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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Pck Tcr Pa edition (January 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738701955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738701950
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joseph Ernest Martin (California) has been a professional Tarot reader for more than fifteen years. He is also a professional artist and art director, with more than sixty-three design awards.

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the stars, planets, and constellations The astrological aspects in the Quest Tarot follow traditional interpretations. What follows is a shorthand guide to the essence of the planets and their configurations. You can easily look up the cards by referring to the first few words in each paragraph. Also, the planetary associations have been highlighted in bold to make them easier to find. Pictures of the actual cards have been included so that you can become familiar with the symbols as they appear on the cards. The planets and stars move like a grand machine above us. They have been considered magical ever since we could raise our heads and look up. Astrology has been through quite a renaissance. The planets tell us their stories using symbols, glyphs, and circles. If we watch the planets carefully, we will realize that they shed their light upon us as influential energy. Imagine that a planet or star is a colored light. When that light is in the right position, it influences how we see our surroundings and therefore how we react to our surroundings. We still have free will and those who are enlightened are probably the least affected by the energy of the stars, though they cast their influence anyway. It is important that we become aware of the movement of our little planet through the universe. We are all traveling so quickly (around 700 miles per hour around the sun) that we forget to stop and contemplate how our existence is a miracle. By taking the time to look up and even to learn about what we see in the heavens, we open ourselves up to the divine guidance the heavens offer us. 9 Planets Signs Moon s Aries 1 Sun a Taurus 2 Mercury d Gemini 3 Venus f Cancer 4 Mars g Leo 5 Jupiter h Virgo 6 Saturn j Libra 7 Uranus È Scorpio Neptune l Sagittarius Õ Pluto Capricorn 0 Chiron c Aquarius - Pisces = the suit of wands Ace of Wands The Ace in each suit does not have any planetary connection. The Aces contain time references. Two of Wands Mars in Aries. Strength and assertiveness. Running over the tops of others. Not caring about others as you climb the ladder. Three of Wands Sun in Aries. Fierce determination to succeed. Selfcenteredness. Disregard for others. High energy level. Restlessness. Leadership. Four of Wands Venus in Aries. Passion and energy. Risk taking. Love of physical intimacy. Excitement. An enterprising person. Impulsive. 10 The Stars, Planets, and Constellations Five of Wands Saturn in Leo. Kingly and prideful. Great strength. Serious attitude. Refusal to accept limitations. Extreme effort. Too much pride and willfulness. Six of Wands Jupiter in Leo. Outgoing personality. Blowing your own horn. Tendency to be bombastic. Noisy. Showoff. Love of life. Overly optimistic or rash judgment. Seven of Wands Mars in Leo. Dominant leader. Encouraging attitude. Dramatic actions. Courageous and vigorous. Great physical vitality. Strength. Eight of Wands Mercury in Sagittarius. You become more and more negative. Its time to think. Be serious in your current tasks. Avoid scattering your energy. Nine of Wands Sun in Sagittarius. Love of physical and intellectual journeys. Self-improvement. Philosophical. Great curiosity. Visionary. Ten of Wands Saturn in Sagittarius. Improving your mind. Continuing education. Sharing your thoughts. Curbed enthusiasm. A love of teaching. the suit of cups Ace of Cups The Ace in each suit does not have any planetary connection. The Aces contain time references. The Stars, Planets, and Constellations 11 Two of Cups Venus in Cancer. The intense desire for a stable and long-lasting relationship. Dont sacrifice yourself. Romance. Nurturing energies. Sentimental. Strong family ties. Three of Cups Mercury in Cancer. Dont dwell on the past. Emotions may stop you from progressing. Exaggeration. Difficulty thinking. Four of Cups Moon in Cancer. Self-protection. Hard outer shell. Appearing different from who you really are. Mysterious presence. Need for emotional security. Five of Cups Mars in Scorpio. High sexual drive. Intense. Penetrating to the essence of things. Inner strength. Situations are difficult to understand. Beware of jealousy. Extreme. Six of Cups Sun in Scorpio. Examining the inner self. Searching for the meaning of life. Introspection. Contemplation. Seven of Cups Venus in Scorpio. Creating harmony among your many and varied intense relationships. Possible resentfulness. Eight of Cups Saturn in Pisces. Humane. Afraid to be in public. Lack of self-confidence. Caution around self-expression. Shy. Vague fears. Nine of Cups Jupiter in Pisces. A kind and sympathetic nature. Caring deeply about people. Taking care of those...(Continues)

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Customer Reviews

These cards are beautiful and have much more information than any cards I have seen/used/been read for me.
S. Fuller
Conclusion I highly recommend this deck and book to the Tarot veteran, as well as the individual who has never used a Tarot deck.
Janet Boyer
As with the Thoth deck, there's a great many more meanings to the card than what you simply see at a passing glance.
L. Edwards

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 20, 2003
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When I first beheld online images of this deck earlier this year, I drooled. I've always been drawn to computer-generated images, and my two favorite archetype decks are both computer generated. I was dabbling in traditional Tarot, and although I liked the concept of the deck I was using, the readings felt forced and uninspiring. Maybe Tarot wasn't for me? Maybe I should just stick with archetype decks?

