Easy Tarot Reading: The Process Revealed in Ten True Readings Paperback – Oct 8 2011
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About the Author
For Josephine Ellershaw, the Tarot has been a constant life companion on a personal journey that spans more than three decades. Alongside her business background she has many years of experience providing readings, healing, and metaphysical guidance to an international clientele and is the author of the international bestseller Easy Tarot: Learn to Read the Cards Once and For All. Ellershaw lives in North Yorkshire, England, with her family and a large menagerie of pets, including waifs, strays, and rescues.
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I placed the cards out on my table from each case study and wrote up my own reading for each spread. I wanted to do this before I read what Josephine had written about them. Then I compared her reading to mine, it was nice to know I am on the right track so far. It was facinating reading how Josephine explores the cards and arrives at her answers. I had many ah-ah moments through the book as certain cards were linked together and their meaning.A good read and very helpful to me.
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The author writes from the perspective of a working tarot professional, and professional she is as she takes us step by step through readings with her clients (all of whom knew they were going to be included as case studies in this book). It is actually not that difficult to learn some meanings for seventy eight tarot cards, in my experience, but the magic lies in learning to combine them into a reading that paints a story. Josephine Ellershaw shows how to take the multiple cards of her particularly used spreads and weave them into a story to which the sitter can relate, and that is a truly wise thing.
The spreads the author uses are large, but she breaks them down into small groupings so that they are easily strung together into a relevant story, and while she makes it look deceptively simple as a long time reader I can assure you it is not always. Even so, by following her sage and easily read advice, anyone can learn to make their readings flow as well. As someone who mentors new readers and teaches tarot, I feel as frustrated as my students do when they come to me with large spreads that are not clearly labelled and separated, but that is not an issue with these spreads at all. If I had learned nothing else from this book, the price would have been justified in learning these spreads alone, as within them is a potential mine of information for the reader to relay to the client.
My one complaint with the book is that there are no pictures to illustrate the spreads given, only diagrams, as tarot is a visual art, with the pictures on the cards being cues to the reader and jogs for the sitters' mind, but once I took the author's advice to lay out my own cards to reflect the reading I was studying with her, everything became quite clear. By the time I had gotten through a couple of her readings, I actually saw using my own cards as a positive feature because my own speak to me, just as yours should speak to you.
Josephine Ellershaw has written a tarot book worthy to grace every readers' shelf, and has done so with grace, wit, and honesty. She offers excellent advice that pertains to both the art and business side of tarot reading, for students of any level. You won't find a list of what she thinks each card means, since the book assumes the reader to have a working knowledge of their cards, but you will find new and deceptively simple ways to read for yourself and others in this book. I give it glowing praise!
Nonetheless, once you spread the cards and read along in the text, you are in for a treat. The book presents the real-time consultations of diverse clients so that you can see what the reader was thinking and saying and how the client responded. It's a slow and tedious process but is well worth the effort.
The only similar book I'm aware of that gives this much detail about actual tarot readings is Richard Roberts' The Original Tarot & You (first published in 1971). Serious tarot readers will want to read both these texts because they give the blow by blow descriptions of actual readings as they are unfolding.
Both books suffer from not presenting the images of the actual cards used in the readings (which is the reason for only 4 stars).