The Complete Illustrated Guide to Tarot: How to Unlock the Secrets of the Tarot Paperback – Apr 1999
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Tarot is all about connections--connections to the future; connections to the past; connections to Kabbalah, music, numbers, and life. Rachel Pollack has taken a coffee table book and transformed it into a labyrinth of history and magic. Stop thinking of the tarot as a deck of cards and learn to see it as a representation of your family, or an epic tale with you as the protagonist. Sure, The Complete Illustrated Guide to Tarot includes some of the most popular spreads for divination, such as the "Celtic cross," but the full-color photographs also offer a rare opportunity to see some of the earliest cards, such as the Visconti-Sforza Tarot of the 15th century. In the midst of these illuminating images, Pollack leads you beyond placing cards on a table and teaches you to make tarot a part of living. --Brian Patterson
About the Author
Rachel Pollack was born in 1945 in Brooklyn New York. She became a keen student and after graduating from New York State University she took a Masters in English Literature. Shortly afterwards she began her travels in Europe, spending over 15 years in Amsterdam where she began her lifelong passion for esoteric wisdom and ancient divination. She is a highly experienced tarot reader and teacher, and the author of several books.
She now spends her time teaching the Tarot and producing poetry for performance artists. She also has a great love of photography and avant-garde jazz. Rachel Pollack currently lives in New York and occasionally does readings on US television.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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One of Rachel Pollack's other books, 78 Degrees of Wisdom, provides some of the best information available on the individual cards of the Rider-Waite deck. If you are looking for something more specific to helping you read the cards, that would be the one to get. This Illustrated Guide was most useful, to me, for the color pictures of cards from so many various decks. It provides a nice overview of the sorts of decks that have been or are being published, and of the sorts of things people use the tarot for in this day and age. The author even spends a couple of pages telling you how you can create your own deck.
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This is a good informative book on Tarot, except when it comes to the 78 card meanings. In my opinion, the author should stick with one deck, like the Raider Waite, for more... Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2003
This books tells you a lot about the Tarot, tells you how to use them, and tells you the history of them. It helped me learn Tarot a lot.Published on March 30 2003 by Patrick Heyrman
The title of my review says it all. This is an attractive and well-written book and would make an excellent addition to any one's collection on Tarot. Read morePublished on March 13 2002 by E. Palladino
This book is perfect if you want to know the history behind the Tarot. The pictures are beautiful and it is well written, it gets to the point without beating around the bush. Read morePublished on April 14 2001
As the Tarot Host @ BellaOnline.com, I am constantly on the look-out for books to enlighten myself and my readers. Read morePublished on May 4 2000 by Lori Vallis