You’re at home, with time on your hands, looking for something interesting to do. Well here’s your chance, to do something you may have always wanted to do, learn how to read Tarot cards.
Some people claim that the Tarot, with its beautiful mystical imagery, unconscious symbolism and imaginative interpretations, tells the story of life itself. Past, Present and Future.
As a self-development tool, the Tarot is perfect. It can help you make life choices, manifest goals, develop visualization techniques, and aide to meditation and just plain fun. YouTube has a huge selection of Tarot themed videos to choose from. After reviewing many of these, I settled on the following set as I felt they best served a beginner. Ben Lucas, the producer, also uses the famous Rider-Waite cards which is the deck most identified with Tarot reading.
ABOUT THE TWO VIDEOS:
“When I decided to explore the Tarot, I got a little frustrated at first. There was a LOT of information that I had to learn. 78 cards!!! I searched all over YouTube, but couldn’t find a good video that just lays out all the cards one by one. I didn’t care how long the video was.
I just wanted to absorb the meanings of the cards and wished that someone had taken the time to lay it all out there and help get me started. Since I couldn’t find the video I wanted, I resorted to reading a TON of websites and books.
This took a lot of time. Countless hours. Then it occurred to me: If I can’t find the video I want, Why not make it… so that others like me will be able to find it later?”
BEN LUCAS – YOUTUBE CHANNEL BLURB
RATING: 5 Charley’s
Good instructions, clear descriptions of each card and what they mean in a general sense. Great that they are free so you can view them over and over again. But in this instance I want to award you, the viewer, 5 Charley’s as well. Charles Fort would have been thrilled that you have decided to take a step into the unknown. Welcome to the world of Tarot.
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As the website’s banner tells you, Global Grey is one woman’s labor of love. Clicking around the site reveals a treasure trove of hard-to-find, out of print books. Especially in the Paranormal, Esoteric & Occult, and Spiritualism categories. There are also literally hundreds of other EBooks to download. From the classics to the obscure. Choose by Author, categories or collections.
Although this site is located in London, in the U.K. your credit card or PayPal can easily make the currency conversion for you. You will have to pay a slight conversion fee. (I am not attached to this website in anyway other than the fact of my recommendation.)
To find out more about Global Grey:
REFERENCES FROM THE FEATURED VIDEOS:
GET A FREE TAROT READING HERE AS WELL
Dedicated to the diversity and beauty of Tarot cards, and have spent over twenty years reading, studying, reviewing and enjoying Tarot cards. We have been here online for Tarot readers, deck collectors and Tarot lovers like you since 1996. Discover here more than 2000 different Tarot, Oracle and Lenormand decks, with a selection of sample card images and full-length, independent reviews of each deck – and find the perfect deck that’s right for you. (The other reference site mentioned in the videos, TAROTPEDIA is no longer active.)
Dr. Carl G. Jung on Tarot:
“They are psychological images, symbols with which one plays, as the unconscious seems to play with its contents. They combine in certain ways, and the different combinations correspond to the playful development of events in the history of mankind.”
Carl Gustav Jung
Swiss psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, founder of
Dr, Jung and Archetypes – Wikipedia
The Rider Tarot Deck
By Arthur Edward Waite (Author) Pamela Colman Smith (Artist)
The world’s most popular tarot deck!
This classic deck has long been a favorite of beginners as well as tarot enthusiasts. The cards were drawn in 1909 by Pamela Colman Smith under the direction of Arthur Edward Waite. Smith’s vibrant drawings transformed the standard tarot deck.
“A unique feature of the Rider-Waite deck, and one of the principal reasons for its enduring popularity, is that all of the cards, including the Minor Arcana, depict full scenes with figures and symbols. Prior to the Rider-Waite Tarot, the Pip** cards of almost all tarot decks were marked only with the arrangement of the suit signs — swords, wands, cups, and coins, or pentacles. The pictorial images on all the cards allow interpretations without the need to repeatedly consult explanatory text.
