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Tarot: Your Everyday Guide - Practical Problem Solving and Everyday Advice [Tarot] [Paperback]

Janina Renee
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27 Jun 2000
Every day you make choices. Some are big, some are small-but all will affect the course of your future. The good news is that you don't have to do it alone-the tarot can give you advice when you need it most! Reading the tarot for advice requires a different approach than reading for prediction. Tarot: Your Everyday Guide presents a new method of tarot interpretation. You'll learn how to use the tarot to help you make an informed decision and determine a course of action for just about any life situation. For example, in an advice reading the Two of Wands could mean you should set up your own challenges to work out goals, define issues, and work out compromises. If the King of Cups comes up in an advice reading, it means you must give encouragement, acknowledge the accomplishments of others, give rewards, and let others enjoy the limelight. Alternatively, it could mean you need to seek a mentor who has these qualities. The position of a given card within a spread, and the cards before and after it, will clarify the cards' advice for you. You can even use advice readings to augment traditional divination. If a divinatory spread shows trouble ahead, consult the cards for advice on how to avoid the situation or lessen its impact. Whether you're an experienced tarot reader or have never even shuffled the cards before, this unique and practical book will open new doors of understanding and help you integrate the rich symbolism of the tarot into your daily life. Winner of the 2001 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) Award for best Self-help Book


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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (27 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567185657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567185652
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 18.7 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Original - and helpful! 30 Mar 2001
By A Customer
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This is a first. I have never seen a tarot book that dealt with advice. The run of the mill tarot books are usually aimed at a) divination, b) psychological self-evaluation and c) meditation. This, on the other hand, is designed to help one make choices on all manner of issues. Janina Renee's instructions are clear and easy to follow, even for a beginner - as she says, you don't have to have any prior knowledge of the tarot to use this book. I classify myself as intermediate but feel that all levels of tarot users would benefit from this book. It can be used for straightforward queries, or after a tarot reading, to find out how best to deal with an even the cards have foreseen.
Although the interpretations usually refer to the card illustrations and meanings in the Rider-Waite, she uses a variety of tarot decks as illustrations, and the interpretations are general enough to enable the use of most tarot decks. She also gives guidelines for courts, genders and reversals. Each card is given between one and two pages of interpretations.
There are three appendices - one deals with a brief overview of the tarot's history and use. The second, for the more mystically inclined, is a rite to Fortuna - Goddess of Tarot. The third outlines the Celtic Cross spread - she details this for those who are unfamiliar with it. She does this because she mentions in her guidelines for interpretation that cards seven through nine can be reinterpreted in terms of advice after using the spread for an overview of one's situation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tarot cards as advice 3 Jun 2010
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I find it useful for those who want to know what a tarot card means when it is the position of advice.

It gives a new perspective on cards like 10 or 3 of Swords, describing their advices in some general situations.

Moreover, there are short mentions on the reversed meanings as advice.

