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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
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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I have been going through these exercises one by one. Giving them my full attention. I started to notice the healing that was taking place. I would recall a situation, I would look through my decks and find the cards I would associate with the experience and I would tell my story with them. As I would tell my story I could see the experience LIVE and it was as if I was releasing it. Letting go and letting the Tarot take this situation on. It has given me a new-found understanding of the Cards and has opened SO many doorways for my Journey with the Tarot. This is definitely not a book for someone who is a bit of a prude! It asks you to throw out your conventional way of thinking and asks you to embody the Fool and take a leap, have some fun and go enjoy the experiences you create. I can definitely say that the little time I have had with this book, it has made a huge impact on me. It has allowed me to see things from a different vantage point and to let go & forgive situations and experiences that I thought I already had.
The Back in Time Tarot Book has taught me:
The Fool + The High Priestess + The Chariot = The Mystery Machine. Yep you heard that right. Scooby Doo's Mystery Machine can be represented by these cards!
How to effectively take myself out of situations and utilize the BIT Method to ease my stress levels. By working through this method for something that stresses you, It can be effective in easing your mind and allows you to really see a different point of view and maybe where you need to lighten up a bit.
How to really enjoy Tarot - Sometimes reading the cards can get a bit monotone.. It can drain you but by utilizing this method and reading the book I've been inspired again. It has put that spark back into my practice!
So if you are looking to purchase this book, know that you'll definitely get something out of it.
As co-creators of the universe, imagination is our greatest tool. Here, Boyer instructs us to think of a particular situation that held great meaning in our lives and then attempt to depict the situation in terms of the cards. In order to show her method to perfection, I will detail an example--describing with the tarot an event from my life that was fraught with much emotion and personal development.
A few years ago, a dear friend of mine passed away from a massive heart attack while working at his computer in his apartment. It took the manager of his residence four days to call the police to force open the door of his apartment. What followed was a frenzy of sadness and confusion on the part of his family and friends as to what to do next. My friend was a writer who had collected quite an extensive personal repertoire of writings of a political and philosophical nature. He had been attempting to build an Internet presence that included courses and seminars that would instruct his audience as to how to live a better life. He had trademarked a few catchy phrases to epitomize his concept and was in the process of marketing them with a series of websites. However, many of his ideas were just that, ideas that he had not personally executed or fully thought out. In October of 2008, after Lehman Brothers and other important financial institutions failed, my friend who had libertarian leanings panicked at the proposed government bailout. He worried that his nest egg would be sadly diminished and that before his concept became a well-known brand and was able to produce income he would run out of money. His anxiety hastened his demise; he is remembered only through his network of friends--his writings and philosophy all but forgotten. Amidst much turmoil regarding his estate and grief regarding his absence, an inquiry regarding my friend arrived via the Internet. The inquiry's sender became a new friend who heralded a wonderful spiritual awakening for me.
Cards 1-2: The Fool (Universal Waite) depicts an innocent walking without looking towards a cliff. He is embarking on an adventure and with childlike simplicity is not aware of the danger that lurks. He is representative of my friend as he begins on his new path of teleseminar philosopher. The Ace of Wands (Robin Wood Tarot) suggests that my friend was optimistic and inspired; excited to begin his new venture
Card 3: The Hierophant (Universal Waite) is symbolic of traditional thinking with regard to religion and spirituality. My friend oftentimes called himself "The Pope"; he was somewhat rigid in his morality believing in his ability to monitor the lives of others with a strict adherence to rules.
Cards 4-5-6: The Hanged Man (Robin Wood Tarot) suggests the time out that my friend took to grow his business. However it also has negative connotations as my friend `hung around' thinking introspectively instead of putting things into action. As the initial rush of the new project wound down, my friend turned inward instead of recognizing that the momentum had slowed. I pair this with the Two of Swords (Connolly Tarot) which depicts two men contemplating two swords--they are aware of a situation but seem indecisive. In this instance, my friend waited instead of acting. The Six of Cups (Robin Wood Tarot) comes into play here where daydreams and romanticized thinking also stops the action.
Cards 7-8: The Tower (Universal Waite) signifies the destruction of the financial system and the Nine of Swords suggests nightmares over a situation that was going to get worse before it got better. My friend fretted over the collapse of Lehman Brothers so much so that he could not sleep.
Card 9: Death (Connolly Tarot) self-explanatory.
Card 10: The Three of Swords (Robin Wood Tarot) clearly depicts the pain one feels when one close to us dies.
Card 11: On the Five of Wands (Robin Wood Tarot) card one sees some kind of conflict in play. This card suggests the rivalry and confusion over my friend's estate, both material and intellectual.
Card 12: The Six of Cups (Connolly Tarot) with its bucolic scene of cups and roses portrays a nostalgic scene where the idea of home and the country suggests a revisiting of old times. At the memorial service many of the deceased's friends recounted humorous stories about him that joined us all together in a feeling of fellowship.
Card 13: The advent of the Magician came unexpectedly. A master of the uses of imagination, he represents the Internet friend who appeared as if out of nowhere to help everyone see their proper role within the contracts they had with my friend.
Cards 14-15: The Six of Pentacles suggests resolution while the Ace of Wands heralds a new spiritual awakening.
As you can see Boyer's method is simple to implement but forces one to think about events and people in terms of archetypes and motivations within the all-encompassing spectrum of the mind (air), the body (earth), the spirit (fire) and the emotions (water). The actual categorization of an event makes one step back and become introspective--it allows the participant to look from a different vantage point that promotes a more universal interpretation. Practice using Boyer's concept can only make us understand the use of tarot within the Universal Consciousness; each card will be tagged with an associated real-life personal experience.
For the most part the book consists of many examples of her technique in action written mostly by her, but also includes contributions from many Tarot card artists whose examples using the BIT method further illuminates their interpretation of each card's meaning through their depiction.
Bottom line? Janet Boyer's `Back in Time Tarot Book' is an extremely readable and informative look at her BIT method of understanding the 78 tarot cards. Using examples from one's own pivotal life moments, one selects cards to convey events from mental, physical, spiritual and emotional aspects. Recommended, although once read, I do not think this book is a keeper. However, if one is expecting a card by card explanation of the Tarot, this book is not for you. Tarot Beginners, try instead Tarot Plain and Simple by Anthony Louis or Tarot Workbook: Featuring the Classic Sharman-Caselli Deck by Juliet Sharman-Burke.
Diana Faillace Von Behren