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TAROT BASICS - Getting Started
TAROT SETS:

There are a number of Waite deck and book sets.  If you are choosing one of these, see if you can find out a bit about the accompanying book.  Waite himself wrote 'The Pictorial Key to the Tarot', which appears in some sets, but this is probably not a good starting book.  It is well worth finding if you develop a keen interest in matters tarotic, but there are far more accessible works.

In addition to the Waite sets, I would recommend the Beginner's Guide to Tarot.
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This Beginner's Guide was created by Juliet Sharman-Burke and illustrated by Giovanni Caselli.  The deck itself is now available separately, as the Sharman-Caselli Tarot.  I think this is because it proved very popular as a set, with many none-beginners buying this beginner's pack because of the cards.  That is exactly what I did, so I was very pleased to find the book is also well worth owning.  It has a lot of clear, concise and specific information, and is mostly Waite-based.

Instead of a set, you can of course buy a deck and a separate book / books.  You will find many general tarot books and also books written specifically to accompany a particular deck.
(See REFERENCE - BOOKS for a few starting suggestions.)
The Emperor - associated with control and rational guidance
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