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Learning Tarot Spreads by [Bunning, Joan]
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Each tarot reader also has a unique style which they hone over time into the fine art of divining the future. What sets Joan Bunning apart from every other writer on the subject of tarot is her ability to take a rather complicated esoteric system and break it down into manageable, clear, and easily learned parts. Chapters include spreads for relationships, family, love, money, health, work, and even specific time periods. Sample spreads are comprehensive, ranging from many-card "Gypsy" spreads to quick and easy "Three Card Draws." She also gives the reader reference charts, exercises and structured tarot lessons. "Bunning's Learning the Tarot" has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 14416 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books (24 Jan. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007L4T9A0
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #626,777 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Tami Brady TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
Tarot spreads can be extremely versatile. In fact, there are many ways to tailor spreads to an individuals needs be they insight into a generalized question or very precise information about a particular question (or aspects of that query) within a chosen span of time. Despite this versatility though, most of us tend to have a couple of favourite spreads that we use no matter what our intention.

I am definitely amongst the majority of tarot card users. I have two spreads that I tend to use the most and because of this fact I often find myself frustrated when I would like a little more understanding of how a situation came to be, when I'd like more detail about a particular question, or when I could use a little more guidance.

That's why I really enjoyed working through Learning Tarot Spreads. This book doesn't just illustrate a bunch of new tarot spreads that I will try once and likely never use again. Instead, the author sets out to teach the reader how the shape, position, and relations of cards as individuals and as part of an entire spread react, interact, and compliment each other. Readers learn through trial and error while undertaking different exercises set out in the text. Once armed with this knowledge, the reader can easily make up his or her own tarot spreads in order to work with any query or purpose that they may choose. I really like the freedom or creating my own tarot spreads and the piece of mind that these spreads are properly balanced and suit my intention.
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Arrived on time, great book for beginngings
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HASH(0xa0b7f744) out of 5 stars Methodical Approach to Spread Creation 7 Feb. 2007
By Janet Boyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Many people get discouraged once they've learned the tarot basics. They lack a model for how to integrate the tarot into their lives in an ongoing way. Learning Tarot Spreads gives them just that. They learn how to assess a reading situation and then create the ideal spread for it. Learning Tarot Spreads will also interest experienced readers. It offers tarot tools to help them unify and deepen their practice." - Joan Bunning

After giving us Learning the Tarot and Learning Tarot Reversals, author Joan Bunning now turns her attention to the subject of tarot spreads. With systematic lessons similar to the previous books, Learning Tarot Spreads deconstructs the shapes, subjects, position meanings, and patterns of tarot layouts, providing a flexible model applicable to any reading.

Acknowledging the tension between structure and freedom when performing a reading, Bunning reminds readers that tarot spreads provide a framework for guiding and directing intuition. The methods outlined in Learning Tarot Spreads gives readers the flexibility to improvise and draw upon higher wisdom while at the same time apply intellectual analysis to the underlying "facts" of a reading.

Keeping the main subject (the focus or gist of the reading) at the center of a spread, Bunning explains the nature of related people, areas of life, situations, and time periods--and the location of the card positions related to these areas. For example, while the main subject stays at the center, cards signifying related people would be placed below, related areas of life would be placed to the left, related situations would be laid out above, and related time periods would go to the right.

Bunning also explains the difference between situations and areas of life, noting that areas of life are long-term--such as health, career, spirituality, and finances. Situations, however, have a goal or a definite beginning and ending--work assignments, celebrations, an argument, and choices.

In-depth charts and card layouts comprise about 50 percent of Learning Tarot Spreads, further helping readers discern which areas and qualities to explore, as well as how to interpret cards in a myriad of positions. Bunning offers exhaustive analysis of opposing quality positions, such as Avoiding/Embracing, Strong/Weak, Blocking/Clearing, Active/Inactive, Enduring/Temporary, and so on.

