No one should claim that their book is the ‘definitive guide’ unless they want to lay themselves wide open to critics – but don’t let the title put you off. There is a lot of information packed into this pocket-sized guide, and beginners and Grand masters alike have sung its praises.
It’s certainly brightly coloured, and full of illustrations to help even the most timid novice find their way around a spread. There is the usual background content on the History of Tarot, but it’s clear and easy to read. Along side that there is information on how Tarot works and the symbolism behind Tarot – again, all useful and appreciated. Each card in both the Major and Minor Arcana is listed with elemental qualities and keywords, and details of the different kinds of Tarot decks available is covered. The section on reading spreads is all-encompassing and split down into categories to make it even easier to use.
I have been reading Tarot since I was very young, and taught by an experienced reader – but I found the book interesting and insightful. There is great discussion on the potential of Tarot, and the pitfalls too, but what I enjoyed most was the exercises for getting to know the cards, shuffling techniques, and drawing cards. There is even a step by step guide to performing a reading.
The book is just £9.99 from Play.com and really is a must have for any Tarot Enthusiast.
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