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Tarot Revealed: A Modern Guide to Reading the Tarot Cards Hardcover – Mar 1970


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Outlet (Mar. 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517099845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517099841
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,961,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a guide to understanding the timeless mysteries of the tarot. Dr Gray believes that the complex and sometimes obscure nature of the books on the subject has acted as a barrier rather than a help to people who are attracted to these ancient cards and would like to understand and use them. In this text he has carefully extracted the original, basic meanings of the cards from a number of authentic sources, stressing those symbols that have persisted beneath the many guises the tarot has assumed throughout the centuries. He has put the meaning of the symbols and the interpretations of the cards in simple language, so that the beginner can easily take the plunge and begin to use the cards. The title includes 52 easily-organized entries, one for each card, including a full page reproduction of the card from the most popular deck now available, and detailed descriptions of the divinitory significance of the card. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss W. Merrymoon on 12 Sept. 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Eden Gray was the stage name of Priscilla Pardridge, who was a renowned actress on Broadway for many years, before having a change of career. She became interested in the Tarot in the 1950s whilst working as a lecturer in the Science of Mind, and set up a bookstore and publishing company, selling Tarot cards and books, along with offering Tarot classes. As a result of her students complaining of the difficulty in understanding some of the books, Gray began writing her own books on the Tarot, including 'The Complete Guide to the Tarot' and 'Mastering the Tarot; Basic Lessons in an Ancient, Mystic Art'. Gray died in 1999, having earned the title 'Godmother of the Modern American Tarot Renaissance'.

Eden Gray's intention with this book is "I have....tried to present the ancient lore of the Tarot in a form that the beginning student can utilize....I have tried to put the meanings of the symbols and the interpretation of the cards in simple language, so that the beginner can easily take the plunge and begin to use the cards in divination and contemplation" (p. un-numbered 'Introduction').

Her book is simply structured in that she starts with a very basic introduction, followed by the presentation of, first, the Minor Arcana, followed by the Major Arcana. Then follows a chapter on spreads, and a final section about Tarot in meditation. There is also a Glossary of Symbols. However, the author's simple structure belies the quality and depth of the information contained in the book.

In Gray's brief history of the Tarot, she also looks at its influence on ".....recent scholars and philosophers" (p.17), including T.S. Eliot and W.B.Yeats. At the end of the Introduction, she states that the book is mainly about divination.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jun. 1996
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This book coupled with a good pack of Tarot cards
can turn anyone into a Tarot reader in minutes. This book
has information on the past of tarot, different spreads to
use with them, the meanings of every card, and a full page
illustration for each of them. I use this book with
Albano-Waite cards, and the pictures match perfectly.
TAROT REVEALED is a must-have for any person interested in
reading the Tarot.
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Tarot cards have been used for centuries to predict the future, shed light on the past, and reveal the mysterious patterns of Character and Destiny. The strange and beautiful symbols of the Tarot, when properly understood, have a message for all people in all ages. This book can unlock the secrets of the Tarot for you. It provides a fascinating and authoritative introduction to the ancient art of the occult.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Nov. 1998
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a simple and easy way to read Tarot cards! I loved it!...Step by step,easy to read and understand instructions are important especially for those of us just learning Tarot!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Buy this book! 5 Dec. 1999
By The Alchemagician - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've been reading Tarot for a long, long time, and this is the book I always come back to. This was the one that helped everything "click" into place for me, it is a wonderful book for beginners, and I still refer back to it periodically to refresh myself on the meanings of the individual symbols on eash card, or to consider alternative interpretations. Of the three Eden Gray tarot books, this is my favorite, but all three have merit and are worth buying.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A limited reference 16 April 2001
By Sparrow - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has a very short description of each card's divinitory meaning and an even shorter description of the card reversed. This brevity is appealing to a person who wants to begin reading cards immediately, however it has the drawback of giving limited interpretations which can lead to inaccuracy in some circumstances. It also makes memorizing the meanings very difficult, since it does not tie the meaning in with the pictoral representation of the card. In its favor, at least it does mention the reversed cards, which not all references do. It also has a short glossery of the symbolism used in cards. All in all, though, for any beginner who really wants to learn the tarot, I'd say Joan Bunning's book is 10 times better than this.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A good beginning 20 July 2003
By Meryt Maat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you are using the Rider-Waite deck, this is a good beginning book to have. When I first reviewed this book, I'd only been studying the tarot for a few months, but Eden Gray's book gave me a remarkable amount of insight in a very short time. When I went to a local metaphysical bookstore to purchase my first tarot deck (Rider-Waite, btw), I asked the owner of the store which tarot book she recommended. She bypassed all the elaborate-looking and more expensive books she had for sale, and calmly handed Eden Gray's book to me. (I double checked after she walked away -- she had picked out the least expensive book). I think the bookstore owner's endorsement said it all. I have since read several other books, but for my readings I kept coming back to the interpretations I learned in this book. The store owner said that Gray's book would get me started, then after that, I should use my own intuition. Reading bigger and better books is great exercise for the left brain, but is that really why you are interested in the tarot?
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Helpful information and easy reference 18 Jun. 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book coupled with a good pack of Tarot cards
can turn anyone into a Tarot reader in minutes. This book
has information on the past of tarot, different spreads to
use with them, the meanings of every card, and a full page
illustration for each of them. I use this book with
Albano-Waite cards, and the pictures match perfectly.
TAROT REVEALED is a must-have for any person interested in
reading the Tarot.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great help 23 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
a simple and easy way to read Tarot cards! I loved it!...Step by step,easy to read and understand instructions are important especially for those of us just learning Tarot!
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