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The Healing Tarot: 78 Ways to Wellness (with cards) Paperback – May 28, 2013
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About the Author
Lucina Juno, creator of The Kingdom Within Tarot and The Alchemy of Tarot, is an empress by design and a star by nature. Illustrator Monica Knighton created the Tarot of the Dead and The Stolen Child Tarot and is based in Austin, Texas.
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The “back to basics” cards, in their black and white medium, are anything but basic. Effectively communicating the energy of each card, even without referencing the book, they are a delight to read with or meditate on. The artwork is both carefully crafted for divinatory purposes and whimsically celebratory for aesthetic appeal. They are the kind of tarot images one would gladly frame and hang over one’s favorite armchair.
This is not to say you should ignore the book. In fact, if you are anything like me, when you get a new deck you jump straight to reading with the cards and ignore the majority of the accompanying book, looking only for the ‘meaning of the card.’ While I accomplished immediate, accurate and comprehensive answers by doing so with The Healing Tarot, it was not until I took the time to read the more thorough exploration of each card provided in the accompanying book that I found the true quality and depth of this deck. Simplifying the complicated worlds of Qabalah and Astrology with no nonsense explanations and combining them with traditional interpretations, all the while focused on wellness, The Healing Tarot book, while small, is powerful. It is not your run of the mill, card meaning guide and could be read by itself for invaluable insight and inspiration. It deals out (pun intended) intense wisdom, but somehow manages not to overwhelm the less advanced reader. (I am not an advanced reader.) All in all, The Healing the Tarot goes beyond simple divination, on a topic rarely addressed; it offers the average reader a place to hone their skill with the cards, pinpoint causes of ‘dis-ease’ in their life, question themselves, and ultimately find a path to universal wellness!
Now as for the content, I would say that it is aimed towards any and all audiences of those interested in the tarot, whether or not they've ever picked up a book on the topic. It's full of resourceful information that is useful to an advanced user, but written in a way that is understandable to a beginner. I consider myself intermediate and had no problems understanding the terminology, the connections between the cards and the author's understanding, and the methods for applying her techniques to readings and tailored spreads.
If I had to pick something that I felt the author was trying to communicate to her readers: it's probably about self-exploration and mental cleansing. There seems to be an overall therapeutic message to the reader.
I really enjoy this book. It shows a different way of viewing the cards. Sometimes it is difficult to look at a card and to associate healing properties to it. This book makes it easy. Juno Lucina explains the meanings of the different suits as a group and also individually. I have many Tarot books but this one is different as it pertains to healing.
If you're looking for a very safe (and very non-stereotypical) way to get into tarot cards, and you like to help people, I would recommend this book, definitely!
I was given this book on Schiffer Publishing, www.schifferbooks.com