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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A visually appealing, well-written overview of the Tarot
This is a lovely book, one you'll want to leave out on display, or on a coffee table for guests to browse. Written in the style of many books today -- sharp, eye-catching graphics, short summarized sections, it has the added benefit of being put together by an authority in the field. Pollack has written extensively on the subject, most notably, her two-volume...
Published on May 11, 1999 by Barbara A. Bolek

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brief Introduction...
The title of this book is somewhat misleading as it implies that

this is a "complete" book of tarot. It is, however, more of a

brief introduction. That said, it is not without merits. It is full ofpictures of various decks making it possible to compare and make decisions about which deck you want to buy. I noticed that the Rider deck in the book...
Published on January 2, 2005 by jamie lynn


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Encyclopedia, May 12, 2009
Very colourful pages. The content is not deep, like a brief overview of everything. It was like reading an encyclopedia. For early beginners.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book, April 3, 2000
I can only echo what other reviewers have said here. This is a beautifully illustrated and very informative book. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the Tarot. It is a pleasure to read and a joy to behold.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor In Card Meanings, September 21, 2003
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This is a good informative book on Tarot, except when it comes to the 78 card meanings. In my opinion, the author should stick with one deck, like the Raider Waite, for more consistency. She tries to cover many decks left and right, and the result is poor. On the other side the illustrations are fantastic. I recommend it for more informative purposes, not for a serious study.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tarot Books, September 17, 2008
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This is a beautiful and very well written book. It has a brief history of Tarot, it's relation to Kaballah, astrology and the like, and an explanation of Tarot symbols. Of course it also gives explanations of each card and different spreads.
One of the best things about this book is that it also pictures cards from many decks, an inspiration to those of us who collect decks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book, June 3, 2013
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This review is from: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Tarot (Hardcover)
Starts with a history of tarot then discusses each card separately and includes images of cards from a variety of popular decks to support the discussion. Also includes suggestions for readings and learning more about your cards. Good book for a beginner or even a more experienced practitioner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great and comprehensive guide, May 12, 2013
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More than just an explanation of the cards. This book also breaks down the symbolism, numbers, suits, and elements, as well as how tarot works with astrology, numerology, and other occult traditions.
Great for beginners too, because there are also basic instructions on how to read the cards.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, yet very complete., December 7, 2010
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I read this book after reading Rachel Pollack's latest book "Tarot Wisdom: Spiritual Teachings and Deeper Meanings", which convinced me that she was an excellent writer, entertaining to read, and extremely knowledgable about Tarot and occultism. The "Complete Illustrated Guide to Tarot" didn't disappoint me. In a world in which people want information in an fun, easy and fast way this book those a great job accomplishing those requirements. Don't think it is a superficial book, or that it will treat you like a "dummy', on the contrary, it is very serious and it is guided to readers that want a broad and trusty introduction into the ways of using Tarot and its applications in real life.

All the illustrations in the book are very relevant and practical for learning about the cards, the Tarot is visual after all! It covers a wide range of Tarot decks and the pictures are high quality, something that seems to be a little unusual on books about Tarot (usually low quality black and white reproductions).

If you are looking for a book to introduce you into the art of the Tarot I cannot think of a better book than the "Complete Illustrated Guide to Tarot". Sure, other books might cover the same or similar information, but this one will be more like a gentle door opening into a room of light rather than a hurricane taking you into the depths (or heights) of the mystical world.
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