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Would you like to gain professional-level skills in Tarot, bring more insight to card readings--and definitely have some fun? This complete course in Tarot demystifies the art of reading Tarot cards in an exciting new way. And all you need is a desire for wisdom and a boundless imagination. In twenty-two clear and practical lessons, Kim Huggens teaches you everything you ne Would you like to gain professional-level skills in Tarot, bring more insight to card readings--and definitely have some fun? This complete course in Tarot demystifies the art of reading Tarot cards in an exciting new way. And all you need is a desire for wisdom and a boundless imagination. In twenty-two clear and practical lessons, Kim Huggens teaches you everything you need to know to become an expert card reader. Unlike other Tarot guides, this book groups the cards according to shared themes--a much simpler and more intuitive way to learn. You can even use the Tarot deck of your choice. Designed to be completed at your own pace, each lesson introduces an essential concept broken down into four topics and features helpful tips, key terms, and enjoyable activities for hands-on learning. At the end of each lesson are extra exercises that beginners as well as advanced card readers can explore to delve deeper into the Tarot. The Major and Minor Arcana Choosing a Tarot deck Methods of card reading and interpretation Spreads for love, success, and more Creating original spreads Reading for others Image symbolism and divinatory meanings Developing intuition for insightful readings


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Would you like to gain professional-level skills in Tarot, bring more insight to card readings--and definitely have some fun? This complete course in Tarot demystifies the art of reading Tarot cards in an exciting new way. And all you need is a desire for wisdom and a boundless imagination. In twenty-two clear and practical lessons, Kim Huggens teaches you everything you ne Would you like to gain professional-level skills in Tarot, bring more insight to card readings--and definitely have some fun? This complete course in Tarot demystifies the art of reading Tarot cards in an exciting new way. And all you need is a desire for wisdom and a boundless imagination. In twenty-two clear and practical lessons, Kim Huggens teaches you everything you need to know to become an expert card reader. Unlike other Tarot guides, this book groups the cards according to shared themes--a much simpler and more intuitive way to learn. You can even use the Tarot deck of your choice. Designed to be completed at your own pace, each lesson introduces an essential concept broken down into four topics and features helpful tips, key terms, and enjoyable activities for hands-on learning. At the end of each lesson are extra exercises that beginners as well as advanced card readers can explore to delve deeper into the Tarot. The Major and Minor Arcana Choosing a Tarot deck Methods of card reading and interpretation Spreads for love, success, and more Creating original spreads Reading for others Image symbolism and divinatory meanings Developing intuition for insightful readings

30 review for Tarot 101: Mastering the Art of Reading the Cards

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    There are many fine beginners' books on how to read tarot cards. Kim Huggens covers much of the same material as these other books, but approaches the subject in a new way. The most noticeable difference between Tarot 101 and these other books is how Huggens has organized the lessons on the Major Arcana. Instead of starting at The Fool and working her way in numerical order to The World, she groups the cards by theme and devotes a chapter to each theme. Some themes such as "Feminine Archetypes" There are many fine beginners' books on how to read tarot cards. Kim Huggens covers much of the same material as these other books, but approaches the subject in a new way. The most noticeable difference between Tarot 101 and these other books is how Huggens has organized the lessons on the Major Arcana. Instead of starting at The Fool and working her way in numerical order to The World, she groups the cards by theme and devotes a chapter to each theme. Some themes such as "Feminine Archetypes" (The High Priestess, The Empress, The Star) may seem obvious to experienced Tarot readers, while others like "Virtues and Vices" (Justice/Adjustment, Strength/Lust, Temperance/Art) may be new to them too. I really appreciated Huggens' chapters on the Court Cards. She brings together both popular and lesser-known methods of reading these cards, which gave me new ways to look at them. Her explanations of ways to read the Court Cards when they may represent situations instead of people was especially helpful. In addition to basic lessons on the cards themselves. the author covers heaps of related topics, including how to cope with difficult querents; how to create spreads; thoughts on reversals; relating astrology, numerology, and the Kabbalah to the Tarot; affirmations; creative visualizations; magic; altars; choosing your first deck; and more. While I didn't agree with all her associations and will probably never try some of the ways she describes to use the cards, overall, I wish this book had existed when I was first learning to read Tarot.

