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The Pictorial Key to The Tarot | [Arthur Edward Waite]

The Pictorial Key to The Tarot

Arthur Edward Waite was a profound student of the occult. He was a member of the Order of The Golden Dawn, and made the Tarot accessible to the modern day reader. This classic text for the Rider- Waite deck discusses:-The major and minor arcana.-What each card means.-Reversed card meanings.-How to do a basic reading. The Pictorial Key to The Tarot is ideal for use with the Rider- Waite Deck and the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.
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Audible Editor Reviews

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot was written by famed British occultist and longtime author of everything mystic, A. E. Waite, in 1911. This is a classic and esoteric guide for beginners and curious celestial seekers on how to read a 78-set deck of divinatory tarot cards, and dutifully describes the different ways with which to decipher the mystical meanings that some believe are found within the card’s cryptic symbols.

This unabridged audiobook is narrated with commendable plainspokenness and natural insight by Alec Sand.

Publisher's Summary

Arthur Edward Waite was a profound student of the occult. He was a member of the Order of The Golden Dawn, and made the Tarot accessible to the modern day reader. This classic text for the Rider- Waite deck discusses:-The major and minor arcana.-What each card means.-Reversed card meanings.-How to do a basic reading. The Pictorial Key to The Tarot is ideal for use with the Rider- Waite Deck and the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.

©2010 Arthur Edward Waite (P)2008 Trout Lake Media

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    JJ HOUSTON, TX, United States 06-16-10
    JJ HOUSTON, TX, United States 06-16-10 Member Since 2008

    Fat balding hippy.

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    "Not for everyone."

    I'm very glad this was recorded. But I can only recommend it to those who are already familiar with the print version and the author. It's hard to express just how pompous and bombastic Waite is, but the reader does a fantastic job of bringing this incredibly tedious text to life.

    If you are looking for a introductory text on the Tarot, it's best to skip this one. If you are familiar with the author and others of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, then this can be an amusing listen.

    If you find the author self-important and annoying, you are in good company: people have felt that way about Waite for more a century.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Chameleon Consultant Arizona, USA 04-01-11
    Chameleon Consultant Arizona, USA 04-01-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Pictorial Education"

    This book is very detailed. If you are not a detailed person, do not get this book. I enjoyed how Arthur Waite goes through the history of the tarot cards and including its myths and legends as well.

    It is amazing the how the tarot card's pictures developed over the years. If you are wanting a better understanding of the tarot card's and the meaning of each this is a great book.
    Alec Sand did an excellent job with narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leif MEMPHIS, TN, United States 01-28-13
    Leif MEMPHIS, TN, United States 01-28-13
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    "Good book. Horrible narration."
    Would you try another book from Arthur Edward Waite and/or Alec Sand?

    I would read more of Waite. I'm not sure I'd give Alec Sand another chance.


    Would you recommend The Pictorial Key to The Tarot to your friends? Why or why not?

    As a book, I would refer it as a good historical introduction to tarot.


    What didn’t you like about Alec Sand’s performance?

    I would hesitate to call this a performance. It sounds more like a long string of phrases than a performed reading.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Pictorial Key to The Tarot?

    In terms of the text, none. In terms of the recorded reading, I'd scrap it and start fresh with a performer who reads the text before attempting to record it and attempts to make the reading sound natural.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robbie Seattle, WA, United States 09-25-12
    Robbie Seattle, WA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Labyrinthine language, not worth the time!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Mr.Edward Arthur Waite was co-creator of this very popular, perhaps the most popular, Tarot deck, yet I wouldn't have paid cent to listen to him speak live, were I to be transported back in time. The use of language in this book is so obfuscating, indeterminate and labyrinthine that I cannot really say it is worth one listen-though I did that-let alone a second listen. Alec Sand's reading here is eerie to say the least, but the book itself is the problem....and the book is very, very weird.

    I can't say what type of person would like it more. That's beyond my ken.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Audrey White Bear, MN 08-17-12
    Audrey White Bear, MN 08-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not For Everyone..."
    Would you try another book from Arthur Edward Waite and/or Alec Sand?

    YES....but not in a big hurry to do so....this book is hard to digest.


    Has The Pictorial Key to The Tarot turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, as every book is different and deserves a honest chance.


    How could the performance have been better?

    More engaging material. I don't think it was the performance that was the issue. It just seemed so very dry and difficult to get into.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Pictorial Key to The Tarot?

    I would try to make it more engaging. It was like reading an antiquated clinical dissertation on the interest of the author.


    Any additional comments?

    This is NOT a book that lends itself to learning the Tarot, nor is it a book that is 'easy to listen to'...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clydene San Diego, California 05-15-14
    Clydene San Diego, California 05-15-14 Member Since 2004

    So many books, so little time...

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    "Great Book if you know the Rider- Waite Deck"

    Wanted to make sure that people know this is a great audio companion to the book of the same name by Arthur Edward Waite who helpd create the Rider- Waite Tarot Deck. The descrptions are great it would be best to listened to with the deck. Otherwise this audio book will not make sense to the listener.

    It was nice to listen to his throughts of the cards of the Rider- Waite Deck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    perhyl cockatoo, Australia 02-22-14
    perhyl cockatoo, Australia 02-22-14
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    "this is simply religious propaganda"
    Would you try another book from Arthur Edward Waite and/or Alec Sand?

    no


    Has The Pictorial Key to The Tarot turned you off from other books in this genre?

    absolutely


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    who cares


    What character would you cut from The Pictorial Key to The Tarot?

    joseph smith - this is all about jehovah witness religion


    Any additional comments?

    this is all about jehovah witness religion

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy LINCOLN PARK, MI, United States 03-10-13
    Cindy LINCOLN PARK, MI, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Obfuscation"
    What disappointed you about The Pictorial Key to The Tarot?

    Everything was disappointing. I should have read the other reviews, but instead I was dazzled by the name of the author gave it more credibility than it deserved.


    What could Arthur Edward Waite have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The content could have been more relative to the cards, just as the work "Key" in the title intimated.


    What didn’t you like about Alec Sand’s performance?

    His pontification made it sound like a sermon.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. L. Linton Hot Springs, Ar. 11-28-12
    L. L. Linton Hot Springs, Ar. 11-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Do not buy this book!"
    What disappointed you about The Pictorial Key to The Tarot?

    The narrator is so monotone that it is too hard to listen to this book. I might actually like the book- if it was read by some one else.


    Has The Pictorial Key to The Tarot turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Alec Sand’s performances?

    Absolutely not- in fact- I will make sure I never choose a book he narrates ever again.


    What character would you cut from The Pictorial Key to The Tarot?

    The narrator


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Supply, NC, United States 01-09-12
    Robin Supply, NC, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2004

    I live on a tiny river in NC on the southeastern coast. I'm a voracious reader & listener - also photographer and potter.

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    "Very disappointing but I suppose to be expected"

    I should have known when I read the other reviews. I was expecting much more. To be honest, I haven't finished it because it was easier to put it down and start something else.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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