What do you do with the "other half" of a Tarot reading: the reversed cards? Just ignore them as many people do? Greer reveals everything readers need to know for reading the most maligned and misunderstood part of a spread.
Comprehensive and easy to use, Llewellyn's Complete Book of Tarot contains everything you ever wanted to know about tarot. Join Anthony Louis as he explores tarot history, shares card meanings and spreads, and provides detailed guidance that educates and inspires, whether you're a beginner or an advanced reader. Discover basic reading techniques for a wide variety of systems, including Marseilles, Rider-Waite, and Thoth. Identify the meaning of associations, correspondences, reversals, and dignities, and experience the ways that tarot interacts with astrology and personal spirituality. Combine tarot reading with Kabbalah, numerology, Jungian psychology, journaling, and storytelling while exploring card selection, creativity, tarot ethics, and specialized spreads. Focusing on the use of tarot for insight, empowerment, self-understanding, and fortunetelling, Llewellyn's Complete Book of Tarot provides centuries of accumulated wisdom that will enable you to make optimal use of one of the most powerful spiritual tools ever developed.
Think of the last time you did a tarot reading or had one. How many of the cards were reversed? Close to half? Well, of course! So why do so many books treat reversed cards in what is basically a cursory manner? Joan Bunning to the rescue with Learning Tarot Reversals--finally reversed cards get the attention they deserve! Traditionally, reversed cards are read as the polar opposite of what the upright card represents. While this method of reading has its place, the effect of reversed cards, their number, groupings, and where they fall in a tarot spread can deepen any reading and bring subtle nuances into play. Bunning points out that a reversed card can also indicate a build-up to, lack of, or decline from the event or condition represented by that card. Linking cards together based on the presence of reversed cards thus gives a reading a natural flow of high points and low points without abrupt transitions. In a format usually reserved for upright cards, Bunning describes every reversed card in the deck--with a brief description of the upright meaning, and more detail about the reversed meaning. Following the format of her best-selling Learning the Tarot, Bunning, who is a masterful teacher, presents lessons that build on each other smoothly, allowing a student to progress to increasingly complex readings and understanding with ease. Bunning also includes a handy section of keywords for easy reference.
Many people don't know what to do when a card appears upside down in a tarot spread. This book helps you become more comfortable and confident when these topsy-turvy cards dance into your readings. Join author Leeza Robertson as she explores five distinct areas of energy related to reversals: blocks, protection, mirror, shadow, and retrograde. This system of reading reversals is a simple way to deepen your connection to the cards and receive the guidance they have to offer.
Using Janet Boyer's BIT (Back in Time) method of working with the Tarot, readers will gain insight into the present--and ultimately their future--by exploring their past. Gone are arcane and hard-to-understand explanations of Tarot symbols. Boyer offers an intuitive approach that allows readers to "feel the truth" of the cards as they relate to the specific parts of their lives. In a nutshell, the BIT Method: Asks readers to think about a specific incident from their past Break down that memory or event into components Connect the elements of any card with the components of that memory Boyer presents Back in Time (BIT) snapshots from her colleagues, some of Tarot's best-known writers and deck artists who relate their own experiences with the BIT Method that range from comical and msyterious to sobering. Providing more than 100 exercises and referencing more than 40 Tarot decks, The Back in Time Tarot Book draws on personal examples, headlines, television, music, and fairytales, allowing Tarot to be appreciated in a fresh new way. The BIT Method does not follow that there is only one way to see Tarot cards now and in the future; rather, it encourages readers in their own abilities to recognize what is important in the cards. The contributors include Nina Lee Braden, Joan Bunning, Wilma Carroll, Ann Cass, Elizabeth Cunningham, Lon Milo DuQuette, Josephine Ellershaw, Mary K. Greer, Lisa Hunt, Mark McElroy, Teresa Michelsen, Riccardo Minetti, Phyllis Vega, and Zach Wong.
Teaches how to create Tarot spreads and how to customize new spreads for specific concerns by discussing positional meanings and dynamics between the cards, and incorporates sample readings for historical and literary figures such as Marie Antoinette, Wendy Darling from Peter Pan, Ebenezer Scrooge, and Judas Iscariot. Original.
Reading Tarot with the right side of the brain Teresa Michelsens one-of-a-kind self-study program helps students develop a long-lasting, intuitive approach to Tarot readingthat works with any Tarot deck! Instead of memorizing standard card meanings and spreads, readers are encouraged to use their own life experiences and knowledge to craft a personal understanding of the cards. Organized like a study guide, this book includes study goals, progress activities, and easy exercises for exploring the suits, court cards, major arcana, and a variety of reading techniques (reversals, dignities, timed readings, large spreads). Michelson also discusses the underlying structures and patterns in the Tarot and how various cards are related to astrology, numerology, psychology, and myth. Practical aspects of Tarot readingdifficult clients, readers block, good questions, and ethical issuesare also covered.
Solve everyday problems and receive gifts of spiritual insight as you enter the enchanting world of fey. The Victorian Fairy Tarot combines the romance and elegance of the Victorian era, mystical fairy imagery, and the wisdom of tarot. Guiding your journey is an in-depth book, which shares fairy lore, explains each card, and teaches you how to interpret them. This beautifully crafted Rider-Waite-based tarot is ideal for new or experienced tarot readers.
