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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Discussions on the Tarot, 30 Dec. 2005
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Margaret A. Foster (Quakertown, PA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tarot Reader 2006: Your Annual Guide to News, Reviews, Tips and Techniques (Llewellyn's Tarot Reader) (Paperback)
While the book itself presents us with a pocket calendar to record dates and events, the big draw of this Llewellyn Annual is the articles written by folks who are familiar with the tarot, work with it, teach it and use it for readings for clients as well as themselves. We have such well known authors as Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone, teachers and founders of the Tarot School; professional Tarot readers such as Bonnie Cehvet and Mary K. Greer; book authors Elizabeth Hazel and Corrine Kenner; Tarot Deck designers Lee Bursten and Arnell Ando are but a few of the contributors to this journal.
The book is illustrated with card designs, tarot spreads, and images from the tarot. This is a great feature as there are some new decks featured that you may want to view before you decide to purchase.
The articles cover some preset topics: "The Fool: Tools for the Journey", "The Magician: Practical Applications" "The Hermit: For Further Study", "Judgment: Deck Reviews" and "The World: Spreads. "The Wheel: 2006 Almanac" encompasses the date book section.
Articles follow the topics. We have an interesting article by Arnell Ando about "Following the Fool", a meditation for preparing you for working with your Tarot Deck. There is also a good article on hearing your deck speak to you called "The Voice in the Card" by Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone. The article presents good personal experiences and includes techniques and tips for reading cards.
The second section "The Magician" has some articles on practical application of the tarot. "Ask a Better Question" by Mark McElroy explores the possibility that the client didn't get what they wanted out of a reading simply because they did not ask the right question.
"Judgment" focuses on deck reviews. You may want to browse through here and see what other folks are saying about various new decks.
There are pages scattered throughout the book with advertisements for decks printed by Llewellyn. While it is advertising, it is not a bad thing. There are sample cards from the decks, and some information about the deck itself.
This is just a sampling of the works included in the book. Some folks will find the articles interesting and informative, some will find cause to dispute the material presented. The idea of this book is to be a "reader" with a theme that will entertain, inform and present different aspects to the topic. I found some articles well done, others were not of interest or presented material I disagreed with. We all have different view points.
But the overall value of the book is to broaden our knowledge of the Tarot and this book does this very well. I found it to be very informative, and well presented. From the beginner to the experienced reader, you will all find information and illumination between the covers of this book. Overall, a good presentation and one I am pleased with. boudica
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