Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Book Review: The BIG Book of Angel Tarot by Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine

The BIG Book of Angel Tarot: The Essential Guide to Symbols, Spreads, and Accurate Readings by Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine

I have been interested in tarot cards for quite some time but didn't know where to get started. I attended a Hayhouse I Can Do It! event and had the pleasure to listen and learn as Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine used the Angel Tarot cards. I was hooked. 

Upon receiving my copy of The BIG Book of Angel Tarot, I went out and bought my first set of tarot cards; Angel Tarot of course. They are just beautiful. The artwork is done by artist Steve A. Roberts. They are large, silver edged cards with beautiful illustrations that you just want to touch! I wanted to read the book and work with the cards at the same time.

The book is fantastic. There is so much useful information. Doreen and Radleigh have clearly poured their hearts into this. It is so beautiful to see people selflessly contribute their knowledge to others to spread more kindness, compassion, and love. I also appreciate their in-depth reflection on the history of tarot. They have taken something that was often shrouded in mystery and sometimes darkness, and brought it to light with an approach of loving, uplifting, positive cards and meanings, while still remaining true to its roots.

The book takes you through the history of tarot, the "language" including definitions of Arcana, Court Cards, Jumping Cards and more. It discusses the first 22 cards of the deck called the Major Arcana, the second part of the deck called the Minor Arcana, symbolism, archangels, angel numbers and astrology. Yes, this book is packed with valuable information!

Radleigh and Doreen show how to do a reading, and walk you through different spreads (1 card reading, 3 card, etc). The rest of the book is information, insights and explanations on the meanings of each individual card. For each card, they provide an insight to the possible meanings, the symbolism in the beautiful illustration, the angel number (each card has a number that is related to a message from the angels), and the astrological aspect of the card (Air element, Libra, Venus in Aquarius, etc) and what that means. 

The book is perfect for someone new to tarot as well as someone who wants to gain so much more insight into the specific meanings of these cards. As always, Doreen and Radleigh explain everything with ease and brilliance. It was an honor to read this book and learn from these beautiful souls.

*I am blessed to receive this book free from Hayhouse for participating in the Hayhouse Book Nook program.

In Gratitude,


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