The innovative Minor Arcana, and Pamela Colman Smith’s ability to capture the subtleties of emotion and experience have made the Rider-Waite Tarot a model for the designs of many tarot packs.” — (from The Encyclopedia of Tarot, Volume III) Rider-Waite Tarot was named one of the Top Ten Tarot Decks of All Time by Aeclectic Tarot.
** Pip cards. In playing cards, pips are small symbols on the front side of the cards that determine the suit of the card and its rank. For example, a standard 52-card deck consists of four suits of thirteen cards each: spades, hearts, clubs, and diamonds. Each suit contains three face cards – the jack, queen, and king.
(For when Amazon ends its embargo on delivering books.)
The Ultimate Guide to Tarot:
A Beginner’s Guide to the Cards, Spreads, and Revealing the Mystery of the Tarot
By Liz Dean (Author)
The Ultimate Guide to Tarot is an easy-to-use, yet comprehensive reference that introduces the tarot, providing steps on how to begin reading and options for card layouts, followed by a detailed survey of every card of the major and minor Arcana.
Uncover the facts, myth, history, and mystery of the spiritual art of tarot reading. Whether you want to learn to read the cards or deepen your tarot interpretation skills, The Ultimate Guide to Tarot honors the deep heritage of tarot, while guiding you through practical techniques.
Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom:
A Tarot Journey to Self-Awareness
(A New Edition of the Tarot Classic)
By Rachel Pollack
When it was first published nearly 40-years-ago, Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom was an instant classic and inspired generations of Tarot students. Often referred to as the “bible of Tarot books” it has now helped to launch the “Tarot renaissance” we’re seeing today.
Drawing on mythology and esoteric traditions and delving deeply into the symbolism and ideas of each card, the book offers a modern psychological interpretation of the tarot archetypes rather than a system of esoteric symbolism.
This book provides: A concise history of Tarot. An introduction to common Tarot spreads. It’s a clear and endlessly useful reference for both beginners and advanced Tarot students.
The Modern Witchcraft Book of Tarot:
Your Complete Guide to Understanding the Tarot
Hardcover – By Skye Alexander
For centuries, witches have used the tarot to seek insights into the past, present, and future. Today, a new generation is discovering the wonder of divining through the cards. Expert tarot reader Skye Alexander shares the many meanings of the cards within the Major and Minor Arcana.
Featuring twelve of the most popular spreads and easy-to-follow explanations of how tarot readings can be interpreted, The Modern Witchcraft Book of Tarot is the essential guide for successful, insightful tarot readings.
ABOUT PAMELA COLMAN SMITH, THE ARTIST:
Pamela Colman Smith: The Untold Story
Hardcover – By Stuart R. Kaplan; Mary K. Greer; Elizabeth Foley O Connor; Melinda Boyd Parsons
Pamela Colman Smith: The Untold Story
brings together the work of four distinguished scholars who have devoted years of research to uncover the life and artistic accomplishments of Pamela Colman Smith. Known to millions as the creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, Pamela Colman Smith (1878 – 1951) was also a stage and costume designer, folklorist, poet, author, illustrator of ballads and folktales, suffragette, and publisher of books and broadsheets.
This collaborative work presents: a richly illustrated biography of Pamela’s life with essays on the events and people that influenced her including Jack Yeats, Ellen Terry, and Photographer Alfred Stieglitz, (Who was also her agent here in the U.S.) Bram Stoker and William Gillette. There is also a chronological survey of her folktales, art and poetry and an exploration of her lasting legacy.
READ THE FASCINATING STORY ABOUT HOW THE ABOVE BOOK CAME ABOUT:
IT WAS IN THE CARDS:
Stamford publisher brings Pamela Colman Smith’s
art to the masses, again.
By Christina Hennessy Updated 1:23 pm EDT, Thursday, September 13, 2018.
From the CTPost – Bridgewater, Connecticut U.S.A.
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