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  • Tarot Reviews
    but the final version is much better than the 1950 s take that graces Putting The Tarot To Work I am satisfied What did carry over from Putting The Tarot To Work is the style of presentation tell them what you are going to tell them tell them tell them what you told them All done in bullet point style In a way I find this style very annoying However it does have its place as it makes the points that are being made stand out Tell them what you are going to tell them At the beginning of each chapter Mark lists a preview of what to expect From the book for Chapter Three Preview What to Expect in Chapter Three 1 This chapter explores Why Tarot makes a particularly powerful tool for visual brainstorming The benefits of working with Tarot How to respond when people say Tarot cards Get real Tell them From the Table of Contents 2 Section One Getting Started Chapter One Get Twenty eight Dates In Ten Minutes Chapter Two Putting An End To Romantic Roulette Chapter Three Why Brainstorm With The Tarot Chapter Four The Least You Should Know About Tarot Chapter Five All Hands On Deck Chapter Six Learning To Read Chapter Seven All Purpose Power Tools Chapter Eight The Personal Romantic Profile Section Two Spreads For Singles Chapter Nine Exploring Strengths and Opportunities Chapter Ten Searching For Soulmates Chapter Eleven Defining Your Perfect Partner Chapter Twelve Telling The World I m Ready Chapter Thirteen Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places Chapter Fourteen Finding A Partner Chapter Fifteen Showing Your Interest Chapter Sixteen Enjoying A Date Chapter Seventeen Meeting More People Chapter Eighteen Online Options Chapter Nineteen Exploring Your Compatibility Chapter Twenty Making A Commitment Chapter Twenty one Dealing With Break Ups Section Three Spreads For Couples Chapter Twenty two Defining Your True Feelings Chapter Twenty three Sharing Your Feelings Chapter Twenty four Conflict and Compromise Chapter Twenty five Granting Forgiveness Chapter Twenty six Spicing Up The Bedroom Chapter Twenty seven Giving Great Gifts Chapter Twenty eight Taking It To The Next Level Chapter Twenty nine Looking Ahead Appendix A Sample Meanings and Associations For Each Card Appendix B Recommended Decks and Further Reading Tell them what you told them At the end of each chapter is a synopsis of what was covered Since I used the preview for Chapter Three I will also use the synopsis from Chapter Three From the book 3 Chapter Summary Chapter Three In A Nutshell Tarot is a particularly powerful and convenient tool for visual brainstorming The cards are easy to find inexpensive and loaded with symbolic content In a world where time to pause and reflect is rare working with the cards is an engaging way to invest a few minutes in asking important questions about our options desires and goals Many people overlook the potential of the cards seeing them as nothing more than a fortuneteller s prop Others misinformed about the history

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  • Tarot Reviews
    9 The Hermit ruled by Virgo Lancelot In Exile Meaning A need for solitude Caring for the soul Recuperating and slowly centering one s self Cherishing time alone Examining ones true feelings Consulting the wisdom within A need to pay close attention to dreams and the poignant teachings that they can embody Traditionally the Hermit can represent a meeting with a wise person who may aid one s search but ultimately the answers one seeks must found within only then can they be fully realized Reversed Rejecting assistance from others Fear and suspicion of the outside world prevents worthwhile interactions An unwillingness to explore new ideas The search for self knowledge has been hampered by brooding and depression Dismissing sound advice Description and Symbolism Lancelot flees the turmoil of court life The forest symbolizes a safe and private environment in which to recuperate Here resembling a wild man he is free Dropping all masks and pretenses he is closer to his true self and can begin his search of the soul The roots of the tree symbolize a need to examine the health of one s foundation in order to find what has been weakened by neglect In the stillness of the Hermit we tend to the needs of the mind and soul for when the strong winds blow it is the strength of the roots that ensures the tree s survival Lancelot carries a torch in his left hand indicating the subconscious at work guiding and illuminating the way This is a reminder to watch for the insights carried in dreams The spring depicted in the painting lies in the west country of England it is believed to be of great antiquity and today carries the name of St Andrew s Well Many spring s were thought to have curative powers and here deep within the tangled forest Lancelot finds the door that guards the sacred spring This symbolizes a return to a long forgotten source of inspiration and spiritual fulfillment Lancelot in Exile Lancelot du Lac was the flower of chivalry a role model to many knights and the passion of many women King Pelles had a beautiful daughter known as Elaine of Corbenic who was desperately in love with Lancelot Unlike the other women of the court Elaine was not deterred by Lancelot s love for the queen Any chance they could be together lay with the magical arts of Elaine s lady in waiting Brison was an enchantress who foresaw that the child of Lancelot and Elaine s union Galahad could benefit the land And so Brison led Lancelot to Elaine s chambers and there made him believe that Guinevere awaited inside As Lancelot lay with Elaine Guenevere sent her lady in waiting