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Tarot Beyond the Basics: Gain a Deeper Understanding of the Meanings Behind the Cards

Tarot Beyond the Basics: Gain a Deeper Understanding of the Meanings Behind the Cards [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Louis
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Take your tarot reading to a higher level. With an emphasis on tarot’s astrological influences and a number of detailed sample readings, Tarot Beyond the Basics shows the way to becoming an advanced practitioner. Here, Anthony Louis shares how-to instructions for working with reversals, number symbolism, intuition, the four elements, and the philosophical roots of tarot.

Explaining astrology for tarot readers clearly and in a way that makes sense, Louis shows how to use the tarot to give powerful readings that change people’s lives. The “real” tarot exists in the mind of each reader and is interlaced with his or her stories and experiences. The abundance of knowledge presented in Tarot Beyond the Basics is sure to make your readings come alive with meaning and significance.

About the Author

Anthony Louis is a psychiatrist with extensive clinical experience that enlightens his study of the various systems of divination, including the Tarot. He is a highly respected teacher who lectures frequently on divination and astrology.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 28216 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (1 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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This is a big book crammed full of insightful commentary and advice on how to take your Tarot card reading to a level beyond that of mere fortune-telling.

Drawing its sources from the correspondences and associations as founded by the Order of the Golden Dawn and the personal insights of important Tarot developers such as Aleister Crowley and Elphas Levi this is a book that is solidly based upon the Rider-Waite school of Tarot.

It is a very readable and engaging publication which contains material that will interest Tarot readers of all skill levels.
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By Anita
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I found Anthony Louis' first book,Tarot Plain and Simple, excellent. He has consolidated his reputation as first class Tarot author and reader with the publication of this book. I highly recommend both books to anyone interested in the Tarot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Advance information presented in a clear and direct manner. 29 Mar 2014
By Angelo Nasios - Published on
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Tarot Beyond the Basics is the long awaited follow up to "Tarot Plain and Simple". Anthony Louis has struck tarot gold in his new book. This book does exactly what the titles say, it goes beyond the basics of what you would find in a beginner book. My favorite topic covered as on numerology. Anthony explains the topic simply and with great ease. The information is very informative for someone like me who has studded tarot and the occult for over ten years. Anthony's presents the material in his easy to understand direct manner much like his first book.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gain a Deeper Understanding of the Tarot 9 April 2014
By Shirley Saltz - Published on
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Like the title says, this book will help you to gain a deeper understanding of the cards. I bought it (in paperback) because I have heard this author speak and he really seems to know what he is talking about. He also has a way of explaining difficult ideas to make them easy to understand. This book is for people who already know something about the tarot and want to deepen their understanding. The author presents many actual readings in detail so you can follow how he thinks about the cards during a reading. My favorite chapter was the one about the importance of intuition when reading the tarot. I also enjoyed the author's sense of humor a lot, like when he compares reversed cards to how you hang a roll of toilet paper in your bathroom.

I wanted to add a comment about the paperback edition. This book contains so much information about the tarot that I can't imagine how it would look in the Kindle edition. I like the paperback because I can flip through and look quickly back and forth in the book to find something. The appendix at the end has a page for every card with a summary of its most important symbolic associations. This is easy to flip through and read in the paperback. My guess is that is would not be so easy to read on a Kindle. I prefer to read novels on my ebook reader and like to read technical books, like this one, in their paper form.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Done 15 April 2014
By Verona - Published on
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I have all of Anthony Louis's books and have reread them several times. This book combines Tarot, astrology, and numerology to get an indepth understanding of the cards. This book is not for beginners. I am thoroughly versed in astrology and have some knowledge of numerology and I still found I had to reread some passages to get a good grasp of how to incorporate all the information and nuances. I still feel I need to read (or rather study) this book a few more times before I can fully appreciate and use the detailed information. This book is well researched and not meant for someone looking for a light read. All in all, I simply love all books by this author and look forward to future books by him.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy addition to anyone's tarot library 1 Jun 2014
By Robby - Published on
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When I heard that Anthony Louis was writing a follow-up to Tarot: Plain and Simple, I was ecstatic. Although Plain and Simple’s title is quite descriptive and accurate, I generally read it in conjunction with Robert Wang’s exquisite The Qabalistic Tarot and have found the combination more than complementary. Louis’s language is descriptive, thorough, and forthright and really speaks to me (especially in contrast to Wang and the Golden Dawn's hesitation to nail a card down).