"In Tarot Shadow Work, Christine Jette bravely takes the practice of tarot readings to new depths and places many people fear to go. She shows us how we can use the cards to trigger awareness in ourselves of troubling aspects of our lives and histories, and then go beyond discovery to use the cards as tools for healing. This is part of the work that needs to be done with tarot in this new century." —Rachel Pollack, author of 78 Degrees of Wisdom and the forthcoming Shining Tribe Tarot Deep within our psyches, the unconscious holds our forbidden feelings, secret wishes, and creative urges. Over time, these "dark forces" take on a life of their own and form the shadow—a powerful force of unresolved inner conflicts and unexpressed emotions that defies our efforts to control it. The shadow takes its shape from a menagerie of archetypes, each recognizable throughout time and around the world—troubling characters who thrive within our persona. The shadow is sabateur, martyr, victim, addict, sadist, masochist, or tyrant; all the dark figures that prey on the lighter qualities of the human personality. The shadow also represents those latent talents and positive traits that were banished from us at some time along our life path: artistic, musical, athletic, or creative talents. An undeveloped ability, a dream that has gone unexpressed, a fantasy of what might have been—these too make up the personal shadow, the lost parts of ourselves. Tarot Shadow Work shows you how to free yourself from the shackles of the shadow's power. Through tarot work, journaling, meditation, creative visualization, and dream work, you will bring the shadow into the light. This book is ideal for those who are in recovery from a serious addiction or illness, as well as any person seeking a deeper understanding of his or her true self. By exploring the dark and uncharted territory of the unconscious mind, you will work towards understanding and integrating the shadow. No prior knowledge of the tarot is required. You will learn to use the cards as a tool to help you break free from negative patterns and self-destructive behavior. Once we realize that we are made of both light and darkness, life will start to make sense. When we accept our dual natures, we stop sabotaging our own efforts and learn to be compassionate with others and with ourselves.
This spiritual Tarot deck allows the seeker to expand his or her consciousness, as it offers guidance on the road to true self-functioning. The set includes book and 78-card deck.
The tarot, with its multisymbolic depictions, is an excellent tool for uncovering the progression of your soul throughout its incarnations. This book is the first to offer specific spreads that answer the karmic questions that follow you from one lifetime to another. Discover your karmic bonds, both positive and negative; see how a current life relationship has progressed from the past; learn which past lives have the strongest pull in your current life; gain insight into how to make a decision today that will reverse past karma; and uncover karmic choices that will affect your future lives.
Melanie Gendron's comprehensive text provides invaluable insight into her much-loved deck. The book not only covers descriptions of the archetypes represented through the cards, but it also includes special sections on readings, spreads, and tarot play. Rediscover the enriched symbolism of tarot as you create your own path to enlightenment with The Gendron Tarot.
Discover newly revealed secrets, hidden for a century, about the fascinating origins of the most widely used tarot system in the world. With never-before-seen material from Arthur Edward Waite's own secret order, an exploration of the world that inspired Pamela Colman Smith, and a practical guide to interpreting the cards, Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot will breathe new life into your readings. Drawing on Waite's unpublished writings, historic photographs of Smith, and much more, Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot unlocks the symbols and correspondences of the cards. Explore the comparisons between the court cards and the stage characters that influenced Smith; learn about her intuitive understanding of the Tree of Life and how that wisdom is reflected in her minor arcana. From stunning artwork and sample spreads to influential colors and music, this groundbreaking book draws back the curtain to reveal the true legacies of Waite and Smith. Praise: "Astonishing revelations of Pixie Smith's contributions to the Tarot! Masterful, and not to be missed."—Mary K. Greer, author of The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals
Just who are those kings, queens, knights, and pages in the Tarot deck? Generally considered the most difficult part of the Tarot to interpret, they actually represent different characters or personalities that are aspects of ourselves. They also serve as teachers or projections of our own unacknowledged qualities. wo esteemed Tarot scholars unmask the court cards with details not found in any other book. Discover your significator and your nemesis. Compare the differences among the cards in well-known decks. Match the court cards with the zodiac signs, the Myers-Briggs personality types, and the Jungian archetypes. Learn a variety of spreads that reveal childhood issues, career destiny, and a storytelling spread to spark the creative writing process.
For centuries, the strange and beautiful Tarot cards have been an endless source of fascination. Now one of the foremost authorities in the field reveals the intricacies of this ancient art. With detailed reproductions and explanations, Eden Gray offers explicit advice about the three different methods of reading the cards and using the Tarot for divination and meditation. Both beginning students and advanced devotees will find in this book insights into the ancient lore of the Tarot. “The Tarot is a symbolic record of human experience. Through deeply rooted mystic powers, the cards accomplish miracles of psychological insight, wise counsel and accurate divination.”—from A Complete Guide to the Tarot
Tarot reversals are not scary. You just need a little bit of unconventionality to read them.In this book you will learn:-1. How to approach reversals the right way. (It involves a simple mind-set shift.)2. The 13 unconventional ways of reading reversed cards.3. Tools, tips, and exercises to help you master reversals.4. Two original and never-seen-before Tarot spreads to challenge your new skills!Explore the topsy-turvy world of Tarot, discover your extraordinary potential, and get rid of your fear of Reversed Cards once and for all!