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This easy-to-understand guide helps novices read tarot like a pro! Designed to provide instant answers to life's questions, Tarot Secrets includes effective shortcuts, such as Keywords and Quick Reads, and reveals the hidden meaning in each of the 78 cards, both upright and reversed. Monte Farber and Amy Zerner discuss how to choose a deck, ask questions, and perform single and multi-card readings with the twelve Master Spreads. Tarot Secrets simplifies an ancient art and offers effective tools to navigate the ...
This easy-to-understand guide helps novices read tarot like a pro! Designed to provide instant answers to life's questions, Tarot Secrets includes effective shortcuts, such as Keywords and Quick Reads, and reveals the hidden meaning in each of the 78 cards, both upright and reversed. Monte Farber and Amy Zerner discuss how to choose a deck, ask questions, and perform single and multi-card readings with the twelve Master Spreads. Tarot Secrets simplifies an ancient art and offers effective tools to navigate the fast pace of modern life.
Posted April 10, 2010
This writing couple Zerner and Farber are great and this particular tarot
book is lovely and informative and fun too. I highly recommend it to beginners and advanced students alike.
This attractive, well-illustrated, and excellent quality book by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber is made of high-quality glossy stock paper with attention to detail and gorgeous illustrations. End flaps have introductory information in the front, and info about the authors in the back; they also make great placeholders while using the book.
"Tarot Secrets" starts with a general introduction to the tarot, how to buy a deck, and dispels some common myths and misconceptions that the lay public may have because of unfamiliarity with tarot decks. The Major and Minor Arcanum are reviewed, and include the Court Cards with the suits of Wands, Swords, Cups, and Pentacles. Each card has its own page, which makes it fast and easy to find the information during a reading. There are two examples of cards taken from decks designed by Amy Zerner, but the book is not about her decks. The concluding chapters address why and how tarot cards can help us in our everyday lives, and contains information on how to cast twelve "Master Spreads."
Each card's page has a small box in the upper right-hand corner with six "Keywords" for it; for example: the Ten of Swords' (always a very difficult card to deal with in a reading because of its negative attributes) keywords are "Ruin; Betrayal; Wounds; Therapy; Dilemma; Failure." Looking at these keywords carefully shows that not all are negative, as most interpretations of this card are written up in other tarot books. The page is then divided into two sections: the top half for the upright meaning of the card and the lower half for the reversed interpretation of the card. Unlike the Crowley Toth deck and others read only in the upright position, this book treats each card in both aspects, so it applies to the majority of decks in use. The Upright and Reversed sections have a two paragraph "Quick Read," introduced by a short phrase of summation. At the end of the Quick Read portion is a still shorter "Secret" interpretation paragraph, which makes positive suggestions to the querent based on how the card can be applied to problems and possibilities.
Too many books on tarot interpretation repeat the same meanings for the same cards over and over, and most use black/white, positive/negative, and good/bad conclusory statements. Some, like the Ten of Swords, are interpreted in very negative (and sometimes downright scary) language, leaving the querent facing nothing but a brick wall of negativity and adversity with no way out. This book is not an in-depth dissection of the historic background, metaphysical substance, or esoteric use of tarot cards - and never pretends to be - but is an excellent and provocative encouragement for the reader to look at all tarot cards (even the "bad" ones) from a meditative and therapeutic direction, focusing on taking negative situations and turning them into positive opportunities for personal growth and progress. For readers looking for specialized information about tarot spreads, archetypes, reading reversed cards, specific decks, or the use of metaphysical imagery to stimulate the subconscious mind, this is not the book. If you want suggestions for how to "think outside the box" when reading the tarot, this is a great place to start. I got a lot out of this relatively short book that is helping my practice on a daily basis.
Posted June 22, 2010
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