This book is the best handbook for the Rider-Waite deck. Hajo Banzhaf does away with the obscure language of mysticism that perplexes the Beginner, and even baffles a few old-hands like myself. Practical, direct, and lucid, Banzhaf makes a great teacher and he is always informative. This book is layed-out according to his PATH spread--a very good spread that answers the question, "How should I act in the future?" This approach discourages the fatalistic sense of "what will happen..." by focusing on the extraordinary force of the human will. The PATH spead reveals how you have acted up until the time of the question, and then offers a proposal for how you should consider acting in the future. The PATH focuses on three fundamental descriptions: how you feel, think and are perceived by others. Astrologers will see, here, an nice correspondence to ascending, solar and lunar aspects. Nonetheless, you do not need to know, or be an astrologer, to appreciate this layout. If you are, however, studying astrology, then you will really value this extra dimmension that Banzhaf adds to his interpretations. You will also find additional spread formats that are quite good, which are ideal for Pagans (and this is extraoridnary since the Waite deck is very Christian influenced). Amongst one of my favorites is the Secret of the High Priestess spread, which focuses on the waxing and wanning cycles of the moon as indicators of events/attitudes that are loosing influence regarding the question at hand, and events/attitudes that are gaining influence. This approach highlights the cyclical nature of time, which works well with themes of lunar consciousness, reincarnation, and Mediterranean and Celtic traditions. Banzhaf is also very good at bringing fresh perspectives for interpreting the older superstitions and fears regarding the 3 of Swords, Tower, Devil and 10 of Swords. This German author, who has his works translated into English, is a valuable and important interpretor who has made the Rider-Waite far more accessible without discarding its more profound layers of meaning. I highly recommend this book to the Learned and Beginners.