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Posted February 16, 2011
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Unveiling Deeper Meaning In The Tarot Cards
In Tarot Prediction & Divination, Susyn Blair-Hunt presents a series of uniquely designed Tarot card spreads to help achieve a deeper meaning in Tarot readings. With so many Tarot books already in existence and more being released every year, authors are looking to present materials beyond the basic card meanings and standard Celtic Cross spread. Ms. Blair-Hunt suggests that a comprehensive Tarot reading transcends standard divinatory meaning or fortune-telling. By taking a closer look at the cards, she demonstrates how both therapeutic and spiritual messages can be deciphered from the cards.
Although she does provide some basic card explanations including keywords and a brief overview of the Tarot, this book is better-suited for someone already familiar with the card meanings and standard spreads. The majority of the book is divided into three sections of Tarot spreads: those better-suited for beginners, intermediate readings, and advanced spreads. In the section for beginners, Ms. Blair-Hunt provides unique spreads for yes-or-no questions, daily advice, getting to the root of someone else's motivations, and an annual forecast reading to look at the upcoming year. Most of the beginner's spreads use anywhere from five to ten cards and are centered around basic questions.
In the section of intermediate readings, more cards are used to answer complex questions or a series of questions. Of particular interest are the spreads for reading the two parties in a relationship, weighing options through decision trees, and the crossroads reading, a spread of 12 cards that examines two different pathways toward an end-goal.
The most complex and unique readings appear in the section of advanced spreads. In the gypsy's mirror reading, Tarot almost becomes a fun game as the querent intuitively selects 16 cards and strategically places them in the spread for answers in a general reading. Ms. Blair-Hunt also offers spreads for interpreting dreams, understanding chakra imbalances and health issues, and exploring past lives to understand relationships and karmic causes in this current life. One of the most fascinating spreads is the channeling chalice where cards are laid out to make contact with spiritual entities or guides.
The main criticism for Tarot Prediction & Divination is that Ms. Blair-Hunt suggests that for certain readings, it may be appropriate to remove cards from the deck that could be interpreted by the querent as negative or upsetting. If Tarot is to be taken seriously, one must understand that life brings both positive and negative situations. To avoid the negative is to do the querent a disservice. Ms. Blair-Hunt is mistaken when claiming that removing certain cards from the deck does not limit the effectiveness of a reading.
The appendices are especially helpful and include approximately 50 pages of Tarot keywords, suggestions for choosing representative significator cards, and using the cards to understand timing. The most important appendix demonstrates the meaning of card combinations for relationships, health issues, and other life situations. This book is a solid addition to any Tarot library.
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