- Paperback: 342 pages
- Publisher: BookSurge Publishing; 1st edition (March 20, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419692887
- ISBN-13: 978-1419692888
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (446 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I love this book! Never again will you pause during a reading to mumble, Uh, let me check the book. Dusty White alerts you to all the visual clues of each card. Big, bold pages and clever exercises let you get right to work mastering the tarot, while White serves as a perceptive and refreshingly down to earth guide."- Emmi Fredericks Author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Tarot.
"This book unlocks the secrets of tarot in a way that anyone can understand. For beginners at tarot, there is no better way to get started." –David Griffin Author of "The Ritual Magic Manual" Imperator, Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Alpha et Omega.
From the Author
This book comes with FREE complete online support 24 hours a day. You are invited to come study with other students and get free, personalized instruction and assistance from the author online at the student forums at the Advanced Tarot Secrets website. You can practice your exercises online, ask questions, and get feedback on your progress at no extra-charge. There has never been a book written like this, and it will help you master the tarot in a fun, relaxed environment. This book is the prequel to Advanced Tarot Secrets.
The difference between average Tarot readers and masters is their ability to hear their inner voice, and see how card meanings adapt to the question being asked. This book helps you instinctively see exactly how cards blend, influence, and aspect other cards, and how to answer ANY question, even if you have never picked up a deck. Moreover, the entire book is a workbook: Almost every page is interactive, explaining a process and having you jot down your impressions of each sample card and reading. Of course there are over 156 pages of card meanings for you at the back of the book should you want to know the "traditional meanings" of each card physically, esoterically, and even reversed. On each facing page you will be asked to write in your own opinions of what the card means to you. There simply is no better-or easier-way to learn!
I wrote this workbook to help you learn the Tarot quickly and easily, and to have some fun doing it. I started reading cards around age 11, and the resources I had were scant. There simply wasn't a huge market for Tarot books, so the best I could find were a few generic texts and a LOT of misinformation. It took me years to master the Tarot; I can still remember all of the times I had to revert back to the LWB (Little White Book that comes with every deck of cards) in the middle of a reading, to ascertain the meaning of a particular card in a spread. It was embarrassing and frustrating. I felt like my cards were trying to tell me something but it was as if they were speaking some crazy foreign language no one had ever told me about.
Along the way, I was waylaid by the massive amounts of books that tried to convince me that the Tarot came from ancient Egypt, or that the Kabbalah was part of the Tarot, and that I had to study Hebrew and Rabbinical law in order to understand the "hidden meanings" of the Tarot. The truth is that the Tarot evolved as a game, and then a fortune-telling system over time under a culture of feudalism and other outdated beliefs and heavy-handed monotheism that persecuted any opposition to religious canon. This is why we have Christian allegory juxtaposed with Hebraic symbolism and Greco-Roman paganism throughout the structure of the Tarot. At the time of the Tarot's creation many artists were commissioned by wealthy patrons and nobility to pain them a set to play with. Fortune-telling has always been a popular past-time, and prior to the Tarot, and after its inception, people read dice, lots (squared-edge sticks that were a precursor to dice), palms, heads ("phrenology"), entrails (ewww!), clouds, smoke signals, and all sorts of random things. The Tarot caught on when the printing press made it possible for common peasants to be able to have a game to play after a long day of hard labors. Fortune-telling came along for the ride of course--after all, who doesn't want to know what lucky charm awaits them on the morrow?
The bottom line on the Tarot is that it works for you. It's purpose is not to replace actual spiritual guidance from actual sages and scholars, but to show you various paths you may choose to take, or not, along your journey of life. For all of its glory and grandeur, mystery and myth, the Tarot is not a religion; it is not a spiritual path or a guide.
The Tarot is a great tool for manifestation and goal focus. You can use it to paint a picture of where you are now, and where you want to be; or what you would like to be rid of. Unlike random images you might clip from a magazine and tape up as visual aids, the Tarot images contain a resonant power of mass consciousness that comes from centuries of countless people adding their own ideas of what each card means. Imagine a giant psychic battery of human emotions and memory that surrounds us all, and you can access this simply by drawing a card from your deck, casting a spread, or laying out a pattern of cards purposefully to create a clear path to your chosen goals. Yo do not have to attend expensive seminars or study at a mystery school for years to learn how to do this. You do need to have a decent deck of cards however--and you need to be reasonably comfortable with the fact that they are just that: 78 slips of paper with pictures on them, a tool at your disposal. A carpenter has at his disposal a hammer, nails, several saws and drills. Your tools for creation, meditation, and focus should be ones you are familiar with (just like a carpenter) and ready at hand. tarot decks come in all sizes, from decks that fit in the palm of your hand to giant poster-sized cards you can mount on your wall or hold up at a football game (not recommended though; most people would just think you are crazy).
