The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tarot, 2nd Edition [NOOK Book]


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 to New Age explorers.
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tarot, 2nd Edition

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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 to New Age explorers.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781101098837
  • Publisher: DK
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Sold by: DK
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 368,681
  • File size: 11 MB
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Meet the Author

Arlene Tognetti is the co-author of all five books in 'The Intuitive Arts' series and has been studying Tarot and astrology since the 1970's 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, Washington.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 All About Tarot 1
1 What Is Tarot? 3
Just a Pack of Cards? 4
A Tarot Primer 6
Tarot Q&A 10
Do You Really Want to Know the Future? 13
2 Back to the Future 15
From Cave Painters to Tarot Card Artists 15
The Mystery of the Mystical 20
Tarot and Psychology 22
Tarot for a New World 25
3 What Tarot Reveals About You 27
Who Am I? Where Do I Come From? Where Am I Going? 28
Holding Up a Mirror 31
The Therapeutic Relationship 37
Part 2 Getting to Know the Cards 39
4 Contemplating Tarot Cards 41
So What Do All These Cards Mean? 43
Tarot Cards and Color Theory 101 46
A Matter of Mythology (Greek, That Is) 47
Common Images in the Cards 48
5 What Do You See in the Cards? 51
Walking the Fool's Path 51
What Brings You to the Tarot? 58
Your Personal Response to the Cards: A Tarot Exercise 60
Life in the Tower 64
Take Nothing for Granted 67
6 Learning to Use the Tarot Deck 69
Your Personal Energy and the Tarot Deck 69
What's the Deal If Cards Are Reversed (Upside Down)? 71
All in a Day's Energy: A Tarot Exercise 72
Start Your Own Tarot Journal 79
Practice, Practice, Practice 81
Part 3 The Major Arcana: A Fool for the World 83
7 Don't Be an Idiot, Be a Fool 85
The Fool Looks for Signposts of Experience 86
What Do Lots of Major Arcana in Your Reading Mean? 95
The Major Arcana in Combination with Minor Arcana Cards 95
Destiny vs. Free Will 99
Travelers on the Road of Life 99
8 Setting Off on the Life Path 101
Let the Cards Tell You What They Mean 102
The Fool (Key 0): Open to All Possibilities 102
The Magician (Key 1): Unleashing Your Creative Power 104
The High Priestess (Key 2): Trusting Your Own Intuition 106
The Empress (Key 3): Abundance and Fertility (Mom) 108
The Emperor (Key 4): Authority (Dad) 109
The Hierophant (Key 5): The Lure of Conformity 111
9 What Kind of Fool Are You? 115
Gaining Knowledge Through Choice and Experience 116
The Lovers (Key 6): Choices in Paradise 116
The Chariot (Key 7): Victory Through Adversity 118
Strength (Key 8): Learning Fortitude and Compassion 120
The Hermit (Key 9): Timeout for Inner Truth 122
Wheel of Fortune (Key 10): Taking Your Chances 124
Justice (Key 11): Being Fair and Honorable 126
10 The Fool in Dante's Dark Wood 129
"Midway Upon the Journey of Our Life ..." 129
The Hanged Man (Key 12): Sacrifice and Release 131
Death (Key 13): The Power of Regeneration 133
Temperance (Key 14): Patience and Adaptation 136
The Devil (Key 15): Confronting Materialism 138
The Tower (Key 16): Facing the Unexpected 140
11 The Fool in Tune with the Universe 143
Look to the Skies 144
The Star (Key 17): Hope and Faith 144
The Moon (Key 18): Nurturing Imagination 146
The Sun (Key 19): Enjoying Contentment 149
Judgement (Key 20): The Awakening 151
The World (Key 21): Attainment and Self-Actualization 153
Part 4 The Minor Arcana: Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles 157
12 Everyday Cards 159
The Small Mysteries 160
What Suits You? 161
The Minor Arcana in Combination with Major Arcana Cards 166
Rising to the Challenge 167
13 Wands: The Fruits of Your Labors, the Tools of Your Trade 169
The Royal Court 169
Everyday Wands 175
14 Cups: Life, Creativity, Emotions 189
The Royal Court 189
Everyday Cups 195
15 Swords: Action, Power, Obstacles 209
The Royal Court 210
Everyday Swords 215
16 Pentacles: Possessions, Wealth, Security 229
The Royal Court 229
Everyday Pentacles 234
Part 5 Tarot Readings Any Fool Can Do 247
17 Getting or Giving a Good Tarot Reading 249
Getting a Good Reading 250
How to Choose a Tarot Reader 250
Whether You're Getting or Giving, Keep an Open Mind 253
Is There a Specific Question to Answer? 254
Understanding Tarot Spreads 254
When You're Reading Someone Else's Cards 257
One More Time: Practice, Practice, Practice 259
18 What's Your Question? Ask the Cards 261
Three Cards for a Quick Answer 261
The Seven-Card Spread 264
Put Your Cards on the Table: The Celtic Cross 268
What If the Answer Doesn't Seem to Fit the Question? 275
19 Past, Present, Future: Your Yearly Horoscope Revealed 277
Your Year in Cards: The Horoscope Spread 277
Past/Present/Future: Taking Stock 284
Cover Your Celtic: Double Your Info 287
20 Decisions, Dreams, Karma: Searching for Answers 293
What Should You Do? The Decision Spread 294
When You Wish Upon a Card: The Gypsy Wish Spread 298
Your Lesson Is in the Cards: The Karmic Spread 304
Are You Satisfied with the Cards' Message? 309
Part 6 More Ways to Interpret the Tarot 311
21 Tarot, Humankind, and the Future of the World 313
What's Your Life's Purpose and Challenge? The Mission Spread 314
We Imagine What Oprah Would Ask Us 320
The World at Your Fingertips 324
22 Choose the Deck That Suits You 325
So Many Decks, So Little Time 326
Discovering the Deck That's Right for You 329
Designing and Making Your Own Tarot Deck 329
Care and Storage of Your Tarot Deck 330
Dealing the Deck: Turning Cards and Shuffling 331
23 Tarot and Numerology 333
Numerology Is the Language of Numbers 333
What's Behind Those Numbers? 335
The Meanings of the Numbers in the Major Arcana 336
The Numbers and the Minor Arcana 341
Timing and Numbers 343
The Personal Year and the Tarot 344
Glossary 351
Index 355
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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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