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Tarot Plain and Simple Paperback – February 26, 2012
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One of my favorite parts of this book is the sample readings. You can learn all the spreads and card meanings you like, but until you see how they are put together, you aren't giving a complete reading. This section will show you exactly how to do this. Traditionally, this is known as "synthesis." But remember, the title of this book is Tarot Plain and Simple. No need for fancy words here. Louis simply calls this section "Putting It All Together." Nothing could be more appropriate or easy to understand.
Don't mistake the notion of simplicity for being simplistic. This book avoids using confusing concepts or difficult language. It makes the unclear clear, the complex simple. It doesn't simplify, it clarifies. The result is that you will have a deeper and more intuitive understanding of the Tarot cards.
This book can really enhance your Tarot skills. Whether you are a beginning or advanced reader, you will find that studying this book will make your reading stronger and more accurate. That will help your readings become more intuitive. Try this book and add the zip your Tarot readings need. And if you're new to Tarot you'll be reading like a pro in no time!
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A more advanced book entitled 'Tarot Beyond the Basics' was released by Llewellyn in April of 2014. A reviewer in Library Journal (14 Apr 2014) said of Louis' most recent tarot text: "Well researched and organized and offering a fantastic card-by-card appendix, this title will satisfy readers of tarot and divination systems who are looking for depth." -- Janet Tapper
In 2013 Louis began to publish e-books about astrology and tarot for Kindle on amazon.com. He has also written the text for reports on vocation, secondary progressions, and solar returns for Halloran software's AstrolDeluxe Report Writer and has translated into English Morin's Book 18 of Astrologia Gallica on the strengths and weaknesses of the planets. Based on his study of Morin's work on solar returns, he reviewed the classic and modern literature and in 2008 published "The Art of Forecasting with Solar Returns."
The author is a member of the Astrological Society of Connecticut. His blog is at http://tonylouis.wordpress.com/
Top Customer Reviews
This book doesn't mire itself in the sort of occult esoterica or pseudo-psychobabble new age gibberish that many tarot books do (good ones, too). It is aimed at the beginner who wants to use the cards for divination. Louis doesn't spend time deconstructing the symbolic minutiae of tarot--and given the deck he chose to illustrate the book (Robin Wood), that's a good decision. Instead, he gives an abundance of interpretive descriptions for each card in both upright and reversed positions, something I wish I had when I started reading cards as a kid, and even later in life.
Dr. Louis must like the Robin Wood deck--after all, he chose it. I've never been crazy about it, although I admit the naked babes depicted in some of the cards are hotties! Hey, it's a reason. I've always been partial to the Thoth deck (you can't beat the striking, sometimes disturbing artwork) and the Rider-Waite deck, and to books that use them. But the Wood deck is pretty similar to the Rider-Waite deck in terms of interpretive symbolism, and to others based on the Rider pack, so unless you are using a deck that really bastardizes the traditional symbols (like the hilarious atrocity that is Motherpeace, or the trippy Voyager), Louis' interpretations should go well with your deck. (They don't go particularly well with the Thoth deck, which is a traditional deck, flavored here and there with Aleister Crowley's unique and unfortunate view of things.)
This is, arguably, the perfect book for the beginning tarot reader. I would tell a rank beginner to get this one first, then Rachel Pollack's 78 Degrees of Wisdom, before moving on to other books like Mary Greer's or some of the Thoth-oriented books.
One thing I especially liked was his explanation of reversed meanings--for the first time, I was able to see the reversed explanations as extremes of the upright meanings.
When I got this book, I felt comfortable getting rid of several of my other tarot books. I think you'll really find this one a good addition to your library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Okay book for basic understanding and readings. If you want more buy his later book, Tarot, Beyond The Basics.Published 13 days ago by Al Powers, Genie
The book does exactly what it says. It explains reading Tarot cards in a plain and simple way. I had another Tarot book, but understand this one much better.Published 2 months ago by Becky Nierman
This is an excellent book. I have a couple of other books, but thought this one look interesting. I am glad I purchased it! Now, I only refer to this book for interpretations.Published 3 months ago by D. Eko
Great for learning the tarot, it includes reversed meanings and a few spread examples. Also information on ritual, colors and astrology.
I love this book!