And now for the literary side of tarot.
Day 4: Top 5 Tarot Books of 2018 (ones you purchased and/or released in 2018)
Merely buying a book doesn’t give me much to say about it, and several of the tarot books I bought in 2018 I haven’t read yet. Meanwhile, one of the books I did read was bought in 2017. So I’m changing this to the tarot books I read in 2018.
Tarot Compendium. The concluding volume in a three-book set from Lo Scarabeo, this one covering more advanced topics. It was big (656 pages, a bit over 4 pounds (1.8 kg)), it was beautiful (fully illustrated), but it tried to cover a lot of territory and it couldn’t do justice to it all. It was like a sampler platter of advanced tarot techniques, and I value the introduction, but I will only pursue a few of the things I read about in it.
Your Tarot Your Way by Barbara Moore. I got this as a door prize at the North Star Tarot Conference last February. It was a perfectly decent beginners’ book on the tarot and I enjoyed it.
Untold Tarot: The Lost Art of Reading Ancient Tarots by Caitlín Matthews. There’s this saying: When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Well, this was more like When the reader is ready, the book will appear. The year I began working with the Orbifold Tarot and the Seventh Sphere Tarot de Marseille was the year this came out: a book about reading Marseille-style decks. I devoured it.
Tarot on Earth: A Practical Approach to the Cards by Tom Benjamin. Oh look, another book on tarot cards without illustrations on the pip cards! Benjamin alternates chapters on how to read the tarot with interludes on ethics, being wrong (and being right), spirituality and magic, intuition, and doubt.