Tarot for Beginners: A Holistic Guide to Using the Tarot for Personal Growth and Self Development | Book Review
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Learning tarot can be daunting for beginners. I remember many years ago, I had a long sheet filled with keywords associated with the individual cards. Even through memorization, it still didn't click in my head. The little white booklet wasn't too helpful. I asked myself many questions:
"Which cards were bad?"
"What type of spread should I use?"
"Does Death really mean dead?" (Yes, I was one of those naive folks back then)
Over time (and with plenty of practice), I started to grasp the meanings behind each card just by tapping into my intuition; feeling out the imagery conveyed through the cards.
The basis of the author's book is heavily emphasized on relying your intuition and getting creative with your readings. While this phrase may sound cliche, she does make a good point in letting her readers know that in order to do things creatively, one must have an open mind to see past through the rigid meanings and dig deeper into our subconscious.
The book is divided up into 2 parts. One part focuses on a brief history of tarot, along with some helpful tips in consecrating your first deck and sample tarot spreads. The second part focuses on learning the individual card meanings from the Major & Minor Arcana.
I found part two to be helpful as the author goes into detail in breaking down the cards based on symbols, astrology, and numerology. Additionally, the author gives some sample readings based on the individual cards. As a reference book, I do feel it's needed especially if you're planning to integrate the meaning behind the symbolism along with the astrological and numerological perspectives when conducting a reading to the querent.
In terms of the tone of the book, the author seems to position herself as a helpful tutor who wants the best for her reader. I didn't feel that the words itself were dry. Rather, it was more in an educational tone without any bias. You can see the amount of care that the author took in terms of disseminating the facts with just enough proof of the origins of tarot.
Overall, the book is a wonderful addition to any tarot reader's collection. You can purchase the book via Amazon