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The Complete Tarot Reader: Everything You Need to Know from Start to Finish [Paperback]

Teresa Michelsen
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13 April 2005
Teresa Michelsen's self-study programme helps students develop a long-lasting, intuitive approach to Tarot reading. Instead of memorising standard card meanings and spreads, readers are encouraged to use their own life experiences and knowledge to craft a personal understanding of the cards. Included are study goals, progress activities, and easy exercises for exploring the suits, court cards, major arcane, and a variety of reading techniques.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (13 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738704342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738704340
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 18.9 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 500,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you wanted to know about tarot! 22 Dec 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is an absolute must for the tarot reader who has a basic tarot book on card definitions, but wants to expand their reading. It is choc full of exercises, fantastic chapters on numerology, the suits, elemental dignatories, reversals, how to overcome readers block.......the things that 99% of the other tarot books out there barely touch on!
The methods she gives for dealing with court cards are brilliant, and her approach is fresh and new. Thumbs up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars beginner`s book 3 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
As it can be, in limited range, a good book for a beginner, I would not advice somebody more advanced to buy it - you will not find much more info than you already know.

The approach is different than the classical one (no short history followed by card meanings, one by one), but it structured in small lessons for various subjects regarding readings. It has lots of clues to have a fresh start when wanting to learn tarot. On the other hand, it stresses too much on the side of "what you feel when you see the image", and less on the structure behind any tarot deck. As it is so general presented, it can be used in getting tips to learn with deck.

There is no such thing as a book totally useless, but this one had indeed too less to give me. Personally I would love to get to read this kind of review before I purchased it, I definitely wouldn`t do it again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars just okay 18 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback
I admit I didn't find this book great for me, and I don't think it's 'everything you need to know from start to finish'. There are a lot of exercises and study goals, but I find that kind of thing a little annoying. I think a lot of the exercises contained within the book could have been better presented as illustrated examples. Then when it comes to more indepth information, I felt it was lacking.

That said, there is useful stuff in here about reading reversals, formulating a question and so on... and quite often the author advocates a different and more intuitive approach than is often found, so that's a positive. But generally, although the author implicitly advocates developing an intuitive approach, the actual presentation is quite dry and uninspiring, and doesn't feel at all intuitive with its exercises and study goals.

I like to read for myself and while there is a section on that, it's quite limited. If you are a beginner and prepared to work through this book as a series of exercises with no feedback or discussion (which I think you need when given so many exercises), then you might find it useful. I actually find the layout and her choice of examples, exercises and topics quite confusing - not because they're conceptually difficult, but I just find it lacking in overall coherence. It feels 'bitty' and disorganized.

Having said all that, there *is* some useful stuff in here. Just for me, not enough. I actually found The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tarot much better than this, and caters to about the same level. (I do not especially recommend the Idiot's Guide, although I have found it quite useful and user-friendly over the years. It is still better than Michelsen's book though.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best! 24 May 2007
By taaj - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have been a card reader for 28 years. This book is by far the best thing I've come across in all that time. It is simple to understand and clear. It covers important basic aspects with depth. What more could you want?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 24 April 2011
By Azreala - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is perfect for me. It is casuing me to really think about the meaning of the cards and to go beyond the basic meanings. Before this book I did give readings and I did look up the basic meanings but when i put everything together to get the whole answer i very rarly went by only the basic readings. I may be under 20, but this book is very helpful. Some of the exercises are long but its worth it. This book is a must have in my opinion.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Tarot reader 18 Oct 2009
By Sharon Lotz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is great. Each chapter has exercises to perform. It is indeed everything you need to know from start to finish. The exercises are helpful and help familiarize you with the cards and the symbolic meanings for each card. There are also a variety of layouts and discussions of reversed meanings. This book covers it all!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great explanations 12 April 2014
By Connie - Published on Amazon.com
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This was an easy read. It was easy to follow along with a set of cards. Great for either beginnings or one that has been reading for awhile.
8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Tarot Reader 16 Feb 2006
By N. K. Rich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Excellent book with which to start the Tarot journey! Fun and thoughtful exercises to begin learning the cards, their meanings, and how they relate to you, personally.
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