The Method in the Madness
In 2010, I had the great privilege to be asked by Nancy Antenucci to assist in the writing of Psychic Tarot, which, aside from being a great beginners' book, also outlines many of the methods and exercises I still use in my daily practice. Psychic Tarot has been steadily in print for the last eight years, and going strong.
The premise of Psychic Tarot is to trust your own intuition when reading the cards. Feel what they mean to you. I have great respect for those with deep knowledge of Astrology, Numerology, Qaballah, and Jungian Psychology, but I myself learned that it is more important to understand your relationship with your deck and your inner sight than it is to memorize the "little white book" definitions of the cards.
For those just beginning to study Tarot, I highly recommend Nancy and my book, of course. However, the "bible" is Rachel Pollack's Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. I also recommend anything by Mary K. Greer, but most especially Twenty-One Ways to Read a Tarot Card.
I use several decks in my practice, most notably the Tarot of Transformation. Some decks are no longer available for purchase in the usual places, but if a certain deck interests you, I would recommend contacting the Tarot Garden (tarotgarden.com). Often they have, or can acquire out-of-print decks.
Personally, I have more than 50 decks, which is small beans for a collector, but perhaps a bit much for a reader. I only read with five or six of them, however. You will commonly see me use:
My personal gift is spreads. I am very good at creating new Tarot spreads. I look at it like concrete poetry - the spread helps shape and frame the reading.
In my blog, I will post several free original spreads that I may one day collect into a book. You are free to use them as you see fit, however, I would ask that I be credited either verbally during an exercise or in writing if there is any printed material.
It is my goal to also give proper credit to the creators of the Tarot decks featured in any photographs I may use. If I am ever remiss in this, please let me know.
Any resemblance to other Tarot spreads is purely coincidental and unintentional.