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Mary K. Greer's 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2006

    The BEST book on intuitive tarot to date!

    If you have ever wanted to be a more accurate and intuitive reader, this book is a future classic. It has something for people of all levels of tarot work¿it¿s a tarot workbook in a large sense, but it¿s peppered with insights on fine-tuning the art of being a reader, too. Mary Greer doesn't skimp on the exercises she puts in her books--she doesn't let you rest easy on book definitions, instead she challenges you to rely on your own intuitive/Jungian/world and personal mythology connections to make tarot reading much more of an adventure than just memorizing card meanings! Areas she covers include: sections on numerology, symbolism, creating narratives between the cards and expanded meanings for both the Court and Major Arcana cards--going far beyond any other book in their comprehensiveness. In this book she handles a lot of cards (like The Tower) with more sensitive and insightful interpretations than I¿ve seen and she includes many real life case studies-- in many cases drawn from emails she received in response to various cards and situations, so her writing is based on responding to the real life issues facing actual tarot card readers. By focusing on the intuitive mythologies of the cards, Mrs. Greer doesn¿t weigh in so heavily on individual symbols¿instead, she seeks themes that would be universal to several different kinds of tarot decks. This book also helps expand your vocabulary for explaining difficult cards to querants¿such as The Death card¿in ways that not only help them relax their defenses, but actually help them open up to see the bigger picture and get more from their readings. There is much here about how to engage a querant in a conversation about their cards, instead of a reading being only a one-way question and answer session. Mrs. Greer also brings attention to the art of reading people, their reactions, the words they use and don¿t use to give a more sensitive and finely attuned reading (instead of just advising people, you¿re helping them arrive at their own unique epiphanies¿in fact, she borrows the phrase from Freud saying that she considers herself a ¿midwife of the soul¿¿a beautiful analogy of helping people ¿give birth to their own wisdom.¿ This book can be a bit heavy for beginners since it takes a meditative approach (as in Tarot for Your Self,) but it fills in many of the little crannies left by her former books. For anyone teaching tarot, this would make an excellent textbook for an advanced tarot class as it is a book that people can grow into and, as a result, grow from. The price is unbeatable and while it¿s come out as a first edition in the quality paperback format, it¿s worth picking up a copy because it has the potential to become a classic in the field.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    One of the best out there.

    There are a lot of good books on tarot. This (along with most of her books) goes above and beyond. Mary uses 21 steps to approach the tarot and providing these tools to pick and choose what works best for you. Her writing style is very pleasant and easy to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    This book is quite good, the BN service with delivery however, I

    This book is quite good, the BN service with delivery however, I'm not impressed with. So if you're interested in learning the tarot, really learning it, this is probably the best book I've read for that purpose. I'd recommend buying from amazon instead though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012


    As a Psychology major I was quickly impressed with her method for setting the tone for a warm and supportive reading. Not only has she studied her tarot, she has studied her psychology and communicates in a warm and inspiring manner.

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