The Tarot offers you a great opportunity to learn how to tell the future, focus on your goals in life, avoid pitfalls and distractions; but also it can help you sharpen your psychic senses. When you build your skill with the Tarot by learning to see what the cards are saying to you at that exact moment in time you are working your "psychic muscles" just like a body-builder at a gym. The Tarot helps you focus yet simultaneously extend your perception to hear and see possibilities and guidance from the universe and the world around you. It helps you expand your awareness beyond what is right in front of you. In this way it can help you become a more rounded, and grounded person. But it is also an amazing social networking tool. Pull out your cards at a party and watch the line form as people ask you to answer their questions: "Is their boyfriend cheating on them?" "Will they get a raise, or promotion?" "Should they take that vacation to Maui?" People are fascinated by the Tarot and they will be fascinated by your ability to smile and help them find out what will happen next. When things come to pass as you said they will tell their friends about your "amazing powers." As a popularity booster it really is hard to beat the Tarot. Not bad for the price of a deck of cards!
I would like you to learn the Tarot, and I would like to help you learn it. Mostly though, I hope that you will realize that the cards are simply inanimate objects, just like a plate, a pencil, or your television. Each of these items has a purpose. The cards are a communication tool (like your pencil). The Tarot is highly personal; please, please never forget that. It works for you to help you.
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1. For years, I stayed away from workbooks. They bugged me, and I felt as though most of the exercises in such books were a waste of my time. And they may have been. But this book is different; all of the exercises I’ve encountered in the book are there for a reason and they all have increased my familiarity with the tarot.
2. Do you want to study the tarot as an adjunct to your Qabalistic studies? Is Ceremonial Magick your primary path? Is your main tarot focus on pathworking, correspondences, and meditations on the Tree of Life? If so, this book likely shouldn’t be your first choice. It’s just not about that.
3. Dusty’s approach in this book is fun. In some places, he’s dangerously close to hilarious. So stay away from this book if you can’t have a sense of humor about the tarot while also seeing them as a potentially valuable spiritual tool. Dusty does a great job of maintaining a sense of balance about things: it’s obvious that he respects the cards and has spent a tremendous amount of time doing readings with them; not just studying them as dry illustrations, but interacting with them while counseling an enormous number of querents and clients. It’s clear that in the tarot, Dusty has 78 close friends whom he knows well enough, and loves enough, to joke with. It’s also clear that Dusty knows how to teach people, because his jokes serve to drive home important points.
This book has helped me to get away from my previously dry (and fruitless) attempts to form relationships with the cards. It’s helped me to look at the cards differently. And it’s helped me to reevaluate my own learning style.
This book may not be for rote learning; it definitely is a hands-on method for forming your own relationship with the cards with the goal of becoming confident in doing readings for people. You won’t just learn what the individual cards mean, though you definitely will learn that. You’ll learn how to figure out what they mean; and you’ll learn how to figure out the story the cards they are telling. If you’ve ever sat in front of a Celtic Cross spread with your deck's little manual open, stutteringly trying to figure out what you’re looking at, you’ll realize how important it is to realize that the spread is presenting you with a narrative which you much make sense of in order to help yourself or the querent.
I give this book a very high recommendation to those who are looking for what it offers. It’s the best there is at what it does (though what it does is very nice).
Suffice it to say, I roamed Amazon looking for a simple, affordable velvet bag for my old tarot deck, and I stumbled onto this book (in addition to finding my velvet bag for my deck of cards).
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Dusty works VERY hard to take the “ooky spooky” out of learning how to hear/sense/feel your intuition. And this book is a great guide to getting reliable feedback from your intuition.
Realizing that intuition is something that we’re all born with and also realizing that current public education in the US does not train us to embrace our intuition. In my ideal world, this book would be a basic text book for all human beings to learn – just like reading, writing, and math. But like anything – it’s always a choice. I urge you to make that choice and pick up at least one copy of this book. Sometime this year or next, I plan to get a 2nd copy for myself just so I can give myself permission to scribble in one of them (As it is, I'm putting my notes in a composition book).
Once you’ve got a copy, DO make sure to visit his site – his lessons are like getting to see a well done techniclor version of a black and white version of your favorite movie. It adds so much depth (as in hours and hours of depth) to your Tarot studies. This book plus the Advanced Tarot Secrets are an excellent set. But if you can only get one, get this one first!
If you read the book AND do the exercises, your intuition WILL grow. And that was my goal for buying this book.
Thank you, Dusty!