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Tarot Face to Face: Using the Cards in Your Everyday Life

Tarot Face to Face: Using the Cards in Your Everyday Life [Kindle Edition]

Marcus Katz , Tali Goodwin
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Master the tarot cards with essential skills and methods for insightful readings in everyday situations!

Are you ready to come face to face with the tarot deck and develop your unique reading style? This comprehensive guidebook is a fun, practical, and easy-to-follow tool with everything you need to become a confident and accurate reader.

Based on over thirty years of tarot reading experience and an extensive survey of readers, Tarot Face to Face is your key to un-locking the essential skills and methods of tarot. Inside you’ll discover numerous spreads, exercises, and interpretation strategies specially developed for using tarot in many ways, from party games to magical applications. Whether you’re an aspiring learner or a master of the craft, this amazing guide provides tarot-reading techniques for any occasion with friends, family, or professional clients.  

About the Author

Marcus Katz is the co-Director of Tarot Professionals Ltd. He has studied and taught tarot for thirty years and has delivered more than 10,000 face-to-face readings. Tali Goodwin is the Marketing Director and co-founder of Tarot Professionals Ltd. She organizes the Tarosophy Conferences in the UK and created Visit her online at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3705 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (1 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TSO0CY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener in many ways ... 12 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase it explains the things you do without realising when reading in a way that quickly teaches what could otherwise take years to achieve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful way to integrate a complex subject 2 Mar 2014
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A great book with a unique approach and some great exercises that make reading tarot instinctive and easy to do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars did the job 26 Nov 2012
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It was a gift and the recipient seemed happy with it, so I guess it did the job well enough
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 28 Aug 2012
By Kristin L. Napolillo - Published on
I have several books by Marcus and he has definitely outdone himself with this one.

I've been toying with Tarot for 25 years and always had trouble because I felt I had to memorize countless definitions in order to be successful at reading. Within the first 6 pages, I learned a technique that finally unleashed me from the crazy idea that I couldn't do it. It was a revelation. Bridging. That has made all the difference.

I don't know why I had been refusing to SEE the images and HEAR what they were telling me.

This book has given me a whole new perspective and excitement for studying tarot again.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable resource for developing professional tarot reading skills 18 Aug 2012
By Angelo Nasios - Published on
Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin of Tarot Professionals (England) and authors of Around the Tarot in 78 Days:A Personal Journey Through the Cards are back again with another home run. The latest release from these two high profile tarot educators "Tarot Face to Face" work on developing your tarot reading skills by "facing" them head on.

The book has ten chapters broken down as follows.

ONE : Face to Face with Your Deck: Essential Skills and Methods.
Here you learn to speak in the language of tarot, which is a language of symbols. Your learn essential methods of reading like "Bridging" meanings together. Another methods included is "Pinpointing", a method you will be familiar with if you "Around the Tarot in 78 Days

TWO: Face to Face with Your Deck: Practicing Tarot
Taking what was learned in the first chapter you are introduced to activities to get your brain to create new ways of thinking and seeking the world through the cards. "Turn a Word into a Spread" stood out to me, a method of taking one word of a client's question and turning it into a spread.

THREE: Facing The Questions
Here you learn how to deal with the questions that will be asked of you and to ensure you stay relevant to the client. You will learn to deal with clients who have no questions or too many questions. Rephrasing the question and more.

FOUR: Facing The Querent
Tips and advice on dealing with the querent, behavior and interaction.

FIVE: Facing The Crowd: Reading for Parties and Groups
If you are a reading who does readings for parties and or groups of people this chapter will be enriching, instead of readings this chapter talks about games/activities to use to introduce people to tarot in a social environment. Fun actives like "Just a Minute Activity" and "Tarot Card Charades" will be fun for the whole group.

SIX: Facing the Outside World: Tarot for Engaging Life
Here you learn about your relationship with the universe and deepening that connection.

SEVEN: Facing Each Other: tarot and Relationships
This chapter focuses on spreads and activities regarding relationships. The "Loves Me/Loves Me Not Method stands out as a great technique.

EIGHT: Facing Yourself: tarot for Self Discovery
Tarot and self discovery is my favorite use of the cards. "Tarot in Your Sleep" is good for visual people and vivid dreamers.

