- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser (1 Oct. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0877288216
- ISBN-13: 978-0877288213
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,716,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tarot Dictionary and Compendium Paperback – 1 Oct 1995
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It is not as useful as an Eileen Connelly guide which is aimed at the learner which excellent description information and how to use cards together.
Card meanings are described for each card from different authors and perspectives, so you can get a clear and much broader view of the various interpretation ways , their origins. Also as a culture tool or in case you have a reader block and you need to shuffle a little bit the info.
I liked the way Jana Riley gives some general info on how tarot works (synchronicity theory, quantum physics), she writes in a very accessible and fluent way, I wished she writes more books on this topic.
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The book suffers from two flaws. The first is, the Tarot experts included here are giving commentary on such a variety of decks-- RWS, Thoth, Motherpeace, Tarot of the Spirit, for example-- whose imagery is so utterly different from one another that the commentary really can't be compared. This would have been a much more useful book if the author had stuck with commentary on one type of card, such as RWS and RWS-based decks. Comparing information about a Motherpeace card with someone else's information about a Thoth card when what I have in front of me is a Rider-Waite-Smith card is not always helpful.
Second, the book is in serious need of updating. Since it was written, so many more Tarot experts have emerged on the scene. Many more decks as well; there are many decks listed or pictured in the book that I don't think are in much use today (with exceptions of course).
If someone re-did this book focusing on ONE deck system, and gave voice to some of the more recent yet established stars in the Tarot universe, it would be a gem of a book. Even as it is, it's fascinating to read through. I've been going through it card by card and highlighting descriptions that resonate with me. It's a great go-to book for a variety of quick takes on the cards.
The real strength of the book is that there are several interprtaions of each card, provided from some of the biggest names in Tarot experts. Of course not all of them see eye to eye on every card. There can be a whole lot of fluxuation. But to have to opinions of such notables collected without having to buy every book on the shelf is really nice. What's more, it lets you get a feeling for whose views yours are likely to follow, and then you know that their book is the one you want to flesh out the details!
So whose opinions were gathered in the Tarot Dictionary & Compendium?
Eakins, Joyce and Pamela
Waite, Arthur Edward
Wirth, Oswald (not included in the Minor Arcana)
There is a chapter on correspondences (major arcana only) that introduces the reader to some of the tarot links to other more esoteric concepts (astrology, runes, chakras, Qaballah and such). The chapter on spreads (all 3 of them) is pretty useless however. What I did like was that there are 2 bibliographies, one just for Tarot books and another for the rest such as Jungian concepts, myth, even encycolpedias.
I'm sure that this book is going to cut my study time radically. I can flip to the section on any card to brush up on something, or to remember what source I've got on the tip of my tongue. It's just perfect for jogging one's memory or leading you to new meanings to explore.
This gives you a far wider range of ways to read into the cards, there are no less than 15 other authors (modern and traditional) meanings included for each card too majors and minors people such as, Greer,Arrien,Cowie,Crowley,Pollack,Waite,Walker, to name but a few.
It includes a wheel of correspondences too, which is quite useful, this helps you to understand which cards stand for what Chakra and what Rune if your interested in these areas too. Lots of interesting information on a number of other subjects rather than just the usual Tarot meanings. 272 Pages not counting the bibliography,contents,preface etc.
All in all a good informative read.
These are not "fashionable" authors. These are the heavy hitters of the tarot world across the span of tarot's popularity.
I am ordering a second copy today. This is the most useful tarot guide I have ever found in over 20 years of study. You will not regret buying this book, but you will wonder how you ever got by without it.
She did an awesome job of gathering the right authors and interpertations for this book. Of course it's not meant to be all inclusive, that would be near impossible! But there is a bursting weath of knowledge awaiting you in these plages.
Excellent book and one you won't regret adding to you Tarot must have list!
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