The Magic of Tarot

A Modern Guide to the Classic Art of the Cards

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Pub Date 19 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 02 Apr 2024
St. Martin's Press | St. Martin's Essentials


From traditional to modern, from magical to mundane, this card-reading handbook is a one stop shop for anyone interested in the ancient art of Tarot.

Tarot experts Leanna and Beleta Greenaway tackle romance, marriage, health, careers, safety, children, and much more, as well as situational knowledge for those interested in taking on Tarot as a profession.

In The Magic of Tarot, readers will discover: the history and origins of the Tarot, how Tarot is moving with the times, tips on unleashing the power of the cards, housing and cleansing your decks, various card layouts for different situations, as well as full descriptions and explanations of each of the 22 Major Arcana cards, and 56 Minor Arcana cards.

The Magic of Tarot also adds illustrations of each card (right way and reversed) from two powerful Tarot decks – the modern One World deck and the traditional Rider Waite deck. Thoughtfully guiding readers through each card, the Greenaways compare the modern and traditional decks, establishing Tarot’s relevance to today’s world while retaining the mystery of the traditional interpretations. With a section dedicated to magic, readers also learn how to enhance the magic of Tarot through the use of crystals, pendulums, affirmations, and spirit guide communication.

Perfect for beginners and experienced card readers alike, The Magic of Tarot will take your card-reading skills to the next level to create a magical life.

From traditional to modern, from magical to mundane, this card-reading handbook is a one stop shop for anyone interested in the ancient art of Tarot.

Tarot experts Leanna and Beleta Greenaway tackle...

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I’ve been very interested in tarot for a long, long time. And this book is so informative and answers a lot of questions and is easy to digest, especially for someone new to the practice.

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This informative guide intends to help beginning Tarot practitioners become proficient. Detailed descriptions of each card offering both traditional and modern interpretations. Provides tips on memorizing cards and making interpretations origins and case studies on what to expect if you pursue Tarot as a career. Discusses Tarot toolbox (crystals, pendulums. A glass circle, candles and. Oils. Salt and xsymbols, angel cards). Illustrations.

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The perfect handbook for anyone wanting to learn to read tarot cards or needs a refresher. Well detailed, it's the perfect companion "bible" for your library.

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I've been reading tarot for years and am always up for looking at new books on the subject. However, while many are lacking this books is not! The author takes you through the cards, provides their meaning both traditional and modern. While I prefer the Rider Waite,another deck is used as well. After providing the basics, the author takes it to the next level and provides insight and tools to become a reader. While I like this last part, it takes time and commitment to become a reader. So with that in mind, get started and practice, practice, practice!

This book is a great starting point that can help you go beyond just learning what tarot is!

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Ooh I love Tarot! I love pulling the cards, the unique artistry of each deck, reading and of course, tarot books. ✨🔮❤️ This book is dedicated to all those that choose to discover the magical mysteries of tarot, and I’m here for it! I always learn something new and the depth of Leanna and Beleta’s experience and knowledge is wildly impressive. This book covers all the bases, and checks all the boxes you’d want on tarot, including the importance of establishing a connection with the cards at the onset — plus I love the Moon Blessing. I also love the herb and crystal correspondences. I’ll be reaching for this book again and again, because unlike oils and crystals the tarot card meanings don’t stick in my mind unaided. However, the memorize prompts, in time might change that! 🙏🖤 So grateful for these teachings, thank you, thank you, thank you.

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"The Magic of Tarot" by Leanna Greenaway is a comprehensive and engaging guide that caters to both newcomers and seasoned practitioners of the ancient art of Tarot. Covering a spectrum from traditional to modern interpretations, the book delves into diverse aspects of life, including romance, marriage, health, careers, and more. The authors not only provide historical insights into the origins of Tarot but also demonstrate how this mystical practice is evolving with contemporary times.

The book is a treasure trove of practical tips, ranging from unleashing the power of the cards to maintaining and cleansing your decks. With various card layouts tailored to different situations, readers receive detailed descriptions and explanations for each of the 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards. The inclusion of illustrations from both the modern One World deck and the traditional Rider Waite deck adds visual depth to the learning experience.