to fetch him When the maid reported that she found his bed cold Guenevere flew into a rage Suspecting Elaine she raced to her chambers where the two were found sleeping In her fury Guenevere banished them both from the court It was only then that Lancelot realized that he had been deceived or so he said Lancelot was so grieved by Guenevere s words that he fell to the floor in a swoon On awakening he was quite out of his wits Wearing only a shirt he leapt out of the window and into the protection of the forest For two years Lancelot remained in the sanctuary of the woods running with the animals and feeding on berries The Knights of the Round Table searched for their friend to no avail Though there were sightings no one recognized the wild man as Lancelot du Lac until Elaine came upon him sleeping by a well She immediately sent news of her find to King Pelles guardian of the Grail And so by the virtue of the Grail Lancelot s mind was healed Three spreads are included in this book the Celtic Cross which also has a sample reading the Astrological Spread and the Horseshoe Spread In her choice of spreads Ferguson has gifted readers with a wide range of tools with which to approach the Tarot I highly recommend both book and deck bought together The gifts and symbolism carried within this myth legend are far reaching It is an excellent deck for any use by students of all levels of Tarot understanding Whether used for personal reading reading for others meditation ritual ceremony or dream work this book and deck are wonderful tools of empowerment The 2 Hour Tarot Tutor review by Bonnie Cehovet TM author Wilma Carroll Penguin Books 2004 ISBN 0 425 19618 6 The 2 Hour Tarot Tutor is being promoted as a revolutionary method for learning to read the Tarot cards in two hours I tend to raise my eyebrows at promotions like this as I am sure do many other Tarot readers To be honest the method of reading taught here is not revolutionary it is one that has been in use for many years now one of many diverse methods for reading the Tarot One can reference the work of Tarot wise woman Mary K Greer starting with her work Tarot For Yourself as well as the work of Tarot Passages web mistress Diane Wilkes who practices and teaches the story telling technique I think that one of the major differences between Carroll s work and that of other Tarot teachers is that she starts with the picture symbolism technique and has her students work with that before she presents any other kind of Tarot background Her work then becomes a starting place for further Tarot study and for that it has merit The prompt for Carroll to write The 2 Hour Tarot Tutor is certainly a valid one although no author needs to be validated before they write and that is the frustration of individuals coming to her as students frustration based on the overwhelming amount of information they were finding in their Tarot books and their inability to do what they perceived as the

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  • Tarot Reviews
    upright sentence Skill wills with design inverse sentence Craft manipulates with deception Description A serious young man stands behind a table that bears a pentacle a cup a sword and a wand In his right hand he raises high a rod and with his left index finger he points down toward the ground from which grows a profusion of flowers Above his head floats a lemniscate and about his waist a serpentine belt General Meaning There is a great attainment when ability is focused through the will to accomplish higher purposes providing the temptation to use deception in order to manipulate others is resisted Upright Self confidence eloquence ability skillfulness willpower persuasion influence attainment Inverted Craftiness arrogance misdirection deception manipulation intimidation illusion artifice guile Tarot Sentences 1 2 3 Upright Skill wills with design Inverted Craft manipulates with deception 1 Upright Skill in the secret ways of nature and hidden motives of humanity Inverted Craft in using to personal advantage the flaws of human nature 2 Upright wills the realization of a higher purpose that elevates the soul Inverted manipulates for self interest without regard to feelings or consequences 3 Upright with design and foresight harmoniously fulfilling the great work Inverted with deception giving false promises and empty hopes At the end of the book three appendixes are included one lists the upright and inverted sentences for each card the second one presents a glossary of terms the third is a recommended reading list For someone who truly wishes to work with this book they will be of great benefit I feel that not enough of the groundwork has been covered here there is little information on what the trumps represent what the pips represent how numerology and the elements fit in or how to interpret even basic symbolism The student would be left to constantly refer to the given Tarot sentences with little idea of how they came about Only if they studied the in depth page for each card would they begin to truly understand the Tarot However I must say that Tyson does have a firm understanding of the Tarot and the information that he has included is well presented I also feel that we need to be open to new ways of looking at things new ways of teaching and new ways of making the Tarot a more accessible tool As with all things each individual will need to decide for themselves whether this method of reading has a place in their lives I would suggest that if possible you view this book in person before you decide to purchase it Tarot A New Handbook For The Apprentice review by Bonnie Cehovet TM author Eileen Connolly Ph D New Page