I love my digital world – and since I’ve made a vow to declutter my massive book collection, it’s been so handy to switch to a digital format. (Don’t get me wrong – I still love the smell and feel of a book but a gal only has so much room in her house before it starts looking like an episode of Hoarders.)
One of my favorite digital products is “The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings” by Brigit (Biddy) Esselmont of http://www.biddytarot.com. This 300+ page is ebook a tarot lover’s dream – full of essential information, easy to read text, sound advice, detailed charts and comprehensive interpretations of each card – including reversals!
The author starts out with an introduction on how to use The Ultimate Guide and then launches right into numerology, reversals and card combinations. If you are new to tarot, this may feel a bit much but if you stay with it, you’ll see how this information prepares you for the upcoming chapters. The section on reversals is very important – I’ve always used reversals and found her explanation to be right on. Biddy tears away some of the common misconceptions of reversals as being “dramatic” and instead provides different ways to view them – this takes the fear out of learning reversals and makes it user friendly – especially for newbie readers.
The “card combinations” section was equally useful and spelled out in plan language. Seeing the cards interact with her examples helps any reader add layers to their tarot readings.
For each section of the cards, she starts out with a short but in depth introduction, a lovely chart (which is handy and great for when you need a quick glance) and then the meat of the book: the interpretations!
Each card is presented with a picture from the Rider Waite Deck and starts out with keywords followed by quotes (love that!), a description of the image, general meanings as well as different interpretations for every situation you can imagine (career, personality types, love, etc), suggest card combinations, and the reversed meaning. This is so complete and in depth – it goes beyond most tarot interpretation books.
The author also includes some bonus chapters – with top 10 love cards, career cards, and more. When I am saying that this book is complete, I am not kidding. Everything that you need to begin understanding the tarot is here.
The ebook is beautifully laid out – gorgeous and clean. And the writing is clear and easy to understand. Her interpretations are fantastic and I often found myself nodding in agreement – or learning a few new ways to look at the cards! (Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks!) This is perhaps one of the richest resources I have ever come across and tarot readers from all levels will be thrilled to discover all the information presented.
I love that I can refer to this book right from the comfort of my computer when I am stuck on an interpretation. No more digging through my tarot mountain – it’s right here within reach at the click of a mouse! This is especially helpful when I am doing email readings and my brain goes blank!
You can purchase this book directly from her site for the incredibly low price of $29.00! And considering all the information packed into The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings, that is a steal! Why buy tons of tarot books when you can get every thing you need in this book? It’s a great resource and one I’ll be turning to again and again.
(You can also purchase a companion workbook which is fantastic for newbie readers who want to deepen their understanding quickly.)