  2. 5 out of 5

    John Marani

    Tarot 101 Kim Huggens Llewellyn Worldwide ISBN 978-0-7387-1904-7 Written by John S. Marani, Jr., CTC Tarot 101 is an imposing title for a book, since the implication is clear: This book is required reading for beginning tarot students. If you scan the table of contents, it certainly appears different from many other tarot books, because there’s not a listing for each card; it has entries like “Optional Homework” and “Further Reading”. And whole chapters on archetypes? Are you sure this isn’t American Tarot 101 Kim Huggens Llewellyn Worldwide ISBN 978-0-7387-1904-7 Written by John S. Marani, Jr., CTC Tarot 101 is an imposing title for a book, since the implication is clear: This book is required reading for beginning tarot students. If you scan the table of contents, it certainly appears different from many other tarot books, because there’s not a listing for each card; it has entries like “Optional Homework” and “Further Reading”. And whole chapters on archetypes? Are you sure this isn’t American Lit 101 from freshman year in college? And what does all of this have to do with the tarot anyway? The answer to the question is that it has everything to do with the tarot, both the big picture of an entire reading and the individuality of each card. Huggens does an excellent job of putting the tarot in context for the reader, which is something that many books do not even attempt. And this concept of tarot information in context really resonated with me as I read this book. Everything seems to be exactly where it should be, and flowed through each chapter. The book felt “real” to me in the sense that the book was organized naturally, not cobbled together in a forced or artificial way or thrown together in a list. It seems that as readers, we start learning the cards individually and eventually start to weave that into the bigger picture. Huggens has grouped together the cards into themes and archetypes, which was a brilliant move. Now the tarot student gets a look at both the card meanings themselves and where they fit into the overall picture of the tarot. One chapter, for example, is entitled, “The Major Arcana: Feminine Archetypes.” The chapter has only three cards listed: The High Priestess, The Empress, and The Star. But while it does go into detail on each of the three cards—and provide symbol interpretation for them, which I thought was an especially nice addition--it talks about feminine archetypes like maiden, mother, and crone, and how they fit into the tarot as a whole. Many of the chapters also had “Further Reading” lists of recommended books. Once again, these works are listed in context. The feminine divine chapter has books on that topic, and many other chapters have similar lists. It not only shows that Huggens is well read in tarot literature—many of the books she gives are written by well-known and respected tarot authors—but it also makes life easier for the reader to pick out topics of interest. Yes, there is a bibliography, but it’s much more likely that the reader is going to read to the end of the chapter than pick through the bibliography. Now lots of books give extras, but what I liked most about these resources is that they were listed in the context of the book as a whole. For example, during the chapter on the feminine archetypes, there is a section on developing intuition, complete with exercises, as well as a Goddess spread. Listing the spread with the chapter on the feminine divine—and not hiding it in a chapter called “Tarot spreads”—makes it more likely that it won’t be glossed over. In addition to the homework, exercises, and recommended reading lists, there are small sections on astrology, numerology and the Cabbala as well. They are not too overwhelming and give the beginning student a taste of what is to come as they continue to study the cards. Another chapter that I particularly enjoyed was the introduction to the court cards, the first of three chapters on the court cards. Reading the tarot court can be difficult for novices and advanced readers alike, but the approach Huggens took with this chapter was particularly innovative. She presents the court cards and gives equivalents for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Keirsey Temperaments, which is not something I have ever encountered in a tarot book. I also found the elemental associations with the Keirsey Temperaments quite useful. If you’ve never looked at either of these systems, you’ll want to do so. Then the author weaves both systems through the other two chapters on the court cards, placing the masculine elements (fire and air) and the feminine elements (earth and water) together, but in separate chapters. I discovered another unique feature: A small section explaining that there are differences between the Rider-Waite-Smith and Thoth symbolism. It’s not a long section but for a beginning tarot reader who has an affinity for the Thoth deck, it may make them feel less left out. It is appropriately listed in the chapter on the water element. One of my pet peeves about many tarot texts is that the major arcana gets a lot of the press while the minor arcana is thrown in almost as an afterthought. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Tarot 101 includes four complete chapters without the court cards, one on each suit of the minor arcana. The elemental focus of each of these chapters helps the reader retain the information, and Huggens provides a short paragraph describing the meanings of each pip card. Finally, the layout and editing of this book were very well done. The text was pleasing to the eye. Spread illustrations were clear. No spelling, grammar, syntax or punctuation problems to detract from the message. And there were no pictures of tarot cards anywhere; the only pictures of cards you will see are on the front and back covers. I don’t look at that as a bad thing, considering the book bills itself as a resource no matter what deck you use. Let me end with this bold statement: Tarot 101 should be required reading for all tarot enthusiasts, from neophytes to expert practitioners. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and intend to keep it handy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pilly

