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A Tarot Bookshelf

The LWB - or "little white booklet" - that comes packaged with every tarot deck is usually just a brief guideline of possible meanings, limited mainly to key words and phrases. These key words and phrases often don't even match up with the pictures on the cards, and often leave readers - especially new readers - confused and a bit intimidated. It is important for new tarot students to find at least one good book that will teach a strong foundation in tarot, before going too far with any new deck. If continuing in studies, one will find books on designing tarot spreads, using tarot for magic, or reading tarot for specifically teen issues, among other topics. Luckily, there is a wealth of tarot writing out there now ... something for everyone, no matter what the level of experience or knowledge.

I would love to devote a whole bookcase in my home to tarot studies alone. At eye level I would arrange my favorite historical decks among classic tarot books, and the rest of the shelves could be categorized by author or topic, and tarot artwork and book-ends could adorn otherwise empty spaces. Going too far? Not for me ... As it is, my tarot books are all over my house - on book shelves, desks, tables, stools, cabinets, and even the floor beside my bed. I think it would be great to have one special place for my tarot books - a mini-library, of sorts.

My tarot book collection is far from complete. There are classics I once had and no longer do, as well as rare books I expect never to own. There are newly published books I have not yet had time to read, and more being published all the time. What titles do you have on your tarot book shelf? ...

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