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The girls' guide to tarot
Olmstead, Kathleen.
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New York : Sterling Pub., [2002]

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128 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Full instructions on how to use tarot cards. Includes ideas for birthdays, parties, storytelling, keeping a journal and designing your own tarot cards.
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Includes index.
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BF1879.T2 O38 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Decisions, decisions. What's a girl to do? Should you ask that cute guy from history class to the prom? Should you try out for the school play? Where should you go to college? Luckily you don't have to decide what you want on your own--use tarot cards to help answer your most important questions. Expand your girl power with tarot power! Every aspect of tarot reading, from choosing a deck and setting the mood--music and incense are always good--to the significance of each card, is explained in terms totally geared to young women. Let the Queen of Cups, the Hanged Man, and others help you and your girlfriends sort through life and love, school and shopping. Eventually you'll know everything there is to know about the 78 cards that make up the deck.and more about yourself than you ever dreamed.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-12. There's nothing mystical about this straightforward treatment of centuries-old tarot. Olmstead begins with the history of the card deck and explains what it can do (guide the reader to answers already inside oneself) and what it can't ("the Tarot will not reveal your future" ). The rest of the book is devoted to how to manipulate the tarot deck: the meanings of the cards, the various layouts, how to store the cards, etc. There's a good deal of discussion about the cards' apparent meanings and the subtle art of interpreting deeper meanings, and readers are advised that tarot proficiency takes time. One of the best parts of this is its crisp, bright artwork. The book uses the Rider-Waite deck to illustrate the various cards, and the cards familiar look will make potential tarot readers more comfortable. Some patrons will object to this on general principles, but libraries wishing to include a book about the subject for young people will find this an attractive choice. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-A primer for beginning enthusiasts. The text is accompanied by soft, flowing illustrations and detailed pictures of the most popular Tarot cards, the Rider-Waite deck. Beginning with a brief history, the author moves into a step-by-step guide for using the cards. From there, readers are given a picture and description of what each one means in both upright and reserved form. The text finishes with sample spreads and tips for designing one's own deck. The book guides girls through the Major and Minor Arcana (the two sections of the deck) in simple language, and explains what the Tarot will and will not answer. While touting this device as a way to connect to intuition and bring clarity to a situation, the text retains a neutral, if somewhat New Age tone. Olmstead makes it clear that the Tarot should blend into one's daily life, "not be a controlling force." This guide will be ideal for providing a solid base for exploration, but practitioners of the art may be disappointed by the lack of in-depth information.-Elaine Baran Black, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.