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Tarot Plain and Simple Paperback – February 26, 2012
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One of my favorite parts of this book is the sample readings. You can learn all the spreads and card meanings you like, but until you see how they are put together, you aren't giving a complete reading. This section will show you exactly how to do this. Traditionally, this is known as "synthesis." But remember, the title of this book is Tarot Plain and Simple. No need for fancy words here. Louis simply calls this section "Putting It All Together." Nothing could be more appropriate or easy to understand.
Don't mistake the notion of simplicity for being simplistic. This book avoids using confusing concepts or difficult language. It makes the unclear clear, the complex simple. It doesn't simplify, it clarifies. The result is that you will have a deeper and more intuitive understanding of the Tarot cards.
This book can really enhance your Tarot skills. Whether you are a beginning or advanced reader, you will find that studying this book will make your reading stronger and more accurate. That will help your readings become more intuitive. Try this book and add the zip your Tarot readings need. And if you're new to Tarot you'll be reading like a pro in no time!
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This book doesn't mire itself in the sort of occult esoterica or pseudo-psychobabble new age gibberish that many tarot books do (good ones, too). It is aimed at the beginner who wants to use the cards for divination. Louis doesn't spend time deconstructing the symbolic minutiae of tarot--and given the deck he chose to illustrate the book (Robin Wood), that's a good decision. Instead, he gives an abundance of interpretive descriptions for each card in both upright and reversed positions, something I wish I had when I started reading cards as a kid, and even later in life.
Dr. Louis must like the Robin Wood deck--after all, he chose it. I've never been crazy about it, although I admit the naked babes depicted in some of the cards are hotties! Hey, it's a reason. I've always been partial to the Thoth deck (you can't beat the striking, sometimes disturbing artwork) and the Rider-Waite deck, and to books that use them. But the Wood deck is pretty similar to the Rider-Waite deck in terms of interpretive symbolism, and to others based on the Rider pack, so unless you are using a deck that really bastardizes the traditional symbols (like the hilarious atrocity that is Motherpeace, or the trippy Voyager), Louis' interpretations should go well with your deck. (They don't go particularly well with the Thoth deck, which is a traditional deck, flavored here and there with Aleister Crowley's unique and unfortunate view of things.)
This is, arguably, the perfect book for the beginning tarot reader. I would tell a rank beginner to get this one first, then Rachel Pollack's 78 Degrees of Wisdom, before moving on to other books like Mary Greer's or some of the Thoth-oriented books.
One thing I especially liked was his explanation of reversed meanings--for the first time, I was able to see the reversed explanations as extremes of the upright meanings.
When I got this book, I felt comfortable getting rid of several of my other tarot books. I think you'll really find this one a good addition to your library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book well written and helped me learn so much more about the Tarot than I ever imagined. The author explains things in a modern and fun way and I actually had fun reading... Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Taina
I enjoyed reading through this book! The introduction and sections on Tarot and Astrology and Numerology are excellent, but I personally did not connect with the card meanings... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Obadiah J.
[I bought the book hoping for some understanding of the cards and how to spread them, instead, dthe book is a new age how wonderful the world is when you see it that way. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michel Olson
Love this book! Excellent layout and very informative. The best yet I've seen on tarot.Published 1 month ago by stacy mitchell
A bit more complicated then I was expecting. But it's very informative.Published 1 month ago by Sara Larkey
Tarot Plain and Simple by Anthony Louis is great book for learning the meanings of the 78 tarot cards. This book goes into using astrology and numerology with the tarot. Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Cuthbertson
Loved this book. Its title plain and simple does not disappoint. It is very easy to understand. Recommended for beginners 👌Published 3 months ago by Shella Adviento Thuesen
Excellent insight into the human behaviour and psyche. Out of all the Tarot books I have, this is one of the absolute best.Published 3 months ago by Marianne
Great reference guide, great information. Yep I would suggest it if you are looking for something a little more in depth than the little booklets that come with the cards.Published 4 months ago by S. Austin