I can't get enough of the tarot “treasure house of images”. I can't help buying books about the tarot. My reading would be more satisfying if I had others to discuss them with. Let’s meet up to discuss some of our favorite tarot writing, both fiction and non-fiction.
The wise man hears of the Gate
and studies the lock every day.
The devotee hears of the Gate
and tries to squeeze between the bars.
The fool hears of the Gate
and laughs. Without laughter
the Gate would never open.
Rachel Pollack, “Fortune’s Lovers”
Here are some suggestions of books calling to be read from my nightstand:
- Rachel Pollack, “Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom” (beautifully written)
- Rachel Pollack, “Tarot Wisdom: Spiritual Teachings and Deeper Meanings”
- Robert Place, "The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination”
- Mary K. Greer, “Tarot For Your Self: A Workbook for Personal Transformation”
- Mary K. Greer, “21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card”
- Signe Echols, “Spiritual Tarot: Seventy-Eight Paths to Personal Development”
- Karen Hamaker-Zondag, “Tarot as a Way of Life: A Jungian Approach to the Tarot”
- James Ricklef, “Tarot Tells the Tale: Explore 3-Card Readings Through Familiar Stories”
- Kim Huggens, “Tarot 101: Mastering the Art of Reading the Cards”
- Christiana Gaudet, “Tarot Tour Guide: Tarot, The 4 Elements, and Your Spiritual Journey”
- Lon Milo Duquette, “Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot”
- Corrine Kenner, “Tarot for Writers”
- Linda Perfect, “The Story Tellers Tarot”
- Rachel Pollack, “The Forest of Souls: A Walk Through the Tarot”
- Naomi Ozaniec, “The Watkins Tarot Handbook” (aka “Initiation into the Tarot”)
- Amy Wall, “Tarot of Awakening: Initiation Into the Kabbalistic Western Mystery Tradition”
- Pierre Chevalier, “Tarot: Poetic Revelations and Other Verses”
- Darrel G. Smith, “The Tarot Fool Runs”
- Tom Robbins, “Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas”
- James Munro, “Thirteen-Card Spread: Mariana in Paris”
- Rachel Pollack, “The Tarot of Perfection: A Book of Tarot Tales”
- Mary Chase Comstock, “The Fool’s Journey” (romance by a Portland author)
- Italo Calvino, “The Castle of Crossed Destinies”
- Gilbert Sorrentino, “Crystal Vision”
- Charles Williams, “The Greater Trumps”
- Gail Cleare, “Destined: a novel of the Tarot”
- David Skibbins, “Eight of Swords”
- Kimberlee Auerbach, “the devil, the lovers, & me”.
I’m especially drawn to works by Rachel Pollack because of her fine writing style. Many of the above books are dense, so we would probably only cover a few chapters a month. Don’t like these suggestions? No problem. Join up, add your suggestions, and then we’ll vote on where to start.
Tarot is a great repository of archetypal images, so it relates to lots of other interesting fields in spirituality, psychology, divination, art, alchemy, magick, qabalah, symbology....