Tarot Plain and Simple

Tarot Plain and Simple

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by Anthony Louis, Robin Wood

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Tarot Plain and Simple by Anthony Louis is the book you've been waiting for! As the title indicates, this book presents the Tarot in clear language that anyone can understand. If you've had trouble learning the Tarot, this book gives the meaning of each and every one of the 78 Tarot cards—both in simple terms and in-depth ones, both upright


Tarot Plain and Simple by Anthony Louis is the book you've been waiting for! As the title indicates, this book presents the Tarot in clear language that anyone can understand. If you've had trouble learning the Tarot, this book gives the meaning of each and every one of the 78 Tarot cards—both in simple terms and in-depth ones, both upright interpretations and those for when a card is drawn reversed. Illustrations are from the elegant and mystic Robin Wood Tarot.

This book leaves nothing out! It includes an overview of the history of the Tarot and suggests why this divinatory method works from a scientific point of view. It even includes several spreads and example readings. That way you can see exactly how the Tarot works, how the cards play off of each other and how to give a reading.

Turn to any page and see how you can learn meanings and interpretations. The Five of Cups shows a cloaked person with head down and three of five cups knocked over, spilling their contents. Upright the card means "mourning." But the key words and phrases give you so much more. It can also mean regret, sadness, loss of trust, an emotional letdown, betrayal in love, and much more. How can you tell which expression best fits the card? It depends upon where it falls in the spread and the cards that surround or lead up to it. This is explained in the clear but comprehensive section on Tarot card spreads, and is illustrated in the sample readings.

If you have been waiting for an ideal book to help you learn the Tarot, this is it. The longer you wait, the longer it will be before you can give effective Tarot readings. Get out that Tarot deck and get this book today!

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There are hundreds of Tarot decks being published today. Llewellyn is very proud to be one of the world's leading publishers of Tarot decks. Tarot Plain and Simple by Anthony Louis helps you understand the meaning of the cards so you can give an excellent reading with any Tarot deck. Illustrated with the beautiful art of Robin Wood, you'll have no trouble relating the descriptions of the card meanings to any deck (although of course I hope you'll use one of ours!)
One of my favorite parts of this book is the sample readings. You can learn all the spreads and card meanings you like, but until you see how they are put together, you aren't giving a complete reading. This section will show you exactly how to do this. Traditionally, this is known as "synthesis." But remember, the title of this book is Tarot Plain and Simple. No need for fancy words here. Louis simply calls this section "Putting It All Together." Nothing could be more appropriate or easy to understand.
Don't mistake the notion of simplicity for being simplistic. This book avoids using confusing concepts or difficult language. It makes the unclear clear, the complex simple. It doesn't simplify, it clarifies. The result is that you will have a deeper and more intuitive understanding of the Tarot cards.
This book can really enhance your Tarot skills. Whether you are a beginning or advanced reader, you will find that studying this book will make your reading stronger and more accurate. That will help your readings become more intuitive. Try this book and add the zip your Tarot readings need. And if you're new to Tarot you'll be reading like a pro in no time!

Meet the Author

Anthony Louis (Conn.) is a physician and psychiatrist. Astrology has been his avocation for more than 30 years. He has lectured internationally on horary astrology and has published numerous articles in magazines such as American Astrology, The Mountain Astrologer, and The Horary Practitioner.

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Tarot Plain and Simple 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am just beginning to study Tarot, and it is a wonderful source. It tells you clearly the meaning of the cards, plus the spreads, and many other things. It is essential!
Bzybee More than 1 year ago
I have used this book in paperback for many years. Great layout, lots of information, good examples and easy to read. This one of three books that I have wore out over last few years because I reference back to them when needed. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn Tarot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book for the beginner. It has easy to follow descriptions for each card and their meanings, along with different ways of setting up readings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some Tarot books get caught up in mysticism and new age type imagery. This book is definitely not among them. The author delivers a very matter of fact approach in discussing Tarot. Starting off with a general description of Tarot and its history, the entire book is very matter of fact in its approach. I liked how the author describes various ways of doing a reading, starting off with a single card, three-card, or five-card reading and ending with the Celtic Cross reading, and giving general information about how to do each type of reading. The author also devotes much of the book obviously to the individual cards themselves. Major and Minor Arcana are covered in detail, complete with meanings for upright and reversed positions of the cards, key words and prhases, and 'situation and advice' for each card. The Minor Arcana are divided not so much by their titles (ie, Wands, Pentacles, Swords, and Aces), but by numbers. At the beginning of each section devoted to numbers, there are also short descriptions of their significance when doing a reading. The same holds true for Aces, Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings. As I learn more about Tarot and doing readings for myself, I know I will refer back to this book often.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I bought when I decided to study Tarot cards because of the title, Plain And Simple. I found it to be a very informative reference book and also plain and simple, but I wouldn't recommend such a detailed book for beginners trying to study the meanings of the individual cards. I felt there was too much information to memorize and was somewhat repetitive. This would be extremely useful book for intermediate Tarot card readers that already have a knowledge of the basic meanings of the cards.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book on the tarot that I bought. Since then, I've decided to expand my knowledge base and look at other books on the market for further study and information. What I found was that no one book is as in-depth and as insightful as Tarot Plain & Simple. Certainly there are gems of wisdom in every book on the subject out there, but pound for pound, I have to say this is the most valuable all-around tarot resource I have seen. I recommend it to anone looking to move from the 'beginner' to the 'intermediate' stage. It covers everything from elemental significance, card reversals, how personalities of the cards can represent people in your life, astrological relationships, etc. I wish someone would suggest a book to me of equal caliber to bring me to the next level.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have studied the Tarot for close to forty years. This is the best 'new' book on the subject in the last thirty-nine! It is true, the author uses the Robin Wood deck, and not the Raider-Waite. Well, more is the celebration for neo-Pagans, Witches, and New Agers combined!. Gone is the Judeao-Christian mythos. Gone are the pseudo-religious icons of three or four earlier generations. Gone are those symbols that readers of three or four generations ago could not, or can not, relate to. Instead are Ms. Woods pictures, beautifully rendered in watercolor, with Ms. Wood's own interpretations of each card! To the Novice; A MUST BUY!! To the seasoned Reader: A 'must have' on your bookshelf. I've collected Tarot decks for the last 35 years. This is the most refreshing, the most up-to-date, explanation of Tarot in 40 years. Buy. Buy now.