Books Career Press 1979 1990 ISBN 0 87877 04503 classic edition ISBN 1 56414 750 9 revised edition Looking at the publishing dates for this book I am sure there are some people out there that are wondering about Why I am reviewing them The world has moved on lets hear about the newer books the ones that reflect current thought The Tarot is based on universal archetypes which by definition indicates a certain amount of aging The esoteric layers of the Tarot also have a fine patina of age about them Yes the Tarot has evolved as needed to reflect current thought and be accessible through current imagery Some might say that the way Tarot is taught now is perhaps on a higher level that in the 1970 s or even the 1990 s We have the Internet we have access to e groups chat groups and loads of support that would not have been around in the 70 s or even in the early 90 s Eileen Connolly has done something with the teaching of Tarot that I have not seen before and I think that it deserves to be brought back into the Tarot public s attention Dr Connolly works in the field of parapsychology and she has applied a great many esoteric principles from this field into her work with Tarot In her preface she states The object of this handbook is to offer not only a spiritual apprenticeship to students of the Sacred Tarot but to offer a concise reference for anyone interested in investigating and interpreting the fascinating symbology of the Tarot in relation to the Cabala Astrology and the esoteric science of Numerology I have elected to review both the classic and the revised editions in one review as the major changes will be ones that show the personal growth of the author One of these growth changes is that in the classic version scans from the Rider Waite Tarot are used while in the revised version scans are used from the Connolly Tarot Eileen Connolly art by Peter Paul Connolly The book is divided into three sections From the book Section 1 Basic lessons exercises procedures meditations and fundamental esoteric philosophy relating to the Major and Minor Arcana Section 2 Major and Minor Mentors which are guides to the positive and negative interpretation of the symbols on each card Further Mentor guidelines include a Comparison Chart and an in depth explanation of meanings when certain symbols fall near each other in a spread Section 3 Procedures necessary prior to spreading the cards for divination Dr Connolly takes a very esoteric approach to the Tarot seeing it as a doorway to a vast universe of occult wisdom This does not only hold true in relation to the symbols on the cards it holds true for the manner in which the cards are worked with Dr Connolly begins by advising the prospective Tarot student to set aside their inner conflicts and their impatience Because each Tarot master has their own twist to interpreting the cards coming to the study of Tarot with an open mind will be highly beneficial to the Tarot student When it comes to picking a deck and getting to know the cards Dr Connolly advises that

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  • The Business of Tarot: Bonnie Cehovet
    individual readings think what you can do with the Tarot to improve someone s life then go for it In this manner you can focus both your promotional and your personal efforts into serving a specific clientele In an interesting manner this also limits the competition because you have fine tuned what you are doing in a way that may not be currently offered My personal advice is to be aware of the competition but do not be afraid of it Your business will do well if you focus on your strengths and offer the services that draw on these strengths to meet your clients needs Make yourself stand out from the crowd As business people we want to present a professional image There is way too much of the Gypsy card reader image floating around in the Tarot world Think Miss Cleo here I have always felt more comfortable in more businesslike attire I am not one of the jeans and sneakers crowd That may work for some but it doesn t for me The person that had the most influence on me was a reader that I went to before I began learning to read the cards myself She always dressed in suits and that impressed the heck out of me She was a gracious charming lady and did not let the suit get in the way of her connecting with her clients As a business person think about the type of client that you wish to attract and dress accordingly This will also enable you to charge what you feel is appropriate for your work because you will be seen as a business person offering a service Another side effect of choosing a more businesslike attire is that it is easier to connect with your clients it is for me at any rate You want to see return clients rather than a revolving door of new clients without allowing the client to become dependent on you One way that you can do this is clearly state your services what your expectations of your client are and ask what their expectations of you are This is setting the groundwork for a good working relationship and for referrals Don t be afraid to offer some type of introductory session whether it is free or discounted In the case of coaching offering a short reading session to begin with will give the reader and the client a good indication of whether they can work together over several sessions or not Set your fees according to your expertise And set them for a specific period of time say 15 minutes 30 minutes or an hour Define the time limit of each session and charge accordingly The quality of the work that you do will speak for itself and will lead you to success Update your client list on a regular basis Keep in touch with clients and be willing to network to bring new clients in Continue honing your craft so

