2 thoughts on “The Modern Witchcraft Book of Tarot: Your Complete Guide to Understanding the Tarot”

  1. 37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Adequate, January 20, 2019
    By 
    Mystery (PORTLAND, OR, US)

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    This review is from: The Modern Witchcraft Book of Tarot: Your Complete Guide to Understanding the Tarot (Hardcover)
    When I saw the title “Modern Witchcraft Book of Tarot,” I was presumptuous there would be information on incorporating magical practice into modern tarot reading and vice versa.
    This book did that somewhat. There are some interesting spells in the back of the book. Like many books with spell recipes, the author doesn’t explain how to dispose of the remains of each spell.

    The author has less modern, more (dare I say) outdated views on who the court cards can represent as a person.
    She supposes that a woman’s signifier card should be a page or queen corresponding with her age and astrological element. Knight or king for men.
    I think this is incredibly limiting, as many people will identify with the traits outside of what her guidelines suggest. I personally use King of Pentacles as my signifier, whereas the author would suggest I choose Page of Cups (that would be very contradictory to who I am.)
    She doesn’t even suggest that someone might identify with a court card separate from the age/element/gender assignment she’s given. The only alternative for signifiers, she says, are major arcana (as some people might identify strongly with a major arcana card. But she doesn’t get that someone might identify strongly with a *different* court card than she says? Really?)

    In a similar vein, in the descriptions of the court cards, she implies that if they represent a person in a reading, they are..
    A mature man for Kings, mature woman for queens, knights as a young man, pages as a child of any gender. This is an incredibly UN-modern way to view the court cards and is also extremely limiting. As we well know, in some decks, the knights are even women.

    While I refuse to give this book a low rating because it is relatively well written and direct, I do think titling it “Modern witchcraft book of tarot” is a laugh.

    This book doesn’t have any interesting magickal spin on her card descriptions either. They are very cookie-cutter. You may find more in depth and open views of the cards simply by googling them.

    The value in this book is the spells. That is where the “modern witchcraft” comes in.

    Do NOT buy this book if you’re beginning tarot and need help defining card meanings- buy it if you want to have fun incorporating tarot into your magickal practice.

  2. 22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Highly recommend, July 26, 2018
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    Amazon Customer

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    This review is from: The Modern Witchcraft Book of Tarot: Your Complete Guide to Understanding the Tarot (Hardcover)
    I had never in my life picked up a tarot deck (although I’d had readings done), and this book had me confidently doing my own readings in three days (using the card guide, of course). The explanations are simple, practical, and yet thorough, and the book delves into more than just the meanings of the cards themselves (the history of tarot, symbolism in general, etc). As an aspiring witch, this book was absolutely everything I hoped for and more, and I still reach for it every time I use my cards – it gives much more information than the booklet that came with my deck. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking to learn tarot.

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