The Essential Guide to the Tarot: Understanding the Major and Minor Arcana - Using the Tarot to Find Self-Knowledge and Change Your Destiny

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The Tarot is one of the richest of all Western mystical traditions, used for centuries for divination, meditation and self-discovery. This book offers a brilliant practical overview for the modern seeker who wishes to use this system to explore their hidden anxieties, desires, tensions and contradictions. Destiny is not a set of circumstances dreamed up randomly by fate but a path that unfolds from self-understanding. This book shows how the Tarot can be used to illuminate that path. The author describes the ...
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Overview

The Tarot is one of the richest of all Western mystical traditions, used for centuries for divination, meditation and self-discovery. This book offers a brilliant practical overview for the modern seeker who wishes to use this system to explore their hidden anxieties, desires, tensions and contradictions. Destiny is not a set of circumstances dreamed up randomly by fate but a path that unfolds from self-understanding. This book shows how the Tarot can be used to illuminate that path. The author describes the history and symbolism of the Tarot, and then goes on to clarify in detail the meanings of the individual cards of the Major and Minor Arcana and the special characteristics of the four suits (Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles). An original and very helpful section explains how to deal and read the cards in tried-and-tested formats, such as the Horseshoe and the Celtic Cross. To illustrate the book David Fontana has chosen a much-acclaimed, specially devised deck, using traditional symbolism rooted in medieval and Renaissance practice. However, the text applies equally well to other popular decks in modern use, such as the Rider-Waite deck.
An invaluable feature of the book is the selection of special workshops - readings and interpretations, based on the circumstances of individual seekers.
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Library Journal
To Fontana (The Secret Language of Symbols), the way we see and interpret tarot cards can, like an ink blot test, offer us better understanding of ourselves. He introduces this concept in a rather extensive 30-page introduction that also touches on other subjects like the history of the tarot. The majority of the book is devoted to sections on how to read and interpret the cards and conventional layouts for readings. Because using the cards to unlock one's subconscious and the three stages one must work through to achieve full understanding of the tarot requires time, Fontana suggests memorizing each card of the major arcana until they can easily be recalled; the casual practitioner of the tarot may find this a bit overwhelming. Overall, the book is well researched, well written, and well organized; but it might be information overload. VERDICT For serious tarot practitioners only. Those who are strongly committed to learning more about the tarot and using it in a completely new way will find this book helpful.—Susan Flaherty, Portland P.L., ME
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781907486760
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Series: Essential Guides Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 977,640
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor David Fontana is the author of many bestselling books, including The New Secret Language of Dreams and The New Secret Language of Symbols. He holds a professorship at Liverpool John Moores University.
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