    Mình bắt đầu có cơ duyên với tarot nên đọc cuốn này. Vì thời gian bận bịu nên chưa đọc hết chỉ mới đọc được phân nữa nhưng mình có nhận xét như này. Về chất lượng thì sách ok khái quát nhưng cần có một bộ bài tarot thì mới học được. Vì vậy ko thích hợp cho những ai thiếu hụt về kinh tế vì bộ bài tarot đâu phải rẻ. Chính vì điều này nên mong tác giả có lồng ảnh của những lá bài vào cho dễ nhận biết thay vì chỉ có chữ là chữ. Với các bạn ko có bài để thực hành như mình thì hãy lên mạng các trang web Mình bắt đầu có cơ duyên với tarot nên đọc cuốn này. Vì thời gian bận bịu nên chưa đọc hết chỉ mới đọc được phân nữa nhưng mình có nhận xét như này. Về chất lượng thì sách ok khái quát nhưng cần có một bộ bài tarot thì mới học được. Vì vậy ko thích hợp cho những ai thiếu hụt về kinh tế vì bộ bài tarot đâu phải rẻ. Chính vì điều này nên mong tác giả có lồng ảnh của những lá bài vào cho dễ nhận biết thay vì chỉ có chữ là chữ. Với các bạn ko có bài để thực hành như mình thì hãy lên mạng các trang web như tarot.vn hay đơn giản là gõ từ khóa trải bài tarot online, bộ bài tarot online,.. và thực hành nhé. Dành dụm đủ tiền để khi có một bộ bài hoàn chỉnh, hihi ;> Cố lên chúng ta sẽ làm đươc mà ^^

  4. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Absolutely amazing! I loved the diversity of schools of thought Kim brought to this book in so many ways. Giving us the Crowley/Thoth interpretation and the Rider-Waite, for one, and giving advice from the most prosaic of concerns (what to wear when giving professional readings) to the most profound (pathworking), discussing the different approaches to the cards (skeptics and psychics both welcome), her examples to help you understand the cards came from Harry Potter, Plato, LoTR, Aristotle, etc Absolutely amazing! I loved the diversity of schools of thought Kim brought to this book in so many ways. Giving us the Crowley/Thoth interpretation and the Rider-Waite, for one, and giving advice from the most prosaic of concerns (what to wear when giving professional readings) to the most profound (pathworking), discussing the different approaches to the cards (skeptics and psychics both welcome), her examples to help you understand the cards came from Harry Potter, Plato, LoTR, Aristotle, etc. and so on. I loved the way she gave so much specific historical symbolism for each card, astrological, numerological, kabbalistic connections for them, but also stepped back and allowed your intuition to guide you rather than just dictating to you. In short, this is the most fun I've ever had with a reference book and it has improved my tarot reading exponentially. Seriously, I'm like fangirling over a book that had homework. This is so, so amazing and I would recommend it strongly to anyone with even a passing interest in the cards.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dương Dương

