listened to Lindsay give words to a feeling or emotion that I cannot express. She's a stellar lady, and an incredible teacher. I love her monthly medicines, and her recent conversations about the High Priestess and the court cards have given me so much great insight into the cards. If you take anything away from this, listen to Lindsay's podcast!!

Tarot TBR

Tarot Wisdom: Spiritual Teachings and Deeper Meanings by Rachel Pollack

There are so many amazing readers that I follow online and look up to that swear by this book, or list it in their top books to read, and I should really get down to reading it. It apparently compares different tarot art, and different interpretations and that sounds awesome to me.

Kitchen Table Tarot: Pull Up a Chair, Shuffle the Cards, and Let's Talk Tarot by Melissa Cynova

This, just from looking at it, reminds me a lot of Bakara's book, in the way that it wants to demystify who can do tarot, and who it's accessible to. I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of this one, and I can tell that it will become a favourite.

Modern Tarot: Connecting with Your Higher Self through the Wisdom of the Cards by Michelle Tea

Another one of those books that I keep seeing referenced, and I've flipped through this one in a bookstore before, and it looks so thorough. I love the look and feel of it, and I'm, again, excited to get my hands on a copy of it.

Tarot Wishlist

I love my deck, I do. I know some people have issues with the Wild Unknown deck and it's creators (full disclosure: I've heard about issues, but I don't know what those issues actually are), but from the moment I saw it, I knew that that would be my deck. My ride or die. But I just want more of them. Have you seen some of the newer tarot decks on the market??? They're stunning! There are a few decks that I've had my eye on for a while, and I know that once I get a job, these will be on my list of things to buy.

The Linestrider Tarot, art by Siolo Thompson

The minimalism, and the clean, crisp white background of these cards is so beautiful. Every time someone pulls these cards, or I see pictures of this deck (or the sister oracle deck) on Instagram or Twitter, I find myself swooning. I just cannot get over how pretty these cards are. Plus, there is something about the Queen cards, and all the court cards in general, that just blows me away.

Impressionists Tarot by Corrine Kenner
Amazon | ChaptersIndigo

What can I say, I'm a sucker for the impressionist period. Also I think it's fascinating the way that these cards and the painting are paired up. I want to explore that a bit more.

Holly Simple Tarot Deck
Holly Simple Website

I don't find this art as traditionally beautiful, but I'm just so drawn in by this art work. I cannot get over how interesting these cards are, and they are just pulled to me. I want to get my hands on a copy of this deck, asap.

If you've made it this far, you deserve an award and a couple crystals, honestly. I love reading tarot, and learning about the art form, and if you read, or have any recommendations, whether they be decks, books, or anything else, leave them in the comments, or tweet them at me!

Thanks again for sticking around, and happy reading!

1 comment :

  1. I really want to get a rider waite deck so i can learn the classic imagery!! I'm also super in love with the true black tarot i see around on insta but it's $$$$