Best of Tarot 2011

by Theresa Reed on December 14, 2011


Welcome to my 2nd annual “Best of Tarot”!


Looking back on the year, I found my choices being very hard.  So many good sites and tarot innovation – I had a difficult task ahead.  Here are my picks for the Best of Tarot 2011 (and please keep in mind that this is my opinion only):


Best Tarot BlogTarot Elements – Once again, the staff at Tarot Elements delivers great tarot related content – and more – month after month.  With Catherine Chapman at the helm, this content rich site will give any tarot lover tons of stuff to peruse. 


Best Tarot Deck –  Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert.  Now that Llewellyn mass marketed this beautiful deck, we can all have access to the wisdom within.  The art is stunning and the deck reads like a dream.  If you don’t have a copy yet, be sure to add this one to your collection!  (Honorable mention: I am also madly in love with the Cat’s Eye Tarot by Debra M. Givin – US Games once again delivers a deck that is clever and user friendly.  Plus, this one makes this cat lover very happy!)


Best Tarot Artist – I have to give this award to Joanna Powell Colbert for her unique style.  Earthy watercolors and strikingly realistic images make her work a standout amongst the others. 


Best Tarot Book – There were many good books this year but I have to give thumbs up to Mary K Greer’s “Who Are You In The Tarot?”, an in depth exploration of tarot birth cards and how they affect your destiny. This book is actually a reprint of Tarot Constellations and I am glad to see that Weiser was smart enough to bring this one back.  (Honorable mentions: “Tarosophy” by Marcus Katz , “Tarot and Astrology” by Corrine Kenner plus “Tarot Spreads and Layouts” by Jeanne Fiorini.)


Best Tarot SiteTarot Garden is a tarot lover’s fantasy.  Every deck you can imagine can be found here.  From harder to get decks like the Anna K Tarot to the classics, Tarot Garden usually has ‘em all.  This is THE place to go if you are in need of a new deck.


Most Underrated Blog New Paths Tarot by Koneta Bailey is a humble little blog that delivers a lot.  With regular posts on tarot cards, deck reviews, daily draws and more, this blog is growing rapidly into a “must read”.  Bailey’s writing is warm, sensitive and personal.  


Best Tarot Event – I had a blast at RS11  (Reader’s Studio) – but SF BATS (San Francisco Bay Area Tarot Symposium)  surprised me with how much fun it was.  The Reader’s Studio is still the creme de la creme of tarot conferences but don’t let the smaller ones fall under your radar.  You may be pleasantly surprised as I was.


Best Tarot Newsletter – I’ve fallen in love with “Wings” from Beth Owl’s Daughter.  Published monthly, this newsletter never fails to delight me with all sorts of tarot goodness, astrology tidbits and more.  The writing is heartfelt and smart – this is one you CANNOT miss.  (Honorable mention: Sara Donaldson of TABI continues to deliver a great newsletter month after month with The Tracker, another super resource!)


Best Tarot Podcasts –  Beyond Worlds has a whole new crew but they are consistently delivering solid tarot education.  Each week, host Donnaleigh and her tarot friends entertain, teach and help you to grow your tarot skills with the best that tarot has to offer.  


Best Tarot MagazineTarosophist International is still the granddaddy of tarot magazines.  Great tarot writing, beautiful covers, modern and obscure tarot information make this a winner every time.  (Buzz: keep an eye on Attune Magazine.  It’s still very new and in need of some serious editing but if they continue to hone their skills, it may shape up into a good resource. Mary Nale and contributors such as Anna Cook, Koneta Bailey and Bonnie Cehovet are cooking up a lively magazine with a lot of potential.)


The Tarot Reader to WatchMatt Williams of Personal Tarot With Matt has been blowing my mind with his intelligent posts and thoughtful style of reading.  So much so that I have begun working with him on a project, He Said She Said – a monthly feature where we explore tarot readings and compare the male and female perspective.  Matt proves that men can be sensitive readers and this is a guy to keep an eye on.


Best Tarot Product The Tarot Game by Jude Alexander is the funnest application of tarot that I have ever come across. But don’t let the fun part fool you – I have gotten some awesome insights “playing” this game – and that makes The Tarot Game not just a game but a real tool for transformation.


