I was lucky to run across each of these teachers and practitioners as I learned the art of reading Tarot. Perhaps you’ll find something of interest in their work as well.
Joan Bunning – Her book Learning the Tarot was the very first thing I read on the subject, and her recommendation to pull a card a day and journal about it in order to learn the deck was the best advice anyone could have given me as a beginner. I not only learned about the Tarot, I learned about myself in the process, and it changed my life profoundly.
Vincent Pitisci – I ran across this video of Vincent speaking at the Theosophical Society fairly early on. It was incredibly helpful in understanding how the cards work, and helped to make reading more practical and powerful for me. I’ve continued to follow Vincent’s work, and would highly recommend any of his books. His Zoom gatherings of Tarot enthusiasts twice a month are open to the public, and a great way to learn and to meet other practitioners. He has probably had more influence on how I read, and on how I explain the cards, than anyone else.
Rachel Pollack – Her book 78 Degrees of Wisdom is a must read for anyone who is serious about this art.
Benebell Wen – Benebell’s Holistic Tarot is an incredible reference volume. Her YouTube channel and website have all sorts of great material as well. She helped to confirm that I didn’t have to check my intellect at the door to enjoy Tarot cards.
Simon Harrison – The community that Simon has nurtured around his YouTube channel, The Hermit’s Cave, is extraordinary. I’m grateful to Simon for all of the many hours of content he has created, and also for the connections with other Tarot readers and collectors that he has offered. I’ve made many friends in his FB Group, and during his Saturday livestream sessions.
Enrique Enriquez – The documentary Tarology was a huge influence on my thinking about the cards. I had the privilege of studying with Enrique daily over the course of a month awhile back. His approach, to “look at the cards and describe what you see,” is deceptively simple and powerful.
Joe Monteleone – I worked with the RWS and Marseilles decks for the first couple years of my Tarot journey. When I finally considered taking a look a the Thoth deck, Joe’s YouTube video on things you should know about the Thoth Tarot prompted me to move forward with my explorations. I am grateful to be studying with Joe now through his Tarot Mysticism Academy.
Lon Milo Duquette – His book on Understanding the Thoth Tarot has been fundamental as I learned how to work with the deck. You might find this video of one of his seminars interesting. I certainly did.
There are many other authors and teachers who have been helpful to my understanding and practice along the way, but these are the ones who have really shaped my journey thus far. I’d love to hear about your major influences as well. Shoot me an email, or leave a comment below.