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Beginner's Guide to Tarot Paperback – 31 Aug 2001


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Connections Book Publishing Ltd; 1st Paperback Edition edition (31 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859060528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859060520
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 12.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Juliet Sharman-Burke has been working with tarot for over twenty years and teaches in London and Europe. She has written four books on the subject, as well as co-writing The Mythic Tarot with Liz Greene. Giovanni Caselli is a part-time lecturer in archaeology and anthropology at the University of Malta. His illustrations are well-known from many publications. His characteristic line and wash style is ideal for the characters and symbolism of the tarot.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Dec 2005
Format: Paperback
The Beginners Guide to Tarot comprises of a beatifully illustrated tarot deck and book. The blurb on the back of the box states that the deck has been specifically designed for the novice, with each card illustrated clearly. Something I'd definately agree with as each card is very clear and has two pages assigned to it in the book.
The book starts off with information on each of the four suits of the minor arcana before going into the interpretations of each of the cards. Each cards interpretation is covered by two pages which point out the symbols on the card and what they represent before going into the divinatory meaning of the card. Sample readings for each suit, the minor arcana, major arcana and for the complete deck are given throughout the book.
The clearest information I've seen so far so it get's five stars from me.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lilly Penhaligon VINE VOICE on 5 Jun 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the first tarot deck that I bought and boy did I do it with much trepidation! Being a bit scared by the idea of the tarot because of its infamous reputation and links with the occult, but at the same time fascinated by the world behind those images, I decided to go ahead and buy my own deck. I looked through many of the hundreds of decks on the internet looking for one that was the least threatening and came up with -the Sharman-Caselli deck.

I have not regretted my purchase.

This deck is loosely based on the Rider-Waite but the drawings are far better, more attractive than the ugly RW (sorry RW fans!). They have also been doctored to make the symbolism and imagery more accessible for those with zero knowledge of the tarot like me. The pastel colouring is very pleasing on the eye.

Summary of the good points:

*clearly and attractively drawn images

*Scaled down for easy access for beginners

*nice pastel colours that don't offend the eye

*pip cards contain images which is v important for beginners

*cards have a border and are clearly labelled so that you know which one you are looking at

*each suit has been assigned a colour relevant to the mood of the suit for example Cool Swords contain many steely greys, Fiery Wands have a predominance of yellow and orange, Watery Cups are lavenders, pale blues, you get the picture (no pun intended)

*the cards also have indicators of the horoscope signs they are relevant to - for example one card shows a king/queen on a throne carved with rams or the king at whose feet sits a little crab.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Mar 2006
Format: Paperback
I find the book very good and gave a good beginners insight into Tarot. The cards are attached and my first instinct was to separate them from the book to stop it getting tatty.
Was a bit disappointed at the quality of the cards - the pictures are fine - traditional based on RW, but feel much more flimsy than other packs I have, and this made it bit tricky when shuffling so as not to damage them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Rae on 23 Jan 2014
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As I stated above, I was disappointed to discover that, once again, Amazon has failed to be accurate in their description of goods. If you want a book on the tarot, fine, but, if, like me, you had expected to get a pack of cards too, well, you will be sorely disappointed, I am afraid.. Amazon, sort your act out!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Cat's Pyjamas on 8 Dec 2006
Format: Paperback
Gift boxed, with Sharman-Caselli full deck of tarot cards plus 192-page illustrated book.

Juliet Sharman-Burke's teaching method introduces you to the Minor arcana cards first. A practice layout is used for each suit, and then a bigger layout for all 56 Minor arcana cards. Then she moves onto the Major arcana and finally some full tarot spreads.

A fantastic beginner's guide, highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By frantastic on 10 Jan 2012
Format: Paperback
Excellent product, beautifully illustrated and simply explained within the book. Easy to use and attractive to have around as a talking point for conversation.
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Format: Paperback
I purchased this set several years ago when I knew almost nothing about Tarot, but wanted a pastime that would be completely different from my normal work preoccupations. I was immediately charmed by it. The illustrations were beautiful, but also took me back to childhood picture and story books. I think this is very clever because it makes the mind open and receptive. As a first deck I found the cards easy to handle and work with. They are robust enough to feel you can play with them, but don't feel particularly precious so you're afraid to handle and move them around. The explanations in the book are just right for the absolute novice. It really is worth reading through from cover to cover before starting a serious study of the cards. I loved it and when it's completely worn out I'll be happy to buy a replacement deck, because the people I do readings for love it too.
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I purchased this book and a set of matching tarot cards not realising that you do actually get a deck of cards with the book so now i have two sets of cards! im not complaining though the quality is excellent and the book is very clearly set out and easy to understand and refer to. the set is very reasonably priced and great for beginners to tarot, the book is not huge so doesnt overwhelm you but it does hold plenty of useful information. a very good purchase and highly recommended.
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