Level two is a cycle rather than a level. You now know your way around a Tarot deck, have scrapped the original list of keywords from Level 1 in favour of your own thoughts and essences and flavours of cards formulated through your own experimentation and readings. You’ve found your own Tarot mojo.
I’d originally intended to write in depth about the cards, my feelings, thoughts and discoveries on the court cards, the majors, the numbered cards and how they work in a reading, what they mean etc., etc ad infinitum. But my views aren’t important. Your discoveries are. So instead, I’ve handed level 2 over to you.
Level two is a time of exploration, reading, reading the cards, further experimentation, reading the cards, stripping out the extraneous, reading the cards, and finding golden nuggets of tarot wisdom to bolster your readings. *Note – to bolster your readings, not make you feel that you’re doing it wrong.
New ideas, angles and viewpoints rather than dogma to restrict you (unless of course those boundaries are what you’re looking for – they do have their place if they help).
What follows is basically a list of resources, it’s not comprehensive, more a springboard. There’s a lot out there to explore, and there’s no ‘one best way’. Find what interests you right now. Have a look with an attitude of ‘this looks interesting’, and with a sense of humour. All available resources are written by fallible human beings, not gods (although you will find writings attesting to divine authorship).
I’ve tried to show resources that will lead to further discovery rather than stop you in your tracks. There are also podcasts, videos and blogs worth a look – ‘The Hermit’s Lamp’, Fortune’s Wheelhouse’, ‘Rune Soup’ (podcasts), Mirrors of Consiousness, Tom Benjamin, Vincent Pritisci (Youtube), The Tarot Lady, Mary J Greer, Seven Metals Tarot (blogs), all immediately spring to mind.
The link below is a wonderful resource on historical Tarot decks, the history of the Tarot and cites books and online information that can take you back in time with the Tarot https://tarot-heritage.com/blog/
A Visual Approach To Tarot
An approach to reading the Tarot in a concise, visual and often sparsely poetic way.
Enrique Enriquez – Tarology
Camelia Elias – Towards The Art Of Reading (Book, she does have others), and blog https://taroflexions.wordpress.com/welcome-to-taroflexions/
Both of the above authors concentrate mainly on Marseille Tarot, but even if this isn’t the style of cards you read with, there is still much to mull over in their approach.
A Stern Approach
Markus Katz has researched and written extensively about the Rider Waite Smith Tarot and the Crowley Thoth Tarot, the systems, their origins and their authors, artists and era.
*Note – there’s no law to say that these cards MUST be read in the way that the creators intended, or that the belief systems/correspondences and associations assigned symbolism must be adhered to in order to read these Tarot decks with flair and aplomb. Many folks find that studying the correspondences gives readings more depth. Many find studying them doesn’t.
An Engaging Approach
Rachel Pollack’s Tarot Wisdom is a thought provoking read. It examines every card in the Tarot deck using Marseille Tarot cards, the Rider Waite Smith Tarot, her own Shining Tribe Tarot – something old, something quite old and something fairly modern.
Mary J Greer’s books are well respected by many and she looks at specialised topics such as reading the court cards or reading Tarot reversals as well as exploration of the Self through Tarot and different ways to approach reading cards.
A Very Down-to-Earth Approach
Vincent Pritisci claims to have found the secret behind ‘how the cards work’. I suspect that he does have a valid point, I also suspect there’s more to it. His thoughts on Tarot and his approach to it are refreshing and common sense. His book ‘The Essential Tarot’ is well worth a read.
A Psychic Approach
Michele Morgan’s ‘A Magickal Course in Tarot’ is a bouncing bundle of Tarot joy.
Nancy Antenucci and Melanie Howard’s ‘Psychic Tarot’ is also worth a look.
A Psychological Approach
‘Tarot and the Archetypal Journey: The Jungian Path from Darkness to Light by Sallie Nichols and Mary K Greer
‘Tarot and Psychology: Spectrums of Possibility’ by Arthur Rosengarten
Christine Jette’s ‘Tarot Shadow Work: Using the Dark Symbols to Heal’
Public Domain Esoteric Texts on The Tarot (and more)
Peruse these sites at your own risk – you could quite easily spend years among their offerings.
Donald Tyson’s ‘Portable Magick: Tarot is the Only Tool You’ll Ever Need’ is a fairly technical approach
Sasha Graham’s ‘365 Tarot Spells: Creating the Magick in Each Day’ is a more homely approach.
Tarot For Creatives
Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner
You’ll also find books on Tarot and astrology, Tarot and kabbala, feminist tarot, pagan tarot, tarot and mythology, books that are lists of correspondences, books of Tarot spreads, Tarot and the Tao and many, many more.
Take what interests you, gives you AHA moments and feels authentic to you from your explorations – and have a little giggle about those who expound their ONE TRUE WAY.
An exploration of writings and podcasts, video and Tarot art will undoubtably round out your experience of the cards, whether you adopt any of your findings whole heartedly or not.
If there are any books, blogs, websites, podcasts, videos or anything else that you’ve found valuable, please pop them in the comments – your input is valuable to me, and to others as they learn to look at the cards in different, and more meaningful ways.