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The Tarot Box (Bookinabox) [Hardcover]

Juliet Sharman-Burke
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26 Sep 2005 Bookinabox
The popularity of tarot just grows and grows. There are many decks now available -some look attractive and interesting, others look deep and mysterious and just a little scary. It is difficult to know how to find out more, and how to get started with a user-friendly deck. "The Tarot Box" is the answer. In one handy package you will find everything you need. The deck is the Sharman-Caselli classic, specially created to make things easier for beginners, and its size is convenient to use anywhere. The clip-fit layout board fits together in seconds and each side is printed with a card layout. The five-card horseshoe spread for a specific question, and the seven-card triangle spread for a general life picture. Experienced tarot tutor, Juliet Sharman-Burke, writes the book. She first introduces you to the deck card by card, and then shows you how to make your first reading. And she includes sample readings from her own workshops with tarot students, to show you how interpreting the cards works in practice. Why does the tarot continue to fascinate us? Juliet is convinced that although the modern world can offer us so much, we still feel a need to learn more about our inner selves. The tarot cards offer a space and place for the imagination, somewhere where imagery and dreams can be explored for divination, for meditation and for therapy. We all yearn to know if we will find love, security and spiritual meaning in our lives: the tarot can help us find the answers. No wonder the tarot goes from strength to strength. And no wonder you will love "The Tarot Box".

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Connections Book Publishing Ltd; Box Har/Cr edition (26 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859061699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859061695
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 512,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem 9 May 2006
The Tarot Box is a lovely Beginner's set containing the mini version of the beautiful Sharman-Caselli deck, a book and a layout board. The cute little box measures 9 x 9 x 9cm with the symbols of the four suits printed gold on dark blue background. The cards measure 5 x 8.5 cm, a handy size to use on small tables anywhere. Although the book contains 336 pages, it's only as small as the box, so contents are brief yet concise and to the point. The book contains a short introduction to Tarot including history and how to choose a deck, how to get to know your deck, explanation of individual cards as well as plenty of reading exercises. Although I'm not a beginner, I still got some new ideas on exercises and other useful information (I mainly wanted the mini edition of my favourite deck). For a beginner, this set is ideal, because the book does not contain too much information, it's easy to read and the cards are well-suited for people with no prior Tarot knowledge. This is an inexpensive yet good quality Tarot set; a good choice for anyone interested in learning Tarot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 11 Aug 2011
By sarah
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I was looking for a small size tarot, RW style, when I found this box. I decided to purchase it because I find the sharman-caselli a very beautiful deck, and also because I like the way sharman-Burke explains the cards, Through association of pictures and their meaning. I am enchanted with this set and I recommend it to anyone. I only wish the cards would be thicker.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It's ok 31 Mar 2013
By matty
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The book is well done but very long winded the cards are very cheaply made and hard to shuffle and stick together
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4.0 out of 5 stars A mini Sharman-Caselli Tarot 7 July 2012
By Neko-san - Published on
The Sharman-Caselli Tarot is one of my favorite decks. A superb creation of Juliet Sharman-Burke and Giovanni Caselli, it combines the best features of the popular Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) Tarot with elements of classic decks such as the Visconti-Sforza Tarot and Marseilles Tarot. However, how does the mini version included in the Tarot Box fare? Not as well as I would have wished, yet if you loved the Sharman-Caselli Tarot you may still consider to give this kit a try.

As I hinted, the transition of the Sharman-Caselli Tarot to the mini format (3.375 x 2 inches) was not the best it could have been. For example, there is a very small blurring effect in the art's line work. But the most glaring mistake is on the cutting of the cards, as it seems that the face and back of some are off centered in my deck.

If you are not familiar with the Sharman-Caselli Tarot, this deck is based on the RWS Tarot, with inspiration from older decks such as the Tarot of Marseilles and the Visconti-Sforza. Like the RWS Tarot, the imagery throughout the Sharman-Caselli Tarot depicts the renaissance era, but done with seemingly realistic art filled with soft colors.

The Major Arcana is mostly inspired on the RWS Tarot, with a few exceptions. The Wheel of Fortune shows a wheel with four people at the top, bottom and sides and a blind-folded women in its center, definitely drawing inspiration from the Visconti-Sforza Tarot, while The Lovers shows a finely dressed man deciding between two women with cupid floating over his head, an imagery more akin to the Marseilles Tarot. The Minor Arcana are fully illustrated and inspired on the RWS Tarot.

