Mary K. Greer
Series: Special Topics in Tarot
Reviewed by: Lady Theresa
I applaud Llewellyn Publications for bringing out a book devoted to the more esoteric aspects of Tarot. They have promised that this is the first of a series of book and I will look forward to the second volume.
I anxiously awaited the arrival of this book and am pleased to report that the wait was not in vain. Mary K. Greer, noted author, lecturer, and Grandmaster of the American Tarot Association has written a compelling, readable book.
I found the work to be logical in lay out, as well as being well footnoted and researched. There has long been a need for more advanced books within many different and over lapping areas of study, “201” courses if you will. This admirably suits that need by not only offering the author’s preferences for the understanding of reversed cards but other’s choices as well.
For those planning to use this as a reference work, the index and bibliography are clear and easy follow and use. Since more and more people research information online, I very much appreciated the fact that not just books and magazines were referenced.
Ms. Greer draws upon more than 34 years of work to define reversals, urging those of us who read to explore the spiritual and potential positive aspects, instead of seeing them as only the most negative aspect of the card when read upright.
The history of Tarot is brief and clear, distinguishing between Marseilles style decks and the Rider-Waite-Smith deck she uses to illustrate her book. Having explained her thoughts, processes, specialized terms and given a good grounding she proceeds to interpretation of each card. The interpretations are well written with depth and complexity, a refreshing change from the usual information regarding a card’s reversed meaning.
The final part of this soon to be standard work is comprised of spreads, sample readings and most especially Appendices of wonderful information wonderfully compressed.
As someone who had read and studied tarot for over 30 years, I have not only no hesitation in recommending this book, I would urge readers of all skill levels to acquire it. It is a work I will refer to frequently in the years to come.
On a scale of 1 to 5, it is that rare, cherished 5, easy to read and understand, clear and concise and still an advanced text.