    Sách có nhiều thông tin thú vị, đánh giá là hay nhất trong cơ số những loại sách về tarot đã được viết/dịch ra tiếng việt. Cơ mà có nhiều phần không phù hợp với newbie, cần thêm kiến thức căn bản mới hiểu hết được quyển này.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Uma ótima ferramenta pra enriquecer seu estudo de Tarot Tarot 101 é frequentemente citado como um dos melhores livros para iniciantes de tarot. A verdade é que, talvez, você fique um pouco perdido se começar por ele sem ter nenhuma noção prévia do significado das 78 cartas (como eu fiquei, rs). Depois de conhecer um pouco melhor sua simbologia e significados, a coisa já muda de figura e a leitura do livro contribuí bastante pra desenvolver o conhecimento sobre o tarot. Kim Huggens escreve o livro Uma ótima ferramenta pra enriquecer seu estudo de Tarot Tarot 101 é frequentemente citado como um dos melhores livros para iniciantes de tarot. A verdade é que, talvez, você fique um pouco perdido se começar por ele sem ter nenhuma noção prévia do significado das 78 cartas (como eu fiquei, rs). Depois de conhecer um pouco melhor sua simbologia e significados, a coisa já muda de figura e a leitura do livro contribuí bastante pra desenvolver o conhecimento sobre o tarot. Kim Huggens escreve o livro em estilo "curso", trazendo além das explicações mais básicas, várias questões para reflexão, exercícios, correlações diversas com a cultura - principalmente ao tratar dos arcanos maiores - e dicas que nos fazem pensar sobre as cartas e estabelecermos correlações com a nossa própria experiência. A proposta é te ajudar a desenvolver seus próprios significados e não ficar preso em pré-definições e palavras chave. O livro apresenta também várias spreads/jogadas interessantes, formas de abordar as cartas da corte, e relações possíveis das cartas com outros sistemas, como elementos, astrologia, Cabala, entre outros. Leitura bastante interessante, leve e prazerosa de ler. Pretendo reler no futuro e refazer os exercícios.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sofie Phan

    Mình đã đọc quyển này cách đây vài năm. Quyển sách cung cấp nhiều kiến thức bổ ích cho những người mới học Tarot cùng những bài tập hữu ích. Tôi thích cách phân bổ Bộ Ẩn Chính dựa trên đặc điểm của những lá bài. Một điểm trừ của quyển sách này là có vẻ sách được dịch bởi một người không có nhiều kiến thức về Tarot nên một số thuật ngữ còn khá mơ hồ.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Patton

    This is a worthwhile read for tarot beginners. It does a great job at linking together many ideas, images, and ways to read cohesively. There are a lot of exercises, spreads, and journal prompts throughout, so plan for it to take a while or be a book you keep on hand and return to.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ngoc

    This is definitely a comprehensive, interesting tarot encyclopedia written by a devoted author. This is my first read of the book - I skim read it and gained a few insights for myself. Recommended to reread later.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan Manning

    This is a book for referencing and will be ongoing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    DNF'ed at page 200. Lost interest DNF'ed at page 200. Lost interest

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chi Phạm

    Ok

  13. 5 out of 5

    Siren

    No one could ever regret buying this book. It is superb.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dalziel Bradwell

    Nếu dành thời gian nghiên cứu kĩ càng quyển sách này sau một lần đọc sơ lược qua toàn bộ quyển sách thì tôi nghĩ lượng kiến thức sẽ được thu thập thêm rất nhiều.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dom

    A great introduction to Tarot even for a sceptic like me, a really concise, informative and professional tool, with clear direction and focus but at the same time with a colloqual, conversational and personal tone. The book is written in the form of easily digestable lessons to guide the beginner into the world of Tarot reading, both for themselves and others for what ever reason, not just the hows, but also the self analysis aswell as outlining the responsibilities involved with Tarot reading. I A great introduction to Tarot even for a sceptic like me, a really concise, informative and professional tool, with clear direction and focus but at the same time with a colloqual, conversational and personal tone. The book is written in the form of easily digestable lessons to guide the beginner into the world of Tarot reading, both for themselves and others for what ever reason, not just the hows, but also the self analysis aswell as outlining the responsibilities involved with Tarot reading. I love the way the book is set out as a learn-at-your-own-pace course, with homework, exersizes, further reading, in depth card breakdowns and a personal friendly perspective. It often feels as if the teacher is with you tutoring you directly even when you're learning by yourself. Bad points; some people may struggle with the order the cards are presented, when I was doing the course I kept my notes in numerical/deck order just because I find my referencing easier to recall this way, but in the book the cards are grouped into themes the authors resoning behind her grouping of the cards is sound and she clearly knows her stuff... I would highly reccommend this book to beginners/those interested in learning more about Tarot. Dom

