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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 10.9.2008 edition (November 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738713090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738713090
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rachel  is considered one of the World’s foremost authorities on the modern interpretation of the Tarot. She is also a poet, an award-winning novelist, and a Tarot card and comic book artist. She has published 12 books on the Tarot, including 78 Degrees of Wisdom (Thorsons, 1998), considered a modern classic and “the Bible of Tarot reading.” Its’ marriage of common sense, wide-ranging knowledge, and esoteric awareness have inspired many tens of thousands of readers worldwide to a deeper knowledge of the Tarot.

She is a member of the American Tarot Association, the International Tarot Society, and the Tarot Guild of Australia. With fellow Tarot author Mary Greer, she has taught at the famed Omega Institute for the past twelve years. She has been conferred the title of “Tarot Grand Master” by the Tarot Certification Board, an independent body located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As a fiction writer, Pollack has been bestowed many honors and awards, among them the famed Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction (for Unquenchable Fire) and the World Fantasy Award (for Godmother Night). She is a recommended member of PEN International, and has written for numerous publications.


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This is an excellent first book for anyone looking to get started in tarot reading.
Kevin Edwards
Like her earlier book, Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom, Tarot Wisdom discusses each card in turn and offers ample information on interpreting the cards in a reading.
Dandylioness
Rachel Pollack already knocked one out of the park with her Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on April 4, 2009
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I've had 78 Degrees of Wisdom, for a long time, and if anyone asked, I would have called that book my absolute go-to Tarot guide, for beginner, and experienced alike.

Now, 78 Degrees is my SECOND favorite, next to this one. Each of the Major Arcana has a history, detailed explanation, meanings, reverse meanings, and one or two readings focusing on the meaning of each card. Each minor has a page, within a chapter. Very in depth.

Every chapter is a journey. Every new spread she offers adds so much insight to the cards. Nevermind how much knowledge I'm getting from the book, but it's an absolute pleasure to read. It's not textbooky at all, not dry and disconnected, like some Tarot books can be. It feels like Ms. Pollack is right here, with me at my table, guiding me through the deck. The illustrations are interesting, the layout is excellent, her voice (as always) is terriffic. I love the comparisons of the cards throughout history, too. It's such an interactive book, never did I find myself passively reading. Every time I picked it up, I had to dig out a deck and mull it over, as I read.

I can't say enough good about this book, but I feel like it would be a very valuable addition to every Tarot reader's shelf.
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Scott Martin on February 8, 2009
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In the beginning was the word, and the word was SEVENTY-EIGHT DEGREES OF WISDOM, (often called the "Tarot Bible" by Pollack disciples) and we saw that it was good.
And now, building on that masterful work, Ms. Pollack has written a "tell all" book of Tarot. In this unique body of work, she has ingeniously integrated Tarot history, traditional meanings, astrology, Kabbalah and mythology, along with reading techniques, original spreads, and her own rich life experiences as a Taroist, author and teacher.
In these challenging economic times, if you are looking for that one book that gives your the biggest bang for your buck, look no further: It is TAROT WISDOM. Scott Martin
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Dandylioness on March 7, 2009
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In the introduction, Pollack describes Tarot Wisdom simply as "what I have learned about Tarot over the past forty years." Like her earlier book, Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom, Tarot Wisdom discusses each card in turn and offers ample information on interpreting the cards in a reading. But whereas Seventy-Eight Degrees focuses mainly on the popular Rider deck, Tarot Wisdom takes a more comparative approach. Pollack discusses the Rider meanings and images in relation to older decks and approaches, including the Visconti, Marseille, and Golden Dawn decks. She also frequently discusses how her understanding of cards informed the designs in her own Shining Tribe deck.

I usually enjoy Pollack's writing style in her Tarot books, and this book was no exception. While she consistently provides list of correspondences and historical and modern meanings for the cards, her discussions are more free-flowing, concentrating on what she finds most interesting about each card. Occasionally this left me wishing she had spent more time discussing a particular meaning or image, but it also kept the writing from becoming overly dry or tedious. I enjoyed her analysis of the Major Arcana cards, but the most informative parts of the book for me were centered around the Minors and the court cards. She goes into some detail about interpreting Marseille-style pip cards and offers both Pythagorean and Kabalistic number theories as guides. Her chapter on the court cards made these cards come alive for me in a way other books have not achieved, and made it worth including in my collection. She also includes a useful comparison of Rider and Golden Dawn titling conventions.

The book ends with some spreads and pointers for giving readings.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Hayward H. Siegel on January 15, 2009
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This book is a great sequel to Pollack's excellent book, Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom. After giving a brief history of the Tarot decks, she gives in-depth discussions of all the cards of the deck. The book is loaded with illustrations, and the discussion of each card includes illustrations of each card from a few decks. Pollack's method of writing is enjoyable to read. Her discussions of the cards give some new insights regarding psychological interpretations of the cards in the Tarot Deck.
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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Karl E. Boggs on November 4, 2008
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I have been looking forward to Rachel's book from first hearing about it. I was fortunate enough to participate in a few of her intensive workshops and have been waiting for the book to fill me in on the ones that I missed.

Her book is surpassing my high expectations and captures both her wit and wisdom. Rachel creates a personal and intimate connection to the Tarot for the reader. She mixes in detailed knowledge and insight. It is a very impressive book and useful resource for anyone interested in Tarot.

Adding a little more to review: Rachel has created a very helpful recursive technique to explore cards (and new decks) and teaches it quite well in her new book. Basic idea is to consider thematic elements of a particular card, or suit, or symbolism, or deck, or other characteristic and draft some good questions around them. Once the questions are created you do a reading on them. The results can be surprising and very often add a lot of insight. In workshops we did this with some rather challenging decks with good results. In Tarot Wisdom, Rachel explores each card from various resources and then completes the exploration with some very effective exploratory readings.
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