The Language of Tarot by Jeannie Reed

The Language of Tarot is in some ways quite revolutionary. The author, Jeanne Reed, is not afraid to make clear, bold statements, both in her tarot readings and in her way of teaching tarot. These days, many authors in their attempt to acknowledge that there is no one “right” way to use tarot don’t say anything too definitively. In this way, Reed is a breath of fresh air.

She is also revolutionary in saying that the cards are a language that can be read easily and clearly. For her, it isn’t about what this card seems to be saying or what a reading could or might mean. For her, if we ask a question, we will get an answer. It is our job as readers to be able to read that answer.

Whether you agree with her or not, her book will definitely give you something to think about. At worst, it will solidify your own opinions. At best, it will help you become a more effective reader.

Here’s a taste of Reed, being clear and practical about her methods while respecting other people’s experiences.


Which leads me here to tell you that anything you find in this book is not my opinion. It is my experience, and there’s a big difference. There’s also nothing “true or false” about what I have to say here. If I learn something from more than one client, it starts to be fact to me. Sure, other books may contradict what I have to say here. That’s fine! But if somebody remarks that some of my statements are “untrue,” that can’t be right, because everything I’m telling you here is the outgrowth of my own personal and professional experience.

For an example, if I know my readings can be accurate for people five thousand miles away, who I cannot see, who I’ve never met and who cannot interact physically with the cards, then I have to figure that my clients, at least, don’t need to actually touch the cards to get accurate readings, right? And since some of my students are having the same experience, this thing can’t just be about physical touch. Instead, it has to be about the reader connecting with the client on some kind of deep level that the tarot images are able to trigger.

I know there are those out there who believe there is a connection that is in fact physical, that physical energy is transferred from one to another through the cards. I respect this. Basically, I respect anything that works! So if this philosophy works for those readers, I can’t argue with it. I just know from my own experience that when I work, touch isn’t necessary. I know that our connection is huge and invisible and intangible

Written by Barbara Moore
The tarot has been a part of Barbara Moore’s personal and professional lives for over a decade. In college, the tarot intrigued her with its marvelous blending of mythology, psychology, art, and history. Later, she served as the tarot specialist for Llewellyn Publications. Over the years, she has ...