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Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners
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on January 19, 1999
Wow! This book is amazingly clear and inspiring. The easy, step-by-step lesson format is delightful. The meanings-at-a-glance keywords are enormously helpful (your eye usually beelines right to the exact keyword you need to see). Other books give you long-winded essays souped up with every symbol in the known universe. And then they throw in the Archetype of the Kitchen Sink, too, just for good measure. Such writers mean well, but their books are too often vague and chatty - something like Tarot for Politicians. This book, on the other hand, gives you brilliant discussions that are focused, practical and down-to-earth. I'm no expert, by the way. But I've read plenty of books on Tarot, some of them very good (I'm thinking here of Pollack). This one, however, is quite simply the best of them all. You can't go wrong with this selection.
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on November 5, 2002
This was not at all my first book on the subject, but I agree with other reviewers that the lesson chapters of the book explain Tarot basics in a concise, easy to understand way. The thing I love most in this book is the pages for individual cards. In additon to helpful keywords and question-oriented descriptions of the card illustrations, each has several suggested Reinforcing and Opposing cards listed. For me, considering the possible relationships that my current card might have with other cards gave me a huge leap of insight in how to view cards interact in a spread. While there are other books that cover that subject in depth, I've never seen it presented in such an accessible way before this. I gain a little more appreciation for this book every time I pick it up.
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on February 11, 2002
I have just finished going through the "lesson" portion of this book, and found it to be one of the more direct and accessible of the tarot books I have used. In general, the author skips new-age jargon and would-be-psychobabble to get to the point. I particularly like her emphasis on the process of card interpretation; she suggests a way (without claiming it is "the only way") that makes for logical and easily-remembered connections between the cards. My only caveat was that the book's pages and/or binding began to come apart with very little use. Still, the content and her thoughtful interpretive methods were above-par.
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on June 4, 2001
This is my second book I have ordered. Joan personally autograghed my first copy but when I moved back to the states on May 18th I was in a hurry to get off the plane and left my book. I was heart broken so I had to get another copy. I depend on this book for my daily insights and tutorials. She has explained everything right down to the last detail and it is easy to use and understand. The first time I used my book and cards I was amazed at the results. My thanks to Joan for her great efforts and insights to the world of the tarot. I hope this day finds you all well and blessed. If you don't have this book...BUY IT! You will be glad you did!
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on January 9, 2001
This book is a great jumpstart to using the Tarot! The friendly, modern tone makes it easy to read and the "lesson" format helps the new tarot reader tie together the meanings of cards in layouts.
The section of this book that most impressed me is the card descriptions. Instead of just giving one or two sentences on possible meanings for the cards, Joan works the cards' meanings into vivid descriptions of the illustrations on the Rider Waite deck. For me, this made the daunting task of memorizing the meanings of the Minor Arcana practically effortless.
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on April 30, 2014
I think this book is one of the best on the market to help one improve one's skill at reading the cards. There are plenty of exercises to practice and learn the relationship between cards - how cards can re-enforce others; opposing cards; how changing the position of the cards can change the reading; etc. The author's interpretation of the cards is quite insightful and enables the reader to visualize and develop one's own interpretations. The author has a good teaching style and I am enjoying doing the exercises and developing a clearer connection to my cards.
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on June 1, 2004
Tarot was always difficult to learn. But this book is an excellent source for beginners!
This book makes Tarot easy to understand. Readings are easy with that book cause author teaches you really professionally.
Easy to understand rules- and ready to apply them immediately. That's it.
Memorizing meanings of the cards does not really have to be difficult.
This is an unique book. Exercises and explanations well written and explained.
10 stars!!!
Shiloh- also fan of "The Rainbow Butterfly" book available at amazon.
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on March 7, 2000
I first read this material when it was an online course, and I'm very pleased it is now in book form. The author's approach is clear and easy to follow. She provides an excellent introduction to the cards. There are only a handful of good Tarot books for beginners, and this is one of them. I would rank it with Mary Greer's "Tarot for Your Self" and with Anthony Louis' "Tarot Plain and Simple." I think that any beginner with these three books would gain a very solid grounding in the art of Tarot.
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on November 18, 1998
Joan Bunning has written a clear, concise, understandable guide to the Tarot that has something for everyone, from beginners to experts. The 19 lessons teach everything you need to know about the Tarot, while the exercises give lots of hands-on practice. The keyword charts for the cards are a wonderful quick reference, while the in-depth descriptions of each card include opposing and reinforcing cards and a lengthy description. If you are interested in the Tarot, BUY THIS BOOK. It's the only one you'll ever need.
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on August 2, 2000
This book is the best work on Tarot ever. It advantages are:
1. It is absolutely not overloaded with pseudo-Kabbalistic crap, which gives an unbiased view of what tarot is about. 2. It is down-to-earth and practical; you can be sure not to be annoyed by pseudo-psychological new-age blah blah. 3. It is a reference book and not a "this is my opinion and as I am very experienced you have to swallow it". 4. You are free to use of make up your own reversals.
For beginners or experts.
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