Hottest Tarot Topic – There are always hot discussions in tarot but the most intense one this year developed over bullies in online tarot communities.  Although tarot is spiritual, it is not immune from questionable behavior.  We are all human and we all make mistakes and this year many readers were contemplating how to deal with negativity in our community.  Do we ignore it or confront it?  Blogs by Tarotize, 78 Notes to Self and Matt Williams and others opened up the dialogue.  Although the answers may not be here yet – by discussing the matter, we open the door for healing.  


Most Creative Use of Tarot James Wells wrote a new book “Tarot For Manifestation” which helps the reader create a map to “plot your own journey”.  Wells’ methods teach you how to consciously create your future with tarot – turning the whole notion of tarot as “only for fortune telling” completely on its head.  Wells is not just a tarot reader – he’s a tarot leader.


Most Anticipated Tarot Deck – There are two decks that I cannot wait to get my clammy paws on: Ghosts and Spirits Tarot by Lisa Hunt and The Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore.  Incredible art and new perspectives make these decks a tarot lover’s dream come true!


Trend I’d Like To See in 2012 – I’m not a big fan of putting myself in front of the camera but I’ve been grooving on the You Tube videos by Angelo Nasios.  Angelo functions like a cross between a tarot pundit and a teacher – making tarot news, trends and lessons accessible to all.  I’ve seen a few others jumping on the bandwagon and I hope this trend continues.  By putting a “human face” to tarot reading, we take it out of the closet and show the world how helpful and useful it really can be.


The Tarot Reader Who Most Impacted My Life This Year – At RS11, I sat down next to Hilary Parry and announced that she would be doing my reading.  And what a reading it was!  Accurate, no holds barred and straightforward – this reading was a cosmic jolt to my system!  And it made my choice for my “tarot apprentice” an easy pick after weeks of careful deliberation.  Hilary is an amazing talent and I consider her the “future face of tarot”.


I hope you enjoy my choices for the year.  What do you think?  Who would have you chosen?  I’d love to hear your choices in the comment section below!




© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2011

Rob...ZenVega dude December 14, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Great article– lots of new people and ideas to explore!

One person who doesn’t appear on the radar very often is Brigit ‘Biddy’ Esselmont from Australia.

She has an amazing blog and her latest book The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings lives up to it’s title. Brigit is sooo authentic, she’s gifted at the craft of writing, her content is intriguing, stimulating and thought provoking.

other thoughts….

I’d be interested to see an article written by you (and others too) offering opinions on what organizations one might choose to belong to.

Lastly, good luck getting your paws on the Steampunk Tarot deck!

…… peace out good woman. thx for all the work you do:) it’s appreciated.

Theresa Reed December 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Hi Rob

Thanks for stopping by – I totally agree about Biddy Tarot! Another underrated blog/tarot reader. There is a lot of talent out there and hard to keep track of ’em all, right?

I also wanted to mention that another great book that came out in 2011 is “Psychic Tarot” by Nancy Antenucci and Melanie Howard. Again, another great resource – just hard to get them all in. Wish I could give them all a big round of applause. So many people work so hard in tarot. 🙂

I have already written a general post about joining tarot organizations:

I’m not an “organization” type of person so I’m not the right person to ask about which one to join.

Rob...ZenVega dude December 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Hey Theresa!

Yeah, we’re lucky and blessed to have so many people actively involved with tarot. Truly, a global community/tribe. very cool.
Biddy is certainly part of that. She rocks!

‘Psychic Tarot’ is literally at the top of my ‘must have’ list. A growing list by the day it seems.

Like you (so you’ve written:) I’m also the lone wolf/insular/ non-organization type. Then again, at one point in my life I probably wouldn’t have considered myself the Tarot type. So it goes… the flow of life and all. Thanks for passing along that link.

jema December 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Thanks for a great list, now got 8+ sites i gotta explore some more. I just want to push a little for a great lady AJ love her daily cards.

Theresa Reed December 15, 2011 at 7:51 am

Hi Jema

Thanks for stopping by. I am always discovering great things in tarot… much out there, it’s hard to keep track of ’em all.


Hilary December 14, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Wowsers! What an awesome title to have in the “Best of 2011”! Many thanks! Most certainly YOU are MY “Tarot Reader Who Most Impacted My Life This Year”!

Theresa Reed December 15, 2011 at 7:52 am

Hey Hilary

Your reading was wonderful and I hope more people discover your good work!


gayle stacher December 14, 2011 at 9:39 pm

i love how you curate the world of tarot~ so mindful, diverse and with an open heart.
thank you!

