I've never before read a more thorough, accurate description of tarot cards. Author gives history, etc, but the value in this book lies in its card meanings. Both Major and Minor arcana are discussed. Others "write" books with traditional symbolic card meanings, but this is in-depth, spiritual, path-oriented, and complete. HIGHLY recommended for beginners, as well as those already familiar with tarot. If this book had been published 10 years ago, when my interest in tarot was first piqued, I could have saved myself much confusion and wasted time over the years. This books is a great tool to use for daily and annual readings, as well as your celtic cross and other spreads.