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Join Date: 08 Jul 2004
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Originally Posted by Citrin View Post
Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen. I was kind of skeptic when seeing reviews of it, people were describing it as if she has this very academic approach to tarot which turned me off even though I've loved her blog for some time now. But when I read some excerpts on her website I had to order it immediately - and I'm sooo glad I did!

It is full of information, exercises, spreads, theories and just... It has everything! And she writes in a way that is very easy to take in, and often with a hint of humor. I'm really starting to think this might be THE tarot book for me.

For once I don't have a book on my "waiting list" since Holistic Tarot is like 850 pages thick lol so might take some time to finish...
I was torn on this one. I love big, fat books, but she's so adamantly anti-fortune telling that I passed when I had money for spending on books.

Originally Posted by theangel View Post
I just picked this up at barnes and noble last night. I have yet to open it. It came with a set of The Rider Tarot Deck and a book by Amber Jayanti. It was 30 bucks. I didnt know if maybe someone would have a better suggestion of where to spend 30 buck on trying to learn how to use tarot cards for a beginner.

The Rider deck's illustrations kinda remind me of the Renaissance deck I already own and am not very fond of either, but the Renaissance deck was passed down to me so I really want to study it.

I see that the Rider uses pentacles instead of coins? would this confuse a beginner, if I really just want to study my renaissance deck.

Do you suppose the book came with it just teaches you about the Rider deck? the packaging really didnt say.
I understand your feeling about both RW and the book for dummies, but it was only when I broke down and decided "okay, already!" that I'd use that ugly old deck and bought the book for Dummies that I finally, FINALLY, got the hang of reading the cards. Once over that hurdle, it's been onward and upward. Don't toss them. Put them aside. You might feel differently later.

One thing I can assure you of---when you're a beginner, if it has anything to do with Tarot, whether decks or books, don't get rid of it! You may regret it later. If you get rid of a deck or book that goes out of print, when you do decide maybe you want to have them again, you'll have to sell your firstborn child to get them back if you can even find them anywhere.

Originally Posted by ana luisa View Post
Also, have you had a look at this one ? Another one I've drooling over:
How in the world did I miss knowing about this one??? I'm going to put it on my list. She's one of my friends elsewhere so I'm floored that I didn't get her book right off. But with the severe illness of a family member, I missed quite a few things.

Originally Posted by Chrystella View Post
I'm reading:
  • The Story of the Waite-Smith Tarot by K. Frank Jensen
  • Reading the Marseille Tarot by Jean-Michel David
  • Tarot - The Open Reading by Yoav Ben-Dov
  • Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot by Lon Milo Duquette

I'm really enjoying Duquette's. I think I'll recommend that to anyone who wants to know more about Crowley without actually reading Crowley .
I forgot to add that I've been reading his book on Chicken Caballah. I still don't "get it" but I'm hanging in there.
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