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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (27 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738705489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738705484
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 19 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,237,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Gives additional information on tarot cards that some other books don't give. It has a list of colours & what they can mean. At the rear of the book, which this section I found very informative, was a A to Z on what different items or animals could be interpreted as, like Apple could mean health, healing. Chain - bondage, restriction, communication. Dolphin - salvation. Each card of the Major & Minor Arcana is given a good description too. A guide is given on the Astrology & Tarot, again informative. I found this a very good informative & educational read.
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By Felicty on 17 April 2009
Format: Paperback
Easy to use book, best used with the rider waite deck. Good choice for beginners as its easy to understand and there are not to many spreads. Great for relationship readings! Good addition to your collection.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x933d4710) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
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HASH(0x933d2264) out of 5 stars Unbelievable lightness of insulting the reader 14 July 2010
By Pete - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a sheer insult both to a Tarot enthusiast and to the reading public in general. It is outrageously shallow and unintelligent, consisting of shameless copy-pasting and degraded second-hand knowledge.

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!

Be warned.
HASH(0x933d22b8) out of 5 stars Excellent Resource On The Tarot 23 July 2016
By S. Cuthbertson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Tall Dark Stranger: Tarot For Love and Romance by Corrine Kenner is an excellent Tarot resource. This book is much more than the title suggests. Kenner goes into the symbolism of colors and numbers, discusses the Tree of Life, and has a nice section on astrology and the Tarot. Kenner teaches you how to choose, personalize, and care for your deck. The author discusses how to prepare yourself for your readings and setting the mood. There’s a nice chapter on Tarot ethics, the do’s and the don’ts. The chapter “Popping the Question” goes into great detail on helping you phrase your questions correctly to get a more accurate reading. The book has a chapter on spreads and layouts. Kenner writes about two pages for each of the Major Arcana and one and half to two pages on each of the Minor Arcana cards. I highly recommend this book. It is well written and even if you are not particularly interested in learning about the romantic aspects of Tarot, there is still much to be gained by reading this book.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x933d26f0) out of 5 stars Good reading from the author of Tarot for Writers 5 Mar. 2010
By WhereWaldoFindsHimself - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a couple of Corrine's other books, including the critically acclaimed Tarot for Writers. I purchased this one because I'm usually very uncomfortable doing love & romance readings. The stereotypical vision of the gypsy with the kerchief and hoop earrings proclaiming eerily, "You vill meet a tall dark stranger..." has always irked me, as do most stereotypes. So I get the irony of the title compared to the well-composed and deeply meaningful prose within the book. Corrine guides the reader away from the superficial remarks and easy catering to what love-smitten people want to hear, and gives the reader tools to bring forth many considerations of what the power of love can do to a person's life, good and bad.
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."
HASH(0x933d26d8) out of 5 stars Five Stars 20 Feb. 2016
By Ireanna Charalambous - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great book!
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x933d2aa4) out of 5 stars not satisfied 2 Oct. 2009
By Es - Published on Amazon.com
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I was very excited when I bought this one year ago.but was very sorry that I bought it later on.
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.
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