Then I received The Quest Tarot. I was excited to finally get to see the entire deck and feel them in my hands, but my heart sank as I thought I wouldn't be able to use them. I guess I convinced myself I would never be able to understand or use traditional Tarot. I did a reading, not expecting them to "speak" to me. Boy, was I ever wrong--and wonderfully surprised! I have received eerily accurate readings every single time I've used this deck.

I had a misgiving about this deck, I admit. The author and artist, Joseph Martin, has imbued the cards with additional divinatory elements such as astrological signs, runes, Hebrew letters from the Kabbalah, Roman letters, I Ching, gemstones, yes/no features, and the ability to discern hair and eye color. Absolutely daunting, I thought. I already felt like a Tarot failure--why would I want to add to it by mixing in things like the I Ching and Kabbalah?! When I saw the deck for myself, however, I realized these elements did not distract me in the least. If anything, they added a special dimension to the reading. If you know nothing about these other divinatory elements, don't worry--I'm pretty clueless about Kaballah, runes, and I Ching myself. The thorough explanations of these elements are clearly laid out in the book that accompanies this deck, so you can just look up their meaning and see how it adds to the reading.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Sue Larson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
Whether this is your first Tarot deck or the newest addition to your Tarot collection, THE QUEST TAROT will soon become a trusted friend. The luminous graphics on each card open up multidimensional doorways to other worlds -- with meaningful constellations, rainbows, animals and flowers gracing many of the cards. This deck is instantly accessible, since each card contains a keyword along with it's name (such as "The Moon" -- "Dreams") for easy interpretation. In addition to providing regular tarot readings, THE QUEST TAROT cards are designed to help you foretell timelines, as well as include gemstones, rune stones, the I Ching, and Kabbalah in your readings. This deck also contains a couple of new cards: "The Multiverse," and a blank card.
What impresses me the most about the companion book is that the information for each card is perfectly aligned with the pages, so at a glance you can read all about each particular card without having to turn any pages. Joseph Ernest Martin demonstrates his creative, playful side by including several games to play with this deck -- everything from "Quest Tarot Poker" to "Truth or Dare!" My other favorite thing about the companion book is how clearly Martin describes techniques for getting the most insight from each of your readings -- "turbo-charging" them so they provide you with the most awesome insights.
If you've got burning questions, THE QUEST TAROT has the answers for you!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia L. Padley on March 17, 2006
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Just starting out in Tarot Cards - the book is so large and so full of different information that it can boggle a new beginner's mind. Having been in tarot cards for the past 3 months, I have begun to understand the different concepts of the horoscopes, the different stones, the planets, and signs for all of those previously named

Joseph Martin has wrote a very thorough and intense book on understanding the tarot. I loved the part where Mr. Martin says that we should treat our tarot cards with dignity and respect and they will always serve you well!

He has the planetary associations and symbols on the tarot cards and on page 10, he has the symbols for each of the planets and horoscopes. He has the minor arcana listed and the planets and horoscopes are explained in each of these cards. For instance , the Two of Wands = Mars in Aries Strength and assertiveness. Running over the tops of others. Not caring about others as you climb the ladder.

In this large and encompassing 296 pages of the Quest, he has such great depths of understanding the tarot! He has a chapter of gemstones, how to use the cards for yes and no answers. He has included a traditional Hebrew letters on the Major Arcana, a chapter on rune stones, and even a chapter on Tarot Party Games.

This book is worth it's money for it has so many options and ways for us to use his tarot cards for the "Quest." I would not hesitate to buy this book again!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alijandra on April 12, 2004
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This lovely deck is pure eye candy but it has definite nutritional substance. Visionary Joseph Ernest Martin had created a visual feast of color, astrological signs, I Ching, rune stones, rainbows, animals, Kabbala, crystals and gemstones, a yes/no feature and much more! At last---a user-friendly tarot deck that is gorgeous, as well. No wonder it was snatched up like hotcakes in its first printing!
Joseph is an award-winning graphics and fine artist with gifted psychic abilities. Perfect combo for a near perfect tarot deck. The only tarot deck coming close to it in it's appeal to me is the Voyager deck. He has made it easier for the non-Tarot reader to actually be able to read a spread.
My favorite cards are the Multiverse, and the blank card, which I understand are two new cards to be added to any deck.
The more I play with this deck, the closer I get to actually wanting to learn the art of tarot reading. It is a most useful tool for delving into one's life in a multidimensional manner.
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