Tarot Tips - Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone
"In small pieces, easy to grasp and digest, one technique after another is laid out before you. At a leisurely pace, but rather quickly for all that, the small ignorances and awkwardnesses of the apprentice are overcome and disappear. If you are an experienced reader, you will find neat formulations and well-stated answers to difficult questions that you can pass on to your own students. In the process, a considerable portion of the vast practical lore of the Tarot reader is organized and preserved." -Wald Amberstone










Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone-founders of the Tarot School and Readers Studio-combine two lifetimes worth of experience in their book Tarot Tips. What started out in 1998 as a free email Newsletter has snowballed into one of the major newsletters of its kind, answering queries from readers around the world. Mirroring the 78 cards found in a Tarot deck, the authors provide 78 practical tips in an engaging question and answer format.

Refreshingly absent of dogma and pontification, Tarot Tips addresses questions most every Tarot user asks at some point, as well as clever reading techniques not found elsewhere. Various esoteric and astrological correlations are highlighted, as well as spreads answering yes/no questions and other queries.

For example, "The Voice in the Card" is a technique where you draw a card and allow your eyes to wonder over the images. Eventually, you'll be drawn to a small detail in the picture, and this will hold a message for the querent-one most likely to have nothing to do with the traditional meaning. A student of Ruth's did a one-card reading via this method in the attempt to answer her question "How long will I be on jury duty?" Drawing the 10 of Pentacles, the student was draw to two greyhounds near the bottom of the scene. He then predicted that she would serve only two days. Navigating the labyrinth of jury duty, she ended up serving only two days.

Regarding health readings, the authors provide some examples of physical symptoms and card correlations. For instance, the 10 of Wands could indicate overwork, headaches and tension in the shoulder and neck. The 2 of Cups could indicate venereal disease while The Devil may point to chain-smoking and substance abuse.

Tarot Tips also provides intriguing methods for Tarot contemplation and meditation, determining birth cards, coping with the Tarot, and creating a Tarot Prayer Mandala. The practical aspects of ethical reading, creating spreads, choosing and cleansing a deck, reading "pop-outs", and much more are also covered. In addition to the wealth of personal insights shared by the Amberstones, they also offer resources such as books, websites, and deck publishers.

This book is a wonderful resource that belongs on the shelf of both beginners and experts. The Amberstones deliver divinatory depth in a deceptively simple, practical, and non-threatening manner making the Tarot a user-friendly tool for all.

Related Articles
The Back in Time Tarot Book - Janet Boyer
The Transparent Tarot - Emily Carding
Absolute Beginner's Guide to Tarot - Mark McElroy
21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card - Mary K. Greer
Learning Tarot Spreads - Joan Bunning
Universal Fantasy Tarot - Paolo Martinello
Fenestra Tarot - Chatriya Hemharnvibul
The Halloween Tarot - Kipling West
The Instant Tarot Reader (Zerner/Farber Deck) - Monte Farber and Amy Zerner
Tarot Discovery Kit (Zerner/Farber Deck) - Monte Farber and Amy Zerner
Medieval Enchantment - The NIgel Jackson Tarot
The Victorian Romantic Tarot – Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov
Llewellyn's 2007 Tarot Reader
Tarot of Prague - Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov
The World Spirit Tarot - Lauren O'Leary and Jessica Godino
Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot - Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov
Animals Divine Tarot - Lisa Hunt
The Tarot of Oz - David Sexton
Tarot of the Dead - Monica Knighton
WorldTree Tarot - Ann Cass
Tarot of Reflections – Francesco Ciampi and Pietro Alligo
Tarot of Metamorphosis – M. Filadoro and L. Di Giammarino
Fairytale Tarot - Karen Mahony, Alex Ukolov, and Irena Triskova
Transformational Tarot - Arnell Ando
Da Vinci Tarot - Mark McElroy, Iassen Ghuiselev, and Atanas Atanassov
True Love Tarot - Amy Zerner and Monte Farber
Rohrig Tarot - Carl-W. Rohrig
Babylonian Tarot - Sandra Tabatha Cicero
Tarot Tells the Tale - James Ricklef
Tarot Journaling - Corrine Kenner
The Encyclopedia of Tarot Volume IV - Stuart Kaplan and Jean Huets
The 2-Hour Tarot Tutor - Wilma Carroll
Everyday Tarot: A Choice Centered Approach - Gail Fairfield
Tarot Workbook - Juliet Sharman-Caselli
What's in the Cards For You - Mark McElroy
Llewellyn's 2006 Tarot Reader
Power Tarot: More Than 100 Spreads - Trish Magregor and Phyllis Vega
What Tarot Can Do For You: Your Future in the Cards - Barbara Moore
Revelations Tarot - Zach Wong
Archeon Tarot - Timothy Lantz
Housewives Tarot - Paul Kepple and Jude Buffum
Pagan Tarot - Gina Pace
Golden Tarot of Klimt - A.A. Atanassov
Epicurean Tarot Recipe Cards - Corrine Kenner
Tarot of Dreams - Ciro Marchetti and Lee Bursten
Tarot of the Four Elements - Isha Lerner and Amy Ericksen
The DruidCraft Tarot - Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm
The Gilded Tarot - Ciro Marchetti
The Oracle Tarot - Lucy Cavendish
The Golden Tarot - Kat Black
Tarot de Paris - J. Philip Thomas
The Quest Tarot - Joseph Ernest Martin
The Four Suits of the Minor Arcana
How to Clear a Tarot or Oracle Deck
Cartomancy - How to Read Cards
3 Card Spreads
Synergy Relationship Spread
Tree Spread
Amazing Grace Spread
Past Life Spread
Life Lesson Spread
New Year Spread - Lessons From Earth School

Content copyright © by Janet Boyer. All rights reserved. This review was written by Janet Boyer. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission.