The Wheel of the Year turns, and as it turns, we acknowledge the passing time in various ways. As we move through the darkest days, we combat the long nights with lights, candles, parties, and shiny bright gifts. Whether you are looking for a friend or loved one who loves tarot or who wishes to learn or for your own Wish List, we have a few suggestions.

For the Book-Lover in Your Life

For the Beginner: Tarot for Beginners by Barbara Moore is an excellent book that makes tarot very approachable. The recipient will be shuffling her cards with confidence in no time!

For the Explorer: Rachel Pollack’s Tarot Wisdom leads the reader gently through a mysterious world of mythology and magic, card by glorious card. This book is a great companion to snuggle up with on the sofa with a quilt on a blustery winter’s night.

Mary K. Greer’s 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card by Mary K. Greer is for the tarot enthusiast who loves to engage the tarot in an active way. Here are twenty one activities to plumb the depths of any card.

Pick a Card, Any Card

Books are great, but decks are so fun! They are like treasure boxes containing 78 pieces of exquisite art. Here are few to consider:

  • The Fairy Tale Tarot by Lisa Hunt. Lisa is known for her visionary and magical art. This deck extends that magic by allowing us to revisit the stories of childhood and introducing us to new ones. As we learn about stories and other cultures, we learn about ourselves.
  • The Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti is considered by many to be Ciro’s legacy to the tarot world. Ciro is talented and prolific artist, with three decks to his credit. This one expresses so much in each…the drama is palpable; it is easy to see the rhythms and ebb and flow of our lives as we lay these cards out.
  • The Mystic Dreamer Tarot by Heidi Darras and Barbara Moore echoes the dark, reflective days and nights of winter, inviting us to explore our inner selves and confront our deepest secrets. While it depicts the darkness, it does so by shedding a light. And everything is easier to see and understand in the light.

Three of the most appealing and innovative decks released in recent years are The Fey Tarot, the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight, and the Manga Tarot. These are for readers who want something off the beaten path, challenging, and rewarding.


To totally turn on the dazzle, there is nothing like a gold or silver-gilded deck. Any of these will make a most memorable gift:

  • The Mantegna Tarot with its silver gilding, while not a traditional tarot deck, is a fascinating and important historical deck…and among the most beautiful.
Written by Barbara Moore
The tarot has been a part of Barbara Moore’s personal and professional lives for over a decade. In college, the tarot intrigued her with its marvelous blending of mythology, psychology, art, and history. Later, she served as the tarot specialist for Llewellyn Publications. Over the years, she has ...