21st June 02:58
REVIEW - Tarot Kit for Beginners (clear astrological bit primary)
Tarot Kit for Beginners (Includes Your Guide to the Tarot by Janet Berres
and Lo Scarabero "Universal Tarot Deck") © 2005 Llewellyn ISBN
0-7387-0506-3 157 pages paperback 78 card deck $19.95 (U.S.) $26.95
I must confess to an ulterior motive for ordering this particular boxed-set.
Although I have been reading Tarot cards for quite a while, over the years I
have wandered pretty far a field in the decks I have owned and used, and I
felt a real draw to come back to basics. I have been very impressed with
decks from Lo Scarabero before, and was looking forward to their
reinterpretation of the Waite-Rider deck, which this is.
The kit includes the deck, the book, an organdy pouch to store your cards,
and a separate cardboard box to place your deck and bag in. Personally, I
would have preferred a more substantial bag, perhaps velve****, to offer a
bit more protection to the cards, although if you keep the deck in a box as
well as in the bag, it should do well enough.
The images in this deck will be familiar to almost anyone who has read a
book on the Tarot. The primary differences between this deck and he
"standard" version of he Waite-Rider deck are two-fold. First, and foremost
(in my opinion), is the colors used in the production of this deck. They
are softer and more subdued. These colors make it easier to read the cards
and to pick out details. The other major difference is that each card is
labeled in six languages.
Ms. Berres writes in an easy-to understand style. She makes it abundantly
clear that there are meanings for the cards which she has not touched upon,
since each person's interpretations are unique. She encourages the reader
to keep a Tarot journal to further personal understanding of what individual
She lists numerological and astrological associations for the cards as ways
of expanding the meanings. There is nothing new or startling here. In
fact, this is one of the most abbreviated treatments I have seen.
There are some minor variations between the cards in this deck and
"standard" ones, but that is to be expected.
She devotes four**** pages to explaining various spreads - a fif**** card
Celtic Cross spread (adding an additional four cards to the traditional
eleven card spread), the Astrology Wheel spread, a Three Month Spread, a One
Week Spread, and a simple yes/no spread.
As a beginning book, this one succeeds very nicely. The Universal Deck is
easy to work with, and pleasant to look at. Overall, it is well worth the