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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tarot, 2nd edition


Now updated and revised, this guide to how a Tarot deck is used to reveal one's destiny is an informative overview for longtime practitioners and a clear introduction for New Age explorers.

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Now updated and revised, this guide to how a Tarot deck is used to reveal one's destiny is an informative overview for longtime practitioners and a clear introduction for New Age explorers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592570669
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 128,286
  • Product dimensions: 9.16 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Arlene Tognetti has been studying Tarot and astrology since the 1970s and started her own practice in 1980. She began teaching the Tarot at the University of Washington in the Experimental College in 1982 and currently teaches the Tarot at Pierce College in Tacoma.

Lisa Lenard is the author of five novels and ten trade nonfiction books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Astrology.

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Table of Contents

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tarot Part 1: All About Tarot

1. What Is Tarot?
A Tarot primer to help you see that the Tarot is much more than a pack of cards.

2. Back to the Future
Some history, some psychology, and even some English class.

3. What Tarot Reveals About You
Using Tarot cards to learn about yourself.

Part 2: Getting to Know the Cards

4. Contemplating Tarot Cards
Different decks for different folks—including you!

5. What Do You See in the Cards?
Learning to communicate with your Tarot deck.

6. Learning to Use the Tarot Deck
Some beginning exercises and journaling to get you started.

Part 3: The Major Arcana: A Fool for the World

7. Don't Be an Idiot, Be a Fool
What's behind the Major Arcana cards.

8. Setting off on the Life Path
The Fool, the Magician, the High Priestess, the Empress, the Emperor, and the Hierophant.

9. What Kind of Fool Are You?
The Lovers, the Chariot, Strength, the Hermit, the Wheel of Fortune, and Justice.

10. The Fool in Dante's Dark Wood
The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, the Devil, and the Tower.

11.The Fool in Tune with the Universe
The Stars, the Moon, the Sun, Judgement, and the World.

Part 4: The Minor Arcana: Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles

12. Everyday Cards
What's behind the Minor Arcana cards.

13. Wands: The Fruits of Your Labors, the Tools of Your Trade
Everything you ever wanted to know about Wands.

14. Cups: Life, Creativity, Emotions
Everything you ever wanted to know about Cups.

15. Swords: Action, Power, Obstacles
Everything you ever wanted to know about Swords.

16. Pentacles: Possessions, Wealth, Security
Everything you ever wanted to know about Pentacles.

Part 5: Tarot Readings Any Fool Can Do

17. Getting or Giving a Good Tarot Reading
Putting the cards together equals a reading.

18. What's Your Question? Ask the Cards
The Three-Card, the Seven-Card, and the Celtic Cross Spreads.

19. Past, Present, Future: Your Yearly Horoscope Revealed
The Horoscope, the Past/Present/Future, and the Covering Your Celtic Spreads.

20. Decisions, Dreams, Karma: Searching for Answers
The Decision, the Gypsy Wish, and the Karmic Spreads.

Part 6. More Ways to Interpret the Tarot

21. Tarot, Humankind, and the Future of the World
The Mission Spread, our reading for the year 2005.

22. Choose the Deck That Suits You
Beyond to Aquarian, Witches, and even Baseball!

23. Tarot and Numerology
What Tarot's numbers can reveal about you.

Glossary Index

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  • Posted December 8, 2010

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    A Profound Introduction To The Tarot With One Fatal Flaw

    For anyone venturing into the complex and deeply meaningful world of Tarot, The Complete Idiot's Guide To Tarot (Second Edition) by Arlene Tognetti and Lisa Lenard is an invaluable resource to use as a starting point. Both the Idiot's and For Dummies books are vastly underrated resources, as they are usually incredibly well organized and written by experts in their fields. This book on the Tarot is no exception.

    Beginning with an excellent introduction to the Tarot and its meaning, Tognetti and Lenard answer such questions as does Tarot really work, how does Tarot work, can you read your own cards, and does Tarot seal your fate. These and other common questions of perhaps hesitant newcomers to Tarot are answered in a gentle and comforting manner, encouraging personal exploration and meaning within the Tarot cards. Also included is a history of the Tarot's beginnings from cave paintings to gypsy fortune telling. Ending the first second of the book, the authors explain how Tarot cards can help you through difficult times in your life and find meaning and purpose.

    In its second part, Tognetti and Lenard explain how to become more familiar with the cards themselves, encouraging analysis of the images and finding personal meaning within the cards. Several times throughout the book, the authors acknowledge that while documented meaning for both the upright and reversed images do exist, ultimately it is the Reader of the cards who interprets the cards and finds meaning in their imagery. What a specific card means to a Reader during a reading may or may not coincide with the documented meaning. A Tarot reading is as much a matter of intuition as it is of history and tradition.

    Each of the cards within both the Major and Minor Arcana of the traditional Universal Waite Tarot Deck is examined closely for imagery, symbolism, meaning, and interpretation in both its upright and reversed positions. Explanations are clear, and keywords are provided to help the student remember the meanings. Again, the authors stress that while certain meanings are prevalent within the cards, the reader's own interpretation and intuitive response to the cards is equally as important.

    One of the most intriguing sections of this book explains the elements of a good Tarot reading, including setting the right atmosphere when reading others' cards and making the Querent (the seeker) comfortable during the reading. Various common Tarot spreads, or card layouts, are explained in detail, the space is provided for the reader to complete each spread and to document the meaning behind the cards. This part of the book is exceptionally important.

    What keeps this book from achieving a five-star rating is its ridiculous section on a theoretical reading of Oprah Winfrey. This unnecessary addition detracts from the profound importance of the other aspects of the book. Without this silly indulgence by the authors, this book would be exceptional, deserving of the highest rating.

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