Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence by Brigit Esselmont

Learning how to read Tarot cards is often perceived as a very daunting task. If you search around on the Internet, you will find several books and websites that promise to teach you how to read Tarot cards as well. In my experience, some of these books and websites are often quite good. So imagine my surprise when I got an e-mail from Brigit of Biddy Tarot asking me to review her eBook – Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence! To say that I was floored would be an understatement. I follow all of Brigit’s blog posts on her site via my RSS news reader, and am constantly amazed by her insights and observations. You too can visit Brigit’s website, and go through her blog and share her deep insights. Naturally, I spent the past few days reading her eBook and confirming my great opinion of her knowledge and understanding of the Tarot cards. So, without much ado, let’s take a quick peek into what the eBook is all about. Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence by Brigit Esselmont If ever you wanted to learn how to read Tarot cards, and you wanted a step-by-step approach which you could spread out over a period of 31 days, then this book is perfect for you! Mind you, if you are looking for a book that gives you card pictures and meanings, then this eBook is not what you are looking for. Although, you will find the keyword meanings for each card at the end of the book in the Appendix section, this book is more... read more

Tarot For Writers by Corrine Kenner

Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner is an amazing resource for writers and storytellers across the world, who are looking for another source of inspiration for their work. Let’s have a look at what this book is all about. The way I see it, most Tarot card readers tell stories when they do their readings. They look at the spread positions, they look at the card images, they listen to their intuition, and they connect the dots to make a coherent story – the reading for their client. I firmly believe that in order to be a good Tarot card reader, one should have some ability for storytelling. Naturally, the same Tarot cards can also inspire writers in their process of imagination weaving! The book Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner tells writers exactly how they can leverage the imagery and meanings of the Tarot cards to help them in their creative process. The book Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner is divided into three main parts. Let’s take a quick look at each of these parts and what they are all about. Tarot For Writers by Corrine Kenner The book begins with a quick chapter that tells you how to use the book. It briefly touches upon the literary history of Tarot (the various ways and places that Tarot cards have appeared in literature). From there, Corrine moves on to the part where she tells us how Tarot cards can be a great brainstorming device. As she says, one can read the book in a straightforward, beginning to end manner, or, one can skip around if that suits. After that, we... read more

Past Life and Karmic Tarot by Edain McCoy

The book Past Life and Karmic Tarot by Edain McCoy is part of the ‘Special Topics in Tarot’ series of books published by Llewellyn. Many among us who believe in the concept of reincarnation and past life, want to explore the different past lives that we have led, and understand the various Karmic lessons that we are meant to learn in this lifetime. Using the Tarot cards to do readings to gain this kind of insight is a great idea.   Past Life and Karmic Tarot by Edain McCoy has, chiefly, a large number of different spreads that address a variety of questions that might come up while exploring the various past life lessons and experiences that one might want to know about. I have often used the different spreads given in this book to ask questions to the cards and have gained a lot of insightful information that has helped me understand my various life lessons. So without any further ado, lets dive right into the various sections of this book, and see what it talks about. Foreword by Mary K. Greer Past Life and Karmic Tarot by Edain McCoy features a foreword written by none other than Mary K. Greer, a master of Tarot herself, which serves as a great beginning to an even wonderful book. Introduction – Tarot and Your Past Lives This section basically introduces the concept of past lives to those who don’t know much about it. After that, you learn about how to go about using the book, and how to keep records of your readings. There are also a number of links provided to... read more

Professional Tarot by Christine Jette

When you decide to launch your career as a professional Tarot card reader, one great resource you can turn to is the book Professional Tarot by Christine Jette. I have personally found this book to be a very valuable guide in ‘The Business of Reading, Consulting and Teaching’ (as the book’s title states) in the field of Tarot. Christine Jette (pronounced ‘Jetty’) has authored several books about Tarot, but two of her books, namely, ‘Professional Tarot’ and ‘Tarot Shadow Work’ have their place of pride in my Tarot library. Christine is a registered nurse, and has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. The Professional Tarot book walks you through the different stages of becoming a professional Tarot card reader and Tarot teacher. Naturally, it is divided up into sections, that will take you through the various stages for getting into the profession, and staying in the profession. Let’s look at the different sections of the Professional Tarot by Christine Jette, and see what each section talks about. Introduction The Professional Tarot book begins with a brief introduction that will tell you how you can go about getting the most from the book. Taking The Leap The title of this section reminds me so much of the energy of the Fool card! And yes, this section addresses the different aspects of being a professional Tarot card reader that often are a source of worry for many of us, especially as we start out. For example, Christine touches upon topics like ‘Why do you want to be a professional Tarot card reader?’, ‘Discovering your personal style and voice’ and ‘Are you funny about... read more

