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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2000
This is the most easy book on Tarot that I have ever read. There is a category for every circumstance that you may choose to question. The category element means that you do not get 'frustrated' when reading the cards as you get the correct answer every time. I would highly recommend this book - EXCELLENT!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 2013
This was my first tarot book I bought in 1990 and dismissed right away. I thought she wrote nonsense. Later I bought many other tarot books, struggled to make a sense out of their ways of interpretation. The World, the Sun, the star, Ace of Cups, all beautiful with those positive cards, nothing really good happened! I also have been learning Astrology since early '70s and one day I looked for one of astrology books in my book shelves, suddenly N. Garen's book I dismissed over 8 years ago drooped on my foot. Since I was about to travel I did a 3- card spread for travel and others, the sun came up and according to hers, she wrote 'You will be putting on a facade, keeping up the illusion of gaiety when there really is none, because the thing you really want, the ingredient or heart's desire, is missing' for a category of 'Others' and for travel, 'If you're going on a trip, it will be disappointing or fruitless...' it turned out be that way! and when I had The world for Ramance, she wrote 'What has been must be let go of for the time being, because the world must take a turn before a new day can emerge....etc. and it all came true! Her interpretation for the cards are very often different from other tarot authors. Even the greatest cards, she often writes opposit meaning from others, that means NOT so great, negative cards again opposit interpretation from others. And more often than not, she turns out be right. I just wonder how she found that out... She also wrote 'The simplified Keltic Cross came about because I found that more times than not the full Keltic Cross contained information extraneous to the answer of my question'. I also found this to be true for me. One disadvantage of her book is that there are 32 categories to look at and choose, I became so dependent on these and don't learn cards' meaning very well. So when I want to make a story I only read categories of 'In a Reading' 'Number' then 'Focus'. Another thing what amazed me is about NOT so good card ' 8 of Swords' for 'Endings' category, she wrote 'Someone will find that when given the freedom he or she wanted, he or she won't want it after all' it happened to someone I know! How did she know, where the idea came from!? I bought 5 of her books and gave to my children and friends. With her book one doesn't need to study tarot reading. I use many other books for readings but somehow I always come back to this one to see the alternatives and see what happens. She's really amazing!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 2 August 2008
This book is fine if you realy do not want to lean the tarot as it does in its own way give you the aswers but I feel that books like this make Tarot reading in to a party game and if you have a feel for the cards then you know it is not
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 1999
I found this book to be one of the best Tarot books I have ever bought. It covers a whole range of different topics including the astrological meanings of court cards and, what cards stand for certain seasons of the year.Readers can pick different categories pertaining to the certain area of their life they want to know about such as love, success,career,family,health etc.I would highly recommend this book to everyone!In fact I think I just have!Brilliant!I always have it close to hand.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2004
I have used this book over the years and the different spreads - particularly the "spiritual guidance" one has given me lots of accurate advice - as long as I have approached the matter in a non-frivolous way. The spreads encourage you to look behind the mundane and see the bigger picture. My only criticism is the American phrases and the insistence on the term "God" rather than the more generic "universe" I would prefer. Use with respect and you will be rewarded with some insight and wisdom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2013
Although this book only cost 1p, I was very dissapointed! I though it was too good to be true that it would be so simple to get a true out come so easily! As the saying goes, "You only get what you pay for". I wouldn't recommend it.
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on 22 January 2012
I've been dipping into the tarot for over 25 years now and this is the book that helped me get a grip on the card meanings for the first time after struggling with more complex interpretations or ones that were too brief to be helpful.

It's an excellent beginner book because it gives you interpretations for a wide variety of situations so you don't have to apply the complex imagery to your specific question with no experience. Once you do understand better, it's great for a quick reference.

It'll never replace other more detailed tarot books such as the fabulous 78 degrees of wisdom or books more related to the specific deck you prefer, but it is really good to have to hand to prompt you and I still use it to get ideas for interpretations and to come up with a theme or structure for a reading. Definitely worth the money if you're interested in tarot and plan to take it further, and also if you just want to dabble.
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on 28 December 2009
I picked this book up in a charity shop and its one of the best books on Tarot I have found. Its simply a reference book which applies the meaning of a card to a certain area of life.

For example, you look up the 'Seven of Wands' and it tells you how the 'Seven of Wands' applies to these area's of life:

-In a Reading
-Focus
-Desire
"You want a clear cut direction or a "yes" or "no" answer and/or a commitment on the part of another.
-Romance
-The unexpected
-Others

There are an additional 27 further sections for every card you look up!

So if you want to know the 'unexpected' in a love reading and get the 'Two of Cups', you would look up the 'Two of Cups' and then the sections of 'Romance' and the 'unexpected'.

ETA: I highly recommend the new Tarot student starts with 'Tarot Card Meanings: Fundamentals' and 'Tarot Card Meanings: Interpretations' - By Paul Foster Case.
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on 9 January 2013
This was my very first no nonsense guide to learning about the tarot, when I bought Nancy Garens larger original version back in 1994.
This book is the equivalent 'Tarot for Dummies/ Idiots Guide to the Tarot' combined but much better because it takes the reader towards learning how to use this multifunctional tool to answer a diverse range of life's issues. Each Major and Minor Arcana card is explained thoroughly covering 32 categories and like most other books on the subject, includes examples of card spreads. The cards Garen illustrates are the Rider Waite version and I do still like using these cards to this day. This version of Nancy Garens 'Tarot Made Easy' only differs in its more compact size and I really do recommend the newbie, amateur or professional tarot reader to read this excellent interpretation based on the bible of life. Top rating 5 out of 5.
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on 31 May 2014
I love this book! I was very surprised at the info included in the book. Although it doesn't seem like a lot initially, it is very concise and easy to retain! I use this book mainly for myself but it does help with getting to know card meanings for different situations or card positions. It's one of the few books I keep within easy reach of my cards! :)
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