In a nod to the Visconti-Sforza tarot, the Major Arcana are unnumbered. If you pay attention to the order of the Major Arcana you will find the following: The Fool, The Magician, The Empress, The Emperor, The High Priestess, The Hierophant, The Lovers, The Chariot, Justice, Temperance, Strength, The Hermit, The Wheel of Fortune, The Hanged Man, Death, The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, Judgement, and The World. This is the order to study the Tarot recommended by Sharman-Burke. This was included in The New Complete Book of Tarot, but missing from the mini Tarot book included in this kit.

The book in this kit is titled Tarot: Learn How To Read The Cards. This is a small 3 x 3 inches pocket book, but at a count of 336 pages I doubt anyone would carry it in his/her pocket. The book is divided as follows:

What is Tarot?
Getting to Know Your Deck
The Major Arcana
The Minor Arcana
How to Read the Cards
Your first Readings
Taking it Further

In all, this book is a larger version of a Little White Book. You get a brief history of Tarot and then some. To my surprise, there is even a description on how to play Trumps with the cards. I never considered using a Tarot deck for playing games before, but at the smaller size, the cards are very well suited for playing.

Three pages are spent for each card: one page for the image and "Key Issues", another for "Symbolism" and the last one for "In A Reading" use. The final sections include layouts such as The Pyramid (5 cards), The Horseshoe (5 cards), and the Celtic Cross (10 cards).

The silliest part of this kit is the 9 puzzle pieces Layout Board. It includes The Pyramid in one side and The Horseshoe. Honestly, with a few bucks, I think you could do better with a fold out plastic coated photocopy of well decorated layout of your own preference.

This is not a bad kit to start with. However, if your budget is tight or you are just testing the tarot waters, you may also consider Tarot to Go!. If you are a tarot collector or reader, you may want to spend just a bit more and buy The Sharman-Caselli Tarot Deck instead, but beware that the card stock on this deck is of a slightly inferior quality than decks from Us Games Inc, Llewellyn or even LoScarabeo.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun little kit 13 Sep 2011
By Tess Rayne - Published on
I loved this little kit. I already have many tarot decks and I bought this box in person so I knew it would be small. The little deck has nice images that I haven't seen before, similar but just a little different than the regular Rider-Waite. It has 9 thick cardboard puzzle pieces that connect to form a place to lay the cards on. If you flip it over it's a different color layout. Overall fun little kit. The book is an almost an inch thick and 3 2/3 x 3 2/3 inches and has some content I haven't seen of some ways to use the cards. I have no problem shuffling the little cards at all and they are the only deck of this size that I have. I wanted a smaller deck to leave cards out without taking up much space. I also own the tiny keychain tarot - now those cards are tiny and I love them too, they go with me everywhere. This deck is 3 2/3 inches by 2 inches and the cards are thin enough to be able to shuffle the small deck easily. The box it coFmes in, is a cube that has 3 3/4 inch sides. Fun little kit that would be good if you want small cards to leave out without taking much space, or to take camping etc.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 23 May 2010
By Dionisia F. Verduzco - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was very disappointed in The Tarot Box. The cards are very small and difficult to work with. The interpretations of the cards are too simplistic with no depth whatsoever, offering very little as far as learning the art of Tarot. I am returning the item.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 July 2014
By Cheryl Kinn - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Loved it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Mini Tarot Kit 28 May 2014
By Deanna Anderson - Published on
I love this Tarot kit, I bought it as Michael's Arts and Crafts which was cool enough in its own right and it is more affordable then many decks (was $9.99 at Michael's). The little guidebook is not very detailed, so probably not the best for beginners with no other Tarot experience. However, I love the cards...based on the Rider Waite System they have softer images, and very fun and pleasing. The kit also comes with a puzzle map, I think of 6 pieces, to piece together and becomes a "mat" showing you were to place cards for a reading. I don't use the puzzle or the guidebook, but the cost was worth the deck alone. Smaller than a standard playing or poker deck it fits easily in the hands, is easy to shuffle, and is small enough to tuck into my purse or back pocket. I love the imagery and find it an easy deck to read. My fifteen year old daughter loves the deck and kit and often takes it with her to overnight visits with friends. She likes it so much I am going to get her one of her own. I gave it a 5-star rating because I love the cards...the kit as a whole gets 4-star because I don't use the puzzle mat or guidebook, but as I said...still worth the price for the deck alone, and the box is great to make your own "To Go" tarot kit by adding gemstones or other items you might need.
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