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Tarot 101: Mastering the Art of Reading the Cards [Paperback]

Kim Huggens
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26 July 2010
Are you eager to learn the Tarot in a way that's both effective and fun? This complete course in Tarot demystifies the art of card reading by drawing on your intuition and imagination. "Tarot 101" will turn anyone into a professional card reader in just twenty-two practical lessons. Each lesson introduces an essential concept broken down into four topics, with exercises, tips, and key terms, plus optional tasks designed to enhance your learning experience. Unlike other Tarot guides, "Tarot 101" groups the cards according to theme - a simpler, more intuitive way to learn - and is compatible with any Tarot deck. Learn about all crucial topics, including the history of Tarot, methods of interpretation, creating spreads, reversals, card reading ethics, client-reader etiquette, imagery symbolism and divinatory meaning, and developing your intuition for insightful readings.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.; 1 edition (26 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738719048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738719047
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kim Huggens has been studying and reading Tarot for 19 years, and has been a professional reader for 10. She is the author of "Tarot 101: Mastering the Art of Reading the Cards" (Llewellyn 2010) and the co-creator along with Nic Phillips of "Sol Invictus: the God Tarot" (Schiffer, 2007) and the forthcoming "Pistis Sophia: the Goddess Tarot" (pistissophiatarot.com). She has recently finished working with artist Erik. C. Dunne, writing the companion book for the forthcoming "Tarot Illuminati" (Lo Scarabeo, 2013) and another deck with him is in the very early planning stages. Kim has given talks and workshops on Tarot all over the UK, including speaking at the Tarosophy Tarot Conferences, Mercian Gathering, and various Witchfests and Pagan Fed events. Kim currently enjoys applying Improv. Theatre techniques to Tarot, and prefers a dynamic, fun and pro-active approach to learning Tarot.

Kim is also a Production Editor in examination paper preparation for the International Baccalaureate Organization, and a freelance proofreader and editor. She is the editor of three anthologies from Avalonia Books, including "Memento Mori" (2012), "Vs." (2010) and "From a Drop of Water" (2009).

When not doing all this, she enjoys LARPing, tabletop RPGs, researching Late Antique malefic-erotic magic and necromancy, making Day of the Dead inspired jewellery, and having conversations with her cat.

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About the Author

Kim Huggens has been studying Tarot since the age of 9, and is the co-author of Sol Invictus: The God Tarot (Schiffer Publications, 2007) and in-progress companion deck Pistis Sophia: The Goddess Tarot. She lives in Cardiff, UK, where she works as a veterinary receptionist part-time to fund her university studies in Ancient History. She moved to Cardiff in 2002 for her undergraduate degree in Philosophy, and also graduated with an MA in Religion in Late Antiquity from Cardiff University in 2007. Kim has given numerous talks and workshops on the subject of Tarot, divination, Paganism and mythology in the UK, and regularly runs Tarot courses. She is a practicing Vodouisante and Thelemite, and a member of the OTO. She lives with her partner and cat, and in her spare time plays Call of Cthulhu, Dungeons and Dragons, writes short fiction, goes for walks in graveyards and wishes she could translate Sumerian.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class at any level 9 Mar 2011
By S. Nash
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I am relatively new to Tarot and found this book to be a goldmine of practical and theoretical information. The chapters are informative and the exercises are relevant and fun. The approach to the major trumps is oustanding, although as a beginner I found some aspects of the later court cards a bit daunting. Nevertheless this will be a book I shall always be returning to - and using it as the basis for my own journal of discovery. Buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 July 2014
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easy to read and explains how to read the cards get it if you have the cards
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant practical tarot 17 Feb 2014
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Covers everything you need to know when learning how to use tarot for others or self-development. I will keep coming back to this book for sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas present 23 Sep 2013
By Zara
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Really good book as it actually exercises to work through, changes your view and teaches you lots of information about readings and how to view the cards. Really good for beginners or those with some experience wanting to learn more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helps you develop a relationship with each card 13 July 2010
By Queen Red - Published on Amazon.com
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A refreshing change from other tarot books I've tried! I really feel myself building a relationship with each card. Tarot 101 is structured to be a self-study course with exercises for each chapter. These exercises teach you to use your own personal frame of reference to interpret cards and tell stories. The exercises are creative, introspective and fun, and I find myself looking forward to working through each chapter. It's not just about memorizing what each card symbolizes (although Huggens provides the traditional card meanings); I also feel like I'm on a spiritual/creative journey. The book is intuitively organized with cards organized by theme instead of suit, which helps the information stick. Easy to follow and full of information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aboslutely great 11 Jan 2011
By Dave Mueller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have been interested in Tarot for a while now. I recently purchased the Shadowscape set of cards from this site. The book that comes with it is great, but I needed a little more. This book is just what I needed. I have trouble just memorizing card meanings, this takes it a step further and explains the theory behind the meanings.... making it a very valuable learning aid.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those that want to know more than the basics 12 July 2010
By Christopher H. Merrell - Published on Amazon.com
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Tarot 101 is not your everyday nor normal book on the Tarot. This full home study program leads one into a truly personal approach to the Tarot. Students are able to really make firm understanding on how they feel and relate to all of the Tarot cards. I'm slowly going throught this book and I've found the information extremely helpful in terms of getting me out-side of my box in terms of simple run-of-the-mill tarot card interpretation. Thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly intelligent and insightful 23 Nov 2013
By Anthony Louis - Published on Amazon.com
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As a longtime student of the cartomantic art, I always enjoy learning something new about the tarot. Unfortunately, many books these days are simply a rehash of the same old material. Not so, this one. The author is quite a good writer and teacher. She is well read and intelligent and leads the reader through a learning process to get familiar with the cards. This book is a beginner's course on tarot (Tarot 101), but it contains valuable information and insights that will be appreciated by the experienced tarot reader. This text represents a job well done and is one of the more enjoyable books I have read about tarot in a long time. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much More Than a Typical Tarot Instruction Book 11 July 2011
By Polly - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read a handful of Tarot instruction books in the past and have taken a free online course. Each of these had minor strengths but often left me with a faraway, dazed look in my eyes...leading me to believe learning the Tarot was just too confusing and intense for my brain to process.

Tarot 101 was recommended to me by a friend and I must say it has renewed my enthusiasm and interest, leaving me feeling confident about my ability to learn the Tarot! Kim Huggens provides an engaging, very well-written "workbook" encouraging her readers to tap into the cards immediately while completing lesson exercises that anyone can participate in. The exercises really help individuals identify with each card, regardless of the deck used.

Some of my Internet friends and I have grouped together to study the book and the Tarot in a mock "Internet classroom" of our own within a message forum. This particular book works exceptionally well for this type of setting! It's fun, enlightening, engaging, and helps one to develop further intuition and actual "reading" abilities very quickly.

Compared to the free online course I had taken, Tarot 101: Mastering the Art of Reading the Cards, has been a refreshing change - my eyes don't glaze over with this resource as they did in the online course while going over the exhaustive, pretty-much-boring history and origin of the Tarot. This book provides a hands on, right-from-the-start interaction for those of us who would rather "do" than "be told".
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