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Easy Tarot: Learn to Read the Cards Once and For All!

Easy Tarot: Learn to Read the Cards Once and For All!

Easy Tarot: Learn to Read the Cards Once and For All!

Created especially for beginners, the Easy Tarot kit is the easiest way to learn to read Tarot cards. In the Easy Tarot Handbook, author Josephine Ellershaw shares tips, shortcuts, and time-saving techniques gained from more than thirty years of experience reading Tarot cards. Using the beautiful Gilded Tarot deck, you’ll learn how the seventy-eight cards link to one another and provide insight as their unique energies merge in the Cross of Truth, the Celtic Cross, and other spreads. There is e

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Mary K. Greer’s 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card

Mary K. Greer's 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card

Drawing on nearly forty years of tarot experience, Mary K. Greer has developed a new energizing approach-made up of twenty-one stimulating techniques-to interpret or deepen your understanding of each card. Just as the twenty-one letters of the alphabet can be combined to form billions of words, Greer’s twenty-one methods can be used in any combination for gaining amazing new insights and perspectives. Emphasizing both traditional and personal methods of interpretation, Greer’s techniques invol

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  1. 66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Book and Beautiful Deck, July 28, 2007
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    Christine (Yardley, PA) –

    This review is from: Easy Tarot: Learn to Read the Cards Once and For All! (Cards)

    I purchased this set a few months ago and am really enjoying both the book and the deck. I have numerous decks that I have collected over the years, one or two of which I have consistently gone back to as they have felt most comfortable for me. However, since receiving this set I very rarely use any of my other decks – I simply love the artwork of the Ciro Marchetti deck and really connect with the images.

    In addition, although I’ve been reading for many years, I enjoy exploring others’ interpretations of the cards as I feel I am often able to gain additional perspectives and insights into the images, and I believe that really understanding and connecting with tarot is an ongoing, ever-expanding journey. Josie has done a wonderful job of explaining the cards’ imagery, interpretations, and inter-relationships, as well as covering other very important topics that can really benefit those students new to tarot, as well as those of us looking to deepen our knowledge.

    This book has definitely reignited my enthusiasm for and connection with the cards. Many thanks to Josie and Ciro!

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  2. 111 of 121 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Learning the Cards Using the Gilded Tarot, May 3, 2007
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    Janet Boyer “Author of Tarot in Reverse” (JanetBoyer(dot)com) –
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    This review is from: Easy Tarot: Learn to Read the Cards Once and For All! (Cards)

    “When the time comes and you have someone sitting in front of you for a reading, the bottom line is this–they don’t care how much technical knowledge you may have. They don’t want to be blinded by science or your amazing knowledge (however great it may be). What they want is an accurate reading…end of story.” – From the Easy Tarot Handbook

    Using the popular Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti, U.K. resident Josephine Ellershaw teaches Tarot newcomers how to learn the cards step-by-step using her own method she calls The Tarot Technique. Stressing the importance of maintaining a Tarot diary and getting to know the cards one at a time, Ms. Ellershaw leads readers by the hand in the Easy Tarot Kit, encouraging patience and focus along the journey.

    Divided into twenty-two steps, the 223-page Easy Tarot Handbook bypasses the oft-customary history lesson, as well as complicated esoteric systems, in favor of simply–and thoroughly–explaining how to prepare, care and connect with the cards. Explaining, “one card does not a reading make”, Ms. Ellershaw reminds readers that the art of Tarot reading relies on associations among cards, where surrounding cards influence and inform the best interpretation for a card.

    For example, Ms. Ellershaw relates a story where an inconsiderate reader told a woman that she’d be getting a divorce–based solely on the 3 of Swords absent of any supporting cards (i.e. the surrounding cards showed a happy marriage and home life). Confused and distraught, this woman turned to Ms. Ellershaw for guidance. Turns out that the original reader didn’t bother to take the time to find out the woman’s situation–for if she had, she would have soon realized that the husband was working away from home…and the couple missed each other terribly.

