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About the Author

For Josephine Ellershaw, the Tarot has been a constant life companion on a personal journey that spans more than three decades. Alongside her business background she has many years of experience providing readings, healing, and metaphysical guidance to an international clientele and is the author of the international bestseller Easy Tarot: Learn to Read the Cards Once and For All. Ellershaw lives in North Yorkshire, England, with her family and a large menagerie of pets, including waifs, strays, and rescues.



Ciro Marchetti (Florida) is an award-winning artist from the United Kingdom. He studied art in London, followed by a career working in Europe and South America where he co-founded what became the largest graphic design agency in the region. He later transferred to the United States where he opened a branch office based in Miami. In addition to managing his company, Ciro also gave workshops and lectures on digital imagery and illustration at the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute, and continues to create his own personal style of visionary art. Ciro's eclectic portfolio of offerings includes award-winning cartomancy decks, posters, and jigsaw puzzles along with tarot-themed ceramic inlayed wooden boxes, reading cloths, bags, and kimono-style gowns.

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I feel it is important for you to understand your own reasons for wanting to learn Tarot. You may not have really considered this before. Perhaps you just feel attracted to the cards sufficiently enough to want to learn more about them. That's fine, nothing wrong with that, but your reason is probably the main thing that will keep you going. Being able to receive personal guidance is quite a good reason―and I can honestly say, the Tarot has never let me down.

So if you can, identify your reason or reasons now―and write them down! Having a goal to aim for will help you achieve your objective, rather than aimlessly drifting along. It is your underlying reason that will encourage your perseverance. Since this is a rather one-sided conversation, I shall assume that you are a complete beginner to the world of Tarot. So forgive me if you have traveled this road before, but this way I can ensure that nothing is left out or left unexplained, leaving you dangling in mid-air somewhere.

Perhaps your first introduction to the Tarot was through actually having a reading yourself, but in whatever way you came into contact with the cards, their mysterious images resonated somewhere deep within and beckoned you to follow.

No History Lesson
There seems to be an endless supply of theories over the origin of Tarot cards, and most books usually include some version of their history. However, I won't go into detail about that here, as it is an issue of continuing debate.

The history of the Tarot appears to be as mysterious as the cards themselves, with many different cultures laying claim to some connection, along with varying theories and speculation as to how they evolved. I find it most apt that their universal appeal can be traced to so many cultures. No matter which civilization, continent, or timeline we examine, there appears to be a common thread; a theory that emerges throughout-that the Tarot was created using a secret code of symbols and images, to preserve the knowledge of a secret doctrine.

Factual history traced so far leads to fourteenth-century Italy, and while the Tarot in whatever form may have existed centuries before, there is considerable conjecture (but inconclusive evidence) to support these theories at the present time...perhaps it will always remain so. If you are interested, many books explore the history of the Tarot in depth.

Our concern here is in learning the cards in order to receive their guidance and, thankfully, knowledge of their history won't improve your ability to read Tarot cards any better.

The most important fact is that they work! The rest of this book is laid out in such a way as to show you how they work and how to gain access to their knowledge.

About the Tarot deck
Firstly, let us consider the actual Tarot itself, how it is ordered,

and what it consists of. The Gilded Tarot contains a total of seventy-eight cards, of which twenty-two are known as the major arcana, using Roman numerals 0–XXI. The remaining fifty-six are referred to as the minor arcana.

The minor arcana is then broken down into four different suits―wands, cups, swords, and pentacles. Each suit contains an ace through a ten, followed by a page, knight, queen, and king (known as court cards). Each of the suits represents

one of the four elements: Wands: Fire, Cups: Water, Swords: Air, Pentacles: Earth.

The cards contain archetypal images, pictures, and symbols that make a connection with one's subconscious mind. The major arcana focuses on the higher matters of life, while the minor arcana indicates situations in our daily existence. But both are important. Think of the major arcana as the bricks and the minor as the mortar that fills the spaces, holding it all together.

Introducing the Gilded Tarot
Somehow I have the sneaking suspicion that you have already unwrapped your new Tarot cards to take a peek―and who could resist such a temptation?

I have purchased a great many cards over the years; in fact, my home is littered with unused Tarot decks. There is nothing more disappointing than thinking you have found the deck, only to discover that you can't work with it. There have been quite a number that have fit into that category for me―once laid out, the cards all appeared muted, with no solar plexus reaction, or the interpretations that I'm happy with just didn't fit with the images.

Like most people who love Tarot, I was constantly searching for the "perfect" working deck, like the search for the Holy Grail...and finally I found it in the Gilded Tarot, created by Ciro Marchetti and published by Llewellyn. Now I use nothing else. I believe they are the most visually stunning Tarot cards available and they immediately became the favorite deck for many in the Tarot community, readers and collectors alike.

