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The Instant Tarot Reader: Book And Card Set Hardcover – September 15, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Book & 78 Cards edition (September 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312166818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312166816
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author


Internationally known self-help author Monte Farber's inspiring guidance and empathic insights impact everyone he encounters. Amy Zerner's exquisite, one-of-a-kind spiritual couture creations and collaged fabric paintings exude her profound intuition and deep connection with archetypal stories, color, and healing energies. She sells her one-of-a-kind creations exclusively through Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.
 
For more than thirty years Amy and Monte have combined their deep love for each other with the work of inner exploration and self-discovery to build The Enchanted World of Amy Zerner and Monte Farber: books, card decks, and oracles that have helped millions answer questions, find deeper meaning, and follow their own spiritual paths. They have sold more than 2,000,000 books around the world in fourteen languages.
 
Together they've made their love for each other a work of art and their art the work of their lives. Their best-selling titles include The Chakra Meditation Kit, The Tarot Discovery Kit, Karma Cards, The Enchanted Spellboard, Secrets of the Fortune Bell, Little Reminders: Love & Relationships, Little Reminders: The Law of Attraction, Goddess, Guide Me!, The Animal Powers Meditation Kit, Astrology Gems, True Love Tarot, The Enchanted Tarot, The Instant Tarot Reader, The Psychic Circle, The Pathfinder Psychic Talking Board, The Truth Fairy, The Ghostwriter Automatic Writing Kit, Spirit of the Ancestors Altar Kit, The Mystic Messenger, Wish Upon A Star, The Breathe Easy Deck, The Healing Deck, Tarot Secrets and Healing Crystals.

Their popular website is TheEnchantedWorld.com

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Customer Reviews

I found this book to be very easy to understand.
Nancy Stoll
Well I though I'd buy this as a gift for one of my besty's who loves this set and has been asking me about it.
Lani702
I'd recommend this set for beginners as a good head start for reading the tarot.
sporadicity

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By sporadicity on September 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book and card set taught me the basics of the Tarot which encouraged me to learn more. I purchased this deck since my other tarot cards never really worked for me. When I did the readings with the book I was quickly able to memorize the keyword associated with the card as well as the meanings in the different positions the cards were in.
The cards are small which is great for shuffling considering I have very small hands, other "regular sized" tarot cards are awkward to shuffle.
I'd recommend this set for beginners as a good head start for reading the tarot. Once this is accomplished reading other books for more in depth knowledge of tarot is a must.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mad Midwest Maggie on June 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This set is worth 5 stars to anyone new or new-ish to Tarot or people who don't have a lot of time and still want to get the benefits out of the clear and moral messages that Monte Farber makes clear. I especially like the one-card answer sections. You can ask with this deck a question like "What is blocking my success in my project" and have an answer in less than 5 minutes.
The cards are small, about the size of regular playing cards, which makes them easier for the novice to shuffle. They have a nicely moody feeling to them (did Amy Zerner design them or Stevie Nicks?) Seriously, I enjoy Amy Zerner's work on this deck and wouldn't mind a larger showy set of these cards. There are a lot of rich colors in this deck and it's origionality makes it perfect for the Tarot collector.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Von Wolff on August 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have been using this set for a couple years and find the cards to be beautifully detailed and the book easy to use with accurate, precise interpretations. Anyone can pick it up and get an incredibly good reading with no previous knowledge of Tarot.

The only reason I didn't give this set a "5" rating is that leafing through the book to find the proper interpretation can be distracting...I have solved this problem by applying tabs to the sections of the Major & Minor Arcana and the suits. For anyone beginning with Tarot or wanting an "unbiased" interpretation .....this set is terrific!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Dannel Vitcak VINE VOICE on March 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
when you first began to learn Tarot? Or are you NEW to the whole concept? Yes, learning the stories of 78 cards, plus how they all relate differently to the cards around them and so on and so forth is just plain HARD! YIKES! Well, Amy and Monte have created the perfect solution for newcomers and frustrated Tarot readers alike! This set of cards has a book that will tell you what the cards each mean, in the position they are in in moments! Before you know it, you will be refering to the book less and less often and then BOOM-it all comes together! I do find this book helpful and once you get used to flipping through the pages, I just bet you will also!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I cannot believe how great this book is! I took it to a party and everyone there was able to get eleven card "Celtic Cross" tarot readings, everyone!! And the answers were very direct and clear. I don't know how it works, but it works. One of the people there had read tarot for over twenty years and was amazed, not only that everyone was able to "get" the tarot so quickly and do readings, but that there were a lot of meanings that she had never heard anywhere. She was taking notes but after ten of them decided to buy the book. If you want to learn the tarot but have been afraid to waste your money on another useless book and card set, this is the one for you. It is well worth the money and it takes zero of your time to learn, though after a while, you'll know the tarot! And the cards are incredibly gorgeous, gentle, and healing on the eyes. Enjoy!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "jill_helen" on August 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a book for beginning Tarot readers it is easy to use and accurate. I liked it especially that it gave me 'instant' recognition of a card with a one-word-meaning. It's a nice way to get you started but not further. Actually I reccomend people to leave it alone after a while, because you have to take yourself further in reading and look at the pictures of your chosen deck instead of thinking: 3 of cups->friendship. That's only memorising and very limiting when reading. Also the book does not help you to look at the interrelation between the cards, it only learns you to look at that single card and its position. The deck included I also admit I laid aside pretty fast. But the book is very usable with any classic Rider-Waite theme.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Erik Willett on December 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this set not too long ago and it was really cool at first; the deck is very colorful and the size is good, about the size of standard playing cards if not taller. This helped me get a foothold into all the terminology and interpretations involved. I performed a few readings with the book and then began to do more research on tarot readings and how to perform them without a book. I'd have given it a 4.5 out of 5 had I not expanded my horizons with other books (Idiot's Guide is a nice start).

Looking back, I see the book as very formulaic, very mechanical. "Ace of Swords? Okay... Flip... flip... flip... <reads it out> King of Hearts? Okay... Flip... Flip... Flip..." Worse, in practice, than a computer program even as the important thing is your interpretations! Some of the meanings for the eleven positions of each card are duplicates, sometimes triplets, which disappointed me. For set-ups other than the book's standard eleven card one, the same meanings are sort of forced into past-present-future set-ups where it would have been better just to say "wing it". I'd rather have a one page explanation of each card and its implied meanings and backgrounds (even as a solid paragraph) than to have eleven small paragraphs across two pages. It would have saved a lot of trees and narrowed this 300+ page book into a less daunting task.

I've done a bit of comparison and some of the names and meanings the authors have associated defy standard and well thought-out meanings. This shouldn't be the only resource you consult; the authors do not mention methods such as working off the pictures or your own instant associations of what you, the tarot reader, thinks.
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