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About the Author

Liz Dean has been reading and researching Tarot cards for over twenty years and is known for her emphasis on clear, practical interpretations. She teaches at Psychic Sisters within Selfridges department store in London and is the author of several Tarot decks and books, including the official HBO show more Game of Thrones Torot, as well as The Magic of Tarot and The Golden Tarot (both published by CICO Books). show less

Works by Liz Dean

The Art Of Tarot (2001) 62 copies
The Golden Tarot (2008) 32 copies
Game of Thrones Tarot (2018) 29 copies, 1 review
Victorian Steampunk Tarot (2014) 12 copies
Color Your Tarot Boxed Set (2022) 12 copies
Fairy Tale Fortune Cards (2012) 3 copies
Kuldne taro (2009) 1 copy
Taro käsiraamat (2016) 1 copy


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Not as much read as skimmed for useful bits, a useful basic guide with some fairly simple spreads and a clearly laid out pages that makes searching for information easy.
wyvernfriend | Apr 27, 2024 |
It’s just as the name implies, it makes it simple to start playing with your tarot cards. Without any theory and just some introductory information on how attune, shuffle and take care of your card deck, this book is perfect for a beginner who wants to start reading cards right away without much hassle. This book is mainly a compilation of different reading spreads, with short and sweet explanations. The format is quite unique: the top half of the page is meant for spread explanations and the bottom half explains one card from the deck. That’s it, easier than the instructions from a table top game.

I think this books suits those trying tarot for fun or common knowledge. It doesn’t delve into the mysticism, origins or the art of fortunetelling, so I wouldn’t recommend it for those seeking these kind of subjects. If you want to give it a try, it has a lot of spreads to choose from depending on your question or situation: from the simple 1-card daily reading to more elaborated spreads about career, creativity, love and even a spread for writers!. All you have to do is choose your spread from the top half of the book and then search the meaning of each card from the bottom half of the book.

I gave it a try, with the help of an online page because I don’t own any card deck, and it was fun. It was so fast and easy that I did several different spreads. Did I get any insight? well, I think this is an art that requires good interpretation skills, after all, each card has a fairly subjective meaning. So I wouldn’t say it was a success for me, but as general knowledge it was cool.
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Miss_Honeybug | 2 other reviews | May 3, 2020 |
The Tarot Companion by Liz Dean
A Portable Guide to Reading the Cards for Yourself and Others

Originally published 2015
Fair Winds Press
The Ultimate Guide to Tarot by Liz Dean

April 2018 republished
Quarto Publishing
Nonfiction, spiritual, self help

I received this digital copy from Quarto Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

This book is the perfect companion to those interested in learning how to read tarot cards. I personally have no knowledge about tarot cards and found the book interesting. It was well organized with lovely illustrations of each card. It explained the meaning of each card as it might relate to a person. It is very thorough going over every card. Since I have no experience with tarot reading it intrigues me to want to learn more about it.

Clearly, this book isn’t for everyone. It’s a great start for those spiritually inclined and wanting to learn without having to “dive in”.
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marquis784 | 1 other review | Feb 15, 2020 |
Of all the tarot books I've read (approx 30), Tarot Made Simple sits firmly in the top two.

Tarot Made Simple truly offers a simple, straightforward, beautiful, clear and bright compass to beginner and exprienced tarot card readers.

The book and author assume you know little to nothing, yet, there's enough introspection to offer up some gems for experienced tarot card readers, too. My favorite bits were... well... all of it, but if I had to chose, it was exploring spreads that were new-to-me.

I'd readily buy this book for a newbie tarot card reader to help them along their path, or as a reference book for professionals.

I would have preferred this as a Kindle version, however, I feel it would not translate well to that arena, so I understand why it's not available.

Thank you to NetGalley, and the publisher for early, free access to this fantastic tarot resource.
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bonnyadventures | 2 other reviews | Feb 3, 2019 |


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