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Praise for Amber Jayanti "Amber's deep knowledge and genuine compassion radiate from the pages of this book, as she gently guides you toward greater understanding." — Maria Brignola Lee, MCAT, ADTR, NCC, Dance Movement Therapist "Amber has had many years to develop and test her unique method of inspiring and teaching students to extend joy in their lives through the understanding of this vehicle of ancient wisdom—the tarot." — Joseph Nolen, former President of BOTA, teacher

Tackle life's biggest questions by tapping into the power of the tarot

Discover the ancient mystery and magic of tarot Are you longing to see your life from a different perspective — to "see the bigger picture"? Let expert Amber Jayanti show you how to interpret the tarot and re-envision your life through this ancient, mystical system of pictures. Come along on this fascinating journey as she guides you through the deck.

Discover how to: Interpret various tarot spreads Handle the cards Prepare for a reading Distinguish the elements of a great reading Identify what the tarot can — and can't — do for you

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About the Author

Amber Jayanti, founder of the Santa Cruz School for Tarot & Qabalah Study, is a practical mystic who has been living, studying, and teaching these subjects for over 30 years.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (August 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764553615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764553615
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By David A. Berman on August 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
After reading a few of the other highly-touted tarot books, I still didn't "get it." It wasn't until I read this one that I finally "got it." Amber Jayanti's approach is great for the beginner. Her approach at looking at the basic symbolism of each card opened a whole new world for me; it all finally made sense. After learning what the symbols could suggest, each page for each card has a list of possible questions to connect with the ideas put forth on each card. I highly recommend this book for the beginner.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 2003
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Amber Jayanti delivers again!
Authoress of the classic "Living the Tarot", when Amber writes a book on Tarot, we know to expect great things. In TFD, she not only lives up to our excited expectations but far exceeds them. You must see for yourself just how much information is packed in this book.
With her usual expert writing skill, Amber gives us a strong examination of a wide range of Tarot aspects, that will be useful to all levels of the reader's expertise. With sensitivity she maintains her gentle sense of fun and humor, giving her views in a non-threatening way that is especially valuable to her beginner readers. In giving concise, thorough explanations, this work becomes valuable to her intermediate and advanced readers.
It is truly no wonder and with much deserved credit, that Amber's books bring rave reviews, with use of such words as `compassionate', `knowledgeable', and `insightful'. Her work itself proclaims these attributes loud an clear. She will without doubt, be a historical figure in the Tarot World with such books as these.
In this work we are getting Amber's views which while influenced by her Qabalistic leanings, does not demand that her reader have such knowledge. There are 22 sections to this book... beginning with the Introduction we are started off with some `behind the scenes' thoughts. Making Friends with Tarot, covers pictures, archetypes, and making the Tarot personal. Who Uses the Tarot and Why, contains examples of how Tarot can be put to use. Let's Go Shopping, is a discussion on many of the popular decks and the choices available to you. History and Mystery, is a fascinating look at the historical aspects of Tarot. Mystery School Tradition, looks at what such groups are and are not, as well as what they teach or not.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Susan J. Allyn on July 21, 2002
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This book is Fantastic! Everything in broken down so it is easily understood. If you want to understand yourself more, this is the book for you. Amber makes you feel real at ease with the Tarot cards and learning them without feeling overwhelmed. Her ideas on reading for others are wonderful. If you are just getting started or just want to know more about the Tarot, I recommend this book.
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57 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 2003
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Ms. Jayanti is big on the history of tarot cards and obviously a psychology buff. She interprets the cards as a psychologist might see Rohrschach ink blots. "I don't work with the tarot to predict the future," she says.
Tarot is a great teaching tool for substance-abuse counselors, according to this author. She lets the client do the interpreting of the cards as pretty pictures, much as a psychiatrist might ask a patient to interpret ink blots.
This author calls it a "fallacy" that some think tarot readings help you find out about your future. To her, the cards are merely a symbol system that can assist you in understanding yourself -- and you can forget about predictive readings for others. "Lighting candles or saying prayers" to her is "just plain ignorant."
I'll take a book that tells me how to read the cards. If I want psychoanalysis, I'll go to a psychiatrist.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By GMYC on November 4, 2002
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Tarot for Dummies is a clear, comprehensive and fun book to read whether you're a beginner or an intermediate as it has all the information you need from choosing your first deck to linking the cards to other divination systems such as astrology, meditating with colour, numerology, Qabalistic Tree of Life, The Chakras, musical notation, etc.. Not only that, there is even an entire chapter devoted to exploring the Tarot card reading as a profession -- who does it and how you can do it too.
What I am most impressed with is how all this wealth of information is organised adding to the clarity and concisiveness of how most "Dummies" books are organised. I especially like how a lot of the information is put into columns and charts making it easy to reference whenever I need to.
The only thing I find lacking, like in most tarot books nowadays is the discussion on tarot reversals. Furthermore, the author seems to avoid writing anything unpleasant even though the card clearly shows the situation is undesirable to disasterous. I find that a middle ground approach would have been more helpful.
But all in all, Tarot for Dummies is an excellent wealth of information for starters and intermediates alike. It is an excellent book to start one off on the right track to reading Tarot cards.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on April 2, 2012
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I guess I thought this book would have more to do with reading tarot cards and card meanings instead of a long history/symbology lesson. I understand that the cards are symbols that everyone sees differently but did she have to be so vague about EVERYTHING? I felt this book was more about Qabala than the cards themselves. And if your going to write a book for "dummies" try not making it so complicated. I bought this book three years ago and honestly got about a 3rd of the way through and put it and the deck away. Two days ago I decided to force myself to read the whole book. I understood what she was saying I just thought it should have been more card related information.
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