Thursday, November 18, 2010

Judika Illes review of The Easiest Way to Learn the Tarot--EVER!!

Hey gang, Judika was kind enough to let me know what she thought of my book on the Tarot. As she is a super-amazing witch, expert on spells and many-things magical, I thought I would post her opinion here. This is completely unedited (so I hope she spelled my name right!).

Review: The Easiest Way to Learn the Tarot- EVER!!

Dusty White has created the perfect text-book for a tarot course whether in a class-room setting or for self-study. I have been a professional tarot card reader for over two decades: I wish The Easiest Way to Learn the Tarot EVER!! had existed when I was first learning and that is the highest praise I can offer. Furthermore, even now, as an extremely experienced and well-read tarotista, I still received many new insights, perspectives, and information from White’s wonderful book. This is a book to keep close at hand—it serves as a reference and a guide through the tarot as much as an instructional manual. I expect to return to my copy repeatedly.

The Easiest Way to Learn the Tarot—EVER!! is exceptionally well-organized, lucid, practical and extremely comprehensive but also tolerant: White appreciates that there are many varied and disparate ways to read tarot and presents readers with a wide selection. A particularly nice aspect of this book is that it may be used with any tarot deck although White recommends that beginners use a Waite-Smith or Waite-Smith derived deck—I concur—and explains precisely why. The book contains suggested exercises and workbook pages. Each card is discussed in depth as are a variety of spreads. This book is highly recommended for beginners and adepts alike. My only suggestion: perhaps Dusty White would like to expand this series by adding similar volumes focused on astrology and runes. – Judika Illes, author of The Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, The Encyclopedia of Spirits, The Weiser Field Guide to Witches, and Pure Magic: A Complete Course in Spellcasting.

Please be sure to check out Judika's books. They are easily on par with Buckland, Cunningham, and Silver. She really knows her stuff, and you can learn a LOT from her.

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