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By James W. Revak


EXPANDED & UPDATED!

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO
LEARNING TAROT

SELECTED RESOURCES FOR NEW STUDENTS OF TAROT

By James W. Revak

Last Updated: December 10, 2002

Temperance from The Medieval Scapini Tarot

Illustration: Temperance (detail) from The Medieval Scapini Tarot by Luigi Scapini (copyright © 1984 U.S. Games Systems).  Click the image for a larger one.  For details concerning the deck, click here.

FOREWORD

PURPOSE & SCOPE

The goal of A Beginner’s Guide to Tarot is to suggest helpful resources for learning to use Tarot for divination, self-exploration, spiritual or psychological growth, exploration of Western Esotericism, etc.  It assumes that you have little or no knowledge of Tarot.  However, some advanced students may find parts of this article helpful.  It is not comprehensive and reflects, in part, my personal experiences and tastes.  Nevertheless, I have received valuable input from new and experienced Tarotists (people who use Tarot).  It describes numerous helpful books, decks, sources for computerized readings, organizations, and Internet sites (including discussion forums).  It even boasts a glossary.

WHAT’S NEW IN THIS VERSION

This expanded and updated version contains major changes.  They include a new section titled A Description of Tarot and Its Uses and a much expanded discussion of decks (including numerous new illustrations).  For the first time, terms which may be unfamiliar to beginners are conveniently linked to definitions in a glossary.  The title has been changed to A Beginner’s Guide to Tarot from Selected Resources for New Students of Tarot.  Otherwise, differences are modest.

SUGGESTIONS & QUESTIONS WELCOME

I am always seeking to improve this guide; therefore, your suggestions are welcome.  If you have any questions or concerns with regard to learning Tarot, please contact me; I will do my best to to assist you.  I may be reached by e-mail.

HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE

The contents of this article are summarized in the following list.  If you know nothing or little about Tarot, you may wish to begin with A Description of Tarot and Its Uses.  Otherwise, click on the topic that most interests you.

Words and expressions that have specialized meanings with regard to Tarot and related subjects, appear in blue and are underlined (like most links on the Web).  Clicking them will bring you to a glossary where they are defined.  Illustrations have been created with significant care.  However, you may need to adjust your monitor for optimal viewing, if they appear either too dark or light.  To view a larger version of any illustrated card, click the image.  Enjoy!

CONTENTS BY TOPICS
A DESCRIPTION OF TAROT & ITS USES
BOOKS
 DECKS
ORGANIZATIONS
COMPUTERIZED READINGS
   THE INTERNET (Including Discussion Forums)   
CONCLUSION
 GLOSSARY

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