Numerous books on Tarot for beginners exist. By all means, browse at independent, chain, online, and used bookstores. Your public library may also be a good source. If it doesnt have a title you want, ask the librarian to obtain it through an interlibrary loan.
Although Tarot can and should be fun, be aware that it can also be challenging and requires study; books that promise to make you a competent reader in, say, an evening are typically junk. Know also that the little books, often enclosed with Tarot decks, vary from barely adequate to terrible, are always limited by their tiny format, and should not be relied upon exclusively.
You may wish, therefore, to get your feet wet by trying one of the following books. You may wish to ask an experienced Tarotist for his/her opinion before purchasing a given book. Always read critically and apply what you learn judiciously; just because a book says something does not mean that it is true or will prove helpful.
If you begin to build a good Tarot library, you will eventually discover that some excellent books (including a few discussed here) are out of print; however, you may often obtain them with relative ease and at modest cost by browsing at used bookstores, Internet auction sites, or searching massive databases of used books offered for sale, such as Abebooks.com, AddAll, or Bookfinder.com.
Some titles may be available in other editions or languages; please check with your bookseller for details.
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