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  • Gateway to Tarot
    Lady Frieda Harris worked with Aleister Crowley as illustrator for the Thoth Tarot a project that lasted five years Although Crowley retained all of the royalties from the initial sale of the deck Lady Frieda Harris retained complete ownership of the copyright to the paintings and the deck After her death the original paintings and the rights of her heirs went to the Warburg Institute in England As with Pixie Smith Lady Frieda Harris died in poverty Jessie Burns Park 1889 1964 worked with Paul Foster Case as illustrator for the BOTA Builders Of The Adytum Tarot The BOTA deck was based closely on the Rider Waite deck except that it was printed in black and white with the intention that the student learn by coloring in the deck themselves The Minor Arcana do differ from the Rider Waite in that they revert back to the pips only presentation they are not illustrated Janet Berres founded the International Tarot Society which is no longer in existence and authored the book Textbook of the Tarot 1990 1997 published by the International Tarot Society Through the auspices of the ITS Janet gifted the Tarot world with a place to get together and know each other The ITS presented several World Tarot Conferences which drew the Tarot world together to hear such Tarot luminaries as Carol Jean Rose Eden Gray Robert V O Neill Arnell Ando Thallasia Julie Cuccia Watts Norma Cowie Rachel Pollack Mary Greer Geraldine Amaral Gail Fairchild Brian Williams the list seems endless Gail Fairchild is the author of Choice Centered Tarot 2000 which addresses relationships of all forms romantic familial friendships work relationships as well as our relationship to ourselves This is a powerful book taking the Tarot to a new level very grounded in heart centered consciousness Eden Gray birth death information not found is probably best known for her books Tarot Revealed 1960 Complete Guide To The Tarot 1970 and Mastering The Tarot 1973 Hers was some of the earliest work available on the Tarot and was presented in a very simplified easy to understand format It is interesting to note that Gray came to the Tarot essentially through the back door she was a bookstore owner who couldn t answer her customers Tarot related questions so she decided to study the Tarot and ended up writing her own books Mary K Greer is a name that is certainly familiar to most of us She is the author of Tarot For Yourself 1970 2002 Tarot Constellations 1987 Tarot Mirrors 1988 Women Of The Golden Dawn 1994 The Complete Book Of Tarot Reversals 2002 Understanding The Tarot Court 2004 The Essence of Magic Tarot Ritual and Aromatherapy She taught Tarot at the Omega Institute for sixteen years and has been featured at many Tarot seminars and symposiums Her style of Tarot is interactive and she is currently working on the subject of emotions as related to the individual Tarot cards Mary is the founder of the Iseum of

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  • Tarot Reviews
    have a feathered ornament hanging from it Hieroglyphics are also used along with a red Ankh in the middle of a bright yellow circle The Ace of Cups is an interesting fellow a bright yellow cup resides on the bottom of the card with a picture of what appears to be a scarab in the middle with hieroglyphics on either side The Ten of Cups shows three cups along the bottom two upside down and t he middle cup upright Above them we see a male figure serenading a female figure with seven upright cups above them The Knights are also quite interesting in this deck they are all portrayed as riderless horses This is an excellent deck to add to a collection as a representation of Egyptian decks or as a meditation or reading deck for someone with a sound background in Egyptology I would not recommend this as a reading deck for the general public as the symbology would not be understood and they would not be able to connect with it My personal thought is that one would need to be very careful shuffling the cards and handling them in general because of the gold foil Having said that this is a stunning deck and if you think this deck might have a place in your collection don t hesitate it is well worth the purchase price to a collector Thursday Night Tarot review by Bonnie Cehovet TM author Jason C Lotterhand editor Arisa Victor Newcastle Publishing Company Inc 1989 ISBN 0 87877 147 6 Thursday Night Tarot is one of the most incredible books I have ever read Maybe this is because it presents a view of kinder gentler times Through the auspices of editor Arisa Victor a series of weekly talks on the wisdom of the Major Arcana given by Jason C Lotterhand is presented in book form by special permission of the Builders of the Adytum Jason Lotterhand was on the path of self discovery from the age of twelve A businessman by profession he was friends with and studied under the late Paul Foster Case In 1944 Mr Lotterhand became Director of the Builders of the Adtyum BOTA Dr Case s educational organization Upon retiring Mr Lotterhand became Director Emeritus of the Mystery School Starting in 1950 Mr Lotterhand held study groups in Ancient Philosophy every Thursday evening at Fort Mason Bldg C in San Francisco The textbook that he used was Paul Foster Case s The Tarot A Key To Understanding The Wisdom Of The Ages a book dedicated to the 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot In the author s preface to this book Mr Lotterhand discusses the Cabala the spelling that this book uses and the Tree of Life defining the ten Sepiroth and briefly discussing the placement of the 22 Hebrew letters that appear as paths on the Tree Mr Lotterhand also makes the point that in coming to realize that we are all ONE all part of the

