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Tarot and Psychology: Spectrums of Possibility Paperback – April 7, 2000
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"In this outstanding, groundbreaking work, Art Rosengarten, a licensed clinical psychologist, sets the stage for a new integration of psychology and Tarot.... Cutting across methodologies, theories, and statistics, Tarot emphasizes the "heartbeat of experience"...Rosengarten does an excellent job of defining terms and explaining techniques so that they make sense to the lay reader. He also uses exciting real-life examples and stories to make his methods crystal clear and demonstrate their practicality.... This book is truly innovative and exciting, by a therapist and tarot reader possessing a compassionate and poetic soul that radiates through each word he writes."―Mary K. Greer, TAROT Newsletter, Summer 2000
"This is a book that challenges the thinking of both practicing clinical psychologist and practicing Tarot readers...this work is based on solid clinical training and the author's own extensive research and practical clinical experience. The author has developed a Spectrum of Possibility for each card in the Tarot deck. These spectra are not the cut and dried "card meanings"...but rich shades of psychological meaning...the author explains the Jungian Theory of Synchronicity, that is, the notion of acausality. This is the most lucid and uncomplicated exposition of this important and oft misunderstood subject. This is a "must read" for clinicians who are looking for new approaches to old problems and for Tarotists looking for a work with more depth and meaning than yet another description of the archetypal images of the Major Arcana."―Linda Gail Walters, Student of Tarot, San Diego, CA
"Rosengarten's remarkable work spans the abyss that yawns between psychology and mysticism, and does so without diminishment to art or science."―Lon Milo DuQuette, Author of Tarot Of Ceremonial Magick
"Were I still in practice, I would test for myself the integration of Tarot (and other mantic methods) into analysis, something this book has given me courage to attempt."―James A. Hall, MD, Author of Jungian Dream Interpretation
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Rosengarten suggests psychoanalysis is based more on art than science, and as an art form Tarot can play a role. He says his method involving the use of Tarot cards is both effective and pragmatic. In his own practice, he has found Tarot can play a role in facilitating quality ananysis within time constraints (managed care). To support his claims of the effectiveness of his methods, he presents the results of some empirical work he conducted using Tarot with a purposive sample of adults in domestic violence treatment programs. He says his work can be replicated and is thus subject to empirical review.
Either Rosengarten's writing is incredibly clear, or I was in the right place at the right time, or both, but based on my reading of this book, I think I may finally understand what Jung meant by synchronicity. Rosengarten suggests each of the Tarot cards has a spectrum of meanings and that each of these meanings is augmented when viewed in conjunction with other cards (and their meanings) in a particular spread. The synchronic view contrasts with a linear interpretation of the Major Arcana of the Tarot cards which some see as representative of the stages of personality development or journey of the soul.
As nearly as I can tell, Rosengarten is suggesting that when one engages in a Tarot reading, a "higher power" takes over and a path to enlightment is opened. Having experienced the Transcendent I have to agree with him. However, whether your view is diachronic or synchronic I think you will find Rosengarten's book intriguing.
One of the most impressive comments I must make regarding this book is how easy it was to read. I have found in the past, that when one reads a book by a doctor, that they tend to use "big" words to prove they are educated enough to hold a degree.
Dr. Rosengarten, however, does not.
Each card is explained in full details but not so much as a card, but as a possibility for growth and needs. But if you are a professional reader and want to truly be able to go beyond predictive tarot readings, I suggest this book as your first purchase.
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I was pleasantly surprised. It opened up a whole new world of Tarot possibilities and information. Every serious Tarot reader should spend time with this book.Published 5 months ago by Ludwig J De Vito
This is an excellent resource if you're considering the addition of Tarot in your mental health practices. However, it is a bit technical. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Arthur Rosengarten has done something remarkable by integrating spirituality and psychology so wonderfully through tarot. I loved reading it.Published 11 months ago by shakti ray
Interesting if you are looking at tarot and psychology and a worthy edition to your library.Published 16 months ago by Anwar
I love this book. Whenever I am stuck with a client I will turn to the techniques in this book, and often get new insight to the issue.Published 18 months ago by M. George
This might not be such an awful book as the rating I'm giving it implies ... but the presentation of the subject is kind of heavy handed, the writing style rather convoluted, and... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Pete