The Complete Tarot Reader: Everything You Need to Know from Start to Finish Paperback – 8 Apr 2005
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About the Author
Teresa Michelsen is a tarot reader and instructor with more than 25 years of experience reading tarot. She is well-known on the tarot e-mail lists under her reading name of Thrysse, and has published many articles on tarot on the worldwide web and in ATA publications. Teresa teaches on-line tarot courses for beginning and intermediate readers, and has published her first book on Designing your Own Tarot Spreads in 2002. Her award-winning tarot website, www.tarotmoon.com, is a favorite destination of tarot readers who come for her lessons and articles on tarot, her examples of completed tarot readings, and beautifully laid-out pages on tarot cards and readings. Teresa lives near Seattle, Washington, and in addition to her tarot work, has home-based businesses in environmental consulting and mediation. See Teresa's website below for more information on her online Tarot classes!
Top customer reviews
The methods she gives for dealing with court cards are brilliant, and her approach is fresh and new. Thumbs up!
The approach is different than the classical one (no short history followed by card meanings, one by one), but it structured in small lessons for various subjects regarding readings. It has lots of clues to have a fresh start when wanting to learn tarot. On the other hand, it stresses too much on the side of "what you feel when you see the image", and less on the structure behind any tarot deck. As it is so general presented, it can be used in getting tips to learn with deck.
There is no such thing as a book totally useless, but this one had indeed too less to give me. Personally I would love to get to read this kind of review before I purchased it, I definitely wouldn`t do it again.
That said, there is useful stuff in here about reading reversals, formulating a question and so on... and quite often the author advocates a different and more intuitive approach than is often found, so that's a positive. But generally, although the author implicitly advocates developing an intuitive approach, the actual presentation is quite dry and uninspiring, and doesn't feel at all intuitive with its exercises and study goals.
I like to read for myself and while there is a section on that, it's quite limited. If you are a beginner and prepared to work through this book as a series of exercises with no feedback or discussion (which I think you need when given so many exercises), then you might find it useful. I actually find the layout and her choice of examples, exercises and topics quite confusing - not because they're conceptually difficult, but I just find it lacking in overall coherence. It feels 'bitty' and disorganized.
Having said all that, there *is* some useful stuff in here. Just for me, not enough. I actually found The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tarot much better than this, and caters to about the same level. (I do not especially recommend the Idiot's Guide, although I have found it quite useful and user-friendly over the years. It is still better than Michelsen's book though.)
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