NINE: Facing All Front: Twelve Spreads
Twelve unique and useful spreads are explored here in this chapter. The spreads included here are beyond basic and simple spreads. They are actually useful and explained how to use them in detail.

TEN: Tarot to the World
The concluding chapter deals with you, your tarot cards and the world. Some things mentioned in here are the "Six Types of Attitude" people may perceive you and tarot. Coming out and sharing your tarot with family members. As well as the "Legal and Other Worldly Concerns" like Legal, Commercial, Advertising and Media are explored.

Overall Tarot Face to Face is a book that offers numerous tools to you the reader to develop your skills and reading abilities. Tarot is not just about memorizing a long list meanings. Marcus and Tali offer here a valuable resource that all readers should expose themselves to.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that teaches Tarot skills from the ground up, and inspires and enhances any experienced reader's technique 6 Sep 2012
By Kim Huggens - Published on
Imagine this: you're one of today's youth picking up a Tarot deck for the first time, eager to learn in a manner that you have become accustomed to. You want engaging, hands-on, immersive, instant, exciting and visual learning methods; you want to see results straight away; you want to be enthralled by a subject and not distracted by something more interesting. Imagine also that you are an experienced Tarot reader with many years of study to your name, perhaps a book of your own published on the subject, and you're a teacher of this arcane art yourself. You want to be excited about Tarot once again; you want your passion rekindled, you want something new and innovative, interesting and challenging, revolutionary and life-enhancing. Can one Tarot book offer all of this? Can it cater to the entirety of the spectrum of knowledge and experience? If it's Tarot Face to Face, by Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin, yes.

Tarot Face to Face does not appear, at first, to be a large book, being smaller in page count and size than a great number of other Tarot books on the market. Yet it contains within it more vastness of material and opportunity for learning than nearly every other Tarot book I have read. This is the kind of book you can return to time and time again, and it will keep giving and giving over the years. It also cannot be taken in during a single sitting, nor all the ramifications of the exercises and lessons digested at once: this book needs plenty of time for you to play with it, explore it, try various parts of it out, and put into practice what is being taught, although you will be able to see results straight away. Of course, this might not sit well with those who lack patience or who want to be spoonfed Tarot knowledge... but if something is being spoonfed then I wonder if it counts as knowledge at all...

Split into ten chapters, Tarot Face to Face starts with the basics... no, not the card meanings, nor even the difference between Major Arcana and Minor Arcana, nor even how many cards there are in a Tarot pack. Instead, chapter one ("Face to Face with your Deck") teaches the reader the essential skills and methods necessary to give accurate and life-changing readings from the get-go, without the need for lots of complex and time-intensive memorization of card meanings or occult symbolic systems. Skills that many experienced readers use unconsciously, such as bridging, pinpointing, and navigating are explained, demonstrated, and highlighted through hands-on exercises for the reader to practice, which teach us how to actually perform a reading. Isn't that something? These are the barebones of any reading, yet their conscious teaching has been lacking in a vast array of Tarot books over the decades. They may even sound complicated here, out of context, but Tarot Face to Face shows that they couldn't be simpler, and follows them up with methods that can form a core of Tarot interpretation, such as key phrases and keywords and how to use a spread. Once we've got these under our belts (or been made aware of our prior usage of them if we are more experienced readers), we move onto... nope, still no card meanings here for us to memorize...

So, what exactly can a Tarot book teach if it's not going to give us card meanings or tell us what the cards mean? Well, it teaches you everything that's far more important. It teaches you how to use Tarot to engage with life, how to use it for life-enhancing and creative techniques, how to use it to explore your own spiritual journey, your relationships, the world around you, your inner self, your subconscious, your language, your programmed preconceptions, your ideals and dreams, your waking life and your dreaming life... It shows us how to create unique, on the spot spreads for a question using "Clean Language", how to find our own Tarot voice, how to examine the details in card images to reach truly oracular moments, how to explore a card in-depth with the "Exquisite Corpse" technique from the Surrealist movement, how to pinpoint the heart of a question, how to come face to face with a client, how to cope with a mind blank, how to create oracular sentences, play games with the cards, embark on shamanic journeys with the cards, lucid dreams with the cards...

