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The Back in Time Tarot Book: Picture the Past, Experience the Cards, Understand the Present Paperback – October 17, 2008
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"Back in Time Tarot by Janet Boyer is truly innovative and refreshing." -- Stuart R. Kaplan, author of The Encyclopedia of Tarot Volumes I-IV; founder of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
"I find Back in Time Tarot a truly valuable addition to Tarot literature and yet another proof of the Tarot's ability to constantly generate new ideas and perspectives." -- Philip Carr-Gomm, The DruidCraft Tarot
"Janet Boyer's BIT Tarot Method uses the power of choice to help you explore the cards and your life in new ways. It has become a welcome addition to my Tarot toolkit." -- Joan Bunning, author of Learning the Tarot
"I can think of no better way to make Tarot archetypes instantly relevant to the world around us than the exercises found in Janet Boyer's marvelous book." - Lon Milo DuQuette, Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot
"Back in Time Tarot is a powerful tool for exploring multiple aspects of any person or situation." -- Mary K. Greer, author of 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card and Tarot for Your Self
"The card-reading methods that Janet Boyer teaches in The Back in Time Tarot Bookare valuable, unique, and much needed." --Judika Illes, author of Pure Magic and The Element Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells
"The Back in Time Tarot Book is a significant contribution to the field for novice students and seasoned professionals." --Phyllis Vega, author of Power Tarot and Romancing the Tarot
"Because hindsight is always 20/20, the student/seeker can easily learn the language of Tarot cards by reflecting on the past using the BIT method and then easily use the cards to project into the future." --Wilma Carroll, author of The 2-hour Tarot Tutor
"Janet Boyer's BIT Method is a powerful tool for exploring multiple aspects of any person or situation. It's especially good for gaining personal insight into the stories you live by." --Mary K. Greer, author of 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card and Tarot for Your Self
"Janet Boyer's innovative BIT Snapshot Method is truly innovative and a refreshing departure from traditional approaches to Tarot. Boyer's useful book, Back in Time Tarot, belongs in every Tarot collection." --Stuart R. Kaplan, author of The Encyclopedia of Tarot series
About the Author
Janet Boyer is the author of Back in Time Tarot (Hampton Roads, 2008) and Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer Books, 2012), as well as the co-creator (with her husband, artist Ron Boyer) of the Snowland Deck (2013) . She is currently working on her third and fourth Tarot books--Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped-Down Advice from the Cards (Dodona Books, 2014) and 365 Tarot: Daily Meditations (Dodona Books, 2014). As a respected, trusted Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, she's penned over 1,200 published reviews that have also been featured in print magazines and other online outlets. In addition to being a Tarot expert and professional reader, Janet is also a social media consultant, blogger, fiction writer and homeschooling Mom. Visit her online at JanetBoyer.com.
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How do most of us first encounter the Tarot? For me, it was through watching a James Bond film where a beautiful fortune teller shuffled the cards, selected at random and used the upturned cards to foretell the future. Of course, I soon realised it's not that simple. The Tarot is a powerful tool for shedding insight on past, present and future but fundamental to its application is the principle of randomness--or so I thought prior to reading Janet's book.
The Back in Time Tarot Book is the ultimate "card reversal" of the Tarot world. Rather than relying on random selection, Janet encourages you to take control of the Tarot deck and use it as a tool to illuminate your past through means of deliberate card selection. As such, she has given us a powerful tool for self-understanding.
Her Back in Time (BIT) Method involves selecting an incident from your past, summarising it into a "snapshot" by identifying the key points you wish to clarify and then selecting cards to represent these key points. Cards are selected either based on their traditional meanings or alternatively, because of your intuitive response to the images themselves.
One aspect that impressed me greatly was the author's emphasis on card combinations. I frequently work with Lenormand cards as well as with the Tarot and here, card combinations are paramount. An individual card such as the Coffin can mean something very different on its own to when it's paired with a card such as the Heart. So it is with Janet's BIT Method. If an aspect of your "snapshot" is too complex to be represented by a single card then you're encouraged to select two or more that connect together for you on an intuitive level.
The benefits of this method are far reaching. In creating a symbolic "photo album" of such key past events in your life, the tarot symbols you select will often uncover aspects of your past you hadn't realised or acknowledged. I've also found that in using this method I've begun to build up a whole new raft of personalised card meanings and associations that I've been able to bring back to my conventional readings.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating as they say. In this respect, Back in Time Tarot is almost self-endorsing. The first section is Janet herself, laying out the BIT Method whilst the second part is based around a stellar array of other Tarot writers and artists writing on their usage of Janet's methodology and providing their own BIT Snapshots. Names include Mary K. Greer, Monte Farber, Zach Wong, Lisa Hunt, Riccardo Minetti and Joan Bunning amongst others. What better seal of approval could you get than this? Each of their accounts is carefully framed by Janet's own commentary on their experiences.
Adding to the goody bag are further exercises, where the BIT Method is applied to a range of other events such as current affairs coverage or movie storylines. It's amazing what the cards can say in such situations!
This is a truly clever book, well written and presented in a way that showcases not only Janet's infectious enthusiasm, but also the respect and enthusiasm for her BIT Method shown by some of the world's best Tarot writers and artists. Add this to your bookshelf whenever you get the chance. If, like me, you had fallen into the trap of thinking there wasn't much more to learn, this book will soon prove you wrong. It's a winner in every way.
The Back in Time Tarot Book by Janet Boyer is published by Hampton Roads Publishing Company Inc. ISBN 978-1-57174-587-3
Chris Butler discovered the Tarot nearly thirty years ago. He has created and illustrated four tarot decks of his own and is the illustrator of the Quantum Tarot, co-created with author Kay Stopforth.Quantum Tarot: A Tarot of New Physics
Janet's BIT Method empowers even a complete Tarot novice to use a deck's archetypical images to analyze those events, both large and small, that have lodged deep in our memories and have had a lasting influence. By choosing cards that remind us of aspects of a situation in our past, we can look with fresh eyes for the reasons why that event happened, and its impact on the person we've become.
Some of my personal favorites were Ann Cass's heartwarming story "You Can Catch a Robin If You Put Salt on Its Tail" and Mary Greer's "Discovering the Tarot", although many of the BIT Snapshots in the book showed how Janet's BIT Method can be helpful even in dealing with painful memories and life challenges. For example, Teresa Michelsen's "Journey through the Dark Night of the Mind" detailed an inspiring journey of learning to deal with life when suffering chronic pain.
Both Janet Boyer and Mark McElroy's very personal and revealing stories about their deep sense of satisfaction as they discovered a more inclusive version of Christianity were very uplifting to read.
The Back in Time Tarot Book is also a fascinating collection of highly insightful tales from Tarot icons--but don't let that put you off if you're new to Tarot. The wonder of Janet's BIT Method is that is works even if you have no idea of the traditional "meanings" for each of the cards. The important thing is that they act as visual triggers, sparking insights from your subconscious.
The human mind is more complex than any computer, and Janet's BIT Tarot Method could help you to find important messages from your past that you thought you'd forgotten. They are all part of who you are.
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