What sets "The Magic of Tarot" apart is its thoughtful comparison of modern and traditional interpretations, bridging the gap between Tarot's historical roots and its relevance in today's world. The authors guide readers through magic-enhancing techniques, such as the use of crystals, pendulums, affirmations, and spirit guide communication.

Whether you're a novice seeking to unlock the mysteries of Tarot or an experienced practitioner looking to elevate your skills, "The Magic of Tarot" promises to be an invaluable companion on your journey. It skillfully blends ancient wisdom with contemporary insights, offering a holistic approach to creating a magical life through the art of card reading.

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Thank you, St. Martin Press, for providing this book for review consideration via NetGalley. All opinions are my own: I have loved the book; I believe it is perfect for beginners in tarot readings or for people who have no knowledge of tarot at all – it would be a good first approach. I particularly enjoyed the section on Card Groupings & Techniques and the section on spreads because it present case studies with the author's experiences in her readings. I think this is essential in every tarot book (which is not often seen nowadays) because it explains how to handle the reading and the meaning of the cards for that specific situation. Learning tarot is not just about memorizing the meanings of the cards but also about the experiences gained from readings. The more you read for people, the easier it becomes to understand the message of the cards.

Without a doubt, I will recommend this book to people who want to start learning because it will help them take the first steps in understanding tarot in a concise and understandable way. I believe this book may not be of much help for intermediate and advanced tarot readers. However, it could be useful as a bibliographic reference for tarot readers who are teaching beginners. Personally, I loved it, and I highly recommend the book, especially if this is your first time wanting to learn how to read tarot and you're unsure if it's for you or not. The book will give you a good start and valuable knowledge to help you make that decision.

Me ha encantado el libro; creo que es perfecto para principiantes en lecturas de tarot o para personas que no tienen conocimiento en tarot. Sería un buen primer acercamiento. Me gustó mucho la sección de "Card Groupings & Techniques" y la sección de tiradas porque presentan casos de estudio con experiencias que ha tenido la autora en sus lecturas. Creo que esto es esencial en cada libro de tarot (lo cual no se ve mucho hoy en día) porque te explica cómo manejar la lectura y el significado de las cartas para esa situación en específico. El tarot no solo se aprende memorizando el significado de las cartas, sino también a través de la experiencia con lecturas. Mientras más lecturas de tarot hagas, más fácil se te hará entender el mensaje de las cartas. Sin duda, recomendaré este libro a personas que quieran iniciar en el aprendizaje, porque les facilitará, de forma resumida y entendible, dar los primeros pasos para entender el tarot. Creo que este libro no sería de mucha ayuda para los lectores de tarot intermedios y avanzados. Sin embargo, podría ser útil como referencia bibliográfica para los lectores de tarot que estén dando cursos a principiantes. A mí, me ha encantado y sí te recomiendo el libro, especialmente si es la primera vez que quieres aprender a leer tarot y aún no sabes si es lo tuyo o no. El libro te dará un buen inicio y conocimientos valiosos para ayudarte a tomar esa decisión.

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I have just gotten into tarot card reading this year and I have been reading so many different books on it - this is one of the top three that I have read. Overall this book was really thorough about tarot card meetings and it had detailed definitions of cards that can bind to mean different things which is helpful for a beginner who can only read cards on their own instead of in a spread. I liked the chapters on grouping the cards and spreads - most tarot books only talk about the meaning of the cards and one or two spreads - the details in these chapters helped me understand more about better ways to read the cards when I have a question. I also loved the inclusion of Case Studies, Examples, and Activity Pages that helped the reader think more about how the cards applied to their life and how the cards have applied to other people's lives. This book also had a chapter on using tarot as a professional tarot reader and I thought it was a great resource for those who might want to take this to the next level. I will be buying this for myself and applying it to my tarot practice. I would recommend this book for those into tarot cards of all skill levels.

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