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A Great, Easy Tarot Book For Beginners
on June 27, 2004
I too, am a newcomer to the world of the Tarot, but this book is great. It's easy to understand, it's positive, and it even includes meditations and spiritual guidences to enhance your readings.
The only draw back to this is that the editors of this book did a horrible job presenting it, and therefore I agree with most of the reviewers when this is brought up. The example I found on this was page 84, second paragrapgh, where it reads "(See Chapter 4 for descriptions of the Court Cards as representational of people.)" The editors changed it, putting the Trumps in Chapter 4 and Chapter 8 actually displays the information.
All in all, I would say that this is one of the best books for beginners out there, despite the bad editing job (I hope Ms. Abadie finds a better publisher, for the Adams Media Publishers gave it no justice what so ever). I give it four stars only for the editing job, but the content truly deserves five stars.
If you can look past that, you're on your way to learning the Tarot fast and easy.
Now, some may think that this book has 'misinformation,' but there is a difference between misinformation and opinions.
Misinformation is that. It would be like telling someone that the Tarot can be played like playing cards, which we all know is not true.
On the other hand, everyone has their own opionion, their own interpetation, of how the tarot works. This book is not misinformation, but an opinion from one person's view about the Tarot and the messages the cards give. While to some it may not click, to others, it might. You just have to see for yourself if the book, as with all books on this subject, is right for you.
The truth is, there is no 'right way' or 'wrong way' to interpet the Tarot, and even Ms. Abadie says that herself. The Tarot, over time, becomes personalized to you, and your interpetations will differ from others. Like all divination tools, it's a 'to each his own' basis.
After all, if everyone interpeted the Tarot one way, how would it tell you 'your future?' The only way the Tarot can can truly tell your future is by what oneself feels is right. It all comes down to one person, and that is you. Whether you agree to one book or another, its your choice, as long as you do not abuse the readings or harm others in doing so.