- Paperback: 102 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 28, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481067567
- ISBN-13: 978-1481067560
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,914,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Silenus Tarot Guidebook Paperback – February 28, 2013
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Scholars use a term, interpretatio graeca, to designate the use of Greek mythology to explain and understand other mythic and religious systems (a practice as least as old as the Greek historian Herodotus). The converse effect of interpretatio graeca is, of course, to enhance the understanding of Greek mythology. Mythologists, occult specialists, and theoretical psychologists have always stressed the importance of comparative studies like this to give us insights into the truths and principles encoded in myth.
If I liked Indovina's deck and found his art charming, I like this book even more. It's quite is a tour de force in interpretatio graeca. Some of the analogies are obvious--Heracles/Strength, for example--but I had found many other of Indovina's correspondences in his deck puzzling. Hence, the Silenus Tarot Guidebook functions as something of an explanatory answer key. Several times when reading the book I had moments where I thought "Ah, I get it now! That's pretty cool." I had puzzling over why, for example, Indovina had equated the Minotaur with the Major Arcana Devil, or Medusa with Judgement. Indovina knows a LOT about Greek mythology, he is very skillful at striking analogies with tarot, and he is very imaginative. This guy is definitely playing with a full deck. Best of all, the explanations are very succinct: a page per card/myth.
Even if you have no interest in using tarot as a divination tool, there is much to be gained by perusal of this book as an exercise in comparative mythology, a collection of 78 meditations on Greek myth. Highly recommended.