Tarot Theory and Practice Paperback – November 8, 2007
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"Tarot Theory & Practice is a thought-provoking read. De Angeles shares her unorthodox ideas on tarot, linking it with quantum physics, astrology, the Kabbalah Tree of Life, and more." -- Aeclectic Tarot, August 2007
About the Author
Ly de Angeles is a writer, master storyteller, and world-traveled tarot reader. First published in England in 1987, she has been in print, with one book or another, since. De Angeles facilitates immersive personal and group workshops, both educating and guiding, through initiatory journeys and story-sharing, powerful awakenings of ancestral presences. She also teaches the art of honest communication.
An award-winning author and filmmaker, de Angeles currently lives and works in Melbourne. She is an indigenous Celt, has strong genealogical roots to Nordic, Irish and Breton ancestry, and is studied in the lore and story of these living landscapes.
Ly has been with Llewellyn Worldwide since 1999, with the publication of her book Witchcraft Theory and Practice.
- Publisher : Llewellyn Publications (November 8, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 312 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0738711381
- ISBN-13 : 978-0738711386
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.5 x 0.75 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,434,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Highly recommended for any student of Tarot, be you a neophyte, jaded traveller, or experienced reader - there is always something to learn
The author mentors the reader through the enigma of Tarot using thorough exploration - her unique teaching style - which works very well for me as it feels she is sitting beside me talking me through the lessons. Ms De Angeles is concise, clear and leaves no stone (or should I say card) unturned. Using years of experience, the author has drawn upon wisdom gained from dealing with unexpected situations that can and do crop up during a reading, such as appearance of spirits who know the client and may have a message. The Reader is taught ways of managing these occurrences and more.
Buy this book and you will learn effective communication techniques, how to provide structure for your readings, boundaries; confidentiality, using common sense; basically all you need to know should you decide to take up the vocation of Tarot reading for the public at large, or not.
In conclusion, Ms De Angeles not only takes you on an enjoyable, comprehensive and fascinating journey through the meaning and magick of each card in the Tarot in a way I can guarantee you have never been taught before. She also includes invaluable advice on maintaining objectivity, staying aware of your own motives and keeping on track, AND you will enjoy yourself in the meantime!
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The author's intention in writing this book is to share her own teaching techniques which she acquired herself via an oral tradition. She originally put off writing this book on the basis that there are already so many Tarot books out there, but eventually felt that her time had come.
Overall, the book is divided into four parts, and further broken down into twelve units which are summed up very succinctly in the introductory section of the book. Some examples of this are - 'Unit One - Time and Multiple Reality' (p.xv); 'Unit Eight - The Seventy-Eight Cards and Their Meanings' (p.xviii); and 'Unit Twelve - Going Professional (p.xx).
In 'the book proper', de Angeles starts by looking at the nature of time, including how it is measured and some of the different perceptions of time. This is followed by the author's understanding of the Big Bang Theory, encompassing the idea that all events, past, present and future already exist. Alongside this she is asking the controversial question of whether the Tarot causes the events it predicts.
Unit Two is a very brief look at what the Tarot is and isn't, e.g. it is "NOT a tool of comfort, advice, past-life analysis, or spiritual/emotional/psychological analysis....." (p.22); "Tarot is a word to describe a technique of prophecy that works" (p.22). Following on from this, de Angeles looks at the nature of reality, and at what constitutes death, posing the question - for people who have had near-death experiences, did they ACTUALLY die and come back "in another of their bodies?" (p.30). She then gives four case studies which suggest that death is only an illusion.
The author makes an interesting statement that only that which is destined to happen, happens, followed, strangely, a couple of pages later by a seemingly contradictory statement that some predicted events can be avoided by the very virtue of having seen them coming.
Unit Five is an exploration of the importance of the Tree of Life in relation to the Tarot, stating that "the principle of understanding Tarot is based on a foundational understanding of the Tree of Life (also known as Qabbalah), and certain corresponding associations of both astrology and the four elements" (p.45).
As the author begins to move towards a presentation of all the seventy-eight cards, she gives an exposition of the Soul's Journey as expressed through the Major Arcana. She goes through each card, the first sentence of each being a succinct summing up, e.g. "The Emperor is the crossover between learning and unlearning" (p.75); "The Wheel of Fortune can very often represent 'Groundhog Day', or the tedium of routine tasks" (p.79).
The logical progression from this is to take a look at each of the seventy-eight cards of the deck - the deck shown in this case is the Llewellyn Tarot, in black and white. For each of the cards, de Angeles gives a number of ideas and interpretations including some useful very mundane meanings, and as is the case in many Tarot books, there is less information for the Minor Arcana than for the Major. At the end of this section, the author offers a somewhat quirky look at time sequences as told by the Pages, e.g. "Page of Cups and Death card - the time of Scorpio" and "Page of Pentacles and Hierophant card - the time of Taurus" (p.168).
On the subject of Tarot spreads, the author tells us that in each consultation she uses eight spreads, and describes each spread in detail, demonstrating how each one builds on the previous one. She then details two lengthy, full consultations conducted like this.
The final section of the book is about reading Tarot as a profession, in which she addresses many very important considerations, such as how to deliver bad news, keeping boundaries and knowing one's own limitations. Right at the end, De Angeles acknowledges the complexity of her book thus - "the way I have.....taught in the book form is...., from my personal perspective, a perceived limitaion, even though I realize that there are enormous and copious quantities of notes, lists and concepts" (p.254). Her final paragraph is brief but exquisite - "Tarot is like crop circles - the universe's trick; the unravelling of 'what ifs' and 'justs' into a paradox of the unanswerable. It's presence leaves us feeling touched by an awesome divinity" (p.255). There is then an Appendix which gives many interesting card combination interpretations.
This book is very different from most other Tarot books in that truly profound questions are explored, those of the nature of time, reality, death and destiny, and whilst these issues could come across as dry and scientific, the author's enthusiasm, huge curiosity and very personal style of writing makes the reader want to know more. If at times, there appears to be contradictions, this only adds to the fascination as different ways of perceiving things become apparent.
Her use of eight spreads does seem somewhat daunting and no doubt there will be those who may not have wanted such an in-depth reading, but on the other hand, many are undoubtedly happy for such a reading. The author has given the Tarot 'community' a truly fascinating book, one which is absolutely worth reading, and then some. A must for all serious students of the Tarot.
I cannot rate this book highly enough; it has taught me so much. It is a daunting task to learn 5,7,10,15,or sometimes 20 plus meanings for each card and as you know there are 78, but i can assure you it is more than worth it;this alone is pure gold, without the rest of the gems this book contains; i can only say buy, buy, buy!-John Gaunt
I don't think there has ever been such a book about Tarot in existence before - and we owe a great debt to the author for taking on a challenge which she had always avoided in the past. It is possibly her masterpiece -brilliant, challenging, wise, affecting, mind altering.
Even those who could not care less about Tarot as a divinatory system, as a conduit for prophecy, would learn a great deal about the universe and its workings from this extraordinary teacher.
Those who do care might be offended or even totally outraged at De Angeles' percieved 'audacities' - taking their cosy 'territory' and opening it up to profound and vivid speculations. This is no 'sweetie wifie' volume or flat earth Orthodox primer. It is fresh, exciting and - a great bonus - highly readable. Ms De Angeles' humanity and compassion is there upon every page.
It is an intense book, and worth taking in relective stages to read. But the journey is perhaps one of the most valuable you could ever make.