borders1.jpg (13804 bytes)Tarot: Your Color Guide to the Fascinating World of Tarot - Review by Michele Jackson

It's the holiday season and the chain bookstores are looking for cheap stocking stuffers. Borders is offering a small deck/book set titled "Tarot: Your Color Guide to the Fascinating World of Tarot." The cards are slightly smaller than average at 4 3/8" X 2 3/8". The art is fair, but made better by the use of bright colors. The Major Arcana have the traditional names. Strength is 8 and Justice is 11. The court consists of King, Queen, Knight and Page. The suits are Wands, Pentacles, Cups and Swords. The Minors are pips. They are highly decorated and appear on a background of their corresponding element, but the decorations are not evocative of the meaning in most cases. The cards have a central scene surrounded by an irregularly shaped, striped border.

The small hard cover book is by Sasha Fenton. It starts with an inaccurate history. While this is understandable in Fenton's earlier books, this book was published in 1998. The section on the Major Arcana provides a "Key Idea," and "positive" and "negative" meanings. The positive meanings also include a description of the card. The meanings are fairly traditional and lean towards the predictive. Meanings like "A male questioner will shortly meet a loving woman." for the Empress put one in mind of the fortune teller's "tall dark stranger." Fortunately, there are only a few meanings of this type. The section on the Minors provides positive and negative meanings as well, sans the card description. A section on the meanings of numbers follows. "How to read the Cards" is the next section. Four spreads and a sample reading are given here. The book ends with a section on timing.

The book and deck are housed in a purple plastic well which sits in a two-piece purple box. The deck has its own cardboard box, which is a nice touch often omitted when a plastic well is provided. It is very similar to the Barnes and Noble Tarot set, only the package is smaller. It would fit nicely into a medium sized Christmas stocking.

I recommend this deck for collectors and for those looking for an inexpensive second deck. The entire set is less expensive than most decks alone.

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Excerpt

Five of Swords

POSITIVE

There will be quarrels and possibly even violence! You can't back away from a fight and you must stand up for what you believe in, even if it means parting company from someone close to you. If a close associate wishes to get on with his/her life and move out of your orbit, don't stop them.

NEGATIVE

Similar to the reading above, but it indicates that the storm clouds are passing. You may go to a funeral soon.

Tarot: Your Color Guide to the Fascinating World of Tarot by Sasha Fenton, Illustrated by Samantha Bale
ISBN: 0-7651-0750-3
Smithmark Publishers
Available at Borders Bookstores


Review Copyright 1998 Michele Jackson
Page Copyright 2000 Diane Wilkes