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What's In the Cards for You?: Test the Tarot Paperback – May 8, 2005
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"...a fabulous new tool for generating story ideas."-Linda Lael Miller, NYT bestselling author of McKettrick's Choice -- NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
"Whats in the Cards for You? presents fresh applications for the Tarot..."--Diva Digest -- Diva Digest
About the Author
After purchasing his first Tarot deck in 1973, Mark McElroy began terrorizing other neighborhood nine-year-olds with dire and dramatic predictions.Today, he calls Tarot "the ultimate visual brainstorming tool," and shares techniques designed to help others ask better questions, see more options, and achieve their goals.
He is the author of Putting the Tarot to Work, Taking the Tarot to Heart, What's in the Cards for You?, and the new I Ching for Beginners (all Llewellyn). He is also the author of The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Tarot (Que).
Mark holds a B.A. and M.A. in creative writing and composition from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has more than two decades of experience as a public speaker and corporate trainer. He has written, produced, and hosted classroom, video, and online training for some of America's biggest companies, including SkyTel, MCI, Office Depot, Staples, and many others. Today, he works as a writer, voice actor, and creativity consultant; samples of his work are available at www.hiremark.com and www.tarottools.com.
Mark lives and writes in Mississippi, where he shares a home with his partner, Clyde, and two cats, Tiger and Lilly.
Top customer reviews
I bought this book because I was looking for new ways to play with my cards. I can do readings (boy howdy) for people, and I knew about Tarot meditation, but I wanted a new repertoire. And this book delivered. Sure, some of the 30 activities didn't really send that special happy breeze up my knickers (there's an image for ya!) but I found enough new stuff to keep me happy as heck with this book.
My favorite new thing is the pro/con reading. He gives several options how to use the Tarot for pros and cons, but what's worked for me is to draw five cards and deal them into piles by what meaning each cards suggests. In the end, one pile will be bigger than the other, pro or con. It's something I'd never thought to do with Tarot. And the several options he gives kept me interested enough to try it several times to see what worked best for me.
At root, that's what this book does best--focusses on the reader. Unlike a lot of Tarot books that will tell you this card ALWAYS means X or Y, he invites you to 'Make Meaning' on your own. This approach can apply to ANY deck you use.
So, why not five stars? Weee-ell, he keeps hinting/pushing readers in his book that there is a treasure trove of resources available on his website, such as the "What Would the Trumps Do?" worksheet. It ain't there. The link is broken. The site itself hasn't been updated in over a year, as well, as if he's just stopped caring about supporting the book. That's fine; I'm sure he's got other great projects in mind, but he made a commitment and promise to the reader when he said the addtional info would be on the site.
I've been studying tarot off and on for a lot of years, but most of the books I've read just haven't entirely 'clicked' for me.
This one was truly different. I've done more work with my tarot deck since getting this book than I have in months and months previously.
The exercises are, indeed, very quick and easy - so hectic schedules and 'not enough time!' syndrome aren't an issue. Yet the exercises are not shallow. I'm constantly amazed at the potential in these exercises. Even though it's set up on a 30 day schedule, the skills, techniques, and ideas learned from this book will serve me for years to come, and I'm sure I'll return to them again and again. The exercises are set up in such a way that, while they are fun and enlightening by themselves, they are also teaching you a new tarot technique, a new way to use the cards, every day for a month.
I really enjoy the fact that you are encouraged to develop your own intuitive meanings for the cards, rather than being stuck with memorizing someone else's traditional meanings, then trying to fit those into your readings in ways that often feels like trying to fit a round peg into a square hole. The author even offers a formula - or maybe checklist is a better word - early on for tips to begin intuiting your own meanings for the cards, which while brief and easy to use, is - again - by no means shallow. That list alone was worth the price of the book, though everything in it is well worthwhile.
While I would think this book would be invaluable for beginner and intermediate tarot students, even if you've been studying tarot for a long time, unless you feel you've pretty much learned all there is to know, then I would be shocked if you didn't pick up something new and exciting from this book.
Not only is the book a great way to learn about yourself and tarot, but it's also a great way to experiment with any new, unfamiliar tarot deck. I have several decks I bought because I liked the theme or imagery of, but had difficulty 'getting into.' When I finish this book with my favorite, standard deck, I think I'll work through all the exercises again with each of my "loved but shelved" decks I rarely use, just to help me begin to get more of a feeling for them.
I'm wholly certain this book has changed my tarot use and practice for life. I'm really not exaggerating - if you love tarot, you need this book. Best tarot book in my library, hands down.