    The Easy Tarot Handbook introduces each card from the Gilded Tarot one by one, beginning with the Minor Arcana, then the Court Cards and the Majors last. This refreshing departure from the norm (where the Majors are presented first and the Courts are lumped with the number cards) is sensible and accessible. Ms. Ellershaw emphasizes the importance of NOT reading for others “for practice” when first learning the Tarot, instead encouraging reading for yourself first.

    Ms. Ellershaw addresses reading “awkward” cards that don’t seem to fit, as well as those that seem to induce a “blank”–prodding readers to look inward for the reasons some cards seem troubling. The Easy Tarot Handbook also covers ethics, health readings (she advises against them), charging (or bartering) for readings, reading for minors, why the cards remain may remain silent on pivotal issues (such as accidents) and more. The Easy Tarot Handbook also provides “cheat sheets” for the Majors and Minors (but not Court Cards).

    I enjoyed Ms. Ellershaw’s treatment of the Courts (she points out that character and personality traits are more reliable than astrological Sun Sign associations or hair/eye/complexion data), as well as her systematic–but personable–approach to learning the cards. I also think it’s great that she emphasizes the power of thoughts and beliefs, and how hope can be found in every reading–no matter how dire the cards may look.

    However, I feel that the spreads Ms. Ellershaw teaches and recommends–such as The Celtic Cross and a twenty-eight card Life Spread, may be too complicated for beginners. She also describes a complex method for reading timing in the Celtic Cross, and asserts that smaller spreads (such as 3-card spreads) are actually more difficult to learn than larger spreads. Granted, she does provide lucid explanations and sample readings, but I would think much of this might be overwhelming to new readers. (When I first learned the Tarot, I tried reading with The Celtic Cross and found it complex, vague and discouraging.)

    Because the Easy Tarot kit is designed specifically for use with the Gilded Tarot, Marchetti’s deck must be one that appeals to you aesthetically and resonates with you intuitively–so keep this in mind if you want to learn the Tarot with one particular deck. While gorgeous, the Gilded Tarot doesn’t speak to me on any level (see my separate review of this deck).

    Surprisingly, some of the card interpretations are superficial and brief. For each card, there is a description based on the Gilded Tarot image and then an interpretation. For example, here’s the interpretation for The Sun:

    “The Sun is one of the most positive cards in the Tarot, for it brings happiness, success, and triumphs, excellent relationships, a happy marriage, contentment, prosperity, and good health. The Sun tends to shine favorable upon any situation. When this card is present, it is important to make the most of its favorable…

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  3. 132 of 135 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent Experiential Book–Belongs on the Shelf of Every Tarot Reader, May 30, 2006
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    Janet Boyer “Author of Tarot in Reverse” (JanetBoyer(dot)com) –
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    This review is from: Mary K. Greer’s 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card (Paperback)

    “It’s often assumed that the answers are in the cards and that we, as readers, should point them out. But whose answers? And what if there are no answers in the cards, only questions? My philosophy is that there are usually multiple responses to any question and that all answers lie within the person seeking them.” – From the book

    Mary K. Greer, author of popular books such as Tarot for Yourself and Understanding the Tarot Court, has developed a new “bag of tricks” for Tarot readers, with the intent to foster interactive, transformational, and empowering readings. In 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card, Greer offers twenty-one stimulating, interactive techniques designed to engage powers of observation, interpretation, and intuition. While many of the techniques are geared towards in-person readings and receiving real-time feedback from the querent, Tarot readers who read via email or phone–as well as for themselves–will also discover exciting approaches to the cards.

    With lucid explanations and examples, Greer invites readers to stretch, embody, synthesize, and play with Tarot images, themes, and symbols. Rather than consulting the Tarot as a cosmic 8-ball with definitive answers, the author’s approach coaxes additional questions from the cards, probing the psyche and revealing innate wisdom.

