The Ultimate Guide to the Rider Waite Tarot Paperback – 17 Jun 2013
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About the Author
Johannes Fiebig (Klein, Germany) has been involved in writing and publishing since 1984. His fields of interest include the use of tarot and other symbolic languages as psychological tools.Evelin Burger (Klein, Germany) founded the German occult publishing company Konigsfurt Verlag in 1989 with Johannes Fiebig. Her areas of interest include intuitive use of the tarot, yoga, garden, art, and dance.
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I will give an example, take for instance 'The Star' card. The book states that the eight pointed star is a diamond, then gives some made up meaning about diamonds neglecting to mention the esoteric significance of an eight pointed star. While in terms of the 'Hanged Man' card it does not mention the traditional meaning concerning self sacrifice for a higher purpose, instead it says it could indicate:
"'someone who likes to hang around" and "he depends on what he believes, which is a tragedy when it turns out belief is superstition."
I get the impression the authors have never actually used tarot cards and it seems they rushed writing the book over a weekend without researching the traditional symbols of the Rider Waite or the interpretations properly. While the writing is poorly translated from the original German into English, some sentences do not make any sense and many of the paragraphs could have been succinctly stated in single sentences.
This makes the book overall very disappointing since it is well printed on very good paper and there are colour illustrations and diagrams throughout - it is just a shame about the poor information given. I suggest if you are a beginner learning the Rider Waite tarot and want a proper 'ultimate guide' to the Rider Waite, I suggest you purchase 'Learning the Tarot,' by Joan Bunning or 'Elements of the Tarot' by A T Mann and also 'The Pictoral Key to the Tarot' by Arthur Edward Waite (who originally made the Rider Waite Tarot).
I also found it interesting to read about how many cards contained specific symbols. When I did a reading recently a specific symbol popped up in 90% of the cards. Very helpful
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Several irritating print errors of cards throughout book and felt some interpretations of symbols far too contrived, would not recommendPublished 27 days ago by joyce mathers
Though these cards are on the large size ine can better see the beautiful artwork and imagesPublished 2 months ago by Elizabeth
A complete joke of a book.
The author knows absolutely nothing about tarot. The worst study of the RWS I have.
The book is great, but make sure you have appropriate Rider Waite deck as the colours make all the difference. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Loving Life
Book was good although I found it hard to use the information when using the cardsPublished 4 months ago by Hazabs
This book is incredible informative and thorough. Great for beginners to get a really detailed description of the minute details of the cards.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer