“If you can only get your hands on one of these books, I recommend it be Tarot for Writers.”

DIYMFA recommends Tarot for Writers

Mythic Storytelling: Five Books on Tarot for Writers

Melanie Martilla gave my Tarot for Writers guidebook her highest recommendation! Read her assessment here.

Tarot for Writers

Corrine Kenner wrote Tarot for Writers and it was published by Llewellyn Publications in 2009. It was the last of the five books I read, and I consider it to be one of the best of the books on the subject. It’s also one of the longest at 325 pages, but 206 of those are devoted to the meanings of the major and minor arcana.

Kenner is a practicing tarot reader and wrote several other books on tarot for Llewellyn. She also wrote a book on astrology for writers and includes a chapter on astrology and the tarot in this book. Tarot for Writers is considered to be the foundational work on the topic. Kenner starts with an introductory section on how to read the tarot and classic spreads, and then she progresses to writer-specific topics like character creation, plotting, setting and description, breaking writer’s block, and using the tarot as a writing coach.

If you can only get your hands on one of these books, I recommend it be Tarot for Writers.

Melanie Marttila creates worlds from whole cloth. She’s a dreamsinger, an ink alchemist, and an unabashed learning mutt. Her speculative short fiction has appeared in Bastion Science Fiction MagazineOn Spec Magazine, and Sudbury Ink. She lives and writes in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, where she spends her days working as a corporate trainer. She blogs at and you can find her on Facebook and Twitter.