After my trusted copy of Rachel Pollack's "78 degrees", I find myself turning to this book for a slightly different spin on things, and an enhancement of my tarot experience. Very refreshing description and comparison of Rider/Waite, Morgan/Greer, and Aquarian decks. I very much enjoy the "card" speaking to the reader at the beginning of each card's description. I especially enjoy the discussion by the Devil card :-) "Ugggnh, am I scaring you?" it starts out.
I had not considered looking at a reversed card as looking at its "shadow aspects", but this is a marvelous way to think about it. It's enhanced my knowledge and study of the Tarot immeasurably.
I like the authors' way of relating the interpretations of the cards to a spiritual journey in a much more open way than other books. I find this very thought-provoking, and makes me dig deeper within myself when I am reading for my own questions, and gives me a much richer interpretation when I read for others.
The key phrases for each card make good sense and great memory triggers. I would love to read more books written by the same team. Their skill, compassion, and experience come through very clearly in this book. I recommend it without reservation, especially for beginners. Can't go wrong.