Aeclectic Tarot
Tarot Cards & Reviews - Tarot Forum - Free Tarot Readings - Tarot Card Meanings - Tarot Spreads

A Complete Guide to the Tarot- Eden Gray


> Aeclectic Tarot Forum > Tarot > Tarot Books & Media




 
qwaychou's Avatar
qwaychou  qwaychou is offline
Citizen
 
Join Date: 18 Feb 2016
Location: michigan, USA
Posts: 198
qwaychou 
A Complete Guide to the Tarot- Eden Gray


My father-in-law gave me this book a long with a deck years ago. I have only looked at it recently. Would it be appropriate for beginners? It seems very set in stone meanings and not flowing, intuitive.
I don't doubt I would learn from it, I was just curious if it's a good FIRST book for a newbie?
Its the only book I have so far on Tarot.
Thank you in advance for your help!
Top   #1
rwcarter's Avatar
rwcarter  rwcarter is offline
student of tarot
 
Join Date: 12 Aug 2007
Location: California, USA
Posts: 15,843
rwcarter 

That book was written back in the 70s (late 60s?) long before "intuitive" became associated with tarot reading.

Personally, I think it's a great book to start with because it gives you some ideas of what the cards should mean. Your intuition may tell you something else in a particular reading, but I think it's always good to have other options available to you. And as I say all the time around here, just because it's in a book (or on a website) doesn't mean that it's written in stone. So keep what resonates and discard what doesn't. Interpretations that you don't jibe with at this point in your journey you may find relevant at some future point in time.

Rodney
Top   #2
Barleywine's Avatar
Barleywine  Barleywine is offline
Elder Jabberwock
 
Join Date: 10 Jun 2011
Location: Where the wild things are
Posts: 9,055
Barleywine 

I prefer her earlier book, The Tarot Revealed (1960) and a later one, Mastering the Tarot (1971) - subtitled "Basic Lessons in an Ancient, Mystic Art" - to A Complete Guide. In the latter she brought in an astrologer friend who had her own ideas about astrology and tarot, and she also tackled the esoteric side of tarot with decidedly uneven (and to my mind, unconvincing) results. Gray's other two books I still use occasionally for reference. In truth, though, they are mainly simplifications of Waite's more erudite Pictorial Key to the Tarot.
Top   #3
qwaychou's Avatar
qwaychou  qwaychou is offline
Citizen
 
Join Date: 18 Feb 2016
Location: michigan, USA
Posts: 198
qwaychou 

Quote:
Originally Posted by rwcarter View Post
That book was written back in the 70s (late 60s?) long before "intuitive" became associated with tarot reading.

Personally, I think it's a great book to start with because it gives you some ideas of what the cards should mean. Your intuition may tell you something else in a particular reading, but I think it's always good to have other options available to you. And as I say all the time around here, just because it's in a book (or on a website) doesn't mean that it's written in stone. So keep what resonates and discard what doesn't. Interpretations that you don't jibe with at this point in your journey you may find relevant at some future point in time.

Rodney
Thank you for your help! I have many books that I have read (and kept) that did not resonate with me, about any subject. Just because it doesnt resonate" doesn't mean I can't learn from it right? I will read this and try my best.
Top   #4
qwaychou's Avatar
qwaychou  qwaychou is offline
Citizen
 
Join Date: 18 Feb 2016
Location: michigan, USA
Posts: 198
qwaychou 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Barleywine View Post
I prefer her earlier book, The Tarot Revealed (1960) and a later one, Mastering the Tarot (1971) - subtitled "Basic Lessons in an Ancient, Mystic Art" - to A Complete Guide. In the latter she brought in an astrologer friend who had her own ideas about astrology and tarot, and she also tackled the esoteric side of tarot with decidedly uneven (and to my mind, unconvincing) results. Gray's other two books I still use occasionally for reference. In truth, though, they are mainly simplifications of Waite's more erudite Pictorial Key to the Tarot.
Thank you for your insights, I may look up those other books of hers. This one is a difficult read for me, but doable. Thank you again, I will try my best
Top   #5
3ill.yazi's Avatar
3ill.yazi  3ill.yazi is offline
Citizen
 
Join Date: 16 Jan 2014
Location: Western MA
Posts: 917
3ill.yazi 

It was my first tarot book. I can't keep her books straight now -- she kind of rewrote the same book twice-- but they are a fine start. Just skip the chapter on tarot history, which has been discredited.
Top   #6
Chrystella  Chrystella is offline
Citizen
 
Join Date: 06 Aug 2001
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 430
Chrystella 

It was my first book on tarot and I still have it - yellowed, beat up, with loose pages, and a torn cover. I have a soft spot for it. I think it's a fine little book for beginners.
Top   #7
Teheuti's Avatar
Teheuti  Teheuti is offline
Resident
 
Join Date: 24 Aug 2003
Location: Northern California
Posts: 5,539
Teheuti 

I started with Eden Gray's books and read them to pieces. When teenagers ask me what book to use just to start reading the cards, I recommend Gray's Mastering the Tarot. The paperback is a good size for carrying around. It is a little more in-depth than Tarot Revealed and it doesn't get into all the extras like The Complete Book does (but not nearly as well as other works). Gray doesn't really understand the Golden Dawn system and so she mangles the astrology and Qabalah correspondences.
Top   #8

 

More interesting threads on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum...





 


Elsewhere on Aeclectic Tarot
· Tarot Cards & Reviews
· Free Tarot Readings
· What's New
· Tarot Card Meanings

Aeclectic Tarot Categories
· Angel Decks
· Dark & Gothic Decks
· Goddess Decks
· Fairy Decks
· Doreen Virtue Decks
· Beginner Decks
· Cat Decks
· Pagan & Wiccan Decks
· Ancient Egyptian Decks
· Celtic Decks
· Lenormand Decks
· Rider-Waite Decks
· Marseilles Decks
· Thoth Decks
· Oracle Decks
· List All Decks
· Popular Tarot Decks
· Available Decks
· What's New

Copyright © 1996 - 2021 Aeclectic Tarot. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy. Contact us.