This Deluxe edition includes both Practical Tarot's Quick Start Guide to Learning the Cards and Practical Tarot's Quick Start Guide to Tarot Readings.
Learning the Cards is designed to help you create basic card meanings efficiently and effectively. This Guide does not give you card meanings; it shows you how to create card meanings…your own meanings. If you are completely new to the cards, this is an excellent way to get to know your deck.
Tarot Readings will help you understand the process of interpreting a tarot reading with ease and confidence. This Guide details my process of conducting a reading. You can use this to read for yourself or for someone else. In this section, emphasis is placed on the step called “Scanning a Reading,” as this is one of the most neglected practices in the craft of tarot reading. Ironically, it is a process that helps create coherence in a reading and consequently is exactly what a new tarot reader needs to pull their readings together.
The tarot has been a part of my personal and professional life for nearly twenty years. I first discovered the Tarot in college. Right from the start, the tarot intrigued me with its marvelous blending of mythology, psychology, art, history mystery, and magic.
My education in the tarot has been and continues to be broad and enlightening. I am grateful to have been blessed with the opportunity to study under renowned tarot scholars Mary K. Greer and Rachel Pollack. I have also had the privilege to share the wonders of the tarot with all manner of wide-eyed, would-be tarot readers.
I enjoy giving a voice to tarot cards by writing the books that accompany decks. I have had the good fortune to write books and booklets for several decks, including A Guide to Mystic Faerie Tarot (Llewellyn, July 2007), The Gilded Tarot Companion (Llewellyn, September 2004), The Enchanted Oracle (Llewellyn, September 2008), The Mystic Dreamer Tarot (Llewellyn, September 2008), and Shadowscapes Tarot (Llewellyn, May 2010). Recently, I finished writing a new edition of Tarot for Beginners (Llewellyn, November 2010). Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings will be available from Llewellyn in April 2012. My latest project, The Steampunk Tarot, will be available in May 2012.