Tall, Dark Stranger: Tarot for Love and Romance Paperback – Tarot, 27 May 2005
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About the Author
Corrine Kenner specializes in bringing metaphysical subjects down to earth. Her work on the tarot is widely published, and her classes and workshops are perennial favorites among students in the Midwest. Corrine is a certified tarot master, and she holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from California State University, Long Beach. Corrine is the author of Tall Dark Stranger, a handbook on using tarot cards for romance, and Tarot Journaling, a guide to the art of keeping a tarot diary. She was also the creator of Llewellyn's Tarot Calendar. She is a contributor to the 2005, 2006, and 2007 editions of the Llewellyn Tarot Reader. A former newspaper reporter and magazine editor, Kenner edited Llewellyn's popular Astrological Calendar, Daily Planetary Guide, and Sun Sign Book. She is also the author of Crystals for Beginners.Corrine has lived in Brazil, Los Angeles, and the Twin Cities of Minnesota. She now lives in the Midwest with her husband Dan and her daughters Katherine, Emily, and Julia. You can find her website at www.corrinekenner.com.
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There's nothing you can gain from this book. What you get is a constant repeating of more or less same words, phrasings and interpretative patterns. The interpretations of the cards are wordy, muddled, and completely lacking any consistent point of view - there's scarcely any »love and romance« there. Instead, you read things like this: »There is more to the Temperance card than meets the eye, however. In fact, the card is one of the most meaningful and romantic cards in the Tarot deck. [Follow two long paragraphs babbling about Archangel Michael, then arriving to this »most meaningful« aspect of the card:] If you are looking for romance, you might find it at the seashore or on the beach.« (pp. 126-127) Wow. And on page 175 we read for the Four of Cups: »Obviously, there is more to the Four of Cups than meets the eye - especially for the guy under the tree.« There's more to the cards than meets the eye, oh, really?
And one example of that shameless, empty-headed copy-pasting that abound in the book. Tarot has four suits of Minor Arcana and among them four Pages. In Ms. Kenner's book these are described on pages 161-162 (Wands), 189-190 (Cups), 217-218 (Swords), and 245-246 (Pentacles). On all of these pages about the Pages we read exactly the same descriptions. I repeat - exactly the same! If you'd like to experience this yourself, read the following passage four times:
»All of the Pages in the Tarot deck embody the elements they represent. Elementally speaking, the four Pages of the Tarot are all earthy, physical creatures. They simply combine the element of earth with the element of their suit. The Page of Wands personifies fire, the Page of Cups personifies water, the Page of Swords personifies air, and the Page of Pentacles personifies earth. [Follows one line - repeat, one line of description of the concerning Page.]
Like all Pages, the Page of [the concerning suit] is youthful, with childlike enthusiasm and an unbounded capacity to learn. [Follow a few unimaginative, derivative, and commonplace observations on each of them.]
When you see the Page of [name of the suit] in a romance reading, he usually reflects a facet of your own personality. If you don't like or acknowledge the Page of [name of the suit] side of yourself, however, you might find yourself projecting all of his qualities onto someone else in your life - and you'll either love him or hate him. In either case, your relationship with the Page of [name of the suit] will be [follow two, three words that should be different for each suit, but to our dispair we read »passionate, fiery, and hot« for both the Page of Wands and the Page of Pentacles, whereas there really is the one and only word for the Page of Cups: »emotional«!]
During the Renaissance, pages were the youngest members of the royal court. Pages would frequently serve as messengers; it was their job to take news from one person to another. Because they were young, pages were students learning their future roles through apprenticeships.
Because pages are students and messengers, his appearance in a romance reading might also be telling you that important lessons or messages are coming your way regarding the [follows one word that differs for each Page] side of your love life.
Pages are purely elemental; they are not associated with any astrological sign.«
End of copy-paste, and end of the section on the Pages!
She takes each card in the deck and translates its romantic aspects, which are not always easy to grasp. She demonstrates how to put together a sensitive and satisfying read for the querent that is neither sugar-coated nor blunt, yet flowers with hope, patience and beauty. Superb job, nicely written, and although I still try to avoid romance readings for the emotional hand grenades they can be, I feel this book has helped equip me to do an acceptable reading without "pulling the pin."
It is not accurate.the outcome does not make sense in real life.Sounds like made up.
It feels like a game book.
I only done a couple of spreads and then left it in my book shelf ever since.I Havent touched it again.