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Putting the Tarot to Work: Creative Problem Solving, Effective Decision Making & Personal Career Planning Paperback


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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; First Edition edition (February 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073870444X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738704449
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

After purchasing his first Tarot deck in 1973, Mark McElroy began terrorizing other neighborhood nine-year-olds with dire and dramatic predictions.Today, he calls Tarot "the ultimate visual brainstorming tool," and shares techniques designed to help others ask better questions, see more options, and achieve their goals.

He is the author of Putting the Tarot to Work, Taking the Tarot to Heart, What's in the Cards for You?, and the new I Ching for Beginners (all Llewellyn). He is also the author of The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Tarot (Que).

Mark holds a B.A. and M.A. in creative writing and composition from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has more than two decades of experience as a public speaker and corporate trainer. He has written, produced, and hosted classroom, video, and online training for some of America's biggest companies, including SkyTel, MCI, Office Depot, Staples, and many others. Today, he works as a writer, voice actor, and creativity consultant; samples of his work are available at www.hiremark.com and www.tarottools.com.

Mark lives and writes in Mississippi, where he shares a home with his partner, Clyde, and two cats, Tiger and Lilly.


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Ten Fun Facts about Me

- I sing in a deep, rich bass voice.

- My first paying job was a position as a disc jockey at WDNG in Anniston, AL. I was called "The Madman," and I earned minimum wage to man the weekend graveyard shift.

- I hate "high fives."

- My first paid writing gig? A script for a comic book called "Planet X."

- My first Tarot deck? The Rider-Waite in the bright yellow box.

- I once worked as a tour guide ... in a funeral home.

- My favorite food is thin-crust pepperoni pizza. I could eat it for every meal, every day, without a problem.

- My two favorite cities in the world are Bangkok, Thailand and Sydney, Australia. My favorite city to live in is Atlanta, GA.

- My religion is best described as "electic Christian mystic."

- Fourteen years into the relationship, I'm still head over heels in love with my partner.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "shamnaar" on January 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book presents innovative ways of using the Tarot, and it also accomplishes something better than any Tarot book I have read previously: It explains, and in the language spoken therein, how the Tarot is an overlooked yet invaluable tool for use in the modern corporate world.
I realize that most corporate types simply won't encounter this book because they wouldn't be caught dead browsing the metaphysical section of bookstores, but this is a book that you can hand a friend or family member in the business world and say, "Do me a favor and just read the first five chapters." I postulate that most of them that did so would want to read further, but even if they didn't, those initial chapters would alter their perception of what the Tarot is, and to what practical and concrete ends it can be used.
Most bottom line focused corporate managers will be intrigued by the idea of "seventy-eight full time consultants for $12.95." Skeptical or not, studies show that business is waking up to the value of creative brainstorming, something which McElroy demonstrates can be facilitated by the Tarot with the use of the techniques and approaches he describes.
Chapter Two, "Playing for Keeps," includes a section called "Objections - Overruled!" in which McElroy anticipates and diffuses four common objections against bringing Tarot into the office and the boardroom.
* Objection One: You should be working, not playing cards.
* Objection Two: Religion doesn't belong in the workplace
* Objection Three: What will the boss think?
* Objection Four: Won't people think I'm weird?
* Objection Five: We've gotten this far without Tarot cards!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By June Kaminski on January 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
This amazing book by Business expert, Mark McElroy, brings the magical world of tarot into the organizational milieu. Practical and inspiring, Mark presents innovative ways to combine the tarot's guidance with down-to-earth decision making and planning. Mark focuses on the everyday world of the average 21st century executive, entrepreuner or organizational team player. Career planning, goal setting, networking, performance reviews, corporation presentations - all can be enhanced with the energy of the Tarot.

In a press release from Llewellyn, the book is introduced as: "Business manager and consultant Mark McElroy has worked and thrived in the corporate pressure cooker. Let him show you the secrets of using the cards to boost your creativity, make better decisions, and increase your value as a boss or employee. Apply this versatile tool today to clarify your values, define your goals, and restore meaning to your career. The cards can even help you to plan productive meetings, breathe new life into dull presentations, and improve business relationships."

Mark's book will appeal to both the beginning and more seasoned tarot reader. He presents a basic overview of the deck to help you get your feet wet, then offers chapters of suggestions of making the meaning come to life - in your business life! I found this book to be both interesting and enlightening. Mark has a gift - and he shares it in a very pragmatic and utility-oriented way.

For instance, if you wish to do a reading to find out ways to get along better with your work colleagues, he suggests you do a regular reading but slant your interpretation of the results in a business way.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2004
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I'm not a tarot person. I don't tell fortunes. My first reaction to this book was I got a quota to meet. Why waste time with tarot cards?
Still, I picked it up because I'm interested in brainstorming. What I read surprised me. This book is about results and making things happen. The author holds your hand (and attention) every step. If you can't brainstorm with the cards after reading this, you just aren't trying.
And don't worry about the tarot business. This book gives you everything you need. I personally think using tarot makes brainstorming more of a game. When you have more fun you have more ideas. But if you don't like tarot cards, he tells how to use other pictures to do the same thing.
I can see why some tarot types won't like this book. It should have been called Business Brainstorming Games. Its not all about tarot reading. It never tries to be. Instead its a book about using the cards to answer questions faster and map out what to do. Once you try it, you're hooked.
The twenty two ideas in twenty minutes game alone is worth the price. It will give you an edge over people who don't know how to brainstorming with the cards. Buy it now while so few people know about this!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Phil Hulst on April 20, 2004
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Admittedly, before I had my first Tarot "reading" from Mark McElroy, my familiarity and awareness of Tarot was limited to Sister Cleo on television infomercials and one gypsy-like woman at a street-fair. Therefore, I expected a "Brother Cleotis" type approach to Mark's reading. Imagine my surprise when the reading actually was positive and less "future-telling" than it was discussion and my interpretation of what the cards were saying to my situation. On a second and on a third reading at later times, I found the same: a practical and intuitive look at my life's situation.
I would have been hard-pressed to offer much of an explanation of what made the reading meaningful until I read Mark's Book, Putting the Tarot to Work. No "eye of newt and toe of frog," but rather an in-depth discussion of how the Tarot can be an "enlightened" brainstorming tool in the business setting, the book provided an understanding of why Mark is so successful at Tarot.
In my reading, Mark first asked me what the cards seemed to be saying to me...what I saw in them. He then offered the traditional meaning of the cards and together we explored how that meaning and my interpretation of the cards worked together in a synergistic manner to offer insight into my situation.
So, at an introductory level, the cards serve as an "enlightened" brainstorming tool. And although the Cleos and Cleotises of the Tarot world might have a difficulty with this, it becomes a comfortable and safe way to be introduced to Tarot.
And this is what Mark does in his book: he provides an introduction to the Tarot along with tips, techniques and actual stories of how the Tarot fits into real business situations. His writing is concise and easy-to-understand.
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