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  • Gateway to Tarot
    Tower shows a nude woman running from an open door looking back at the flames out of which appears a woman bearing a reflection of her own face reaching out towards her The final five trump cards in the Minchiate Tarot are called Le Aire the Airs they are The Star The Moon The Sun The World and Fame The Star shows a mounted King with a chalice The Moon shows an astrologer and the Sun a pair of courting lovers Fame Judgment shows a female Goddess in place of the Angel Gabriel blowing his horn a move back to more Pagan roots The court cards also show an interesting change in that the yin suits of Cups and Coins Pentacles Disks show Handmaidens in place of Pages The Knights are portrayed as centaurs and griffins and the pips show the suit symbols often with small vignettes of animals underneath them or in the middle of the card The suit of Coins shows male and female faces within the suit symbol Interesting note All of the human figures depicted in this deck appear to have been based upon two models one male and one female The Minchiate Tarot is based on the historical foundations and archetypes of traditional Tarot combined with the Minchiate card lineage that was developed in Florence in the mid 16th century Unlike the traditional Minchiate that they were patterned after the Minchiate Tarot by Brian Williams does include titles at the bottom of the cards in both English and Italian Can the cards be read with Certainly If anything they add information to the reading without the use of esoteric symbols and hidden agendas The style of the cards is a gentle style easily used for meditation and inner work as well as ritual and ceremony The Minchiate Tarot is Renaissance art brought forth into current times The Minchiate Tarot is not overlaid with esoteric or occult symbols or theory It is a very straightforward deck one that allowed me to see things that I had never contemplated such as the Virtues and their place in Tarot It is magickal to see the twelve signs of the zodiac represented as themselves much easier and more straightforward than trying to match them with a Tarot card Trump Pip or Court Card The Minchiate Tarot is a deck that allows the reader to open their intuitive eyes to a greater extent the result of which is readings with more depth and clarity Reading through Brian s definition of the numerological meanings is also expansive He defines the Aces as unity power and new beginnings He goes on to note that he sees Aces as a positive number and notes that they can be overwhelming Two s are seen as duality and polarity and are seen as favorable with the exception of Two of Coins which is seen as new difficulties or worries Three s are seen as a spiritual number all of them being favorable with the exception

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  • The Business of Tarot: Bonnie Cehovet
    you are is nowhere in this equation Whether you are using this process for yourself or for a client the first thing that you need to do is find out how you really feel about making this decision to see the why of what you am doing This is critical for those in the metaphysical fields because our personal and professional lives are often extensions of each other We don t have the luxury of 9 to 5 style thinking as our work is most often reflected in our lives more so than for most people And quite often our work is such that the community around us is often not all that supportive The following spread can be used to help you or your client determine who you are in the decision making process This will give you a stable foundation for determining which decision is best for you 4 2 1 3 5 1 How do I feel about having to make this decision 2 What are my fears 3 How can making this decision empower me 4 What factors are known to me about this decision 5 What factors are hidden from me about this decision Work with these questions perhaps leaving the spread out for meditation purposes until you are comfortable that you know who you are in the decision making process as well as how this decision is going to affect you Some of you are already chaffing thinking that some decisions need to be made in a hurry even on the spot More times than not this is not the case If you are working for yourself give yourself enough time to make good decisions If you are working for someone else ask for the time to do so If the time is not possible or not given to you then yes you will have to move the process along faster This is a good time to listen to your gut to your intuitive self Choose one member of the Trumps to be your Guide i e to give you advice and one to be your Guardian i e to watch your back Call on them in your decision making process as well as on your Higher Self and listen to the advice that you are given Then take the time to give thanks for the sharing of their wisdom and for their protection Do a basic reading of some type to determine what decision you are facing and the environment that surrounds it Some of the spreads that apply here would be the Celtic Cross spread as well as the following 1 2 3 4 5 1 What is the current state of this issue 2 Where am I in relation to the issue 3 What do I know about this issue 4 What do I need to know about this issue 5 In which direction should I place my efforts 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 The past for this issue

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