Sound overwhelming? Not at all. It's all split down into easy to manage chunks and chapters, with plenty of wonderful exercises in every section to get your teeth into, and it's presented in a friendly, open and engaging manner with plenty of anecdotes and real-life experience from the authors. In fact, it is these practical exercises that are the real heart and soul of Tarot Face to Face, and they are as useful for teaching beginners the necessary techniques and approaches as they are to helping advanced readers learn new aspects of themselves and the Tarot, and shake themselves out of old, staid habits. There are some truly revolutionary exercises in here that are not just good one-offs for making the point of the chapter, but are to be revisited over and over again to glean more new information, or to be used as part of a reading, or as a game with other Tarot enthusiasts or interested parties. What's more, these exercises bring the reader into the ultimate goal of the authors' own brand of Tarot: " engage life, not to escape it." Techniques such as Gated Spreads, for instance, build upon traditional shamanic methods to undertake journeys using the cards as a guide over a certain period (say, a week), with an eventual goal at the end that is life changing and deeply moving (Chapter 6: Tarot for Engaging Life). All of the exercises place the power in the hands of the one performing them, encouraging activities such as consciously choosing cards from the deck to use, rather than drawing them randomly, or offering ways of using the cards to regain hope, power, and possibility where it has been lost (in Chapter 3: Facing the Questions").

All of this boils down to a book that has a brilliantly solid approach to teaching Tarot to beginners, starting with the most necessary skills and methods and taking the reader right through to exploring their Tarot interest further in the world, whilst at the same time offering plenty of material to excite and inspire experienced readers. If you're looking for a Tarot book to get you thinking and reading the cards a little differently, Tarot Face to Face will excite you again, inspire you, return you to a state of avid learning and passion, and make you want to get out your Tarot deck instantly and start using its many wonderful techniques and exercises. Nearly all of these exercises can also be performed with friends, partners or in a group, making this a perfect Tarot teaching tool or workshop tool. It uses many different decks to illustrate its examples, so can be used in conjunction with any chosen deck the reader is using, regardless of the tradition it comes from. The only recommendation I would make that seems to be missing from the book is that a more experienced reader may find it more helpful to use the book in places with an unfamiliar or new Tarot deck, as some of the exercises feel stunted by the instant responses that a familiar and well-known deck can elicit from us.

There's no more I can say about Tarot Face to Face without taking away the joy of letting you discover it for yourself. It will take you on a journey of discovery, both of Tarot, and of yourself, and of the world and others around you. It will surprise you (it's not often that you read the following in a Tarot book, "You will require ten helium balloons, easily available from most party supply shops, ten stamped postcards, and a "throwaway" tarot deck...") It will certainly change your perception of the possibilities Tarot can offer, and it will probably change your life if you let it. Let it. You won't be sorry.

Note: as of completing this review, Tarot Face to Face has achieved the #198 position in September 5th 2012's top selling (out of 8,000,000!) books. Now there's something.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE Tarot Book! 25 May 2013
By New Chic Gal - Published on
This is such an awesome book for me to start reading on World Tarot Day even though I have purchased this a few months ago. The first two important skills: Bridging and Pinpointing, will make you learn to read tarot faster than many other skills. The book is truly wonderful for both novices and experienced tarot devotees.
After reading the first few pages, I tried to answer the 3 thought-provoking questions for use with a brand new deck:
1) How may I use you best?
2) What sort of friend are you?
3) What kind of magic are you?
And I received tremendously accurate and awesome answers from my brand new tarot deck! When I shared this with my other tarot friends, they too were greatly interested in this book. It's a MUST HAVE book for all those who are interested in tarot, other than the other book, Around The Tarot in 78 Days.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique way to learn tarot! 14 Aug 2013
By Lynn Stacey - Published on
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Once again Mr. Katz has come up with a unique approach to learning the cards which is clear and easy to learn as well as getting away from the old memorize the meanings way of doing things. I love how the exercises really address the intuitive side to reading the cards while not forgetting traditional meanings either. I wish I had started out with the book because I think it would have made learning the cards so much easier and less stressful as far as worrying whether or not I was getting the messages correctly!
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