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Best tarot practices : everything you need to know to learn the tarot
Ms Masino is a traditionalist in interpretation - her 1st book, Easy Tarot Guide highly recommended , is a straightforward way to learn the cards and get started on readings without a lot of spiritual mumbo-jumbo. Best Tarot Practices focuses more on personal growth and insight. This is thought-provoking, but the fact that she didn't actually identify the correct Cardinal Virtues is disappointing.
Prudence, Temperance, Strength, Justice.
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But she got me thinking in new ways about the suits, and I've found it helpful to work with these themes. If you're interested in the Virtues connection to the Tarot, Robert M.
Place's book "The Tarot: Rachel Pollack Weiser Books ISBN In her foreword, Rachel Pollack touches on a part of this book that I thought was very telling - and that is Masino's association of each of the four suits with a cardinal virtue: I found this telling because it shows not only a solid grasp of the subject of Tarot, but also hints at an underlying familiarity with the esoteric arts that runs deeply and consistently throughout this book.
Pollack points out that "Best Tarot Practices" is a useful book, and that that in itself is a virtue. In her introduction, Masino states that the focus of this book is on personal insight and spiritual growth, while the purpose is to tackle all aspects of Tarot, making it a great resource guide. The book is divided into four parts: In her discussion on mastering the card meanings, Masino takes the reader through a series of steps: Wands indicate fortitude, courage, will, authenticity and aspiration , and then suggests that the reader take these themes and develop three or more keywords for each suit.
The next step is to write down card titles, keywords, and how the environment appears to the reader. In the third step, information from the first two steps is combined to create the "reality" of the card for the reader. For the Court cards, Masino presents character qualities for each of the suits, and suggests that the reader develop three keywords for each Court card from these qualities i. Cups - intuitive, introspective, imaginative; interested in future possibilities; loving, nurturing, emotional, creative; powerful dreams; deep sustained faith.
Masino then discuses six different techniques for learning the Court cards: For the Major Arcana, Masino recommends going through the cards one at a time, scanning each card and connecting the symbols within the card to the one theme that represents the card. In helping the reader to understand a reading, Masino presents a sample reading and interpretation, following this up with a series of card descriptions.
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The reader is to determine which card they think is being described. In the section on creating a positive reading experience, Masino covers designing effective questions, bonding with the Seeker, working with a negative reading, and assessing the central message of a reading. She also discusses how to recognize channeled information, how to use different psychic skills and how to handle difficult clients. Three spreads are presented: I found the Zodiac spread especially interesting, as several cards were added to the traditional spread: In the section on the meanings and meditations for the Major Arcana, each card is listed by archetype i.
Fool - Spirit, Star - Inspired manifestation of true self , a short paragraph on the card, an interpretation, upright and reversed meanings, questions to consider, affirmations and a meditation. The meditation on the Fool gifts the reader with techniques for a breathing exercise that provides serenity and opens the channel to the Higher Mind, and a technique for connecting with symbols of all kinds.
The meditation for the Hermit connects the reader with their Inner Guide. The meditation for Justice deals with karmic adjustment. The meditation for the Star aligns the chakra system. Each meditation builds on previous meditations, and gifts the reader with a powerful portfolio of tools of empowerment. In meanings and meditations for the Minor Arcana, each suit is broken down into Triumph cards and Challenge cards, with definitions given for each as well as what reversed cards bring as challenges on their own.
Reversed cards carry the challenge of uncharitable conditions both inwardly and outwardly, lack of value in work and profession, low self-valuing, belief in cruelty, and alienation from spiritual sources and creative gifts. Blank templates for each of the three spreads presented are placed at the end of the book.
I was very impressed with the quality of the writing, the quality of the understanding of the Tarot system, and the depth of understanding for the esoteric associations with the Tarot. Through discussion, exercises, questions, and meditation, information on the Tarot is brought through in such a way that each reader is able to develop a deep understanding within themselves of the work that they are doing with the cards. I highly recommend this book to all Tarot students.
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Beginning students could use it, but I would really place this material in the intermediate to advanced category. It carries value for all levels of reader, and is a welcome addition to any level of Tarot library. I bought this book because a number of people recommended it to me. After using it for myself for Tarot interpretation I see why they prefer it over other Tarot books.
It has easy to understand Tarot teachings that are comprehensive and a useful self-awareness personal transformation approach to all the card meanings. If you want to improve your reading skills and your life through Tarot wisdom this is the book to buy. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Teaches you not just the meaning of cards, but how to give meaning to the cards, which makes a reading that much more personal.
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It also walks you through how to do a reading without feeling pretentious. Most tarot books give you a lengthy explanation of each card, then there's a short chapter at the end of the book that explains the layout, and then you're left on your own to put it all together. In this book, Masino takes a different approach.
She gives you a basic definition of each card, then moves them around in various layouts, associations, and exercises, thus minimizing the chore of memorization, and at the same enabling the reader to develop their intuition. The seemingly different layouts, associations and exercises are all complementary, so one learns by assimilation. For the novice, the variety of approaches and associations makes learning the cards faster and less daunting.
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For the seasoned practitioner, this book will help energize and add depth to readings, and there is a refreshing section with advice on reading for people with challenging personalities. This book also does a good job of balancing mundane interpretations and spiritual visualizations.
Combine this book with Masino's previous "Easy Tarot Guide", which does go into great detail about each card, and you will have an invaluable reference pair that will answer most of your current and future tarot questions. Everything You Need to Know to Learn the Tarot is on personal insight and spiritual growth, and tackles all aspects of tarot. A Must have to add to your collection. Lots of details and descriptions in an easy to read format!