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Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 04 Apr 2004, and now archived in the Forum Library.



Nevada  04 Apr 2004 
What's an LWB? Little White Book, the little accompanying booklet that comes in the box with a deck.

I have some new decks I've been getting to know, and I just love the LWB that came with the Cyrstal Tarot. It gives tiny little interpretations, and yet they seem to inspire deeper thought and understanding of the cards in a way that has been of great help to me.

What LWBs (from what decks) have you been particularly happy with?

Nevada

Of course, Umbrae, if you have a favorite LWB you're welcome to add yours. (You knew that, I hope?:D )-Nevada 


lark  04 Apr 2004 
Tarot of the Animal Lords.
The little white book is very sparse and written in many languages so there wasn't much room for English.
When I first looked through the cards I was scratching my head going "Huh" "Duh"
I wasn't connecting with what the artist was trying to convey.
The little white book uses only four or five words to discribe the upright and reversed positions, and when I first looked at it I though "Oh ya this will be a big help." :rolleyes:
But to my surprise the few words that were chosen really helped me see where the artist was coming from and I understood the cards 100% better.

My Robin Wood deck came with a very nice LWB. 


Star Spirit  04 Apr 2004 
I am not really a person that likes to read the LWBs, I go on intuition, but when starting out with decks that are a little different, it's nice to have a competent book. The Faeries Oracle book, first of all, is amazing. It's beautiful and hardcover with really smooth pages and really neat exercises and great descriptions, and I just love it. Very fine quality and very good information to have. I also love the book that comes with the Tarot of Transformation, because it's such a non-traditional deck that the book is a must-have, and it really goes in depth with the card meanings. It helps you draw connections to more traditional symbolism while giving you a whole new perspective at the same time. Other than that, I only look at the accompanying books every once in a while during study, when a certain card's symbolism confuses me for a moment. Some books I don't really even bother with because it's all just repetitive. And for the more useful books, I usually I only read through the book once or twice when I'm first starting and then I just use the deck on my own for the most part. Other than book/deck sets the only book I have is my Complete Book of Tarot Spreads, which I refer to regularly :D 


Macavity  04 Apr 2004 
Tavaglione's "Stairs of Gold" is NICE: 81 Pages written (painstakingly?) in hand-script with "illuminated" capitals and interspersed Hebrew and alchemical symbols! All in the form of a cute little Grimoir :)

Another favourite came with The LoS "Bosch Tarot". If I ever need a chuckle, that is! But it's also quite relevant to the card images too...

9 of Wands - The Gendarme: To learn to protect one's rear does not guarantee protection. :laugh:

6 of Swords - The Hunted One: Whenever one is submitted to a lashing whip and pain one runs as far as possible! })

Quite so, Grasshopper!

Macavity

P.S. I forgot: The (Japanese) Ukiyoe Tarot has a nice LWB with much background info on the culture and history associated with the images and also complete with "Botanical notes" on all the flowers featured. Very Pretty, quality, old! (1983) deck too... 


Myrrha  04 Apr 2004 
The LWB that came with the Mantegna Tarot by Lo Scarabeo is surprisingly good. Someone took the time to come up with short divinitory meanings that are appropriate to the concept of the card (well, almost all of them) but not bluntly obvious. The meanings are all couched in terms of advice. There is a solitaire game described in the book that is a meditative way to do a reading for one's self. I would have liked it if the LWB had more information on the myths represented in the cards, it is just a short fold-out LWB, but the game and the light-hearted divinitory meanings really add to the value of the deck.

--Myrrha 


ScarabFlight  04 Apr 2004 
I have to agree with Dead Star that the book that comes with the Faeries Oracle is fantastic!

The book that comes with the Golden Tarot is also quite wonderful. In addition to card descriptions and possible meanings it also has a section to tell you where the images on the cards originate. A+ 


Nevada  04 Apr 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by ScarabFlight
In addition to card descriptions and possible meanings it also has a section to tell you where the images on the cards originate. A+
That is definitely a plus. I find that I'm often curious to know more about an image or why it was used.

Nevada 


Silverlotus  04 Apr 2004 
I am generally pretty disappointed with LWB, but lately I have gotten two decks with excellent books. The first is Clive Barrett's Ancient Egyptian Tarot. It isn't little or white, but it is pretty good. (If you can look beyond the tiny pictures of the cards and the occasional typo.) He explains quite a bit about the cards, why a certain god was chosen, etc.

