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About the Author

Jeanne Fiorini has been a professional Tarot reader and teacher since 1991. She is the author of Invitation to Wonder, contributes articles to regional print publications, and is a regular columnist for the American Tarot Association. Jeanne lives in Portland, Maine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764336290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764336294
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If I had to sum up "Tarot Spreads and Layouts" by Jeanne Fiorini (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. ISBN-10: 0764336290) in one sentence it would be this: do not be fooled by the slimness of this book.

When it arrived, I expected it to be a typical book on tarot spreads and I guess I didn't anticipate anything out of the ordinary. I was dead wrong. This little book is so jammed full of information, tips, spreads and insights that it actually took me a long time to get through it. It's obvious that the author put her heart and soul (and years of teaching experience) into this. I was pleasantly surprised by all that this book offered.

Fiorini starts the book out with a chapter called "The Art of The Question" where she gives advice on what formulates a good question. She is quick to point out that "tarot is not about wish-fulfillment but the pursuit of information, knowledge, and awareness". This statement helped me to understand that the spreads I would be working with were more about self development and not predictive in nature. Being as I am a straightforward person, I appreciated having this spelled out right from the get go. The author continues on with examples of well worded questions and how they may help the querent get a better, more accurate reading.

She then moves forward to a chapter on "Reading Skills and Practical Matters" - this chapter is worth the price of the book alone. All tarot readers, no matter what skill level, will find the author's thoughts on tarot reading to be essential information. I really liked this chapter and found myself gleaning a few insights that I hadn't considered.

The next part is the "meat" of the book - with 17 different spreads, the author gives a lot but manages to keep things in check by not over delivering.
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I've always heard, `you can't tell a book by it's cover,' and this book is indeed, evidence of that. When I first received it, it didn't `pop out' to me. With not a lot of contrast, some of the text even got a little lost to me.

The text on the inside, however, is a far different story. This book has, by far, some of the best information on tarot I've ever laid my hands on. I do have to admit that I have a slight bias towards the author only because in reading her book, it seems as though she and I have very similar reading styles and values, but that aside, what impresses me most about "Tarot: Spreads and Layouts" is the fact that the content is not the common information you find in most books on the topic.

Since the book is essentially broken into two sections: the informational section and the spread section, let's start with the informational section, which packs a punch in it's short, first 33 pages of the book.

It's the type of information and insight that you usually get in a class rather than a book. Ms. Fiorini clearly has taught a few classes in her time and has cleanly and clearly translated that into the content of this work in a way that is easy to read and easy to understand. Most importantly, it is the type of information that we all should have learned when we were beginners, but most of us have only learned through practicing the craft for decades.

In that, this book is ideal for semi-beginners, intermediate and advanced readers alike. This is not a beginning book that starts with the bare bones of deck structure and suits, but it is one in which beginners will learn the right way to read, from the ground up. Intermediate students will excel more quickly.
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Tarot Spreads & Layouts is super short, sweet, and simple. At only 180-ish pages, it’s a quick read, but putting the material into practice takes time. The book is great for beginners who need some hand-holding as they start off, as it includes plenty of questions to expand on your readings.

It’s easy to pick up your deck and jump into one of her layouts. The information she offers isn’t anything too fancy — there are several five-card spreads and the biggest spreads can be up to eight cards. In the back of the book, she gives us a quick reference to the keyword meanings of each card.

So, it’s a decent book with great information. It’s a resource that I’m going to keep on hand for a little while. It offers a lot of opportunities and questions to journal about. But is it a book I’ll keep forever? Probably not. I feel like I could outgrow it.

I think offering this book in an e-book format would be perfect for it. I drank up the information, but was still left wanting more and moved on to the next resource. It didn’t pack a punch for me. I would encourage beginners to pick up this book; seasoned vets might want to skip it.
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This book is a must-have for anyone interested in tarot at any level. It provides a perfect platform for the novice, and a wellspring for the experienced. Yes, there are spreads and layouts as well as an exploration of the basics, but Tarot Spreads and Layouts is so much more than just another how-to. Unique in its ability to blend the classical with the cutting edge, it elucidates tarot's applications from the pragmatic to the mystical. The book provides simple and superb instructions on interpretation, plus intriguing insight into the evolution of tarot as a contemporary instrument of consciousness. And, it's all brought together with the author's distinctive wit, accessibility, and formidable expertise. Kudos to Fiorini for injecting exciting new life into a field that too often consists of trite, rehashed material.
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