Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Tarot Coloring Book by Theresa Reed Review

The Tarot Coloring Book
by Theresa Reed

The first thing I thought when I picked the book up out of the box was Wow! I thought it would be like a regular coloring book with the pages stapled in the spine. No way. This is spiral bound within a heavy cardboard cover. So I am sure I don't have to worry about the pages ripping out. There are 4 pages that could be colored before you get to the Table of Contents.
The Table of Contents promises a forward by Mary K. Greer. An introduction, How to Use this Coloring Book, A Quick Intro to Tarot, The Major Arcana, The Minor Arcana, The Court Cards, Tarot To Go – Quick Interpretations, Spreads and Layouts, Resources, Acknowledgments, About the Author.
The first place I looked was the Resources. What a nice surprise! Full of Theresa's favorite decks, and Tarot books, also Tarot blogs and online places to drool over. In the Spreads and layout chapter there are instructions for a One Card Spread, Two Card Spread and a Three Card Spread with an example for you to see how to interpret the cards. These are great to get a person started working with the cards. Realize these are not in depth instructions or teachings, they are there to help you 'wet your toes' in the ocean of Tarot.
One of the most important things to do in order to get good instructions or help from Tarot is to form a good question. I was very happy to see a page devoted to this.
Also on page 4 is a list of the various colors used in the Rider Waite deck and what they mean.
Now, on to the fun part – the coloring of the Tarot!
Ha! I randomly opened the book, and here is the 9 of cups! This card is (for me) always that I will get what I wished for and be happy. On the right side of the opened book is a huge black and white copy of the 9 of cups by Pamela Colman Smith, so you are getting the 'real deal'. On the left side is a nice description of the card, with a reversed meaning, a list of the symbols and the colors traditionally seen on that card.
The pages are sturdy, I believe they could hold up to watercolor, if you put an insertion behind the page. I would not try anything denser than that such as acrylics.
My erasable and watercolor pencils worked and looked great, and regular crayons are great too. I love the way my Water Soluble Oil Pastels work on it also.
This is a really good way to learn the Tarot. A lot of fun while using your creativity and allowing you to get into 'the flow' so more personal meanings of the cards can float into your awareness. A nice meditational practice.
Well, I hope you get your copy and join me in the ethers. Highly recommended!










2 comments:

  1. Thank you for the lovely review! So happy to hear that you like the book! Yay!

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  2. I have been hinting at my family for weeks that this would make a perfect holiday gift.

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