Sharpen Your Tarot Smarts!

By Melanie Harris
While the most important tool for actually interpreting the Tarot is your own intuition, a firm base of knowledge serves as an indispensable aid in helping your psychic sense execute its best work.  There is so much to learn about the Tarot, and so many resources for doing so, that mastering the subject requires a truly Hermione Granger approach.  In other words, if you want to become an expert on the Tarot, you'll need to study like a big nerd, researching meticulously, double-checking information for accuracy, and taking notes for later review.  Knowledge is power, though, so don't be daunted.  We've compiled a list of learning resources to make the challenge of studying the Tarot more convenient and fun.

Sacred Texts  
This is absolutely my favorite site on the web.  A collection of public domain books and essays on sacred subjects, here you can read the complete text of countless esoteric works.  For information on the Tarot, simply click "Tarot" under the subject index in the left-hand column, and start browsing.  Here you'll find the Pictorial Key to the Tarot by Arthur E. Waite, The Tarot of the Bohemians by Papus, The Symbolism of the Tarot by P.D. Ouspensky, and many other very interesting, classic manuscripts.

Tarot History
This site presents some good background information on the history of the cards, and it's well worth a look.

Here you'll find a wealth of information and resources for learning about the tarot.

Tarot History Information Sheet
In part compiled by Mary K. Greer, this page outlines some truths about the Tarot and dispels several common myths.

ATA's Tarot Courseware
The American Tarot Association offers a low-cost, introductory Tarot course available for download.  Numerological correspondences, overcoming reader's block, elemental associations, and many other necessary topics are covered.  The 100-level courseware is easy to use, and ATA members receive a $5.00 discount.  Non-members pay just $25.00 for the complete course.

So, grab those reading glasses and that notebook and get to work!  With a bit of motivation and honest effort, your Tarot knowledge will increase dramatically.

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