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Power Tarot: More Than 100 Spreads That Give Specific Answers to Your Most Important Question Paperback – June 18, 1998
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Suprisingly, out of 288 pages, only 84 pages contain spreads--and they're in the back. The authors show you how to do a Yes/No spread, and which cards represent yes, which cards represent no and those that represent maybe. The rest of the spreads are categorized by the number of cards, spanning from the single "Card a Day" spread to the 24 card Double Horoscope Spread.
Spreads include Birthday Spread, Child Spread, Prosperity Spread, Horoscope Spread (covering all 12 Houses of the Astrological Chart), Chakra Spread (a card for each chakra plus a meditation card), Relationship Spread, Wish Spread, Career Spread, and New Relationship Spread.
My two favorites are the Mirror Spread and the Treasure Chest Spread.
The authors have this to say about the Mirror Spread: "Quite often, the qualities we dislike in another person are qualities in ourselves we aren't crazy about, either. In this way, the Mirror Spread addresses our shadow selves as well as our projections. The fifth position, what is really there, is actually a summation of a relationship's weakness or strengths.Read more ›
I also found that I liked the idea of the many new spreads described in the back. After all, there is really nothing sacred about the celtic cross and the old past, present, and future three card....
Here is the book I thought I was getting (this book would get five stars): A detailed explanation of a large number of spreads. This explanation would include suggestions for choosing a spread and the strengths and weaknesses of various spreads. The spreads would be organized by theme, cross-referenced in any of a number of ways (number of cards used, spreads using whole decks vs. partial decks, spreads to use with unique decks, etc.). Each spread would include one or two sample spreads that would give you a flavor of what it could do.
Unfortunately, here is what "Power Tarot" is: A book of card meanings that just so happens to have a large listing of spreads. The first (and larger) portion of the book is dedicated to card meanings while the spreads (ostensibly the focus of the books) are relegated to the back. The spreads are organized not by theme but by number of cards in the spread, making it rather difficult to locate a spread you might want to use in a given situation. Most importantly (and most disappointingly), beyond the name of the spread no information or analysis is given as to why you might choose a given spread. There are no tips for reading the different spreads, no comparisons between spreads, nothing.
It is true that there are more than 100 spreads in the book, which is an impressive collection. This feat is the only reason I give the book two stars instead of one.
There are over 100 spreads in the rear of the book. Many are very specific (Money Spread, New-Relationship Spread, Pet Spread). Others are very general, allowing you to choose any topic (Magic Star Spread, Timing Spread, Ladle Spread). Some arragements are esoteric like the Chakra Spread or the Past Life Spread.
I definately recommend this book for beginners and intermediates. Professionals may like the spreads included, but the information will not be new for you.
I like the "He, She, It" spread which gives insight into the dynamic of a relationship. It explains what you want vs. what your partner or the relationship wants and what you need vs. what your partner or the relationship needs. This is great when you are helping a client understand a relationship after a significant event. I am also fond of the "Should You or Shouldn't You Spread" which explores the consequences of taking a new action or continuing in the same way.
One thing I appreciate in this book is at the end, the authors discuss finding your personal power and how to take the information from a reading and use it to create what you want through visualization or working on your attitude.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the first book on the tarot that I bought as a beginner tarot card reader, and I highly recommend it for beginners. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Becki Rizzuti
Many card interpretations were plagiarized from previous published work. I've found multiple word-for-word excerpts from Nancy Garen's, "Tarot Made Easy".Published 5 months ago by S. Prickett
one of my top 3 favorite tarot books. great spreads, and good meanings for every category! a must for your tarot library.Published 13 months ago by N. Thomas
here is a book with lots of different spreads for different questions you have to ask. remember to keep a journal and write down the question you asked then you can go back to see... Read morePublished 17 months ago by rpmt