The Complete Guide to the Tarot
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The Complete Guide to the Tarot

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For centuries, the strange and beautiful tarot cards have been an endless source of mystery and fascination. One of the foremost authorities in the field reveals the intricacies of this ancient art. With detailed explanations, Eden Gray offers explicit advice about the three different methods of reading the cards, and using the tarot for divination and meditation. Both beg...more
Paperback, 249 pages
Published December 1st 1982 by Bantam (first published January 1st 1970)
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Maggie
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Scanning my own bookshelves that books I held on to through my last move (3 years ago)& found this. So many didn't make the cut but I did keep a handful of Tarot books. Both this and his "Mastering the Tarot" base their illustrations on the popular Rider Waite deck. I prefer a more intuitive approach to the cards, although as an addict to knowledge I appreciate the historical, traditional approach. You don't need both "Mastering the...more
Rebecca Wright
If you are looking for a general book on tarot this is the one to start with. Gray's book draws on the Golden Dawn interpretations but also adds more generalized interpretations as well. It is simple and concise, a great place to start learning to read the cards.
Adrienne S.
Good read for beginners. I need to read something some Robert Wang.
Bill Sweet
I picked this book up again, after about 30 years, recently having read some how-to writing guides that deal with Jungian archetypes, which reminded me of tarot symbolism. For instance, the fact that character archetypes have reversed mirror image opposites of themselves, etc.

I believe that the tarot has more to do with Jung and less with the BS about ancient Egypt, Kabbalah, and so forth which some carny in a fake turban is going to tell you. That said, the tarot is one of those "unexplained" t...more
Seth
I've never been a huge fan of the Rider-Waite Tarot, or a lot of the schools of thought presented by this book. I've always been more of a discordian/chaos magician than a ceremonialist, but she presents a very tidy, and fairly thorough, easy to grasp introduction to many of these perspectives as applied to Tarot.
This is not to say I didn't find anything useful or thought provoking in this book, just that to anyone who's more of a nontraditional sort like me, you'd likely be better off borrowin...more
A
Jun 15, 2008 A rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to learn how to read tarot
A pretty good resource for identifying the meaning of each card, but at times too focused on divination for my taste. The descriptions, however, are helpful in regards to identifying certain symbols and the Minor Arcana is clearly delineated, so it's still a good jumping-off point for those who, like me, are focused more on the meditative/psychological aspects of reading. A couple of other things that give this book an advantage over others are the detailed instructions in back for doing a Tree...more
Teleri
Feb 29, 2012 Teleri rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Another POS tarot meanings book, and the very first 1 I learned from, since it's often packaged with starter sets. it's largely based in Waite's work, and carries his errors. For all that, I got VERY accurate readings as a teen when I still read for my friends w book in hand...
Tabatha
Jul 15, 2010 Tabatha rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to learn to read tarot
Recommended to Tabatha by: My mom
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Too much poppycock, but I guess that's due to me not believing. However, this will be useful when I make my past self a deck of tarot cards.
Phillip Goodman
this was one of the books i read when i went through a phase in my teens, however i am still facinated and interested in the tarot.
Aaron Meyer
I like this book a fair bit. It is usually the one that I go to when doing readings and I need a refresher or whatnot.
Grant&Mimi
my first reference book and all you need besides a deck to begin Tarot study.
Josiah
simple and straightforward
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