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Editorial 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.
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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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4 out of 5 stars
By JJ on 06-16-10

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.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Robbie on 09-25-12

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.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sal on 05-25-18

Language used

This is an informative and essential guide to the Rider Waite cards. It must be noted however that the terminology and language used requires concentration and possibly a dictionary?

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1 out of 5 stars
By Charlie on 01-14-15

Antiquated text ruined by attrocious reading.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I think this book would be best enjoyed by robots or those with a desire to learn an extrememly annoying and affected way of reading rendering meaning and communication near impossible.

Would you be willing to try another book from Arthur Edward Waite? Why or why not?

Probably not. Waite is deliberately incomplete and obfuscatory, due in part to the time he was writing in and the commitments he perceived he had to the order of the Golden Dawn. Put simply there are now better and more complete texts available.

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

Utterly attrocious. A horrific stop-start that tries to add emphasis and meaning but instead gives the listener piecemeal chunks of babbled text. Irritating to the point of unlistenability. Quite frankly, I want a refund!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Extremely disappointed. I want a refund.

Any additional comments?

Avoid like the plague.

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