For example, for the quality "Avoiding", Bunning provides keywords, a description of the quality, reversed meaning, the opposite position, and the flex-spread card placement. A portion of her description for "Avoiding" says:

"To avoid means to deny or push away. If we fear or dislike something, we keep our distance. We try to pretend it's not true or doesn't' exist. A card in avoiding shows something the main subject is resisting or denying. You may be avoiding your power (Magician). You may be refusing to be a martyr in some area of your life (Ten of Swords). A situation may involve someone who's denying rejection (Five of Pentacles)."

For the reversed Avoiding, she observes:

"The main subject is avoiding the fact that something is missing. The reality of this lack is what's being denied or pushed away. You may be avoiding a lack of recovery (reversed Six of Swords) or some lack of experience in yourself (reversed Queen of Swords)."

Learning Tarot Spreads is NOT an encyclopedia of specific spreads (think Power Tarot), nor does it provide card meanings for specific placements (e.g. Chariot interpreted in the light of a romance reading or the meaning of 5 of Pentacles in a health reading). Rather, Bunning breaks down the reading process in manageable chunks, giving readers a framework for assessing a situation and creating an ideal spread based on the answers desired.

Admittedly, I did NOT like Learning Tarot Spreads at first--nor did I like it after I read the entire book! I felt that the layout was overly complicated and "anal", providing too much structure and details. Also, I was a bit irritated that I was required to flip back and forth between lessons and charts. However, I gave it a day for digestion--and tried a personal reading based on Bunning's model.

I was very surprised at the results of my 14-card spread, especially when I applied her suggestions for additional guidance. Bunning says that if a card meaning doesn't seem to make sense to you as it relates to the position, to tip the card (or cards) to the right. This signals the Universe that you need additional guidance. Then, gather up the unused cards, re-shuffle, then draw clarifying cards for the positions you want to explore further.

After reconsidering Learning Tarot Spreads, I realized that there was more here than meets the eye and that Bunning's model could--in theory--simplify the process of spread creation. Because I read exclusively over the `net, I have the luxury of assessing a client's dilemma, drawing up a set of questions that would answer relevant concerns, and then submit them to the client for approval before the actual reading.

Perhaps this is why I felt, initially, that Learning Tarot Spreads was too "structured". However, for those who do in-person readings, I can see how having a flexible model could prove an invaluable time-saver that allows intuition to flow freely.

If you enjoy Bunning's methodical approach to the tarot and seek additional tools for your reading toolbox, Learning Tarot Spreads will likely provide helpful insights and new ways for spotting connections among the cards. Geared towards intermediate and advanced tarot readers, a thorough knowledge of the cards is a prerequisite for getting the most out Bunning's newest offering.

Janet Boyer, author of The Back in Time Tarot Book: Picture the Past, Experience the Cards, Understand the Present (coming Fall 2008 from Hampton Roads Publishing)
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e501b7c) out of 5 stars Very informative, as always...... 8 Mar. 2007
By J. Wingate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Joan Bunning is a terrific author on the Tarot. I took her online course from Barnes and Noble "Learning the Tarot" and it was a great start for me to begin using the cards. Now she devotes a whole book to spreads which is a much needed addition to my library. The book is in lesson format with exercises at the end to assist in retaining the knowledge you are studying. It has a lot of information not found in other books and I highly recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa15a3498) out of 5 stars Great reference book 24 Nov. 2012
By USGEMGIRL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you are a tarot reader, well you can get bored with the same 3-4 lay-outs. This book is a great reference book for new lay-outs you can try and build your knowledge. You will find that some of them work better for answers to the seeker's questions than others. Enjoy, we always need to keep growing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e5f0108) out of 5 stars Best tarot book I have read 5 Nov. 2014
By Sooz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am learning so much for. This book. I have read several other tarot books but this is my favorite because it gives more information about the history of tarot without being dry plus the tarot of today, then it ties it together. Very interesting.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa12f8540) out of 5 stars For serious students only 31 May 2015
By Christine Villarino - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is not for beginners. The interpretations of the cards are limited and therefor confusing unless one is acquainted with the deck and the individual meaning of each card. I recommend this book for serious students of the Tarot.
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