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Tarot Revealed Hardcover – Dec 12 1988


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing (Dec 12 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517099845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517099841
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've bought this book having heard good recommendations on Eden Gray's books and having read the cards (using the Rider deck) for over a year.
Each minor arcana cards is explained in two pages-one with the card's picture, and another containing mainly white space, half a dozen lines that describe the card and shed a *bit* of light on it's meaning, and six lines to explain it's meaning upright & reversed usually with a few keywords.
This will pass for someone who just wants to start quickly, but is shallow. The extensive fillers (why give a whole page for each card's picture ? the reader is supposed to have the deck at hand and a verbal explanation is included. They could at least put the picture and text on the same page, as in 'Mastering the Tarot').
In contrast, the major arcana are well explained, and the glossary of terms is a small gem. I think those two sections do an excellent job of getting a newcomer on track quickly.
The two spreads explained - each with an example - are as good as the major arcana section, though I think that the Tree of Life spread could be replaced with a spread more appropriate for newcomers.
All in all I think this book is good for people with no knowledge of the tarot who want to *start* reading with a deck quickly and painlessly.
But I think that for anyone who wants to go beyond the very basics should start with a better book, e.g. Joan Bunning's Learning the Tarot, rather than this book.
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By Cecily on Nov. 14 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book inspired me to buy a Rider-Waite deck! I started learning tarot with non-traditional decks like Motherpeace and the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot, and I picked this book up to see what the old standby Rider-Waite was all about. Gray's simple, clear explanations shed new light on my readings with other decks, and the Rider-Waite illustrations convinced me that this deck merits its status as the "standard" for tarot.
Gray explains the Minor Arcana in very useful detail, and the concise discussion of reversals was especially helpful to me. The information about how to do readings for other people is also quite practical. The section on the Majors seems a bit skeletal to me, but there's definitely enough to get you started.
This is an all-over good read as well applicable to any tarot deck in a very general way.
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By Sparrow on April 15 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book has a very short description of each card's divinitory meaning and an even shorter description of the card reversed. This brevity is appealing to a person who wants to begin reading cards immediately, however it has the drawback of giving limited interpretations which can lead to inaccuracy in some circumstances. It also makes memorizing the meanings very difficult, since it does not tie the meaning in with the pictoral representation of the card. In its favor, at least it does mention the reversed cards, which not all references do. It also has a short glossery of the symbolism used in cards. All in all, though, for any beginner who really wants to learn the tarot, I'd say Joan Bunning's book is 10 times better than this.
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By A Customer on Dec 17 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've only been studying the tarot for a few months, but Eden Gray's book gave me a remarkable amount of insight in a very short time. When I went to a local metaphysical bookstore a few months ago to purchase my tarot deck, I asked the owner of the store which tarot book she recommended. She bypassed all the elaborate-looking and more expensive books she had for sale, and calmly handed Eden Gray's book to me. (I double checked after she walked away -- she had picked out the least expensive book) I think the bookstore owner's endorsement says it all. I have since read three other books, but for my readings I keep coming back to the interpretations I learned in Eden Gray's book (plus, of course, my own intuition).
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