Essential Reading



A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle

Emptiness Dancing, by Adyashanti

Be Here Now, by Ram Das

You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay

The Law of Attraction, by Esther and Jerry Hicks

Anatomy of the Spirit and Sacred Contracts, both by Caroline Myss

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, by Pema Chodron

Adult Children of Alcoholics by Janet G. Woititz

Light Emerging, by Barbara Brennan

The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman

The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz

Earth Angels, by Doreen Virtue

This is by no means a fully comprehensive list. I have hundreds of books on my shelves, all great and important in some way. These books though, were the ones I carried from my apartment when there was a possibility of a boiler explosion. They are resources I turn to time and again, and often recommend. These are also the works of my greatest teachers. You will find that many of my techniques have gotten their start among these pages.


I am Tarot-polyamorous. I have about 60 decks in my collection, and have anywhere from 5-12 decks in rotation at a given time. I have favorites and not-so-favorites; the list is changing all the time. Below are my current recommendations. Be sure to check back for updates!

My recommendation for your very first deck: The Rider Waite Tarot Deck, Arthur E. Waite and Pamela Colman Smith (US Games, 1971). Variations include Universal Waite (my personal favorite), the Radiant Rider-Waite, and Albano Waite.  These are all great decks for beginners, in that most books use this deck as a primary basis, and a great many other decks are based on the imagery of the Rider Waite. These are called Rider Waite clones.  My favorite clones are:

Hanson-Roberts Tarot, Mary Hanson-Roberts (US Games, 1985)

Morgan-Greer Tarot, Bill Greer & Lloyd Morgan (US Games, 1979)

The Aquarian Tarot, David Palladini (US Games, 1970)

Other well-known decks and popular decks, not in the Rider Waite tradition:

Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck, Aleister Crowley (US Games, 1978)

Motherpeace Round Tarot, Karen Vogel and Vicki Noble (US Games, 1983)

Tarot de Marseille, Camoin-Jodorowsky (Camoin, 1997)


More decks that have a special place in my heart:

The Fountain Tarot, Jason Gruhl, Jonathan Saiz, Andi Todaro (Roost Books, 2017)

Osho-Zen Tarot, Osho and Ma Deva Padma (St. Martina Press, 1995)

Revelations Tarot, Zach Wong (Llewellyn, 2005)

The Spiral Tarot, Kay Steventon (US Games, 1998)

Tarot of Transformation, J L Cori, and Willow Arlenea (Weiser Books, 2002)



Essential Reading for the Tarot beginner:

Tarot for Your Self, Mary K. Greer (US Games, 1984)

21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card, Mary K. Greer (Llwellyn, 2006)

78 Degrees of Wisdom, Rachel Pollack (Weiser Books, 2007)

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Arthur Edward Waite (Red Wheel/Weiser, 2008 (orig. 1911)

The Tarot Book: Basic Instruction for Reading Cards, by Jana Riley (Red Wheel/Reiser, 1992).


Continued Study:

The Complete Book of Tarot, Juliet Sharman-Burke (St. Martin’s Griffin, 1996)

Seeker: The Tarot Unveiled, Rachel Pollack (Llewellyn, 2005)

Tarot and the Journey of the Hero, Hajo Banzhaf (Weiser, 2000)

Tarot as a Way of Life, Karen Hamaker Zondag (Red Wheel/Reiser, 2007)


In-depth, Advanced, and Special Topics:

Fortune Stellar: What Every Professional Tarot Reader Needs to Know, Christiana Gaudet (Jupiter Garden Press, 2010)

Jung and Tarot: An Archetypal Journey, Sallie Nichols (Weiser, 1980)

Numerology: Key to the Tarot, Sandor Konraad (Whitford, 1983)

Tarot and Individuation, Irene Gad (Nicholas-Hays, Inc., 2004)

Tarot Shadow Work: Using the Dark Symbols to Heal, Christine Jette (Llewellyn, 2000)

Tarot Spreads: Layouts and Techniques to Empower Your Readings, Barbara Moore (Llewellyn, 2012)

Thursday Night Tarot: Weekly Talks on the Wisdom of the Major Arcana, Jason C. Lotterhand (Newcastle Publishing, 1989)

And Special Topics in Tarot Series (Llewellyn Worldwide) including:

The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, Mary K. Greer (2002)

Tarot Tips, Ruth Ann Amberstone & Wald Amberstone (2003)

Understanding the Tarot Court, Mary K. Greer, Tom Little (2004)

Related Reading:

Diary of a Psychic, Sonia Choquette (Hay House, 2003)

Following Your Path, Alexandra Collins Dickerman (Tarcher, 1992)

The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell (New World Library, Third Ed., 2008)

Man and His Symbols, Carl G. Jung (Dell, 1968)

Practical Intuition, Laura Day (Broadway Books, 1997)



Crystal Clear Reflections, (in-depth and spot-on interpretations for all 78 cards, as well as reversals.)

The Tarot Garden, (the absolute best resource for Tarot decks)


The Matrix

Fight Club

I heart huckabees

Fried Green Tomatoes

Yes Man

Groundhog Day