The Gilded Tarot is breathtakingly beautiful; the magic and mystery of its images instantly transport you into another dimension. This is really most important, for your cards should provoke an instant inner response, regardless of whether you understand it. With each image presented, it is akin to becoming immersed in the scene and merging into the story. How I wish these cards had been available when I first began to learn!

Most people learn with what is termed "a beginner's deck," and then transfer to one they prefer later. There is a huge number of Tarot decks available, but many of the images and interpretations vary, so if you do change it can be like learning all over again. By using the Gilded Tarot, you will be saved from major frustrations from the beginning and if you don't feel the need to transfer to something else afterward, you get the best of both worlds―a double whammy!

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Llewellyn Publications; Slp Tcr Pa edition (May 8, 2007)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Cards ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0738711500
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0738711508
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.27 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.25 x 2 x 7.75 inches
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For Josephine Ellershaw the Tarot has been a wise friend and constant life companion on a personal journey that now spans four decades. Professionally she provides card readings and private coaching to an international clientele.

Her website, learn-tarot-cards.com, provides helpful guidance for readers of best selling Easy Tarot: Learn to Read the Cards Once and For All! which includes the stunning Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti. The sequel, Easy Tarot Reading: The Process Revealed in Ten True Readings, was written in response to reader requests, taking theory into practice with detailed guidance.

The Chronicles of Destiny Fortune Cards is her latest collaboration, with co-author Emily Ellershaw and professional artist Claudia McKinney, to create a fortune telling deck and guide woven around a book theme. Josie lives in North Yorkshire, England, with her family and large menagerie of pets.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, thorough explanations, positive author not tying the tarot to anything negative which I liked a lot.
Reviewed in the United States on May 15, 2018
As my title states, I like that the author doesn’t tie the tarot to anything negative, the directions are great, very step by step which is helpful in learning the cards meanings not just repeating others interpretations. The back pages have a cheat sheet and most importantly the cards are beautiful! Even the cards that’s ever a slightly negative meaning, are artistically displayed in a non- threatening depiction. Very worth it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all Tarot Readers
Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2016
Not only is this Deck great for the beginner Tarot Cards Reader, but it is also just as great for the medium and advanced Reader as well. I have used it to perform different kinds of Readings, from the spiritual to love relationship Readings, and was spot on each time! I most especially love using this deck when doing larger spreads... The suggested spread found in this book is great when doing a Reading with several questions... AND FOR THOSE ASKING WHERE i GOT THIS BEAUTIFUL CLOTH!!!!! I use this silk Tarot cloth/scarf for performing Tarot Astrological/Horscope Readings. Its made by Mrs. Marchetti and designed and signed Ciro Marchetti. It matches the Cards :) It is a to-die-for!!!
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Roberta
2.0 out of 5 stars Non-gilded cards!!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 11, 2019
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2.0 out of 5 stars Non-gilded cards!!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 11, 2019
Be honest here, when I received a package and opened it I was so disappointed. I love Ciro Marchetti’s art and cards. I have his GILDED Lenormand cards (scroll pictures to see comparison between gilded and non-gilded cards) and I looked forward getting such beautiful Gilded Tarot cards of his art. But, my disappointment was in statement on the card deck box “Gilded Tarot” and when I opened the box and saw that IS NOT!!! It looks like a copy of the original product. Well, maybe just only I received NON-GILDED cards together with a book and separate the Celtic Cross spread sheet.

The book is fine. Short descriptions about each card and author explains how to prepare and use the cards, gives 4 spread templates including The Celtic Cross spread at the end of the book.

Unfortunately, I have to send it back and get refund.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gilded Tarot
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Tarot set
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 28, 2018
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very attractive cards
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 28, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL BEST BEGINNERS TAROT SET
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL BEST BEGINNERS TAROT SET
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 3, 2020
Beautiful colourful cards.Nice size a joy to use.Book is full of info how to do spreads and info on each card.
Book in black and white I'd liked maybe some colour.This is by far nicest and one of cheapest sets I own.
The cups,wands,swords and pentacles all have colour pics apart from their usual info.
Also included is large poster The Celtic Cross Spread and cards all fit on poster.
My other books I read fast ,,this book has so much info I have read and went back to it.Great first set as has everything you need and need to know and more.simple layout,tips,step by step instructions.
Book. by Josephine Ellershaw and cards by Ciro Marchetti.
EASY TAROT ,LEARN TO READ THE CARDS ONCE AND FOR ALL.
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