Tarot Tuesday – Tarot Book Review

An Illustrated Guide to the Tarot by Jonathan Dee

I randomly chose a book off my shelves of tarot books to share for this Tarot Tuesday. It’s An Illustrated Guide to Tarot by Jonathan Dee.

Like most tarot books, this one provides interpretations on the cards and various spreads. I like this book because it’s not filled with a lot of esoteric information, which is not necessarily a bad thing. But sometimes you just want a book that talks about the cards in a clear, understandable manner. This book does just that.

What I also like about this book is that it talks about combinations. For example, it explains what it means if the Empress card appears with the World card. According to the book that means complete emotional fulfillment. But if the Empress card appears with the Tower or the Moon, it can signal frustrations, inner conflict and a possible break up of a relationship.

The meanings (both upright and reversed) for the minor arcana cards are also clearly written and also provide information on combinations.


Two of Swords – Ancient Italian Tarot

The book is illustrated with the Ancient Italian Tarot. I don’t have this deck because I’m still a bit leery about buying decks that don’t have illustrations on the minor arcana. It’s not that you can’t learn to read with these kinds of cards. You can. But I’m such a visual person, I really need to have a visual image of the card. Especially since I use the cards for writing.

But this book is written in such a way that you can use any deck you wish with it. It’s a beautifully illustrated book and, as I mentioned earlier, a good one to have if you need to look up the meaning of a card or you just want a easily accessible guidebook for the cards. The spreads in the books are easy to use and learn and also nicely illustrated.

All in all a nice and handy book on tarot.

Yesterday I went downtown and stopped by Mimosa, which is a local New Age store. I love going to that store, and I’m hard-pressed not to come out of it without something. Yesterday I bought myself a lovely incense holder and a new oracle deck. It’s called the Gypsy Oracle Cards. I really love the illustrations on this deck. Once I’ve worked with it a bit. I’ll write a review.