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Tarot as a Way of Life: A Jungian Approach to the Tarot Paperback – May 1, 2007
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My own path originated in a diverse religious upbringing, winded through an academic setting filled with various social science perspectives, encompassed therapy, developmental workshops, spiritual retreats, etc., and came to rest in a 12-step program. After all these experiences, I recogize the Tarot as a cumulative human effort that places a face on the sum of my experiences. I too started as "the fool" and discoved the world.
A knowledge of Jungian psychology will help one understand and appreciate Karen Hamaker Zondag's TAROT AS A WAY OF LIFE. If you've taken a Myers-Briggs personality test, read Joseph Campbell's works on 'The Hero' or seen the Moyers-Campbell interviews, are familiar with T.S. Elliot's poem 'The Wasteland', or ever been in a 12-step program, you've been exposed to Jungian concepts.
Using Jungian concepts, Zondag explains how the Tarot deck can help the individual develop and use an organizing principle for living. Each of the cards of the Major Arcana represents some aspect of life that occurs for every conscious human being. Zondag divides the cards of the Major Arcana into three components: the basic drives; the construction of the ego; and the integration of the consciousness and unconsciousness. Zondag uses illustrations from several sets of Tarot cards to show why she prefers the Waite Tarot Deck illustrated by Pamela Coleman Smith over others.Read more ›
Don't let the title throw you -- you don't need to be a psych major to understand the ideas presented in this book. The author relates the path laid out in the Major Arcana to life, so everyone should be able to relate.
This book is also a good reference. The book contains discussion of each major and minor arcana card, combining the symbolism of the suit with the card's number, and tying that into the image. As an advanced beginner, this was helpful, since it took me beyond associating keywords with cards, to using my intuition in my interpretation. After checking it out from the library for the third time, I knew this was one that I should own.
In simple terms what you find in these pages is something like this - say for example the cards that are Numbered "Nine", 5 + 4 = 9 so the Writer goes into great detail about the meanings of Five and Four in Numerology thus revealing the meaning of the card. All well and good but what about 7 + 2 - that equals Nine too. Or what about 3 + 6? Or 8 + 1? You see the problem here? Why has the author settled on this particular equation while ignoring the others?
Another basic fallacy that the Writer has made is the number of the cards in History. They make a great deal about the earliest Forteenth century origin of Tarot Cards and why the number was set at 78 cards - but of course it WASN'T set at 78, this was a development with late Eighteenth Century Occultists - most of whom admited later in life that it was all a hoax anyway. The Cary Yale certainly wasn't 78 cards. The Visconte Sforza has had the "Missing" cards reproduced in the 1970's but the general consensus among experts is that they never existed anyway.
There is some value here as alternative interpretatios to think about but there is so many holes in the Writers theory that discretion needs to be employed when using this method.
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This book provides mainly an interesting, pictorial, and clear interpretation of the cards associated to their psychological mechanisms and their principles. Read morePublished 10 months ago by JL
I was expecting new information. At times she is doing some hand-waving to fill pages.Published 11 months ago by Roman
Great insight. Stupid cover. Don't look at the cover. The author is a well studied, insightful thinker. My favorite look at Tarot.Published 12 months ago by goodneighbor
An interesting easy to use book. a great way to learn more about Tarot and to learn about Carl JungPublished on December 6, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I've been studying Tarot for 40 years, and this book is perfect for someone who wants to actually study the Tarot, as opposed to merely using it as a divinatory tool. Read morePublished on February 2, 2013 by Ruby Jones
I am half way through reading this book and so far I find the information to be clearly presented, well organized, easily understood, very flexible/applicable to various decks,... Read morePublished on December 1, 2011 by Aracelis Clemente