Beginners Guide to Tarot Paperback – 25 Feb 2005
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JULIET SHARMAN-BURKE is a practicing analytic psychotherapist who has taught tarot and astrology for twenty years. She is the author of "The Complete Book of Tarot", "Mastering the Tarot" and, with Liz Greene, "The Mythic Tarot" card and book set. She lives in England.
GIOVANNI CASELLI is a well known illustrator noted for his work regarding the classical world and its literature, art, symbol and myths. He lives in Italy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book starts off with information on each of the four suits of the minor arcana before going into the interpretations of each of the cards. Each cards interpretation is covered by two pages which point out the symbols on the card and what they represent before going into the divinatory meaning of the card. Sample readings for each suit, the minor arcana, major arcana and for the complete deck are given throughout the book.
The clearest information I've seen so far so it get's five stars from me.
I have not regretted my purchase.
This deck is loosely based on the Rider-Waite but the drawings are far better, more attractive than the ugly RW (sorry RW fans!). They have also been doctored to make the symbolism and imagery more accessible for those with zero knowledge of the tarot like me. The pastel colouring is very pleasing on the eye.
Summary of the good points:
*clearly and attractively drawn images
*Scaled down for easy access for beginners
*nice pastel colours that don't offend the eye
*pip cards contain images which is v important for beginners
*cards have a border and are clearly labelled so that you know which one you are looking at
*each suit has been assigned a colour relevant to the mood of the suit for example Cool Swords contain many steely greys, Fiery Wands have a predominance of yellow and orange, Watery Cups are lavenders, pale blues, you get the picture (no pun intended)
*the cards also have indicators of the horoscope signs they are relevant to - for example one card shows a king/queen on a throne carved with rams or the king at whose feet sits a little crab.Read more ›
Was a bit disappointed at the quality of the cards - the pictures are fine - traditional based on RW, but feel much more flimsy than other packs I have, and this made it bit tricky when shuffling so as not to damage them.
Lately I wanted to own a tarot (I'm a Lenormand cards reader) and I wasn't sure about which one was special enough to have.
Then I suddenly remembered this deck -but I couldn't find the name so it TOOK ME AN ENTIRE DAY to find it on the internet, I had to look through websites, forums, then....I found it back through google images as I remembered some images of it.
I ordered it right away, it arrived 2 days later-Fast delivery!
The deck comes in a book sort of packaging, therefore the deck does not have a pouch for itself.
The images are very simple yet so beautiful. It is quite bright and colourful. The characters are nicely drawn, the features are nice.
The quality of the cards is very good, not too thick , not too thin-Just sturdy enough.
They're easy to shuffle.
I definitely recommend it.
Juliet Sharman-Burke's teaching method introduces you to the Minor arcana cards first. A practice layout is used for each suit, and then a bigger layout for all 56 Minor arcana cards. Then she moves onto the Major arcana and finally some full tarot spreads.
A fantastic beginner's guide, highly recommended.
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Clearly explained. Clear yet beautiful cards. A good starting pack.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant tarot set for the beginner. I originally had a miniature version of these cards from a set called 'The Tarot Box', but I always found them hard to read. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ms M