Subgenre: magic, spells, Tarot, divination
Source: I own this one. Bought at Half Price Books.
The book is arranged as follows:
- Tarot magic. This includes topics such as History of Tarot, Practice of Magic, and Preparing for Spellcasting. Topics are discussed briefly, just enough to give you a start.
- The Major Arcana. You get a spell for each Major Arcana card.
- Combining the cards. These are spells that combine several Tarot cards, using cards from the Major and Minor Arcanas.
Each spell includes magical intention, magical working, and what you will need, in other words, what the spell is for, how to carry it out, and the ingredients and supplies you will need. Ingredients listed vary from easy to find items to items you may need a specialist source (be it an esoteric shop, a botanica, or online ordering). However, I am sure the creative and/or budget-minded spellcaster can substitute an ingredient here or there and maintain the spell.
As I mentioned, the excellent photography drew me in. Every page is illustrated. In addition to photos, the book also includes some helpful charts and tables for reference. As for the text, it is accessible. Spells' instructions are relatively easy to follow so you can concentrate on what you are doing. As I said, I do not practice magic (at least not at this point in time), but the book still provides some good reflection questions and ways to study the cards.
Overall, I liked it.
3 out of 5 stars.