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36 Tarot Books That’ll Teach You to Read the Cards Like a Pro

Cosmopolitan Logo By Erika W. Smith of Cosmopolitan | Slide 1 of 37: Congrats, you have your first (or third? twelfth?) tarot deck (maybe The Cosmo Tarot???)! But, um, now what? While you can gaze at the different cards, touch them, shuffle them, talk to them, dream about them, you can also learn how to properly read tarot cards. Tarot can help you predict your future, understand yourself better, and give your friends insightful readings.Odds are, your tarot deck came with a booklet sharing the meanings of the cards and maybe instructions for a simple tarot spread or two. But maybe those short synopses about the cards aren’t quite enough and you want to dive deeper! Or maybe you want to get into the history of tarot, or learn more about alternate ways to read the cards. Or maybe you’ve been doing daily one-card pulls and three-card spreads for yourself a while and you’re ready to level up to more complex spreads—like a Celtic cross spread. Or maybe you want to learn to use tarot for a specific purpose, whether that’s incorporating it into your self-care practice or developing a tarot side gig to earn some extra ca$h.Whatever aspect of tarot you’re interested in learning about, there’s probs a tarot book for that. And you might want to pick up more than one. See, there are dozens of different approaches to tarot out there—just ask five tarot readers if you should read your own cards and you’ll probably get five very different answers!Let’s dive in!

Congrats, you have your first (or third? twelfth?) tarot deck (maybe The Cosmo Tarot???)! But, um, now what? While you can gaze at the different cards, touch them, shuffle them, talk to them, dream about them, you can also learn how to properly read tarot cards. Tarot can help you predict your future, understand yourself better, and give your friends insightful readings.

Odds are, your tarot deck came with a booklet sharing the meanings of the cards and maybe instructions for a simple tarot spread or two. But maybe those short synopses about the cards aren’t quite enough and you want to dive deeper! Or maybe you want to get into the history of tarot, or learn more about alternate ways to read the cards. Or maybe you’ve been doing daily one-card pulls and three-card spreads for yourself a while and you’re ready to level up to more complex spreads—like a Celtic cross spread. Or maybe you want to learn to use tarot for a specific purpose, whether that’s incorporating it into your self-care practice or developing a tarot side gig to earn some extra ca$h.

Whatever aspect of tarot you’re interested in learning about, there’s probs a tarot book for that. And you might want to pick up more than one. See, there are dozens of different approaches to tarot out there—just ask five tarot readers if you should read your own cards and you’ll probably get five very different answers!

Let’s dive in!

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