Although I find his new work a quality entry into modern tarot literature, it is not a beginner’s book, and for those who are not already familiar with not only tarot but also its history, this book could cause much more confusion than enlightenment to be sure. There is a balance between historicity, research, and personal opinion that is appealing and readable, and I know in time, I will go back and reread the chapters on astrological influence and correspondence. If for nothing else, this work is worth the money for the author’s arrangement of Appendix A.

I will say that I repeatedly thought of Paul Huson’s book Mystical Origins of the Tarot, not because Louis mentions it (and he does), but because the books do remind me of each other in the sources they have in common. The difference, and it is a great one, is that Huson’s work is a very straightforward (almost dry) look at how the cards came to be from a definite historical perspective while Louis’s book, keeping history in mind, proceeds from a user-focused perspective. Another difference that sprang immediately to mind is that while Huson does tell his reader what astrological decan is associated with the card, Louis gives the reader Agrippa’s description of what images are associated with said decan. I quickly pulled out the Liber T: Tarot of the Stars Eternal deck and began to examine the images in comparison to the Agrippa text. Though it doesn’t explain everything going on in Andrea Serio’s mind during the conception of that deck (Harris’s Thoth images notwithstanding), it certainly makes the deck more usable to me.

His chapter on the elemental personalities of the court cards will also need to be reread. The associations that are made between combinations and ratios of wet/dry and hot/cold are dizzying and arcane. In contrast, his chapter on the Major Arcana was a breath of fresh air on a subject that has been written about extensively over the years. He makes mythological and social connections to the trumps that were not only enjoyable but also enlightening. Granted, these associations seem personal at times, but they also felt very natural especially in relation to his extensive astrological background (the example of “Virgo holding Libra, which in turn becomes Scorpio” is the one that occurs to me). All of this, together with examples of readings that he has performed over time, combines to form something of real and lasting value. Personally, I love to read about readings themselves (perhaps not always to the extent of Richard Roberts’s The Original Tarot and You), and Louis’s descriptions, mental or intuitive leaps, deductions, and inferences sound so genuine…so familiar.

If there are some drawbacks to the book, I can only say that the organization of the book seems a bit haphazard. Though the author’s effort is obvious, the chapters each feel like small books that do not necessarily follow one another in a coherent or logical way. It sometimes feels that he is writing to answer questions that he has been asked (or that he has asked himself) rather than writing to create one book. And of those chapters, I think I expected more astrological explanations of the tarot itself. Certainly, the reader can look in the appendix or one of the charts in the book to see what Louis is talking about when he references those associations as he describes a reading, but aside from a few examples, the more extensive explanation that I was expecting wasn't there. Perhaps, not having a great astrological bent, I simply didn't get it.

Although definitely a sequel to a beginner’s book, this is a warm, informative, personal book that I would recommend to anyone.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like having a library in one volume! 22 May 2014
By Zanna Starr - Published on
First of all, you probably need to know that I have been a fan of Anthony Louis for a long time. Among my all-time favorites are his books Tarot Plain and Simple and Horary Astrology: Plain & Simple (both published by Llewellyn). However, that did not automatically make me love Tarot Beyond the Basics. The love affair began when I was barely into the book and could not resist immediately trying some of things Louis was showing me.

For example, “Using Tarot to Delineate the Ascendant” revealed to me that the Ten of Pentacles (Coins / Wealth) and Three of Pentacles (Coins / Works) are of major significance in understanding my life force and basic motivations. The section on “Using the Tarot with a Horary Chart” motivated me to take a look at the Tarot implications of a horary chart I recently cast.

Even the appendices are fabulous. Appendix A -- “Keywords for the Suit Cards” -- offers so much more than the title suggests. It is followed by the equally fascinating and useful “Waite’s Original Conception of the Celtic Cross” (Appendix B) and “Elements, Timing, Pips, and Court Cards” (Appendix C).

The bibliography is outstanding. As a nonfiction author, I always try my best to give my readers a wealth of sources from which they can learn more about my subject. Louis does a fantastic job with this.

I imagine it goes without saying that if you are just getting started with Tarot or if you have decided you do not have any interest in incorporating astrology and/or numerology into your Tarot readings, this book is not a great choice for you. It is, however, the perfect book for someone like me – and I suspect there are quite a few of you out there!
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