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It's All in the Cards: Tarot Reading Made Easy [Tarot] [Paperback]

John Mangiapane
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24 Jun 2004
For nonexperts who want simple answers to their pressing questions on life, love, work, and the future, this unique approach to Tarot is the most accessible introduction ever. Author John Mangiapane discovered his special method of reading the cards after years of teaching experience, and it's both practical and appealing. Begin by meditating on the cards and recording what they say to you. Then, determine the benefits of using various types of spreads; you'll even learn how to come up with your own designs. Go card-by-card through the Major Arcana, Minor Arcana, and Court Cards to see what insights each offers. And check out "Tinseltown Tarot" - a list of cards and the celebrities they personify. It's fun and revealing too!

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (24 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402709862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402709869
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.5 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,486,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Mangiapane (b. 1955) grew up in western Connecticut, USA interested in theatre, sewing, and costuming, working as a professional costume designer and sewing in professional theatre. In the late 1980s John became interested in the artwork of Tarot, and it eventually lead to an interest in the subject. Not satisfied with the Tarot books he found - which he felt were elitist, too focused on arcane minutiae, or just plain boring - John wrote the first edition of his book 'It's All In The Cards,' published in 2004 by Sterling Publishing. It is now being re-released in both a workbook (ISBN 1478238577) and a reference format (ISBN 1478257040), and on Kindle.

John has just released his newest book 'Every Man's Tarot: Tarot and the Male Experience' (ISBN 147830782X); he also created the illustrations for this book. Available in paper and on Kindle.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Its ok... 18 Oct 2009
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This book is OK - there is nothing wrong with it, but nothing particularly special either. Its written clearly and illustrates the meanings of each card clearly. There is some good reference material on different combinations of cards, runs of cards etc. As a reference book though, it could have done with a bit more example spreads then - there is just not enough detail to make this a comprehensive resource. I find the approach very mechanical - lay the cards out and then look up the meaning of each one in this book - thats it. (like the old dream interpretation books - if you dream of a fish it means this, if you dream of a horse it means that...). It doesn't really help you develop in any way.
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3.0 out of 5 stars very basic 17 Feb 2012
By martin
Written clearly, with each card meaning being given a few brief details as to work, money, love and future. There is a little bit of info given on different card combinations and card runs, but again very brief and blunt. Good for the basic details but not the best book to use as a learning tool. Good for quick refrence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's All in the Cards: Tarot Reading Made Easy 15 May 2004
By MeeWah Reynolds - Published on
Tarot reading is indeed made easy in this new book by first-time author, John Mangiapane. In a down-to-earth, conversational language laced with humour, the author has distilled the essence of his own experiences with the Tarot and also from his classroom experiences as a teacher of Tarot.
From explaining the four main areas of the life where most people want advice or clarity to the use of card spreads, the individual cards both upright and reversed, card combinations and more, the author deftly shares his insights. The examples included are anectodes culled from his experiences as a reader and as a teacher. Though he professes not to be "psychic", it is obvious that he possesses a natural intuition or ability for the use of Tarot as a tool for self-improvement and divination.
I especially like the organization of the contents, including the grouping of the numbered pips together by their number. That is, all the Aces or Ones are together, all the Twos, etc. This facilitates seeing how each minor arcana or pip card may be seen within its context of both number and suit as both qualities impact the possible meanings. Additional insights are offered through the inclusion of different card combinations; also that known as a "run", where three or more of a particular type of card appears in a spread. Those particular features and others are not commonly found in most Tarot books and attest to the thoroughness with which the author views his subject.
As a professional card reader who has not been particularly drawn to most books of the genre, I find the author's style not only appealing, but easily understood. Suitable for the beginner as well as for the more advanced student. The book's contents are structured so that the reader is taken in a step-by-step format towards a working understanding, almost without realizing it. This is one book that demystifies the mysterious often associated with card readings, and very expertly done at that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Totally refreshing 19 July 2005
By Claudia Picero Rogers - Published on
This is a really refreshing book about tarot. The way Mangiapane writes is not academic and it doesn't have the typical tarot book wording or tone, which I for one, am thankful for.

Although I don't agree with a couple of things in this book, especially when he refers to the tarot of Marseille, this book is great for studiying the RWS, as I really don't think tou can use it with any Marseille Tradition deck or any Toth tradition deck.

All in all, a very refreshing book, great contents, a little annoying on the "you're not a doctor" thing (one time is enough I think). A book in tarot much needed and very welcomed.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly wonderful! 18 May 2005
By Ivy Rhiannon - Published on
Wow I was actually surprised by this book. I picked it up just thinking it was another this-means-that prediction manual. HOW WRONG I WAS! I loved it. Not only does John give wonderful sugestions for the way you can interpret your deck; love, money, future, etc, he also urges you to use your intuition. He also gives you a relatonship guide between the cards. But that's not all! It also includes some basic spreads, life and year cards, and some new twists on some old spreads. An excelent resource for a beginer or intermediate, I highly reccomend this book!
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clear and easy 22 Sep 2005
By Vincent Defeo - Published on
This book makes Tarot clear and easy to understand. The author is well versed in his subject and is very witty and down to earth in his explanations. NO TYPOS!

The layout and organization of the book makes for easy reading and comprehension.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensiveness 14 Jun 2006
By J. Burger - Published on
This book takes tarot reading beyond throwing out divination keywords and actually portrays the cards as telling a story. Each reading is meant to tell a story of a persons situation at question, and show a natural outcome of the dilema. Out of all the books I have read about tarot, I think this book explains that idea the best. On top of that, the organization of the book is really good, and if I need to look up something really quick, I never have to flip through more than once to find what I need. its a simple, versatile, easy-to-read, and down to earth explanation of the cards and the art of reading them. I give it five stars. But don't take my word for it... *reading rainbow music*
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