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Beginner's Guide to Tarot [With Cards] [Paperback]

Juliet Sharman-Burke , Giovanni Caselli
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May 2002
An original, complete book and card set designed to introduce the beginner into the intricacies of the Tarot The tarot is an ancient art, dating back at least to the mid-fifteenth century, and reading the tarot is a skill that can be learned and ultimately mastered. While there are many books and decks for the advanced tarot enthusiast, there is very little for the less advanced. Now there is The Beginner's Guide to the Tarot, a book and card set designed specifically for the novice. In the fully illustrated, 192 page book, noted tarot expert Juliet Sharman-Burke leads the reader through the cards and suits, the Minor and Major Arcana, and the major layouts for the compete 78 card deck. The book is packed with a newly designed and illustrated deck which draws upon both traditional and modern tarot iconography and is rendered in a clear, distinctive style.
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Pap/Crds edition (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312284829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312284824
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 12.1 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 746,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful deck and very helpful book. 30 Dec 2005
By A Customer
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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By Lilly Penhaligon VINE VOICE
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book 26 Mar 2006
By A Customer
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Please note: no cards! 23 Jan 2014
By C. Rae
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful cards 10 Jan 2012
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Beginner's Guide 8 Dec 2006
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars loveley deck nice book 26 Jan 2007
this is a very nice vairyant on the Rider Waite deck with afew historical deviations, such as the lovers and the wheel of fortune. This is the deck and booklet which i started with and although i would now interpret some of the cards differently, the book encourages a more intuitive way of interpretation. Some people take issue with the fact that the trumps are not numbered, if you are into numerology then i would recomend you start with the Rider Waite or even the Crowley, but this is ideal for starters to get a grips with and the spreads at the end of each section, will get you reading very quickly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 7 July 2014
By alannah
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
great buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show!!
Thanks for posting me 'Beginners Guide to Tarot'. I'm giving you five out of five. I'm a beginner to Tarot and will find this book useful.
Published 1 month ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars great review
This guide to Tarot is in the form of a book and especially designed cards. The cards are quite wonderful, they incorporate the innate meaning and feeling attributed to the card... Read more
Published on 25 April 2012 by webber
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginners Guide To Tarot
Personally this has been without questin the best tarot deck I have used. I have many tarot and oracle decks each with their own qualities however when it comes to accuracy this is... Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2011 by wlane
5.0 out of 5 stars Good basic tarot guide for beginners
I have been very happy with both the cards and the book as a basic guide to tarot. This was my first pack and has been ideal for the purpose. Read more
Published on 10 April 2010 by KT
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent start
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. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2009 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars New Starter
In my search for my first tarot deck - I purchased this product, hoping it would indeed give me an easy insight to the world of tarots. Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2009 by L. C. Amundsen
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed to be disappointed
As a beginner to tarot, I wanted a book and deck to start me off on the right foot and bought this particular tarot guide on the basis of the positive reviews previously... Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2009 by Not a Big Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth a look
Having dabbled with the Tarot for a few years, I was getting tired of finding myself unable to memorise card meanings - the Egyptian and Dragon decks that I had make interpretation... Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2008 by Icy Sedgwick
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful introduction to Tarot reading
I was a bit disappointed on first examining this Tarot deck. The cards are matt rather than glossy and the images are inspid pastel colours. Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2008 by T. Bently
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