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5 Books on Divinatory Card Reading That Will Improve Your Skills In Cartomancy.

Kyle is a practicing divinatory expert with 10+ years of experience as a professional reader. His specialty is cartomancy in particular.

5 Books on Divinatory Card Reading

5 of the best books on card reading

5 of the best books on card reading

Broke Ass Fortune Telling: Fortune telling with a pack of playing cards

A unique and refreshing approach to teaching card reading.

A unique and refreshing approach to teaching card reading.

Fortune-telling With A Pack Of Playing Cards

Quads Blegen presents an exceptionally intensive and shrewd procedure of divination with the utilization of a simple deck of playing cards. His methodology is unashamed and refreshing, particularly when contrasted with the frequent paltry and mysterious language that is time and again the standard with regards to creators clarifying cards, their implications, and how to decipher them.

Quade's technique and implications of the playing card are exceptionally special and unique. The entire framework that he presents is by all accounts from his creation, however, regardless of whether this is the situation, it's a sound and even framework. I particularly like his decision on court cards and how to decipher them, as in when to decide whether the court card is demonstrating the querent or showing another person(s) affecting the querent's life occasions, etc.

The language now and again is amusingly blunt with a couple of well-served curse words that zest up the material as well as accentuate the point Quade is making in their conveyance of the piece. His recommendation and experiences are profoundly pleasing and he does well in ensuring the reader sees all while keeping the tone fun and light, taking the strict and devout mentality out.

A lot of esoteric books on divination have a tendency to come off a bit dogmatic and pious. Often times this tone and style turn more people off, as opposed to moving them. Add in mystical mumbo-jumbo with confusing cryptic answers and you can see why many books on card reading have failed to entertain and inspire. Quade's methodology is considerably more agreeable and down-to-earth, any reader of any degree of involvement can discover esteem in this conveyance.

This book's inventiveness and invigorating tone have won it a prime spot in this posting as well as inside my personal library too. I strongly suggest this book for all card readers whether you're inclined toward tarot or oracle cards to playing cards or not. It has a ton of edifying and funny knowledge that makes it worth giving it a read.

Broke Ass Fortune Telling

Quote from the Author

You don't have to be super-rich to be a bomb-ass card reader. and in fact, many of the greatest wasn't. All you need is a deck of playing cards found at any Walmart or Dollar General and some dedication to get your ass moving in the right direction! My book is packed with no-nonsense advice and humor to help you along your path to being a card-slinging badass. So let's get to it!

— Quade Blegen

Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A journey to self awareness by Rachel Pollack

A classic that can be referred to time and time again.

A classic that can be referred to time and time again.

Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Tarot Journey Through Self-Awareness by Rachel Pollack

Rachel Pollack is an established writer on tarot cards. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom is a well-known classic among readers in the tarot community. Sometimes referred to as "The Bible of Tarot Readers" and understandably so, her insights are deeply personal as she reminisces about her early years in tarot and even on subjects of conflicting tarot practices amongst friends that caused a feud that seems to have never quite been resolved. Her stories are inspiring and make you feel like these memories could even be your own. She deeply connects with readers, her knowledge and experience are both impressive, valuable and keeps you reading through the book to learn and grow more with each chapter.

Of course, she goes into the cards themselves, a deeper look at each card, and presents valuable ideas that only a tarot reader of her talent, experience, and caliber could have. Like the subtitle suggests Rachel really does take you on a journey through the cards offering up the hidden wisdom locked within each one. Rachel's unique perspective and incredible wisdom with the tarot helps one understand the cards as more than symbols but stories in and of themselves. But rather than esoteric meanderings, like is so often the case with this subject matter, Rachel offers instead a modern psychological perspective of the tarot archetypes. Further grounding the science of the mind that tarot can easily be applied to.

After reading this book you will never see tarot quite the same. You will learn how to have a deeper connection with your cards. You will be inspired to view your role as a tarot reader in a new light. Hearing her stories is an awesome walk down the valuable perspective of one of the most influential authors on the subject of tarot. Her interpretation through the lens of modern psychology and the archetypes portrayed in the tarot hearkens to the famed works of Carl Jung, a renowned psychologist and contemporary of Freud, whose work on the concept of Archetypes and their relation with the tarot was groundbreaking and insightful, just as much as it is in Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. This is a must-have for the serious student of Tarot.

The book is separated into three main parts:

  1. The Major Arcana
  2. The Minor Arcana
  3. Readings

It's a clear and concise guide as well as a wealth of valuable personal experiences and insights that Rachel offers up so elegantly within each part of her book. The wisdom of the seventy-eight cards is undoubtedly established in an understandable tone and delivery.

