Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners (英語) ペーパーバック – 1998/10/1
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Learning the Tarot is a complete course on how to use the tarot cards for personal guidance. The 19 lessons in the course cover the basics and then move gradually into more advanced concepts. Exercises and sample responses for each lesson help you learn and practice. For simplicity, only one easy layout is used throughout the course - the Celtic Cross Spread. Learning the Tarot focuses in detail on the actual process of discovering meaning in the cards. Lessons cover topics such as how to consider one card by itself, how to look for card pairs, and how to create the "story" of a reading. A convenient reference section contains two pages of information for each card including a picture from the popular Waite deck, a description, keywords, action phrases and suggestions for cards with similar and opposite meanings.
Joan Bunning received her B.A. in Social Psychology from Cornell University and has worked as a writer, editor and computer programmer. Since 1995, her "Learning the Tarot" website has helped thousands of people worldwide discover the personal value of the tarot. She lives in Virginia with her husband, two sons and two dogs.
I found the book to be very much a workbook-style format. For example, for every lesson there's several exercises that accompany it to reinforce the material learned in that lesson. The exercises are not wimpy or cheesy in nature; in fact, they are very in-depth and truly reinforce the concept of that particular lesson in great detail. Her exercises bring to life what you've learned, and I found that they opened so many doors of discovery about not only learning the cards, but also about learning who I am as a person.
By far, I would say this book goes way beyond the beginner level. If I had one "complaint," it would be that she would use more than just the Celtic Cross or One Card Daily spreads. But to compensate for that, by focusing only on those spreads while you walk the Tarot path, you aren't overwhelmed trying to memorize spreads and each cards' positions. In other words, you are able to hone in on what's important: an in-depth learning of the Tarot.
I would give this 10 stars if I could; it's that good! Again, I highly recommend this book for beginners to more experienced---there is so much to be gained from Ms. Bunning's amazing work in this book.
The but....I did not like the layout of the book (not very user friendly). You have to go from the lesson to a different section for exercises, which might need the appendixes, and then find the suggested answer section. It is a bit much. None of these things are listed in the drop down menu. You have to choose the table of contents and find where you need to go from there. Not always are there cheat links within the section you are on to jump to the one you need next.
I am glad I bought the book. I am working through it, doing the exercises presented, and gaining a better handle on the card meanings. Much better than trying to memorize card definitions!