I would recommend it for those learning tarot, in extending their knowledge, but basics are supposed to be already known.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 10 July 2003
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This book has to be used to be fully appreciated. I thought it sounded like a novel idea when I saw it, so I bought it. I read through the first introductory bit, then decided to use it.
Maybe it does not answer your questions for you right away, all the time, but have a think what you've and it will direct you, I promise!
I have had a lot of good stuff from this book, and would recommend it to anyone who loves Tarot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not much detail 30 Mar 2013
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Not exactly what I was expecting I bought this book cos I loved tarot spells by the same author not as good huge paragraphs of reading and you still havent got that answer to your question
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and down-to-earth 19 Aug 2001
By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) - Published on Amazon.com
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Ever done a Tarot reading to make sense of a difficult situation, examined all the cards, and still had no idea how to solve your predicament? Renee has written an excellent book that gets down to practical neamings of each card. She is coming from the perspective of "advice" readings, where you consult the cards in order to tackle a particular problem. Each card, including the often-neglected Minor Arcana, is examined in detail, and treated as advice you could take in a situation. You drew the 4 of Pentacles? Time to hold on to your resources and focus on security. The 6 of Pentacles? Now is the time to be generous. None of the cards are treated as "bad" cards, because--to use a cliche--to everything there is a season. This isn't an arcane, solemn tome about the Journey of the Fool and the mythical archetypes he runs into along the way; it's about your journey through your own life, and your own life situations both mundane and spiritual. Great for beginners and experienced readers alike.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading for advice.No nonsense 28 Nov 2000
By Mar Calpena - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, a word of warning: This is not a "card-a-day" book (in the sense it isn't divided in 365 chapters as you could expect from the title. Or at least that's what I expected). This book is one of the most complete works I've found on tarot understood not as a means to divination but as a way to find guidance. I really enjoyed the fact the cards came from several different decks. This is a rather unusual book, and it feels like a real treat to those who do a daily reading to focus in in the morning.The approach is simpler than Mary K. Greer's "Tarot for your self", which might be slightly daunting for absolute beginners (much as I love the book). Janina Renee is also the author of "Tarot spells", another book which goes beyond the repetition of material many works offer these days.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tarot: Your Everyday Guide 14 Dec 2002
By Cassandra Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
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Janina Renee holds degrees in Anthropology and Cultural Studies. She has taught and lectured on a variety of subjects, appeared in films and on radio. She says her "life calling is to explore means by which to translate the magic and mystery of the old ways into practices that are meaningful for modern people."
Tarot: Your Everyday Guide is her third book, and in it, she shows readers how to use tarot cards for advice, rather than for prediction. She uses a practical, problem-oriented approach, explaining "how the cards can suggest courses of action, attitudes to take, and other things we can do to help with some of the common questions that come up in our lives."
She first describes the kinds of questions that might be asked, saying that if you don't have a specific problem, you can always ask for advice on how to improve your life. She offers general instructions on how to lay out and interpret the cards.
The bulk of the book is devoted to describing the individual cards and their potential meanings and interpretations. Renee provides enough information that readers can understand the advice the cards are offering, regardless of their individual situations. She explains, however, that nothing bad will happen if a person doesn't take the cards' advice. She says the cards "are entirely neutral and have no good or bad, positive or negative associations, since they merely suggest things you can do, and not things that are going to happen to you."
Many factors go into making decisions and sometimes we need help in sorting the relevant date from the non-relevant. Tarot: Your Everyday Guide teaches readers how to use "the wisdom of the Tarot to define our issues and frame our outlook [to] help the course of daily life run much more smoothly."
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Advice Book 24 Sep 2005
By Venus A. Rachal - Published on Amazon.com
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What makes this book so unique is that it is designed as an advisory manual. Rather than reading the same descriptions of the tarot that are in every book, you can use Tarot Your Everyday Guide to ask specific questions about how to proceed in a given situation. Most books give you a general interpretation of each card, but do not tell you how to use it as a course of action. This is significant because some cards are problematic when you approach them as a card of advice. For example, the Seven of Swords and the Devil traditionally have very negative connotations, but when looked at from the perspective of an action that you SHOULD take, they can take on a positive message. Renee has great descriptions which can help you in situations like these so that you can expand your vision of "positive" and "negative" cards and see them from a more universal perspective.

If you are a beginner, you can benefit from this book because it is designed so that you can pull a card each day. So you can slowly build your knowledge of the tarot day-by-day rather than trying to absorb all 78 cards at once. Most descriptions in this guide are 1-2 pages long and each page is similar to an 8 x 11", so you get more information on each card than can be found in most tarot books. Many guides I have seen (especially those that come with the deck) have only a couple of paragraphs about each card, so the beginner is left confused because they don't know how to interpret the card in multiple situations. While this takes practice, you can definately gain a better understanding through reading this book.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS BOOK!! 30 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I buy loooottts of books.. and I've been reading as much as I can on Tarot. Some of the information seems too basic (like 'playing fortune telling at a party'). Other information is so symbolic that, while important and interesting, it is impossible to relate to life. This book just CLICKED for me. The cards finally were presented in a way that became relevant to me - a tool to guide me and others through the ins and outs of life. Janina has quickly become my favorite author on the subject to date. I just ordered her other book Tarot for a New Generation. While I no longer fit into the young adult target population, I have read this book is relevant to all ages... I hope it is as good as Tarot: Your Everyday Guide... Please keep writing for Tarot!!!
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