Understanding Tarot by Pam Richards
An illustrated guide to the symbolism of the Rider Waite Smith Tarot deck, yet suitable for all Tarot Lovers & Students
Understanding Tarot is a book for those totally new to Tarot as well as those more experienced, for those who are interested in the imagery of the Rider Waite Smith deck, and those who also wish to use the Tarot for Psychic development, as equally to those who do not.
The book is illustrated with one of the five original Rose & Lillies Rider Waite Smith decks left in existence, which was printed in 1909, so the images are how Pamela Coleman Smith drew them as opposed to how many reprints, and recoloring's have altered them.
The front part of the book deals with the 78 cards of the Tarot deck.
For the Rider Waite Smith Lover, as well as those who use RWS clone’s decks: With each individual card, the imagery of the card is looked at in as much detail as I could manage with the size of the book willing. If you have ever seen the hut behind The Fool, questioned what the Queen of Cups ornate cup represents, what the colour coming from the spilled cups in the Five of Cups is, the details of The Empresses seat, or any of the small details present within each and every card of this wonderful deck you will find the answers within this book. Within this deck, each pen stroke, each colour has meaning, and here I have sought to give those explanation, which I hope help those who, like myself are drawn to the detail within this Tarot deck.
Each Rider Waite Smith card has its imagery written about in detail, with each element, where possible discussed. This is great for those interested in the symbolism of the Tarot & what the images themselves mean, yet, the book is suitable for anyone, even if they do not wish to buy or use the Rider Waite Smith tarot deck.
Next is an 'In a Nutshell' section: From this point onwards with each card you will find the book suitable for any budding, or experienced Tarot reader, whatever deck they love to use. This is a brief section, a sentence to help those new to the cards.
Upright and Reversed come next: Each card has not only the upright and reversed, or well and ill-defined references of the cards, again this is for any deck, but also for those new to Tarot keywords are placed in bold italics for easy reference.
After the cards we cover in detail how to use your tarot deck: Which is excellent for those unsure of how to. We look at how to prepare for your reading, court cards, significators, spreads, shuffling, a look at some superstitions surrounding the cards and much more. Several spreads are included also, from the Single Card to the Celtic Cross.
There is a section for those who wish to use the Tarot for their psychic development: And methods for how to achieve that are given.
This book came about as when I started, I wished that I had a book that gave the details of not just the images of the RWS deck but was also inclusive of all of what else this book gives. I wish it to be a companion to those new to Tarot, and one which they can refer to for many years as their journey with the Tarot deepens.
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Pam is a WONDERFUL reader.. I don't think I have ever had such an authentic and accurate reading. This is a woman who truly has a wonderful gift and shares it with an open heart. Thank you Pam =)