Tarot Plain and Simple

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Llewellyn Publications, 1996 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 322 pages
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Tarot Plain and Simple by Anthony Louis is the book you've been waiting for! As the title indicates, this book presents the Tarot in clear language that anyone can understand. If you've had trouble learning the Tarot, this book gives the meaning of each and every one of the 78 Tarot cards -- both in simple terms and in-depth ones, both upright interpretations and those for when a card is drawn reversed. Illustrations are from the elegant and mystic Robin Wood Tarot.

This book leaves nothing out! It includes an overview of the history of the Tarot and suggests why this divinatory method works from a scientific point of view. It even includes several spreads and example readings. That way you can see exactly how the Tarot works, how the cards play off of each other and how to give a reading.

Turn to any page and see how you can learn meanings and interpretations. The Five of Cups shows a cloaked person with head down and three of five cups knocked over, spilling their contents. Upright the card means "mourning." But the key words and phrases give you so much more. It can also mean regret, sadness, loss of trust, an emotional letdown, betrayal in love, and much more. How can you tell which expression best fits the card? It depends upon where it falls in the spread and the cards that surround or lead up to it. This is explained in the clear but comprehensive section on Tarot card spreads, and is illustrated in the sample readings.
If you have been waiting for an ideal book to help you learn the Tarot, this is it. The longer you wait, the longer it will be before you can give effective Tarot readings. Get out that Tarot deck and get this book today!

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User Review  - night0wl - LibraryThing

A very clear and succinct reference for learning the tarot. Teaches via keywords and pictures (traditional Rider-Waite imagery). There are many good books, but if you want to learn to do readings, and ... Read full review

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This book makes me feel hopeless about learning tarot. Once I stopped reading the definition on this book - I started feeling hopeful again. Don't rely on this book to teach you the meanings of the cards because this book is too generic. I advice you to learn to explore the different meanings of the cards online instead of wasting your money on this book. 

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About the author (1996)

Anthony Louis (Conn.) is a physician and psychiatrist. Astrology has been his avocation for more than 30 years. He has lectured internationally on horary astrology and has published numerous articles in magazines such as American Astrology, The Mountain Astrologer and The Horary Practitioner.

Robin Wood, recently retired as professor of film studies at Atkinson College, York University, Canada, is the author of "Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan" and "Hitchcock's Films Revisited" (both Columbia).

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