Tarot and Magic: Selected Bibliography

It’s been a few months since I presented my Tarot and Magic workshop at Sticks and Stones. I did promise to share the selected bibliography, so here it is. It is not an exhaustive list by any means, and if you have any suggestions, I would welcome them. I have a feeling that this one may be presented again, and I’d like it to be a bit different the next time. Not to mention that I’m a big believer in there’s always more to learn, and I’m an incorrigible researcher.

Here is the selected, annotated bibliography:

Chang, T. Susan. Tarot Correspondences: Ancient Secrets for Everyday Readers. Woodbury: Llewellyn Publications, 2018.

A compendium of Tarot correspondences based primarily on the work of the Order of the Golden Dawn. In “Part Two: The Reader’s Guide to Using Correspondences” Chapter 6, “Creative Techniques: The Power of the Pen,” covers writing spells, and Chapter 7, “Magical Techniques: So Mote it Be!,” introduces the reader to some basic mechanics of magic practice.

Emerson, S. Rune. Nothing But A Pack of Cards: A Book of Cartomancy and Tarot Sorcery. Stafford: Megatlithica Books, 2016.

A handbook for practicing magic using the Tarot. The first part of the book provides a theory and framework for magic working. The second part consists of rites and rituals, primarily for a solitary practitioner. Rune’s approach is solidly ceremonial.

Graham, Sasha. 365 Tarot Spells: Creating the Magic in Each Day. Woodbury: Llewellyn Publications, 2016.

Pretty much what the title says: 365 spells—one for each day of the year—that include Tarot cards in their construction.

Kraig, Donald Michael. Tarot and Magic. Special Topics in Tarot. St. Paul: Llewllyn Publications, 2002.

Some theory and a lot of practical working. At the end of each chapter are questions designed to increase your understanding of the material and develop your practice further. Chapter 4, “Dancing the Tarot,” explores using dance and movement to connect and work with the cards.

Renée, Janina. Tarot Spells. Rev. ed. Woodbury: Llewellyn Publications, 2000.

Renée has pretty much done the work for the reader—it’s about adding/including Tarot cards in spell work. The first chapter is a brief look at “How Magic Works.” The appendices have some helpful information about preparation and use of other tools. There is also a discussion of ethics in the introduction.

Tyson, Donald. Tarot Magic: Ceremonial Magic Using Golden Dawn Correspondences. Woodbury: Llewellyn Publications, 2018.

An updated and expanded edition of his Portable Magic: Tarot is the Only Tool You Need (2006). Tyson delves into the theoretical framework of ceremonial magic and then shows how to use a deck of Tarot cards to do ritual magic and spell work.

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