In my mind and heart, I have felt the urgency of developing a scholarly approach to explaining the psychological workings behind Tarot as a phenomena and powerful tool for growth. Semetsky has taken up the gauntlet and I am thrilled to see her dedication to the in-depth research, writing, and promotion of the science and validity of Tarot cards and reading.
"Re-Symbolization of the Self" explores the relationship between outer images, in this case Tarot cards, and inner psycho-spiritual processes. Drawing from the insight and teaching of writers, such as Carl G. Jung's transcendent function, Semetsky captures the dreaming process in many of it's aspects to reveal what really goes on between object and subject in the creation of meaning.
In Chapter 1 "WHY THIS BOOK?" Semetsky describes her journey to eventually creating her Masters thesis called "Introduction of Tarot readings into clinical psychotherapy: a naturalistic inquiry". She summarizes the promise of Tarot hermeneutics as, "...expanded self-knowledge and that using Tarot symbolic system as an educational and counseling 'aid' enables us to learn from life-experiences hence becoming able to acquire intelligence and wisdom..."
Major concepts and studies Semetsky draws upon within this well researched and referenced publication include, but are not limited to: - Bricolage - (term coined by French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss) "A bricoleur -- a genuine Tarot reader -- makes creative and resourceful use of the 'material at hand' that is, the images and symbols on Tarot pictures." - Hermeneutics - Semetsky offers an overview from history and focuses on the six "Hermetic qualities" applied to her study in Tarot.Read more ›