"Understanding the Tarot" certainly lives up to its title. Previously, I had thought I would have to do a lot of memorizing, using the miniscule, ill-printed pamphlets that come with some decks. But here, clear, concise descriptions of each card using full color examples from 13 different decks, make the "understanding" come naturally. Various symbologies are touched upon as threads to aid comprehension. For example, the astrological relationships in suits and court cards will become obvious even before the third suit.
The basic interpretations of cards from the several decks include discussion of similarities and differences among them. This exposure also will help beginners find a deck that fulfills their expections. Sample readings in dialog format demonstrate five popular spreads in the final chapter on doing a reading.
This book has taken me from beginner level to merely inexperienced! I feel better able to digest the text-only material that I have collected and avoided until now.
After reading/using Juliet Sharman-Burke's "Understanding the Tarot," you may find, as I have, that the Tarot makes so much SENSE, you'll wonder what's so arcane about it, after all?