Exploring Tarot Using Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot (Deck and Book)

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Avia Venefica
New Age/Divination/Tarot
U.S. Games Systems, INC.
September 28th 2015
Deck and book kit
Publisher

This deck/book set provides everything you need to understand tarot. The full-size deck is a vibrantly recolored version of the classic Rider-Waite deck, updated with subtle shading that gives depth to the familiar tarot scenes. The 272-page, user-friendly handbook with full-color illustrations is perfect for beginners as well as experienced readers who want to refresh their tarot skills.

U. S. Games Systems, INC.

U. S. Games Systems is one of the main publishers of Tarot decks, New Age oracle cards and books. You can’t go into the New Age section of your bookstore and not see U.S. Games’ products staring back at you. And, hey, when it catches your eye, you better believe that you ought to get that now. I have yet to be disappointed in one of their oracle decks. (I also reviewed Under the Roses Lenormand and The Halloween Tarot by them earlier.)

U.S. Games Systems, INC. sent me the book and deck set of The Radiant Rider-Waite tarot. Early on in my practice of reading tarot and, eventually, reviewing, I revised to get The Rider Waite Tarot deck. I insisted on using my Steampunk Tarot deck as I struggled through Review book after review book and I learned next to nothing about reading tarot.

The rider Waite was, to my naïve and untrained eye, too ”boring.” Why look at basic pictures of normal, everyday characters even I could be studying the Gods of the Machine instead?

I have that answer now:

because to learn how to do something well, you have to learn from the best. And, for that matter, the more I look at the RW cards the more I see in the picture that I may have missed before. 

The bulk of this review will center around the book that came with this kit because I’ve already posted a (sub-par) review of the deck. However, there is a major difference between the original deck and the radiant riser Waite deck: this deck is much more, well, Radiant. The intensified colors bring out the beauty in a basic, but powerful, Tarot deck. While there illustrations stay true to form, the quality of the illustrations is superb. 

Along came the book…

The first thing I noticed when I took the book out of the kit in which it rests, was that it was heavy. Heavier than most books, or, a comparison would be The Darkest Minds. It’s heavy in the way that The Wonderbook is. When I opened it I understood why. Every page is in radiant, high color glossy paper that makes the pictures of the cards and the subsections within the book stand out. 

Another part about the book that I noticed early on was that the subsections under each card is colored. There are graphs and highlights, side notes that shine and quotes that line the bottom of the page to give the reader a deeper understanding. The quote at the bottom of each of the cards’ pages reminded me of my Angel cards; little snippets that give you a direct insight into the Angel that is speaking to you.

The book is divided into three sections. The first is The Beginning. In The Beginning, the author explores everything from intuition and it’s role in reading the Tarot to a “glossary of Tarot-Related Terms.” Then as per usual, the book delved into the major arcana, then the minor arcana (or, “pip” cards), ending in a series of “spreads for specific questions.”

The spreads section gives the layout and explains in great detail how that spread works, what the answers will represent, and instructions for setting up the spread. Then, following the spread in great detail, the book gives a sample spread with specific cards randomly drawn. In that sample spread, the author walks you through each card and what they represent and includes sample readings of each spread, card-by-card. At the end of the sample question, it provides more ways to, for example, forecast the querents finances. In the forecast, one of the ways to read your cards is during a specific phase of the moon or, for instance, using a single card.

Get this kit…

If you’re a beginner to the Tarot and even if you’re an experienced reader. This is an absolute and essential tool for learning to read the Rider-Waite card. From quick readings for popular questions to instructions for reading and using spreads, Exploring Tarot Using Radiant Rider-Waite delves into the most detail of any of my Tarot books.

Exploring Tarot is now my staple Tarot book and so, too, is the Radiant Rider-Wait deck. As I said before, to learn the Tarot it’s essential that you learn from an expert (i.e. this book) is one of them, with the cards being the greatest tool of them all. As much as I love specialty decks, I now know that the Radiant Rider-Waite is the best source of Tarot knowledge I’ve come across in my years of reading Tarot books and studying the decks.

For the beginners, get this kit. For the experienced, this is a wonderful source of information that you may have overlooked in your years of reading. I’ve found that re-reading and exploring the basics made me a better reader.

Thank you U.S. Games Systems, INC. for this wonderful opportunity to review this kit for you. Much appreciated and I look forward to working with you in the future.

Tarot for Life by Paul Quinn

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Paul Quinn
Non-fiction, New Age
Quest Books
2009
Paperback
344
Publisher

Paul Quinn transforms the Tarot from fortune-telling into the ultimate self-help tool for intuitive guidance, empowerment, and well-being. Discover how to apply the Tarot, as a lifelong resource, to access inner wisdom and gain deeper insights and practical, inspired guidance in relationships, career, family, and personal growth. With illustrations from the Universal Waite deck, the book offers 78 engaging casebook examples (one for each card) from Quinn’s readings for clients. Drawing on Jungian psychology, the Hindu chakras, and other esoteric traditions, he explains how the Tarot can reveal unconscious patterns and offer soul-directed advice leading to positive changes and greater well-being. Quinn also provides guidelines on reading the cards for oneself and others, interpreting reversed cards, handling difficult disclosures, and psychic self-care.

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Tarot for Life by Paul Quinn

You guys, this is bad. I’ve had this book for a while now. Quest Books was kind enough to send it to me for review and have incredible patience with this reviewer, which is very much appreciated. This is a book that you should take your time on. Learning the Tarot is a lengthy process, something I’ve been working on for a few years now; however, I haven’t been studying it regularly.

The first part of Tarot for Life is informational. It introduces you to the Tarot as if you were an absolute beginner; which I consider myself to be, even though I’ve been studying Tarot on and off for a few years now. The second and third sections guide you through it; the fourth part helps you learn to read the cards. I’ve read many books on Tarot but this one stands out because of both its simplicity and how deeply it delves into the subject of introspective Tarot. One day I’d like to be able to read Tarot as a professional but right now I’m using Tarot as a tool for my spiritual journey. I use one card (almost) every day to guide me throughout the day and this is what the books’ purpose is: to provide a look inside yourself.

In the beginning of the book Quinn has a section “Tarot Beyond Fortune-Telling,” which I found quite useful. Like I said, until I have enough practice and knowledge of the Tarot I’m reading for myself, and I’m not reading with the intent of having my future told.

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Zombie Tarot; Housewives Tarot; Steampunk Tarot; Tarot for Life

Now, the book does talk about how novelty decks (like my Housewives Tarot) aren’t as powerful, something I disagree with. For instance, I have a deck called “Happy Tarot” which I absolutely love because it sets my day on a positive note. I also have Zombie Tarot and Steampunk Tarot which I use as inspiration for my writing. Each deck of mine serves a different purpose, a purpose for whatever my intent is for that day and each deck is valuable and special to me.

Some sources  feel as though reverse cards should be interpreted differently and this book let’s you decide for yourself which way works for you. For me, as a beginner, I just turn those cards over so they’re right-side up because the Goddess knows I am not skilled enough to take that to the next level. Does this affect the reading? Probably, but, like the purpose of this book, I’m doing this for me, for “Everyday Guidance and Growth.” It’s a personal decision of mine that I think deserves respect and this book gives it.

This book is for the absolute beginner. It guides you through the Tarot and how to read the cards and personalize it for yourself. Tarot for Life is a valuable addition to my shelf of New Age whatsits.

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