My other favourite is the LWB for the Symbolon deck. It is huge, and packed full of info. But, based on the way the cards are read, it needs to have a huge book to fit all the meanings. 


galadrial  04 Apr 2004 
I just got the Karma deck, and after going over the Majors and several of the minors without the booklet and getting so much out of just the artwork, I turned with reluctance to the LWB when some of the minors caught me wondering what on earth the artist had been thinking. To my surprise and pleasure the booklet is interesting and has a very personal tone. It added so much to my appreciation of the cards that I ended up reading all the descriptions just for the pleasure of it. A lovely deck, I got it after reading recommendations for it on the "Underrated decks" thread- and I agree that it seems underrated:-) 


lionette  04 Apr 2004 
The LWB that came with my Tarot of the Master is pretty good. There's a bit of interesting history about the creator of the deck and the deck's importance in timeline of tarot history. The DMs for majors give some comparison to Marseilles and various other iconography. No DMs for minors, just a few comments on artwork and pointing out certain important features. Not every minor is discussed. Since I haven't yet found a book in english on the deck, this LWB is quite helpful. It packs alot of info in a small space.

[edited to add: good thread nevada -- i've been wanting to start one on this topic but not brave enough :)] 


Umbrae  04 Apr 2004 
Doanchalove the ones that begin with, “Nobody knows for sure where Tarot came from, but…”
Yeah…Little white book
She doan’ teach ya how to cook
She doan’ teach ya how to listen
Or teach you…
She doan’ teach ya how to listen to the cards,
Or see through da cardz
Or see in da cardz
But dey burn nice…
Right…
So right baby…

Now I have to say that BOOKS do not qualify as LWB’s. Tarot of Prague and Victoria Regina are examples good books, but they don’t qualify…

Riccardo Minetti of Lo Scarabeo, now he writes a good LWB…

example…

Tarot for the III Millennium
Doan' read the book,
you be lost lost lost
like a blind worm crawlin’ in a log.
Read it
and play,
All day long.
Yeah baby.
Look at her burn…
Yeah… 


Alissa  05 Apr 2004 
The only LWB I've ever kept, and refer back to... and it is a real Little White (folded up like an accordion map) Book.

The Decameron's....

An extraordinarily good LWB, in my humble opinion. In journalism, I studied writing with brevity. The Decameron's LWB speaks too little, but still says a lot.

That's my one and only exception... so don't throw that one away, or burn it, no matter what the Mouthpiece of Ooo-La-La-Tek sez (up there on top of me ;)). 


SongDeva  05 Apr 2004 
Has one of the best LWB's I've come across. It describes the angel chosen for each card. Really adds to the experience of the deck, especially if the only angels you've heard of are Michael and Raphael. 


jema  05 Apr 2004 
Kazanlar has a great LWB filled with myths and fairytales about some of the cards.
And I agree with earlier comments about Stairs of Gold 


contrascarpe  05 Apr 2004 
OK, first and foremost are the Golden Tarot and the Tarot of Prague. It is so apparent that as much love went into these two LWB's as went into the cards themselves (plus the BIG book from the ToP set is still one of my favorite Tarot books).

I also like the LWB's in the two decks I own published by AGM Agmuller (Roots of Asia and Vision Quest). They go into more depth than you standard LWB.

Finally I have to mention the Templar Tarot. This one is rich with information.

All that being said, I rarely will refer to an LWB for meanings ..... usually only for art and historical references.

Dan 


diane drizzy  05 Apr 2004 
The Spiral Tarot has a decent LWB. 


firemaiden  05 Apr 2004 
The Roots of Asia lwb is really fantastic, it doesn't really try to tell you the card meanings, but it gives you a little zen wisdom to go with each card to meditate on.

I like Umbrae's new song. I wonder if we could get someone to set it to music. :D :P 


Simone  05 Apr 2004 
Now I wonder - what's an LWB?

Love
Simone (feeling stupid...) 


firemaiden  05 Apr 2004 
LWB - Little White Book

(used in micro-blanco-bibliomancy) 


mj07  05 Apr 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by firemaiden
LWB - Little White Book

(used in micro-blanco-bibliomancy)


as in that little book that comes with almost all tarot decks and is frequently useless! :D 


Simone  05 Apr 2004 
Aaaaaah, thanks for the enlightenment!

Do I love them? I don't know - but for my Osho Zen, it's the only reference I have, and I have to say I rather like it because it's quite - well - Zen :D and has some deep spiritual concepts I identify with.

Love
Simone 


Nevada  05 Apr 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by firemaiden
LWB - Little White Book
Yeah, what She the Fiery One said. Sorry, Simone. I have acronym-itis.
Quote:
Originally posted by Umbrae
Now I have to say that BOOKS do not qualify as LWB’s. Tarot of Prague and Victoria Regina are examples good books, but they don’t qualify…
Oh, correct, real books don't count. I adore the Froud Faeries book, and the lovely one that came with Tarot of Transformation, but they aren't really LWBs at all. I'm thinking of the little book that fits inside the card-sized box with the cards. It is sometimes rather substantial, like those that come with Voyager and Faery Wicca, but it would get lost in a bookshelf. (I keep mine in a little stack inside my nightstand with the "extra" cards and a couple of flattened card boxes. Most of them I only keep in case I want to sell or trade my cards some day.)

Another one I like is the Thoth LWB. It has a brief commentary and footnotes by Stuart R. Kaplan, loads of information about the deck's publishing history, Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris, an essay by Lady Frieda, the Golden Dawn spread, the Tree of Life (though, I admit, not much about it!), and even a suggested reading list. It's packed with information. However, the interpretations leave one floundering in the shadows. I suspect that when someone gets a "dark" impression of Thoth, it's because they've studied the LWB interpretations too closely, and haven't looked at the rest of the LWB closely enough. They've read, "The basic divinatory meanings of the seventy-eight cards should be committed to memory," (which I really wish had been left out) but they didn't finish reading the sentence: "and amplified by personal experience."

But then I am Thoth-biased. :D

Edited to add: INFO ABOUT Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris (not the real people squished inside the pages)! :rolleyes:

Nevada 


Diana  05 Apr 2004 
Like Simone, I like the Osho Zen one. I don't see how one could use this deck without it. It's a guide, more than a LWB.

The few other LWBs that I have had the displeasure to see, are quite useless. But then again, I haven't had so many pass through my hands, as most decks just don't interest me at all. 


ncefafn  05 Apr 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by firemaiden
The Roots of Asia lwb is really fantastic, it doesn't really try to tell you the card meanings, but it gives you a little zen wisdom to go with each card to meditate on.


Oooh, yeah, I love the Roots of Asia. The LWB is almost as wondrous as the deck itself. Almost.

Ditto for the Ferret Tarot. Funny cards, funny book, happy reader. :laugh:

Kim 


TemperanceAngel  05 Apr 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by Simone
Now I wonder - what's an LWB?

Love
Simone (feeling stupid...)

Simone, I asked the same question myself a little while ago!

Herbal, it's fab but the book is loads better ;) XTAX 


crystal cove  06 Apr 2004 
The only LWB that has ever gotten any major use from me is the one that came with my Hermetic deck. I've always been amazed that they put as much information in it as they did and still managed to keep it "little". :D 


Bean Feasa  06 Apr 2004 
has a really good LWB. Still small and neat, and the entries are succinct. For each card it gives an 'inner manifestation' and an outer one. It's a concept I find quite helpful. It's a gorgeous deck as well, probably makes me feel well-disposed towards its LWB. 


northsea  07 Apr 2004 
I like the LWBs that have the authors' own interpretation of the card meanings, such as Robin Wood, Motherpeace, and Herbal. Another one of note is the Spanish-English which describes each card scene in detail, and gives lengthy (for a LWB) traditional DMs for each card. 


Star Spirit  07 Apr 2004 
I just got the Quest Tarot, and although I haven't actually read the book, skimming through it, it seems very informative. Since the cards have so many uses, it has information on more than just tarot, it also has good information on runes, I-ching, stones and crystals, and a lot of other things. It's actually quite useful for many topics :) I like it. 


Aure  15 Apr 2004 
I simply love Golden Tarot LBB!! Another one I think is surprisingly good is the one that comes with Hanson-Roberts.

My Thoth decks came without any LWB, I wonder why.. Maybe it is because they were Finnish versions printed by A.G. Müller and they didn't want to either translate the LWB or include an English one etc. 


Simone  15 Apr 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by Aure
My Thoth decks came without any LWB, I wonder why.. Maybe it is because they were Finnish versions printed by A.G. Müller and they didn't want to either translate the LWB or include an English one etc.


Mine did not have a LWB either - they are German. I thought is was because they estimated that Thoth is too complex for a LWB and there are some interesting real ;) books around.

Love
Simone 


Chronata  15 Apr 2004 
Looking through some of my often neglected decks, I re-discovered the (Antonio Lupatelli) Fairy tarots, and the wonderful little mischievious LWB that accompanies them.

You don't need the LWB of course, to understand the deck(at least, once you figure out the suits...)...but it gives such great insight into how the fairies think and act...and how this translates to the tarot.

for instance, I love this take on the 2 of bells:

"In spite of thier engagement and of thier work, Fairies still remain substantially thoughtless and irresponsible creatures. When this card lies on the table, it is necessary to pay attention to immenent danger." 


Nevada  15 Apr 2004 
How disappointing that some of you bought Thoth decks that included no LWB! Here's a web site that I've found to have quite comprehensive coverage of this deck. Maybe it will help compensate:

http://www.geocities.com/Paris/2110/

I also love the quote from Lady Frieda Harris on this one, at the top of the review of DuQuette's book (which I don't yet have):

http://www.ata-tarot.com/reflections/11-15-03/Review%20-%20DuQuette%20Thoth.htm

Brightest Blessings,
Nevada 


The LWBs you love (Umbrae don't read this ;) ) thread was originally posted on 04 Apr 2004 in the Talking Tarot board, and is now archived in the Forum Library. Read the threads in Talking Tarot, or read more archived threads.

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