If you wish to enrich and deepen your understanding of the cards then Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack is the book to help you achieve that and more.

Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom

Quote from Author

Tarot came to me in early 1970, when a fellow English teacher in the State University of New York offered to read my cards if I would give her a ride home. I remember nothing about the reading except the effect the cards had on me. The pictures, and the stories hinted at in them, and the book of symbolism that went with them totally fascinated me. I found a deck and began to read for my friends and explore what lay behind the pictures. That exploration continues more than ever.

— Rachel Pollack

Tarot 101: Mastering the Art of Reading the Cards by Kim Huggins

Excellent Text Book for Learning Tarot

Excellent Text Book for Learning Tarot

Tarot 101: Mastering the Art of Reading the Cards by Kim Huggens

Kim Huggens presented a wonderful 101 material that any beginner or an expert looking to refresh their foundational lessons, should add to their reading list. Kim takes the time to unshroud the process of tarot reading. Unlike many other books that teach tarot card reading Kim doesn't just grind out each card, in "order" in a monotonous way.

Instead, she groups the cards according to themes and presents each theme accordingly which not only helps with memorizing card meanings but also with the interconnectivity of the cards in a spread to help with forming a well-balanced reading.

You will have a new way of learning the tarot on a professional level right off the bat! Kim writes with a very serene tone that is encouraging and uplifting as well as inspiring readers to dig and explore deeper aspects of the cards. This book is intended to be completed at your own pace complete with lessons, tips, and every chapter's end has extra exercises that hit home ways of exploring the tarot.

You will learn in this wonderful tarot reading textbook:

  • The Major and Minor Arcana
  • Choosing a Tarot deck
  • Methods of card reading and interpretation
  • Spreads for love, success, and more
  • Creating original spreads
  • Reading for others
  • Image symbolism and divinatory meanings
  • Developing intuition for insightful readings

Learn how to read tarot cards like a professional and have exciting new techniques and methods to further your studies with the cards. Knowing Kim Huggens's coursework and exercises can give you an insightful and creative advantage in your tarot journey.


Tarot 101: Mastering the Art of Reading the Cards

Quote from the Author

If you choose to forget all other things, remember only this and you will never fail: you are awesome, in the most total sense of the word.

— Kim Huggens, "Complete Guide to Tarot Illuminati"

The New Tarot Handbook: Master the Meanings of the Cards

Another great tarot manual from Rachel Pollack that deserves to be in this list.

Another great tarot manual from Rachel Pollack that deserves to be in this list.

The New Tarot Handbook:Mastering The Meanings Of The Cards by Rachel Pollack


Another book by Rachel Pollack needs to be mentioned in this list. Rachel, of course, had an earlier version of this book (The Tarot Handbook) and this was the next version of the previous with more insights, tips, and interpretations to help readers better understand the meanings of the 78 cards. I personally love this book, its easy to use and organized well that you can just flip open to chapter or section you need, read the bit you need, and be done with it.

This is such a great reference guide and honestly has been the main inspiration for my own book in the works called, Divining With The Cards: A Psychic Field Guide For The Modern Card Reader.


I have been thinking about what would be the kind of field guide that I would like. What kind of, down to earth? No bullshit. Honest, and, you know, interactive field guide would I like to read? I took the advice from the many writing magazines I'm a part of and decided that I was going to write the book I would like to see in the world. Write the book I want to read. That's what I've been doing with this, this version of Tarot instructions.


What I like that I'm doing, taking the idea from Rachel, I have set it up differently. It's not going to be overemphasized with you know, the meanings of the cards. Yes, the card meanings we will be going through, but it's going to be done in a keyword fashion. Much the same as A.E. Waite did. Because of Rachel's book, I had such a drive or inspiration to begin such a guidebook.

The New Tarot Hand Book is a need to have, it's definitely something you want in your library or even your "go-library". If you were to grab any book. I would hope that you grab The New Tarot Handbook if you are unsure of which resource to bring, Rachel's new handbook is the best choice. It's, not a 101 book. It's the manual. It helps you read the cards, not just remember the meanings, but to really read them. Rachel gives a lot of her insights, tips, tricks, and methods that only a person of her skill level could give. It's a good book to get and I definitely recommend it.

The New Tarot Handbook

Quote From the Author

To learn to play seriously is one of the great secrets of spiritual exploration.

— Rachel Pollack

Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth by Benebell Wen

Holistic Tarot is the complete academic textbook on using the tarot for therapeutic operations.

Holistic Tarot is the complete academic textbook on using the tarot for therapeutic operations.

Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach To Using Tarot For Personal Growth

Next book. Here we have probably the most academic, the most textbook worthy of the Tarot instruction manuals, and this is the Holistic Tarot. It's an interactive approach to using tarot for personal growth by Benebell Wen. Now this book is rather expensive. It's usually around $60 new but and you know if you get a first edition or anything like that, it's gonna be even more but this book covers everything. When I say everything I mean everything. Every kind of important Tarot spread is explained in this book, every kind of therapeutic session that's ever been done in a clinical study or otherwise, with the cards is in this book.

If you need to learn new processes, operations, just sessions with your clients, it's in this book, it'll teach you about it and how to do it. It does so by providing these exercises, examples, and tasks so that you can interact with the book as you read it. "Doing is knowing" and that is the example given to us in the Holistic Tarot. Honestly, you know how I said that Rachel Pollacks, The New Tarot Handbook should be the first book you grab? This book would be the next one. But, it would be impractical because this book is HUGE. It's thick, it's very big. This is like a textbook, a home reference.

This book is for when you're coming up with a new kind of reading event for your clients or for your shop. It's for when you have a client, that you're unsure how to approach their condition or you just want to become more advanced and knowledgeable in the therapy side of Tarot. It's a great book for classes and courses, if you happen to teach such a course Benebell gives all the material and even a sort of rubric right within the page of the book. But she obviously leaves the room for expansion and for your own interpretation.

What I like about this book is that it talks about a lot of traditional methods, but Benebell is not strict on them. Now that doesn't mean, personally that Benebell might not be strict about them, and that bit of info I wouldn't know. But when it comes to explaining the Tarot to others, she definitely leaves things open for other ideas. That's a good thing. That's a good place to be with Tarot and divination in general.

What I also like is the little bits of insight about the operations and the everyday happenstance that come with this kind of teaching. For example, going back to traditional material, like when it comes to traditional methods and teachings, Bennebell is not against reinterpreting them.

However, following the same mentality that I have as well, being a solitary, eclectic Wiccan is ethical eclecticism. In which, the first couple times you do a new operation, a new ritual, a new spread, or anything like that, you first do it, how you have found it. You don't change anything until after you understand the material. Then you know what you are changing because you're only changing things so that they can better fit your personal trappings. So that it is more effective for you or your clients. We don't change the whole equation itself. You're replacing that style of a variable with a style of a variable, you understand more or you connect more.

You are tearing down the trappings as it were, and putting up your own that you resonate with. That is what ethical eclecticism is, and that is how Bennebell approaches the traditional techniques and teachings of Tarot in this book Holistic Tarot.

Overall, this is a gem and every card reader (tarot or otherwise) would benefit from reading and studying its material. If you want to learn proven methods and therapies to better help yourself and your clients then I would recommend you add Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen to your card reader library.


Holistic Tarot

Quote from the Author

Fear is dangerous, not the tarot. The tarot represents the spectrum of the human condition, the good, the evil, the light, and the dark. Do not fear the darker aspects of the human condition. Understand them. The tarot is a storybook about life, about the greatness of human accomplishment, and also the ugliness we are each capable of.

— Benebell Wen, Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth

Conclusion and Ending Notes

Each of these books was written by extremely insightful and brilliant authors who have successfully discovered their own paths within the divinatory art and science of cartomancy.

Whether you use tarot cards, oracle cards or even regular playing cards remember that nothing is more important than applied knowledge and wisdom from experience. The medium by which we articulate our psychic insights is only useful if we can connect with them. The true power and ability come from within us, from our own understanding of life and the many facets, paths, and intricacies that weave in and out of each other forming patterns, layers, and causing ripples in the cosmic way of things.

As Psychics, it is from our compassion, empathy, and insights into the nature of these patterns, layers, and ripples that allow us to peer within the heart of our clients so we can answer their questions, requests, and inquiries. This leaves us with a special responsibility to our clients in providing the best possible reading we can give them. That way they can create patterns and ripples that work in harmony with the rest of the Universe, and ultimately, adding to more growth, progress, and benevolence within the accumulated patterns from which our own souls each imprint upon the fabric of existence.

I hope that this list causes you to explore, experiment, and challenge yourself in ways that lead to the mastery of your psychic talents and increases your appreciation for cartomancy and the art of divination in general. Keep to your studies, practice all the time and actively seek ways to improve upon yourself. Tarot and Cartomancy are lifelong paths of discovery and wisdom. We never stop learning but grow more and more with each shuffle, each time we cast a spread and within each session, we commit to our clients. I wish you blessings and luck on your path.

May the Wheel Turn in Your Favor,

-Kyle W. Meek-

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2021 Kyle William Meek

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