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The Big Little Book of Tarot: The Only Book You'll Ever Need Hardcover – 19 Jan 2004

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Rachel Pollack is an established author and an internationally acclaimed authority on the Tarot. She was born in Brooklyn and has taught at New York State University. She has been a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction for Unquenchable Fire and has published her own version of the Tarot deck, The Shining Woman. Rachel Pollack has worked with the Tarot for over 30 years and her work has received wide praise for its innovative and sensitive approach to the Tarot.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Rachel Pollack who could complain 1 Dec. 2012
By Phare-Camp - Published on
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Oh I suppose someone would complain. I love this little book, its a compact version of Pollack's "Complete Illustrated Guide to Tarot" which I love. The illustrated cards are tiny but the quality is excellent. There were a couple of printing errors, ie the last line in a paragraph cut off at the bottom of a page. But its still a really cute Tarot Book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Really IS the Only Tarot Book You May Ever Need 24 Jan. 2006
By Enola - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book has everything -- EVERYTHING -- and that is no joke.

With that said, it still doesn't hurt to check out other books and theories and practices. Add to your knowledge and subtract if you must.

I've seen these books before -- the tiny square books that claim you'll never need another book on the subject and after reading them I've always thought "But that didn't cover EVERYTHING!" Well, this book does.

It's a bounty of knowledge, from the theory of the origin of the tarot, from how to do a reading, from which cards to buy. It even tells you how to find your soul and personality cards, how commune with the cards, and gives generous demonstrations on card layouts.

I must have stayed up three nights in a row just reading this book and taking in its knowledge. If you're serious about tarot or even if it's just a hobby, this book is for you.

Take a look! (ugh, I sound like reading rainbow).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little tarot reference book 18 May 2004
By Samantha K - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Well I bought this book to have a comprehensive tarot book that not only basic meanings for the tarot cards but also some more meaty writing and this book delivers. Written by one of the top tarot people of our time this book goes into history, different views on tarot, several different spreads, creating your own spreads, meditation and tarot, and creating your own deck among many other tarot subjects. I only have a few qualms with this book and they are very minor indeed. The book is hardcover and while adding to how sturdy it is it also makes it heavier to carry than I would wish. Also the book is an odd size (5.25 X 4.5 inches and almost 1.5 inches thick!)It would be much easier to carry if it was regular pocket book sized. Also the book is entirely in black and white and I really wish that they had gone to the added expense to do this book in color as it is such a neat book. All in all if your serious about tarot this is a great reference book for ya!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and Informative 5 Jun. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As a beginning tarot reader, I found this book a little confusing, but the more I learned, the easier it was for me to understand. This book has everything a reader could want. It has very detailed definitions of every card in the whole 78 card deck, it shows you many tarot layouts and when to use them, and it tells you basic information for any reader, semi-beginner to advanced. Ms. Pollack also wrote a long and detailed history on tarot, throughout the ages and throughout the countries. It also gives you many good tips that I couldn't find in any other books. I learned so much from the book and it changed my life. If you need a tarot book, you should start with this one. Congratulations, Rachel Pollack!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable without a magnifying glass 7 Mar. 2011
By Anthony Louis - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book because I am a fan of the author and I like other books she has written. Unfortunately, the print in so tiny (I mean tiny) that I literally had to get a magnifying glass to read it. After a few pages the eyestrain prevented me from reading any more. Judging by the headers, it looks like it's probably a good book. The only problem is that it's unreadable by anyone over 40, and that includes me. Too bad, because I was really looking forward to reading another book by this author whose work I admire.
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