Llewellyn's Tarot Reader 2005

Llewellyn's Tarot Reader 2005 is a new yearly book of Tarot news, tips, articles, tutorials and ideas. The authors are prominent in the Tarot world and include Mary K. Greer, Diane Wilkes, and Nina Lee Braden.

By Various

Book - Published by Llewellyn

Review by Bonnie Cehovet

Llewellyn Reader 2005 acts as a wonderful showcase for Llewellyn products, but its eclectic mix of authors also serves to bring the work of some of the lesser known Tarot professionals (writers and readers) into the light. In their choice of material for inclusion, Llewellyn offers up to the general public Tarot news, reviews, tips and techniques - all of which serve to show the world of Tarot in a positive light. The public sees the true process of Tarot, and will come away with the realization that Miss Cleo and her ilk are only an infinitesimal part of the picture.

Before I get into my review, I should say that I also have two articles included in the Llewellyn Reader 2005. I will not be discussing my articles here, but I do want to take the time to thank Llewellyn, and Kate Brielmaier, for the very positive manner in which this project was handled. I am very happy with the end result, and hope that other authors that have their work here are just as pleased.

The book is presented in six sections: The Fool: Tools For The Journey; The Magician: Practical Applications; the Wheel of Fortune: 2005 Almanac; The Hermit: For Further Study; Judgment: Deck Reviews; and The World: Spreads. Interspersed with the articles are single pages devoted to presenting specific decks. The Almanac is presented with seven days to a page. Included are the moon cycles, with the new and full moons noted; equinox's and solstices; major US holidays and other days of interest, such as the Chinese New Year, notations for daylight savings time, and Cinco de Mayo. While the available space for making notations is minimal, the backbone of this book is Tarot. What a wonderful opportunity to journal card a day readings, with enough room to go back and make notations "after the fact".

The other five sections include the following:

The Fool: Tools For The Journey

The Birth Of The Tarot (Mary K. Greer)
A Closer Look At: The Buddha Tarot
Learning Tarot: A Manageable Approach (Elizabeth Genco)
A Closer Look At: Ship Of Fools Tarot
A Meditation For The Majors (Ruth Ann & Wald Amberstone)
Those Darned Court Cards (Thalassa)
Your Daily Inspiration (Elizabeth Genco)
A Closer Look At: The Golden Dawn Magickal Tarot
A New View: Reversals (Mary K. Greer)
Rider Waite And Company (Joan Cole)
Test The Tarot (Mark McElroy)

The Magician: Practical Applications

Finding Your Voice (Nina Lee Braden)
Spice Up Your Romance Readings (Corrine Kenner)
Value Added Tarot (Bonnie Cehovet)
The Four-Week Forecast Spread (Elizabeth Hazel)
Energetic Readings (Janina Rene)
Reading For Children: 12 Tips (Corrine Kenner)
A Closer Look At: Legend, The Arthurian Tarot
Tarot And Astrology (Christine Jette)
The Meta Celtic Cross (Kevin Quigley)

The Hermit: For Further Study

Tarot And Dreams (Diane Wilkes)
A Closer Look At: Walking The Wild Spirit Tarot
Comparative Tarot (Bonnie Cehovet)
A Closer Look At: The Tarot Of Oz
Walking The Labyrinth (James Wells)
A Mabon Tarot Ritual (Nina Lee Braden)
Working Without Cards (Janina Renee)
Giving From The Heart (Valerie Sim)
Business Cards (Mark McElroy)
A Closer Look At: Tarot Of The Saints
Tarot Journaling (Winter Wren)
Rainy Day Tarot Projects (Thalassa)

Judgment: Deck Reviews

The Fey Tarot (Diane Wilkes)
A Closer look At: The Shining Tribe Tarot
The Tarot Of Prague (Errol McLendon)
The Winged Spirit Tarot (Elizabeth Hazel)
The Victoria Regina Tarot (Diane Wilkes)
A Closer Look At: The World Spirit Tarot
Medieval Enchantment: The Nigel Jackson Tarot (Erroll McLendon)

Some of this work has appeared before, some is entirely new. All readers will gain something from this book, and for those that are new to Tarot, this is a wonderful introduction to techniques, ideas, spreads, reviews - essentially to the entire world of Tarot. Some of the ideas presented may be controversial - such as reading for children. If done with good sense, a child can be helped in their world as much as an adult is in theirs. Perhaps even more so, as children are much more open to new ideas. Some are inspiring - such as the labyrinth work done by Sir James (James Wells). There is something here for everyone - and I eagerly anticipate the 2006 version.

© Bonnie Cehovet

Bonnie Cehovet is Certified Tarot Grand Master, a professional Tarot reader with over ten years experience, a Reiki Master/Teacher and a writer. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association, is co-founder of the World Tarot Network, and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. She has had articles appear in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader.

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