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This is an excellent book for beginner or seasoned tarot readers alike! Well, I myself am a beginner so I guess I can't speak for the seasoned tarot readers. Overall I found this book to be comprehensive and easily understandable, while not lacking any depth. I'm a bit lazy to write a review at the moment, but in short, this book gives you very great definitions on each card and offers you many way to explore tarot--using astrology, numerology, elemental symbolism, etc etc. There are many gold m This is an excellent book for beginner or seasoned tarot readers alike! Well, I myself am a beginner so I guess I can't speak for the seasoned tarot readers. Overall I found this book to be comprehensive and easily understandable, while not lacking any depth. I'm a bit lazy to write a review at the moment, but in short, this book gives you very great definitions on each card and offers you many way to explore tarot--using astrology, numerology, elemental symbolism, etc etc. There are many gold mines in this book and I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Tarot!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eddie Rodriguez Cruz

    I can honestly say that solely reading through this book is not as satisfying as working through this book. The exercises and the continuous practice makes this book an adequate and reliable source for the beginner Tarot Reader by widening your understanding, meanings both traditional and more modern, the different aspects of the Tarot, how to incorporate other fields such as psychology, numerology, forms of philosophy and others to your personal practice. Overall a must read for the Tarot pract I can honestly say that solely reading through this book is not as satisfying as working through this book. The exercises and the continuous practice makes this book an adequate and reliable source for the beginner Tarot Reader by widening your understanding, meanings both traditional and more modern, the different aspects of the Tarot, how to incorporate other fields such as psychology, numerology, forms of philosophy and others to your personal practice. Overall a must read for the Tarot practitioner or enthusiast.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Beth Gea

    Un llibre fàcil de llegir si tens una baralla de cartes del Tarot i vols saber com llegir-les. El que m'ha agradat més són els exercicis en què l'autora dóna claus per tal de què tu mateixa interpretis les cartes sense haver de seguir al peu de la lletra el que diuen els manuals (que, per cert, les interpretacions són tan contradictòries d'un llibre a l'altre que, què vols que et digui, jo em quedo amb les meves). Te'l recomano si el que vols és entendre les cartes pel teu propi ús i per posar e Un llibre fàcil de llegir si tens una baralla de cartes del Tarot i vols saber com llegir-les. El que m'ha agradat més són els exercicis en què l'autora dóna claus per tal de què tu mateixa interpretis les cartes sense haver de seguir al peu de la lletra el que diuen els manuals (que, per cert, les interpretacions són tan contradictòries d'un llibre a l'altre que, què vols que et digui, jo em quedo amb les meves). Te'l recomano si el que vols és entendre les cartes pel teu propi ús i per posar en pràctica la teva intuïció.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Frank

    I love how Kim organizes the cards in the book. She diverges from the traditional beginner book that goes through the cards from 0-21 and instead groups the cards based on theme. This made exploring the cards incredibly more fun and insightful for me. It helped me branch away from the rigidity seen in many beginner books and encourages the reader to have their own interpretation and not to be afraid to do things outside the box. It was an enjoyable and educational book!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marcello Tarot

    Ottimo per i principianti Veramente ben scritto, dà informazioni in abbondanza per iniziare (ma senza mai esagerare), ed è ricco di spunti per poter procedere autonomamente su diverse strade. Recensione originariamente pubblicata su http://www.libreriauniversitaria.it/ nell’estate del 2010. Ottimo per i principianti Veramente ben scritto, dà informazioni in abbondanza per iniziare (ma senza mai esagerare), ed è ricco di spunti per poter procedere autonomamente su diverse strade. Recensione originariamente pubblicata su http://www.libreriauniversitaria.it/ nell’estate del 2010.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bess Ritenour Acey

    This is a very good book. I learned so much from it very interesting

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mazie Bones

    So so helpful! Best Tarot reference book I have ever invested in!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Naomi E

    Though the chapter organization left something to be desired (separate chapters for the Major/Minor arcana and the cour cards was annoying), it was asy to read and very helpful!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kelsea 🦇

    I really enjoyed this and found it very informative as I try and develop my skills in tarot.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Samantha McGuire

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alex

  27. 5 out of 5

    Monica Varah

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cécile

  29. 4 out of 5

    Frances Huang

  30. 5 out of 5

    Uyen

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