This book is the book I have been needing to add to my collection. It has 36 or so different spreads for a multitude of divinations and covers many different areas and questions other books do not. It however does not give an in-depth "how to" do a reading or detailed descriptions/meanings of the cards, only a very brief introduction. Based on that, I have to say it is not for beginners. It is best when one has a decent knowledge and familarity with the cards and basic layouts such as the traditional celtic cross. It also gives sample readings of each layout, but I have to say that I do not really look at those, they are just a guideline to how the cards fit that particular spread I suppose, but I like to make my own interpretations and not be influenced by another's style or interpretation. Other than that, it's a good addition to the more experienced reader's library, mine is quite dog-eared!