The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination
by Robert Place
This is definitely a more scholarly look at the Tarot, starting with the history of the cards based on what fragmentary evidence there is and examining the various influences and ideas that developed into the modern Tarot of today. With this as a starting point, the author looks at the symbology of the cards and the various elements depicted on them. It’s worth reading for those who are interested in more than learning the meaning of the cards by rote for divinatory purposes, particularly in a non-magical fashion.