Saturday, May 31, 2008

Rating : 3.5/5
Number of Pages : 192
Series : Special Topics in Tarot
Reason for Reading : Non-Fiction Five Challenge, to get back into learning more about the tarot

A series of tips on reading the tarot based on questions and answers from an e-letter set up by the authors in 1998. They have since also opened a tarot school in American where they offer lessons and a correspoendence course. It doesn't cover thebasic card meanings and assumes a little knowledge is needed before reading this. It is more focused on how to handle the cards, how to read them and other options and ideas for using the tarot.

The book is split into the following sections: Decks, Card & Card Handling; Interpreting & Meaning; Reading Techniques; Spreads; Other Things you can do with the Tarot and Ethics with an extended Recommended Books section at the end as well as useful websites. It is laid out in small steps and tips that work well and don't overload the reader. There is something for most levels of tarot readers and I definitely took away some interesting ideas to explore further. In places I did find it a little superficial, but it was designed to be a short, affordable book so I suppose this is to be expected.

I would recommend this to someone who has done a little bit of studying and is unsure of how to put everything together. Also I would recommend it to someone who needs a refresher or a push to restart their reading.


Ladytink_534 said...

I have a deck of beautiful tarot cards but I’ve never used them and I’ve only opened them twice. They’re too pretty to play with lol.

Rhinoa said...

Tink - You should think about getting a second deck that you don't think of as being so pretty (maybe the Rider Waite deck) so you have something to learn with.

Clare said...

These books look really good - I must try and get back into my Tarot more and try and learn the cards without keep referring to my books!