    Among the techniques offered in 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card are:

    * Emotion
    * Range
    * Symbols
    * Numbers
    * Dignity and Theme
    * Dialogs
    * Myth and Archetypes

    Each approach has two levels of use, called the apprentice and the adept. The apprentice exercises provide a quick overview of card messages. The adept level takes you more deeply into concepts with variations and intriguing activities.

    At Step 1, we’re encouraged to shuffle a Tarot deck, asking, “What do I most need to look at in my life right now?” After drawing three cards, pick one. This will be the “chosen card” that you’ll explore using all twenty-one techniques. After doing 99% of the activities in the book, I can guarantee that if you do most of the exercises, your understanding of a card will expand exponentially. It would certainly take a good deal of time to put each of the 78 cards through its paces using the twenty-one techniques, but the process will yield immeasurable insights.

    When I began reading 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card, I selected the 7 of Cups as my “chosen” card. It seemed appropriate for me, especially since my Enneagram personality is Type 7, my numerological Life Path number is 7, and my Soul Number is 7–which means all of the Minor Arcana 7′s are relevant to me. In addition, astrologically speaking, I happen to have Venus in Scorpio, which is the attribution for this particular card. 7 of cups is also among my Soul Lessons and Opportunities Cards (consult Tarot for Yourself for more information).

    I received great insights on the 7 of Cups (as well as myself), and especially enjoyed the exercises on Emotion (pg.15), Story (pg. 22), Number (pg. 33), Metaphor (pg. 67), and the 3 Card “Drawing” (pg. 173). The 3 Card “Drawing”, which is a technique featured in Llewellyn’s 2006 Tarot Reader, proved to be intriguing. I don’t enjoy drawing, but once I do this particular exercise, I’m always glad I did. I drew the Queen of Cups, 6 of Cups (my Destiny card!), and 8 of Wands. By melding some components together per Greer’s suggestion (with a vast array of crayons on hand!), a Queenly godmother descends from the sky, walking on spiral steps made of the 8 wands. She offers the two children a huge bouquet of flowers, which they reach towards with smiling faces and outstretched hands. A house is in the background, a wading pool is in the foreground, and fluffy clouds, green grass, and a shining sun finish the scene.

    Using the Emotion exercise, there were about 20 cards that I had difficulty ascribing information to, at first. But as I concentrated–trying to ascertain the one feeling evoked from the card–layers of emotion and psychological insight bubbled to the surface. Other books have suggested tapping into the emotion of a card, but they usually lump this in with other observational exercises. By forcing myself to isolate a sole emotion, I found new ways of looking at a card.

    With 310 pages, 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card features dozens of illustrations, including card images from 25 different decks such as the Stick Figure Tarot, Shining Tribe, Shapeshifter, Quest Tarot, Robin Wood Tarot, and Motherpeace. In addition to the in-depth exercises, there are nine appendices rich with referential and practical information. These appendices feature 40 elemental dignity combinations, number and rank keyword chart, traps and solutions when doing readings, an archetypal motifs chart and more. The archetypal motifs chart lacks information on the Sun card, which is an unfortunate publishing error.

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  4. 39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    a must have for tarot readers, February 7, 2007
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    This review is from: Mary K. Greer’s 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card (Paperback)

    If you’re familiar with Greer’s other books on Tarot, this books continues her excellent tradition of continuing to provide innovative ways to do divination. If you’re not familiar with her work, pick this book up as it will be all you’ll need. Greer builds off her previous work quite well and elements of that previous work can easily be found in this book.

    What I liked the most about this book was all the exercises she offered. This wasn’t a theory book, but a book that demands work from the person. And at the same time the exercises build on each other. It’s easy to incorporate them into each other as you go through the book. This not only encourages acquisition of the concepts but also allows for experimentation.

    My only quibble is that she didn’t include internal citations for her sources, as she did with her previous work, but this is likely a case of the publisher dictating policy on that.

    If you want to improve your skills as a diviner then pick this book up, because you won’t go wrong.

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