MY REVIEW 5 stars:
I’ve had my cards read every so often for several years and I even like to do pick-a-card readings on a couple of my favorite YouTube channels quite regularly, so naturally… It’s time that I learn a few things of my own before I purchase my first deck. Everyone has to start somewhere, right? SO, I skimmed through several books that cover the basics and when I landed on this one, I just knew it’d be a fit! Luckily, I was right, and I loved it! There was a a lot information that I already knew, but a bunch that I didn’t and I soaked it up like a sponge. I bookmarked a several places and highlighted a lot of passages that I’ll surely be returning to later to study a bit better. I know that most decks of cards have their own reference guide, but I really enjoyed this one.
It’s broken down into three parts. The first tells the origins of Tarot including Myths, religious twists, and the ever evolving aspects of Tarot reading practices as well as the cards themselves. The second part gives a breakdown of the numerology and suits of the cards. This is the section where I spent the most time, and will likely re-read again. The third part gives a page or two description of every single Arcana card. A lot of these I’m already familiar with but there was still much to learn. All in all it was a great learning experience! I have my first deck all picked out and look forward to getting to know it. 5 stars for me!
Everything You Need to Know to Begin Reading Tarot Cards
For centuries, Tarot cards have been consulted for divination by those seeking answers from the unseen realms. The Tarot has been credited with illuminating solutions to major dilemmas, and even helping people avoid future misfortunes. The Tarot experience can indeed be empowering, bringing clarity to confusing situations and showing us that we have the ability to shape our future based on the choices we make in the present. Far more than mere “fortune telling,” the Tarot is a tool for meditation and reflection, for seeing new angles that give way to broader perspectives about how we approach our lives.
In this 2nd edition of Tarot for Beginners, best-selling author Lisa Chamberlain opens the door for newcomers to the Tarot in her trademark clear and straightforward manner. She dispels old myths and misconceptions about the Tarot, providing an objective look at its origins and its divinatory potential for 21st-century readers. Tailored especially for those who want to read the cards for themselves, this guide offers strategies for getting familiar with each card, a step-by-step breakdown of the process of a reading, options for tailoring the approach to suit your unique style, and advice for getting the most out of reading the cards for yourself.
Most guides to the Tarot are centered on a specific deck, such as the Waite-Smith, the Tarot of Marseille, or other decks ranging from the well-known to the rather obscure. While these books can be useful and informative, their card interpretations are largely restricted to the particular deck they focus on. Tarot for Beginners takes a different approach, offering basic card meanings that can be applied to any deck, and used in tandem with any descriptions that accompany the deck you’ve chosen to work with. So no matter which Tarot deck you use, the information in this guide is relevant, providing a solid starting point for a skill you can carry with you for a lifetime.