Theresa Reed December 15, 2011 at 7:52 am

Hi Gayle,

Thanks for stopping by. There is so much tarot goodness out there – wish I could have included everyone! I love my tarot peeps!


Jude Alexander December 15, 2011 at 12:05 am

This is a tremendous list of Bests! I appreciate seeing the game among the greats…including yourself, Theresa. Best Tarot Mentor of 2011 ~ thanks for all the inspiration.

Theresa Reed December 15, 2011 at 7:53 am

Hello Jude,

No Best of Tarot 2011 is going to be complete without mentioning The Tarot Game. It’s amazing and I love it!


Arwen December 15, 2011 at 12:25 am

So many to choose from! I think you have a super list here. 🙂

Theresa Reed December 15, 2011 at 7:54 am

Hello Arwen,

Thanks for stopping by! And thanks – it is always hard to narrow it down to a few peeps. So much tarot goodness out there!


Catherine December 15, 2011 at 5:44 am


All of us here at Tarot Elements would just like to thank you for choosing TE as the Best Blog of 2011. The eating of chocolate in celebration took on new heights, along with the wine and the whisky.

On a personal level, I appreciate the honour you have bestowed, but more importantly, I treasure the friendship we have formed because of tarot.

Thank you my darling,


Theresa Reed December 15, 2011 at 7:55 am

Hello Catherine

Tarot Elements contributes so much to the tarot world – it really is an exceptional blog.

And so happy that I have gotten a chance to get to know all of you fine ladies at TE. You guys rock my tarot world!


Koneta December 15, 2011 at 6:35 am

Thanks so much for the vote of confidence. Much appreciated. Hugs!

Theresa Reed December 15, 2011 at 7:56 am

Hi Koneta

Thanks for dropping by! Your site is really blossoming – keep it up!


Beth December 15, 2011 at 8:09 am

Wow! Thanks so much for this honor, Theresa! My newsletter is a labor of love, for sure, so I am deeply touched it made your list!
Most of all, I feel really blessed for our friendship! Here’s to good times ahead in 2012!
~ Beth

Theresa Reed December 15, 2011 at 8:17 am

Beth, your newsletter is a treasure. You had me at “purple ghetto”. Great stuff!


Angelo Nasios December 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Thank you so much for including me on your list! I look forward to a new year of tarot and wonderful new videos on my channel and on my blog.

I hope that more readers come out onto YouTube to talk about tarot for the whole world to listen. Lets get the conversation going!

Theresa Reed December 16, 2011 at 9:39 am

Angelo, you are leading the pack with your videos. And yes – more tarot on YouTube is a good thing.

(But don’t expect me to join that….I am extremely camera shy and a horrible video phobe!)


Lisa December 16, 2011 at 5:28 am

Great list, Theresa! Thanks for the mention 🙂 Bright blessings for 2012

Theresa Reed December 16, 2011 at 9:40 am

And thank you Lisa for your thought provoking and most excellent blog!


Tarot Politico December 16, 2011 at 10:25 am

Love the list, Theresa. My favorite tarot book this year was Psychic Tarot, and I’m glad to see you and other fans of the book commenting. I think this book really fills a need. I’ve always been a little frustrated that so many books on tarot seem quite “left brain” – linear, detailed, and sometimes kind of “rule-y school-y”. Since reading the tarot cards is not a rational undertaking, it’s surprising that there aren’t more books that really lean into the “right brain”. Whether someone considers themselves “psychic” or not, tarot reading is an intuitive process and it’s great to see a book entirely dedicated to honoring that. I think this is a great first book for a beginner new to tarot – it offers a chance to get to know the cards intuitively, and read from that powerful, inner place, before encountering all the external “rules.”

Theresa Reed December 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Hello Tarot Politico

I LOVE that book and cannot believe I didn’t put it on the list! I could kick myself. Psychic Tarot is a VERY important tarot book especially for those of us who read intuitively. It really was one of the best books of 2011.


Mary December 16, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Thank you so much for the mention.
It’s always been my wish for more voices to be heard and this labor of love has been a tremendous challenge.
I love your list and thank you for sharing your thoughts on the many talented people who make tarot so wonderful to be a part of…Thank you

Theresa Reed December 23, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Hi Mary

Keep up the good work and I’m sure Attune will continue to develop!


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