If you're new to tarot, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. Luckily, there are many resources available to help you learn the basics and start reading tarot cards. From books to online courses, here are some resources for beginner tarot readers.
Tarot Decks for Beginners
When starting out with tarot, it's important to choose a deck that resonates with you and feels comfortable to use. Finding a deck that you're excited about and love the images of is important, it will help keep you motivated to learning. A lot of resources out there are Rider Waite Smith based and that's the system I've learned, but you don't have to choose the original deck to use these resources. If you want to stay pretty classic, decks like Moon Baby Tarot and Life Line Tarot are a fresh take on the well known images. There are plenty of mass market and indie tarot decks out there that follow the same structure but are more modern and inclusive. Decks like; Numinous Tarot and This Might Hurt Tarot will be easy to use with most resources, have great guidebooks and are more diverse and representative. I usually suggest for beginners to choose a deck that comes with a guidebook or you can pair with a companion book. It's great to have a quick resource on hand and a good guidebook will have everything from how to information, card meanings and even spreads. Deck and companion book combinations like Wayhome Tarot paired with WTF is Tarot? & How Do I Do It? or The Gentle Tarot Bundle, are amazing choices that are unique and when paired with the full sized books are beginner friendly. There are so many great decks out there and I truly believe you don't have to start with any particular one as long as it works with the resources you have available to you! (My first deck was the Sasuraibito Tarot)
***Update*****: I am super excited to have found and deck specifically for beginners that even I have enjoyed using now. Lucid Dreams Beginners Tarot Deck comes as a whole set. The guidebook is a dream and even has pages for your own notes as you’re learning. The cards come with upright and reversal keywords on the cards while still having gorgeous images. I personally brought in the new Black Eclipse edition into the shop and I will soon have a video posted with a walkthrough on my YouTube channel!
Tarot Books for Beginners
One great way to learn tarot is through books. If you're a book lover like me, I'm very motivated to read a book and something about curling up with one just does it for me. There are many great options out there for beginners, and different styles for different readers. Some classics will never go out of style like Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack but there are always new ones coming out that I'm loving like Finding the Fool by Meg Jones Wall. There are plenty to choose from like Modern Tarot by Michelle Tea, The Easiest Way to Learn Tarot by Dusty White and The Ultimate Guide to Tarot by Liz Dean, just to name a few. These books can provide a comprehensive introduction to tarot, including the meanings of the cards, different spreads, and tips for interpreting readings, all in their own tone and style. I am looking to stock these and more in the shop but for now; shop small and use a local metaphysical shop or bookstores.
Online Tarot Resources for Beginners
In addition to books, many online resources are available for those looking to learn tarot. Websites like Biddy Tarot and blogs like Fable's Den Tarot Kingdom are dedicated to teaching beginner tarot readers. YouTube is another place for learning tarot with intructional videos, deck walkthroughs and even community. There are apps and podcasts like Fortune's Wheelhouse giving you so many options depending on how you learn best. You can find many great readers, teachers and creators on social media. Be mindful and remember that real accounts won't message you for money or readings. Tarot communities are also helpful to be a part of and there are facebook and discord groups that are free to join. So many of these resources are free and you can always find great paid courses if you need the extra structure and guidance.