Review of Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Tarot : A Comprehensive Guide
Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Tarot : A Comprehensive Guide by Llewellyn Publications is an extensive look into Tarot cards. It briefly covers the history of Tarot and where they came from as well as touches on several prominent types of decks. These include decks by Etteilla (Jean-Baptiste Alliette), Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers, Rider-Waite, and Aleister Crowley. The book then goes into depth about each of the 78 cards.
Each card is given definitions from each of the four people listed above. The book also gives positive and negative words associated with the cards. In addition to these definitions, it also lists associations with astrology, timing, numerology, the Hebrew alphabet, and myths. However, the writer does mention that not all readers need to concern themselves with every definition and association. If you are interested in astrology, you might find the astrological associations to be interesting. If you are not, then you need not concern yourself with them. The same applies to the timing, numerology, Hebrew alphabet, and myths.
While there is quite a bit of information on each card, the writer stresses that each person should come up with their own definitions. The reader should take the time to study the cards and decide what it means to them. Tarot is an art more than just memorizing definitions. The writer also advises use of a Tarot journal to write down your personal definitions for each card as well as your readings. This way you have a reference you can always refer back to.