This book, originally released in 2004, is now conveniently available for Kindle at a great affordable price. In the interest of full disclosure, I was given a copy of the Kindle version by the author for review, but I do not receive royalties or any other compensation.
I really enjoyed the easy, conversational tone of this book. It's as if the author is conversing with you. It flows well with no pretentious jargon or cryptic descriptions that are often found in other Tarot books.
Author Wilma Carroll describes her first ventures into Tarot and the confusion caused by looking up interpretations in books while reading the cards. I found myself nodding my head in agreement and feeling her early frustrations as they mirrored my own experience. When I first started out many years ago, I was trying to learn Tarot the same way, by memorizing vague interpretations or looking up meanings in books. I would end up more confused or second-guessing my own intuition because I had to see if my answers were “right”. This is of course, the totally wrong way to approach Tarot.
Those who try to read Tarot by using books and depending on other peoples interpretations will always end up frustrated. The cards become confusing and overwhelming because it isn't “you” reading them. Wilma Carroll understands this and her techniques are placed at the very front of the book. She gets her readers immersed in the Tarot straight away, rather than the book itself, and I found that to be most impressive. Learning to actually use your intuition with the images as a guide is the goal.
I like her spontaneous approach to Tarot. She encourages new readers to just jump in and get started without intimidation or second guessing. She teaches students to read cards in a personal way, rather than trying to decipher or decode them. Our first impressions tend to be the most intuitive and correct, before we have a chance to overanalyze things.
Her methods are indeed fast and a great way to jump in and get started. I have to be honest though and say that I felt the book was a bit overzealous when it said its method is “guaranteed” to work in two hours. That being said, I still think this is an incredibly worthwhile book, full of great information.
If you feel daunted by the task of learning to read the Tarot, this book will ease your concerns and you will, in very short order, start to learn how to actually read the cards. Will you be an expert at the end of two hours? No, but you'll be confident in your ability to develop the skill. As with anything, practice makes perfect and this book will instill enough confidence to make you want to keep going.
I believe the methods taught in this book are sound. The lessons and activities are front and center which is really what makes this book special. The rest of the book contains many questions and answers that thoroughly cover all aspects of Tarot. Almost any Tarot question you can think of is presented and answered thoroughly and honestly by Wilma. Her knowledge and passion for the Tarot truly shines through in her answers.
You'll most likely find any questions you've had about Tarot answered here and even some you haven't. It is readily apparent that author Wilma Carroll is a true Tarot professional and her love for the craft shines through in the way she teaches through her book.
I would highly recommend “The 2-Hour Tarot Tutor” as a learning resource to those with no Tarot experience or to those who have experience, but still feel compelled to look up definitions or “set answers” to card meanings. It will help you learn to put the books down and actually read your cards accurately without a crutch.
Do yourself a favor, follow Wilma's instructions and actually DO the exercises yourself before reading ahead. I agree that this will be the best way to learn Tarot using her methods. It's a great value for the money so get a copy on your Kindle today - or paperback if you prefer!