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Tarot Revealed: A Modern Guide to Reading the Tarot Cards Hardcover – 1 Mar 1970

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Outlet (Mar. 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517099845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517099841
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,604,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a guide to understanding the timeless mysteries of the tarot. Dr Gray believes that the complex and sometimes obscure nature of the books on the subject has acted as a barrier rather than a help to people who are attracted to these ancient cards and would like to understand and use them. In this text he has carefully extracted the original, basic meanings of the cards from a number of authentic sources, stressing those symbols that have persisted beneath the many guises the tarot has assumed throughout the centuries. He has put the meaning of the symbols and the interpretations of the cards in simple language, so that the beginner can easily take the plunge and begin to use the cards. The title includes 52 easily-organized entries, one for each card, including a full page reproduction of the card from the most popular deck now available, and detailed descriptions of the divinitory significance of the card. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Eden Gray was the stage name of Priscilla Pardridge, who was a renowned actress on Broadway for many years, before having a change of career. She became interested in the Tarot in the 1950s whilst working as a lecturer in the Science of Mind, and set up a bookstore and publishing company, selling Tarot cards and books, along with offering Tarot classes. As a result of her students complaining of the difficulty in understanding some of the books, Gray began writing her own books on the Tarot, including 'The Complete Guide to the Tarot' and 'Mastering the Tarot; Basic Lessons in an Ancient, Mystic Art'. Gray died in 1999, having earned the title 'Godmother of the Modern American Tarot Renaissance'.

Eden Gray's intention with this book is "I have....tried to present the ancient lore of the Tarot in a form that the beginning student can utilize....I have tried to put the meanings of the symbols and the interpretation of the cards in simple language, so that the beginner can easily take the plunge and begin to use the cards in divination and contemplation" (p. un-numbered 'Introduction').

Her book is simply structured in that she starts with a very basic introduction, followed by the presentation of, first, the Minor Arcana, followed by the Major Arcana. Then follows a chapter on spreads, and a final section about Tarot in meditation. There is also a Glossary of Symbols. However, the author's simple structure belies the quality and depth of the information contained in the book.

In Gray's brief history of the Tarot, she also looks at its influence on ".....recent scholars and philosophers" (p.17), including T.S. Eliot and W.B.Yeats. At the end of the Introduction, she states that the book is mainly about divination.
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This book coupled with a good pack of Tarot cards
can turn anyone into a Tarot reader in minutes. This book
has information on the past of tarot, different spreads to
use with them, the meanings of every card, and a full page
illustration for each of them. I use this book with
Albano-Waite cards, and the pictures match perfectly.
TAROT REVEALED is a must-have for any person interested in
reading the Tarot.
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Tarot cards have been used for centuries to predict the future, shed light on the past, and reveal the mysterious patterns of Character and Destiny. The strange and beautiful symbols of the Tarot, when properly understood, have a message for all people in all ages. This book can unlock the secrets of the Tarot for you. It provides a fascinating and authoritative introduction to the ancient art of the occult.
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By A Customer on 23 Nov. 1998
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a simple and easy way to read Tarot cards! I loved it!...Step by step,easy to read and understand instructions are important especially for those of us just learning Tarot!
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 25 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Here It Is.. For What It's Worth 1 Mar. 2017
By J. Sears - Published on Amazon.com
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In a nutshell, the content is exceptional. I recently purchased this book as a replacement for its hardcover counterpart that I bought 40 years ago along with a Tarot deck from a Georgetown "mystic" shop. Being my first. I have been partial to this title and author. In all these years, I have only toyed with reading Tarot.. many times frighteningly accurate. Well.. back to the review. With me being much older now, despite the simplicity of instruction, descriptions and layouts, the print is much smaller in this compact paperback version. It appears that all versions of this book are out of print, and only available as used copies. If your eyes are like mine in their current state, you might find other books more satisfactory.
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple yet contains esoteric wisdom 7 Feb. 2016
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I'm a big fan of Eden Gray because I feel she includes some of the esoteric information of the Golden Dawn and Builders of the Adytum without getting too confusing or complex for the beginner. I give this book 4 stars instead of 5 because it's basically the same as her first book, The Complete Guide to the Tarot, except she adds (in addition to the Celtic Cross and Kabbalistic readings described in her first book) a chapter on doing a past life reading, and a chapter on Tarot for the New Age in which she offers further insights on some of the cards. The brevity of her card descriptions, while by no means complete, makes it easier for the novice reader to memorize at least the core meaning of each card and get started doing readings.

As with her other two Tarot books, this one features black and white illustrations of the Waite-Rider deck. I wish someone would do a compilation of all three of her books (the third being Mastering the Tarot) with color illustrations. Gray's books hail from the early days of the Tarot renaissance in the 60s and 70s, yet they remain classics.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 10 Aug. 2016
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Very cursory coverage, ok if you're not looking to go to deep into the subject.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 27 Dec. 2016
By Heather Clinton - Published on Amazon.com
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It was a gift and she liked it a lot.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 Oct. 2016
By RoseMary Volpe - Published on Amazon.com
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great book
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