Liz Worth's book,* Going Beyond the Little White Book: A Contemporary Guide to Tarot, successfully manages to deliver that alchemical combination in a thorough, easy-to-read, and very relatable package.
Following a brief introduction, the book is divided into three central sections:
- a short but fundamental "How to Use This Book" prologue,
- the Major Arcana, and
- the Minor Arcana (broken down into suits)
An average of four pages of text is awarded to every card in the deck, and each entry features the following sub-sections:
- An "intention" that matches the energy of the card
- A card-appropriate mantra that can serve as a focal point for study or meditation
- A thorough overview of the card's energy and meaning
- Suggestions for how to understand the card as a "challenge"
- Examples of the card's connections to the two most popular areas of life: career and romance (both "light" and "shadow" aspects)
- A list of questions to consider (I am a huge fan of using guiding questions to connect a card's meaning to personal experience, so I particularly love this element)
I do want to mention that while Ms. Worth has created a valuable resource that supports the use of any deck a reader prefers to work with (no card images are included in the book in order to encourage this), the card meanings do favor the Rider-Waite-Smith system as opposed to, say, the traditional Marseille (that said, there are some who apply the RWS method of reading to Marseille decks, and if you are one of those, then have at it!).
When all is said and done, the practical approach and natural voice that Ms. Worth weaves so fluidly together with her substantial experience in card reading makes for a very engaging and worthwhile read, no matter how many years you've been shuffling.
The down-n-dirty details of Going Beyond the Little White Book:
- Author: Liz Worth
- Author's website: LizWorth.com
- Format: ebook ($8.28) and paperback versions ($24.95) are available
- Page count: 354
- ISBN: 9781483458557
- To purchase, click here.
*I received Going Beyond the Little White Book from the author for review. That said, the content in this post accurately reflects my true thoughts and opinions on the title.