While there has been an explosion in adult colouring books recently, the activity of colouring in a tarot deck is an already established one. The only problem was you had to be a member of a mystical, magical and altogether secret society to be instructed in this fine art.
For art, as we understand it, it was not. This was presented as art with a higher purpose: the art being the understanding and application of knowledge of colour, divination systems, religion, magic et al. These secrets are no more and whether you are aware of it or not, you work with a tarot deck that has been skillfully crafted in both types of art.
Thankfully, those of you who use tarot for divination, or your own purposes outside of secret society rules, colouring in a tarot deck is an excellent method to help you connect with your cards on a deeper level.
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When I first saw the title for this book, I thought it was really clever, from an internet search point of view. It’s very close to Arthur Edward Waite’s The Key to the Tarot, later to become the Pictorial Key to the Tarot. The similarity ends there though. While Waite’s book is written in his famously meandering and spiritually elitist style, Sarah Bartlett’s book is clear, concise and above all, readable. It’s easy to understand and will be accessible to all levels of readers, though this book really is aimed at the beginner.
Bartlett has written a number of books but her most famous is surely the ubiquitous, Tarot Bible. While small in size, that book has just over 400 pages and covers secondary subjects to tarot, numerology, astrology, kabbalah, esotericism, to name but a few. Looking through both of her books reveals much repeated material, albeit redressed for this latest edition. The tarot card meanings are mostly identical, though often reworded and there are a number of tarot spreads that have made it to both books. The difference between these two books is that The Key to Tarot is purely tarot focused and besides a nod to ‘astrological affinities and numbers’, there are no secondary subjects. To quote Anthony Louis, this is tarot pure and simple…
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We feature a lot of different decks on the Tarot Elements Fan Page on Facebook and it’s an integral part of our community there. ALL of the interpretations given by Friends are pretty awesome and make me glad everyday that I get to read such wonderful insights.
Those insights came from many sources to the Tarot Lovers who shared them and from the many different tarot decks that they use daily. We mainly feature the Rider Waite-Smith Tarot Deck and its many clones on the Fan Page and it got me wondering about where they, and every other Tarot Lover, began their tarot journey – was it with the Rider Waite-Smith deck or one of its cousins? Which of course then lead me to the question: Continue reading Should You Learn Tarot With the Rider Waite-Smith Only?