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"This book is a wonderful support document for the power of Tarot as a counseling tool. Mr. Rosengarten writes in a very clear and casual style which makes complex concepts understand-able to the lay person. This book is a valuable companion to the core books.... Somewhat technical at times, the author's "every-day" references and context clarify within the body of the work, making frequent trips to a dictionary unnecessary. There were a few sections that were theoretically over my head, but their content was not necessary to follow these document to it's logical conclusion. Bravo!"―Errol McLendon, Taroist, Chicago, IL

"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

About the Author

Dr. Arthur Rosengarten is a licensed clinical psychologist, Diplomate of the American Psychotherpy Association, and a professional Tarot reader and teacher with twenty-five years of experience in both disciplines. He is currently in private practice in Encinitas, California.
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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Paragon House; Stated First Edition edition (April 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557787840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557787842
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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TAROT AND PSYCHOLOGY: Spectrums of Possibility, by Arthur Rosengarten, is a complex but well-written book. Rosengarten is a Jungian psychologist who has written a book primarily for fellow clinicians. However, Tarot readers of any persuasion will probably find the book informative and interesting.
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.
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I purchased this book and somehow had overlooked the fact that Ph.D was behind his name. I was so surprised to find a Tarot book that delves so deeply into the many uses of Tarot and that a psychologist would recommend them!!
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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This book is a wonderful support document for the power of Tarot as a counseling tool. Mr. Rosengarten writes in a very clear and casual style which makes complex concepts understandable to the lay person. This book is a valuable companion to the core books which have been in my library since my studies began (many of them referenced by Mr. Rosengarten). Somewhat technical at times, the author's "every-day" references and context clarify within the body of the work, making frequent trips to a dictionary unnecessary. There were a few sections that were theoretically over my head, but their content was not necessary to follow these document to it's logical conclusion. Bravo!
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With scant few exceptions, the Tarot's inherent ability as a powerful and practical tool in the psychotherapeutic realm has gone on relatively unrecognized in the publishing world. Rarer still is a work devoted specifically and solely to this fascinating topic. So the publication of Tarot and Psychology: Spectrums of Possibility by Arthur Rosengarten, Ph.D. (Paragon House/2000) is an unquestionably notable event. Happily, Dr. Rosengarten has provided us with a work marked by characteristics uncommon in any genre. His always-engaging text sparkles throughout with great humanity, warm humor, and profound depth. Furthermore, impressive research findings and extremely sane argument support his what-might-be-considered controversial use of the Tarot selectively in the therapeutic setting. Tarot and Psychology will be of equal value to the Tarot professional seeking wider horizons in which to assist clients, and the psychotherapist open to new techniques with the same valiant goal. With admirable eloquence, the author's thought-provoking approach reveals the significant and even sacred connection between these superficially-divergent subjects. In the role of Virgil-like guide, Dr. Rosengarten leads the reader on an awe-inspiring journey through the portal between the two and into an underground composed of the psyche, heart, and soul. For those daring enough to accept this challenge, the potential rewards are wondrous indeed. -Michael Orlando Yaccarino, Certified Professional Tarot Reader
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What a fascinating concept...traditional psychology applied to Tarot. The Jungian archetypes depicted in Tarot are well-known, but what about the psychological interpretation of other cards? Or the connections with I-Ching, the Cube of Space and human philosophy? It';s all here, albeit bathed in a wash of numbers, tables and other empirical paraphernalia, but that's how psychologists look at phenomenon and it's an interesting ride to go on if you (like me) came to the Tarot from a purely experiential and empathetic way. If you are a categories person (like me) you will appreciate the order here and it will add to your intellectual understanding of the tarot as a system, if not enhance your kinaesthetic feelings about each card. Recommended as a purely intellectual exercise!
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