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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 1998
This book is the book I have been needing to add to my collection. It has 36 or so different spreads for a multitude of divinations and covers many different areas and questions other books do not. It however does not give an in-depth "how to" do a reading or detailed descriptions/meanings of the cards, only a very brief introduction. Based on that, I have to say it is not for beginners. It is best when one has a decent knowledge and familarity with the cards and basic layouts such as the traditional celtic cross. It also gives sample readings of each layout, but I have to say that I do not really look at those, they are just a guideline to how the cards fit that particular spread I suppose, but I like to make my own interpretations and not be influenced by another's style or interpretation. Other than that, it's a good addition to the more experienced reader's library, mine is quite dog-eared!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 1998
As with 'How to Read the Tarot' by the same author, I found the spread practicing to be clear and concise. I actually laid out the spreads and followed the definitions. By doing that I was able to visualize the definitions. Now when I do spreads for people the symbols race to the front of my mind versus trying to remember the defined words. This book is very worth it at this price.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2009
This is the kind of Tarot book i like.

There are very short descriptions of the card meanings obviously meant as a reference, anyone reading the tarot should be able to make their own interpretations of the cards!

This book is full of spreads and explains how to choose the correct one! There isn't a question that can't be answered using these spreads.

I'd highly recommend it for beginners and experienced readers
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2014
Thanks for posting me 'How to Use Tarot Spreads: Answers to Every Question (Llewellyn's How to)'. I'm giving you five out of five since I love Tarot cards.
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on 22 March 2014
This books really very good I've still got a lot of spreads to work through there easy to do something for everyone and just the rite size to carry in your bag.
Reasonably priced good value give it a try
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The book is not as good as it is publicized and has too much of old news on it. Also I have bought an used version and I was not that happy with the book condition.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Sylvia Abraham is an American woman who lives in California where she owns and runs a metaphysical books and supplies shop. She has been reading and teaching others to read the Tarot for over twenty years. Abraham's stated intention in writing this book is abundantly clear in its title, with the vast majority of the book devoted to spreads and how to use them. In her introductory chapter the author gives "thumb-nail sketches" (p.1) of the upright and reversed interpretations of each card, including a keyword or phrase for each major card, e.g. the High Priestess - "I Know" (p.5), and the Devil - "Materialism and Deception" (p.17). Her approach to the Minor Arcana is most innovative in that she applies the keywords of the Major cards to the Minor ones, e.g. "......the four fours have the same Keywords as the Emperor: I realize........Four of Wands Upright:- I realize my work and social activities" (p.8); "the four nines have the same keywords as the Hermit - Wisdom Through Experience..........Nine of Pentacles Reversed:- Experiences have not brought wisdom or understanding......." (p.13-14). The rest of the book is broken down into nine chapters, each one giving spreads for particular areas of life, e.g. `Love and Romance', `High Finances', Spiritual Seekers', and `Just For Fun'. For each area there are several different spreads, e.g. `High Finance - Business Spread, Lawsuit Spread, Work Spread' et al., and for most of the spreads there are several real-life sample readings which demonstrate very well the application of "thumb-nail sketches......of the meanings of each card" (p.1) in a real reading. Throughout the book there is an interesting mix of predictive and exploratory spreads, some more serious and some more frivolous. Although there is, disappointingly, no concluding paragraph or chapter, Abraham does include some worksheets which could be useful in helping to identify the most salient points in a reading. There are a number of points which are worthy of particular note. At the beginning of the book the author states that "The reader has an obligation to the client which must not be taken lightly. Be responsible with the information......" (p.3), a very important point to make. On a maybe slightly less responsible note, the author has included a `Magical Lottery Spread' (P.265), offering a way to come up with lottery numbers, and trying to ascertain whether a particular day is a good one to buy a lottery ticket. She is not professing to guarantee a lottery win, but she does say "If the totals in each of the six boxes are within lottery limits, go buy a ticket. Do not wait for another day - do it now!" (p.267). A sample reading she gives for `Arlene' says that `Arlene' did not win, and Abraham's following comment is "Buy a ticket on the day you put out a positive spread" (p.269). However, in the final analysis, it is the individual's personal choice whether to buy a ticket or not. A surprising point that Abraham makes in the introductory chapter is "Do not read too many spreads for the same person on a single day.........Tell this individual that they must wait a week before you read for them again" (p.3). This seems to tie in with the issue of perhaps creating an unhealthy dependence on the Tarot for obtaining knowledge that may be obtained in other ways. In the `Lover's Spread', one of the questions is "Do we have similar desires and goals?", and another "Does my lover have high standards and good values?" (p.46). Both seem like questions that would be best answered by discussion with the lover. Having said the above, there are many interesting and useful spreads in this book, and the author has demonstrated most ably how to use all the spreads in it. A useful addition to anybody's Tarot library.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2013
I have started to read it and so far it has helped me learn more about how to use tarot cards
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