“What began as an elite Renaissance card game for Italian aristocrats has become a popular divination tool for millions of modern Tarot lovers. The cards fascinate us with uncanny predictions, but they also serve as powerful tools for meditation, magic, and spiritual growth.” – From the 2006 Tarot Reader
Llewellyn’s Tarot Reader 2006 is the second installment of this new offering by Llewellyn Worldwide Publications. There are dozens of articles and reviews covering such topics as reading professionally, Tarot history, card interpretations and spreads, teaching Tarot and much more.
•Following the Fool by Arnell Ando – This is a great visualization that Ando reads aloud during tarot-related art therapy workshops. What faded picture of the past will you give up to possess the magical deck of cards held by the Fool?
•One-Card Readings by Elizabeth Genco – As Genco says, “A one-card reading is the perfect place to break free of tarot tradition and let the images on the card simply speak to you.”
•The Voice in the Card by Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone – The engaging founders and teachers of the Tarot School elaborate on the principle found in their book Tarot Tips.
•Seventy-Eight Faces of Divinity by Nina Lee Braden – Nina Lee shows us why overlooking the 56 cards of the Minor Arcana as windows into the divine is a mistake.
•Going Pro by James Wells - In addition to providing a blueprint for professional reading, Wells admonishes that “to use a reading to push your own agenda will have the Karma Police on your butt so fast, it won’t be funny.”
•Tarot for Two by Mark McElroy – In his mischievous, informative, and practical style Mark shows us a process that is a “fast, fun, friendly game you can use to shatter routine and restore a sense of playful awareness in your relationships.”
•Living La Vida Arcana: Beyond the Celtic Cross by Thalassa – With her characteristic witty prose, Thalassa demonstrates how Tarot becomes a part of our DNA. In fact, “The symbols, associations, and personal meanings you incorporate seep in—like astral butter into the nooks and crannies of a metaphysical English muffin—to occupy all the levels of the person.”
•Zapped! When Clients Explode by Elizabeth Hazel – Hazel provides clear-headed advice should a client have a meltdown during a public reading such as a New Age convention or psychic fair.
The 2006 Tarot Reader is truly a quality offering, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading almost every article and review. I especially enjoyed reading Justice: The Archetype of Balance by Leeda Alleyn Pacotti and trying out Christine Jette’s Karmic Insight Spread.
If you’re looking for fresh ways to view the Tarot, ask better questions of the cards, or incorporate the Aces in ritual, Llewellyn’s 2006 Tarot Reader will more than meet your expectations.