(1 review, 5 customer ratings) ★★★★★
In Appendix One of The Real Work of Cold Reading Bob included a cursory overview of a numerological system that could also be applied to the tarot or to regular playing cards. In The Psychic Tarot he has expanded on that and provided a detailed system of interpretation that will be accepted by those who have a general familiarity with the cards. As suggested in The Real Work of Cold Reading, the interpretations of the individual cards are derived - with the exception of the Major Arcana - by combining the general meanings assigned to the cards' suits with the numerological meanings assigned to their values. This is not only simpler and more practical than the alternative approach of memorizing a specific interpretation for each card, but more flexible as well.
The Psychic Tarot is both a system and a method. It is presented as a cooperative effort between the you and the sitter, an approach that enables you to give unique and personalized readings from any layout of cards and eliminates the need for the obvious pumping too often employed by inexperienced or inexpert cold readers. Additionally, the presentation incorporates a method that bridges the gap between "cold" and "hot" reading by secretly providing you, before the reading begins, with specific information about the sitter's area of interest.
Part One provides a detailed description of the correspondences that form the basis of The Psychic Tarot system. You should absorb and understand these thoroughly before moving on to the highly improvisational presentation described in Part Two.
1st edition 2006; 27 pages.
word count: 6934 which is equivalent to 27 standard pages of text
Reviewed by James Sadler (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★ Date Added: Monday 25 July, 2016
I've been looking for a book with a concise, no nonsense approach to learning the cards. I couldn't be happier with Bob Cassidy's The Psychic Tarot.