The Money Tarot Book by Rohit Arya

The Money Tarot Book by Rohit Arya is a well written and truly comprehensive look at the Tarot cards, effectively combining the ‘money’ aspects of everyday life with the images of the Tarot cards. In my life as a professional Tarot card reader, I have been using the Tarot cards to answer a variety of questions that my clients put in front of me. However, from a very macro perspective, if I were to classify those questions, I would say that most of the questions fall under either of the following three categories: Love (includes any and all questions regarding relationships of any kind, and includes guidance related questions) Money (includes questions about career, jobs and so forth, including guidance related questions) Spiritual (very rare, but yes, it happens sometimes) Yes, yes, I know it is strange. But there it is… So, when I first saw ‘The Money Tarot Book’ by Rohit Arya, imagine how interested I must’ve been! See, if we look at the deck from a very traditional point of view, the only cards that specifically talk about money are those from the Pentacles deck (more or less). But then here was a book that looked into the financial aspect of each and every card! Of course, I had to buy it! So, without any further ado, lets look at the different sections that are present within this book. Introductions etc The first few pages of the book are dedicated to the usual introduction-type stuff, where the author talks about Tarot and its history. There is also a bit about how to use the book, and a few good spreads which... read more

21 Ways To Read A Tarot Card By Mary K Greer

When I started to look deep within the images of the Tarot cards, there were several books that helped me along the way. One of those books was Mary K. Greer’s 21 Ways To Read A Tarot Card. Not only did it give me a way to explore the Tarot cards in many different ways (21 actually), but it also gave the process a very creative turn. Today, I am going to share my thoughts about this very wonderful book with you. While learning how to read Tarot cards is often seen as a very difficult process, many beginners also perceive the process as having to ‘learn’ the different meanings of the cards. I have never believed in rote learning. When I teach Tarot to students, I always show them how to derive the meaning of the card from the image on the card. I feel that this method is more conducive to creative thinking, and can help the student when he starts reading for other people, and starts tapping into his intuitive side. This book can really take this process further and deeper. Within the pages of this book, a student of Tarot will find some really interesting ways in which he / she can explore the different aspects of the Tarot cards and get to know the cards a lot better, and I dare say, in a more creative manner. 21 Ways To Read A Tarot Card: Introduction The introduction section of this book begins with Mary K Greer’s approach to Tarot card readings. She calls it the R.I.T.E. method, which is a Reading that is Interactive,... read more

Understanding the Tarot Court by Mary K. Greer & Tom Little

After I wrote the entire Understanding The Court Cards Series a few weeks ago, I suddenly remembered that I had read this amazing book a few years ago, and it had inspired me a lot. So I decided to write a review of this amazing book for you guys as well. If at all you find yourself confused about the court cards and if you really want to explore the court cards in depth, then Understanding the Tarot Court by Mary K. Greer & Tom Little is just the book you want to buy. Filled with a lot of practical, hands-on exercises designed precisely to help you connect with and get to know the court cards, this book was written for beginners and ‘advanced’ Tarot-ists as well. So, lets have a look at what the book is all about. Understanding The Tarot Court by Mary K. Greer & Tom Little   The book is divided into 9 Chapters and has 4 Appendices. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of the Court Cards, and uses a combination of information and practical exercises to help you get to know the people cards in your Tarot deck. Oh, and lest I forget to mention, the book has a very interesting Foreword by none other than my favorite, Rachel Pollack. Introduction This is a short intro to the book and gives you some really handy tips for how to use the book. Chapter One: The Many Faces of the Tarot Court In this chapter, we are introduced to the Court Cards, and learn about their corresponding element associations. We are also invited... read more
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