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The New Tarot Handbook: Master the Meanings of the Cards

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Renowned author Rachel Pollack has spent more than forty years studying and practicing Tarot. This insightful guide distills her vast knowledge and offers a direct, accessible approach to mastering the cards.

This book will teach you the meanings of the cards and enable you to begin doing compelling readings right away. More seasoned readers will find that this basic refere
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ebook, 288 pages
Published July 8th 2012 by Llewellyn Publications (first published July 1st 2012)
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Vicky
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Pollack brings forty-plus years of experience with the Tarot to this book and it shows in her detailed explanations. In addition to her own experience, she follows the background originally put forth in the Eden Grey book “The Tarot Revealed”. In this book, Rachel describes the classic Rider-Waite deck – its history, the symbolism embedded in each card, its importance and the divination aspects. She does it clearly with explanations that anyone can follow and understand. Although the explana ...more
James
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pollack is one of the seminal sources on tarot; if you're interested in learning more about the cards than the pamphlet that came with your deck provides, this is an excellent place to start. Pollack has another text--Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom--which is probably the tarot book of the 20th century, and this is a sort of shorter version. It's not a revision, or an update, or a diluted introduction to the other text--it stands well on its own, and both can be used together. But of the two, th ...more
Leah
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Let me just preface this review by saying that I don't at all doubt Pollack's knowledge of the tarot. I have read her more cumbersome book, Tarot Wisdom, and it is my favorite book on the tarot to date. This seemed like an effort to cut the fat out of that book and be a more to-the-point reference, but I don't think Pollack effectively sorted out what was excess and what was going to help readers understand the cards more. I felt the entire section on the Major Arcana was only worth skimming, sh ...more
Elizabeth
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tarot
Rachel Pollack knows lots (and lots and lots) about the Tarot. So I read this book mainly to see what of all she knows she would choose to include in a Tarot book for beginners. While her keywords and definitions will work for most RWS-based decks, she discusses the symbolism on each card at some length and what she's discussing are the pictures on the Rider-Waite-Smith deck itself, not necessarily even its closest clones.

I think this is a fine book for beginners and advanced practitioners both.
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Kimberly
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One thing I love about this book is its discussion of tarot symbolism and their origins. I do feel that after the sword suit, the descriptions get a little bit vague and non-specific. I had to look up additional explanations of the card to understand the card. Other than that, the layout gives me lots of room to make notes. I don't usually write on books, but I planned to use this copy as a reference/note book from the beginning, so that worked out pretty well. Anyway. It's a pretty good intro t ...more
Natalie Raymond
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book for all levels of readers. Clear and concise interpretations which leave room for your own intuition, Pollack's book opens the door of tarot to all. I loved this book and still consult it from time to time. The readings for each suit and major arcana card are especially useful and interesting. A great addition to any readers bookshelf.
Jean
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are few who stand as accomplished in the Tarot field as Rachel Pollack. She continuously amazes me by seeing new things the the 78 cards which make up a tarot deck. Although I have read this, its the kind of book I know I will refer to again and again.
Aisha Oaktree
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oliver Ho
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Useful, simple, insightful structure and information. I think this is the best tarot book I've read so far. I appreciated its lack of new-age trappings.
Verity
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic
This was a really thought provoking tarot book, it is clear Rachel brings a wealth of experience to her descriptions of the cards.
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Rachel Pollack is an American science fiction author, comic book writer, and expert on divinatory tarot. Pollack has been a great influence on the women's spirituality movement.
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