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Tarot For The New Aeon (A Practical Guide to the Power and Wisdom of the Thoth Tarot) Paperback – April 27, 2007

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P.C. Tarantino has unlocked the treasures of the Thoth Tarot that were so long buried in esoteric language. Her brilliant new book offers jewels and tools for anyone eager to explore the great adventure of life. It s a how-to manual for daily direction and insight, and wakening our innate power of intuition, as well as a compass for the soul. --Dr. James Wanless, creator of the Voyager Tarot Deck, Author and Trainer

Numerous authors have attempted to accurately interpret the Thoth Tarot images, but none have broken it down to common English quite like P.C. Tarantino. However, behind her plain talk is a genuine seer with a vision tempered by decades of Tarot study and practice, and integrity for applying her insights to the travails of daily life. --Antero Alli, Astrologer and Author of The Vertical Oracle

Tarot for the New Aeon can help us all to better understand our journey through life its hills, valleys and forks in the road as well as guide us to evolve and transform to achieve greater harmony within and without. Having studied with P. C. Tarantino, I am delighted that others can now benefit from her unwaveringly brilliant insights and ability to communicate in direct, down-to-earth language. --Felicia Brings, Best-selling author of Older Women, Younger Men

About the Author

P. C. Tarantino has studied the Thoth Tarot and Aleister Crowley s writings for twenty-eight years. She lives on the central coast of California, where her popular classes reflect a straightforward, vigorous approach to using the Thoth deck for self-awareness and transformation.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 405 pages
  • Publisher: Alternative Insights; 1ST edition (April 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976618400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976618409
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,119,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Louis on April 18, 2011
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This is a clear and simple book about the Thoth deck. It appears to have been designed to avoid frightening new readers who might otherwise be put off by the complex imagery and symbolism that Crowley incorporated into the deck. The author succeeds in this purpose. It will enable a newbie to begin reading with the Thoth cards and finding something useful and meaningful in the spreads. I don't agree with the reviewer who called it simply "new age schmaltz" - that was a bit harsh. I did find Section I to be rather vague and general, however. For example, the interpretations of the cards from pages 28 through 183 (Section I) did contain a lot of clichés like "keep your feet planted firmly on the ground," etc. The interpretations in this section do read a bit like newspaper horoscopes that could apply to anyone. The rest of the book is much better and more directly related to the cards. Section II on the symbols in the cards is very helpful. It focuses on the key symbols without overwhelming the reader. Newcomers will find this useful. Appendix II is a kind of fortune cookie listing of card meanings that serves as a quick review of some essential divinatory meanings. It is well done and will come in handy. There was one typo that confused me. On page 358 the diagram of the Tree of Life has the Princes in sephira Nine, Yesod, but the text on the bottom of page 359 says the Princes belong in Tiphareth. It is not clear what the author intends and which of these is a typo. The discussion of the Qabalah is limited to a few pages in the appendix, which was fine with me since I don't much use qabalistic symbolism in reading the cards. I recommend this book for readers who have felt intimidated by the Thoth deck and want a gentle way to ease into it. If they find that they like the deck and its symbolism, they will certainly want to explore it in more depth but will need other books (like those of Crowley himself, Banzhaf, DuQuette, and Ziegler) to do so.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Catherine H. Duncan on April 20, 2008
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I'm just getting interested in the tarot and read a review of this book on
Aeclectic Tarot Forum. The book has been a great find. It helped me do a reading for myself using the Advisor Section. It was right on and very helpful. Also, I found the section called Understanding the Symbols of the
Thoth Tarot easy to follow. The book is written in everyday language and is very down to earth and practical in it's application. It's a good book to own and I'm glad I bought it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 9, 2007
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Written by Thoth deck tarot teacher P. C. Tarantino, who studied the art of Thoth tarot and Aleister Crowley's writings for twenty-eight years, Tarot for the New Aeon: A Practical Guide to the Power and Wisdom of the Thoth Tarot is an in-depth effort to make Crowley's wisdom of the Qabalah, alchemy, astrology, and numerology accessible to modern readers and tarot practitioners of all backgrounds. Chapters examine the Thoth tarot deck card by card with black-and-white illustrations, explore how to find one's Personal Guidance cards, offer tips for interpreting readings, especially those under unusual conditions, and much more. A superb addition to metaphysical studies shelves, recommended for anyone intrigued by tarot and its divination and character-revealing potential.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. O'NEILL on June 10, 2013
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Tarot for the New Aeon is a practical, grounded instruction in understanding human behavior by using Tarot imagery. If you're looking for a scholarly dissertation on the practice of Tarot, you're in the wrong department. The author focuses on Tarot as a way to bypass conventional cognitive analysis, using (and sometimes discovering) one's intuitive and creative abilities. She views Tarot as one tool, among many, to foster a range of insights. These, she insists, are innate. From childhood we are aware of energy, seen and unseen. It's in our DNA. We can communicate and receive from others on many levels, verbal and nonverbal. These are natural skills, and Tarantino is clear that she holds no franchise for such skills. Tarot, she suggests, is a way of getting past mental sets and illusions about our energy and that of others. She insists that we are vibrantly insightful, given encouragement and a little guidance. In Tarot for the New Aeon, she does this without pseudo-psychic jargon. No quasi New Age mumbo-jumbo. Throughout the text, which offers a fresh take on reading the many visual symbols (in this case, drawn from the Aleister Crowley Tarot), Tarantino mentors readers to trust their perceptions, to be flexible and playful. She speaks authoritatively, obviously from experience, extensive knowledge, and a relentless grounding in reality. And here's a great plus: the book is well written and straight-forward. It's a keeper and you'll have it on your book shelf for a long time.
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22 of 32 people found the following review helpful By S. W. Lewis on January 31, 2008
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Tarot For The New Aeon grabbed my attention, believe it or not, because of its cover, which is simple and poignant and textbook-like and promises scholarship and erudition. Also, the rave reviews combined fatally with my fiscal irresponsibility and the result was a mistake: purchasing this book. Frankly, I don't understand how it hasn't been criticized yet, I don't understand how it has merited all this positive press. But that cover...how humble it is! How like an information-stuffed tome!

Never judge a book by its cover.

The data felt canned and generic, akin to the mawkish astrological "forecasts" generated these days on the Internet. Mrs. Tarantino's profligate use of the second-person pronoun "you" suggests that she designed her work for those who read Tarot primarily for themselves, so if you aim to read for others then you will need a more serious grimoire. Tarot For The New Aeon is entirely too optimistic, a trait at odds with the Thoth deck; the book's tone is saccharine and weak and irritatingly effervescent.

One gets the sense that Mrs. Tarantino wears Birkenstocks and beads and attended Woodstock back in the Sixties and protested the Vietnam War. This is not the sort of person I want to instruct me in recondite doctrines. I want a Magus, or at least a Scholar. I doubt if she is the former, although she is quite possibly the latter--the lady must be cunning to have marketed the book as she has (see my comments below) but if she is a scholar she does not show it in this work.

That said, I will give her effort two stars instead of one, because A.) on a few isolated occasions she actually augmented my understanding of a little bit of the imagery, and B.
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