Tarot Revealed Hardcover – Dec 12 1988
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Each minor arcana cards is explained in two pages-one with the card's picture, and another containing mainly white space, half a dozen lines that describe the card and shed a *bit* of light on it's meaning, and six lines to explain it's meaning upright & reversed usually with a few keywords.
This will pass for someone who just wants to start quickly, but is shallow. The extensive fillers (why give a whole page for each card's picture ? the reader is supposed to have the deck at hand and a verbal explanation is included. They could at least put the picture and text on the same page, as in 'Mastering the Tarot').
In contrast, the major arcana are well explained, and the glossary of terms is a small gem. I think those two sections do an excellent job of getting a newcomer on track quickly.
The two spreads explained - each with an example - are as good as the major arcana section, though I think that the Tree of Life spread could be replaced with a spread more appropriate for newcomers.
All in all I think this book is good for people with no knowledge of the tarot who want to *start* reading with a deck quickly and painlessly.
But I think that for anyone who wants to go beyond the very basics should start with a better book, e.g. Joan Bunning's Learning the Tarot, rather than this book.
Gray explains the Minor Arcana in very useful detail, and the concise discussion of reversals was especially helpful to me. The information about how to do readings for other people is also quite practical. The section on the Majors seems a bit skeletal to me, but there's definitely enough to get you started.
This is an all-over good read as well applicable to any tarot deck in a very general way.
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I've been reading Tarot for almost 20 years now, and this is the book I always come back to. This was the one that helped everything "click" into place for me, it is a... Read morePublished on Dec 5 1999 by The Alchemagician
a simple and easy way to read Tarot cards! I loved it!...Step by step,easy to read and understand instructions are important especially for those of us just learning Tarot!Published on Nov. 22 1998