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2.0 out of 5 stars I was expecting more from this book, 26 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: Beyond the Celtic Cross: Secret Techniques for Taking Tarot to an Exciting New Level (Paperback)
I bought this book because as a professional reader I had reached a point where I seemed to be hitting brick walls with some readings and intuition was failing me. I had noticed that i had started using the cards in very much an unconventional way (spreads were no longer of use and were extending beyond their standard parameters). I was free-wheeling and using my intuition more and layouts less. I started to pursue the idea of non-positional layouts and embarked upon a journey to learn the technique of card-counting. I found extensive and detailed information on the author's website and when I found this book which came with high recommendations I decided it could be what I was looking for to expand my learning and add greater depth to my readings.

I have to say, I was severely disappointed. This book consists of an extensive and detailed dialogue between the author and a querent whose reading is analysed and interpreted from many facets with respect to the card-counting technique. I quickly became frustrated as I tried to keep up with the change of direction of each analysis and constantly found myself reversing back a few pages to gain my grounding again. I had expected more detail on the techniques employed by the author to disect the reading with some example to illustrate its use, and instead there was little on the actual technique and just a constant dialogue of looking at the querent's reading from every conceivable angle. Now whilst it did illustrate that, by using card counting, you can really open up the reading and find so much more depth to it, I was left at a loss to really understand where to start for myself and apply it to a reading of my own. Obviously it does not take a mensa member to work it out, it would have been so much more useful if the book were more of a reference and guide to the technique which could be used to learn it and apply it and perhaps as a standby aid to 'dip into' from time to time.

I do not feel that you can learn much more from this book by reading it more than once. I found the analysis to be over-laboured upon and had it been submitted as an essay for an A level subject I am pretty sure the author would have lost marks for this! For the price, I have purchased much better, easier to read, and more useful books on the subject of tarot. I am severely disappointed because I have followed the authors website, supertarot, for some years now and find it to offer very thorough, extensive and useful learning tools for the tarot including videos with explanations, extensive examples and information which is usually only ever found in books, but it is all FREE! I would say, stick to his website first, there are excellent pages for learning card-counting which will teach you so much more than this book and videos which you can watch to actually see the technique in action.

I am sorry Paul, but if it were possible, i would be asking for a full refund here!
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Initial post: 26 Jun 2014 16:20:52 BDT
Matt Laws says:
I have to disagree, but do wonder if you had the cards out while reading the book? - A short sentence early on in the book suggests getting them out to see the system in action. The results were jaw dropping but only when physical cards were referenced (or it does indeed become confusing!)
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