I had read a few books about the Tarot but none that taught me as much as Paul Fenton-Smith's has. In fact, I have just 're-purchased' it as my original copy is in storage and it was easier to just buy it again than retrieve my original.
When I first read and understood this book, I did not understand any of the other wiccan, qabalistic or esoteric schools. This book, though, was the lens through which I was able to explore all those schools - without it I could not have done so.
Why? Because Mr Fenton-Smith's book relies on lively prose and real examples. For someone - like me - who was not ready to ponder the esoteric meaning of the Tarot, this book was like the gentle turn of a key - not forceful...but enough to make me think enough and accept enough to go ahead.
Today I am not a professional Tarot reader. I have, though, had times when Tarot has touched my and my querent's lives' forever. I'll never forget the elderly gentleman who'd travelled to Australia after an argument with his daughter. I was only "playing" with my cards, yet after my reading to him, I knew that "playing" was not part of their game.
I confess that this time was one of my more clairvoyant/telepathic times but the cards - the basis of which I'd learned and studied through this book - made sure I stayed grounded and wasn't just relying solely on my own intuition.
Read this book if you'd like to learn more of the Tarot.