Tarot Tour Guide: Tarot, The Four Elements, and Your Spiritual Journey Paperback – July 16, 2012
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
- Publisher : Jupiter Gardens Press (July 16, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 220 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1938257197
- ISBN-13 : 978-1938257193
- Item Weight : 13.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,437,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
As a professional tarot reader with over twenty years experience, Christiana possesses both a wide knowledge base and an intimate understanding of tarot. In "Tarot Tour Guide" she freely shares her knowledge of both interpretive and intuitive tarot.
I found her explanation of spiritual and elemental tarot clear and understandable and her interpretations of the cards memorable. I loved that she encourages the reader to add to these interpretations by building a personal relationship with the cards.
Throughout the book thought provoking exercises, meditations and journaling help us to do just that. By completing the exercise, the reader can define what the cards mean to them. This personal symbolism is a valuable resource.
Additionally, "Tarot Tour Guide" gives comprehensive information on tarot magick and working with the elements on several different levels. Individual sections on tarot related dreamwork, psychic development and the use of tarot to connect with spirit are provided as well.
Christiana places great emphasis on the use of tarot as a spiritual tool and to that end, she includes a wonderful and original spread (one of many throughout the book), "Mapping the Spiritual Path," which gave me great (and somewhat surprising) results.
I would recommend this book to anyone regardless of their level of experience with tarot!
This review first appeared on my blog, Mystical Living. For more about me and my reviews please visit my amazon page by clicking on my name above!
Jupiter Gardens Press
In April 1989, I stood outside one of the world's greatest art museums, the Louvre, with only an inkling of what I would find inside. I knew about the Mona Lisa, "Winged Victory", and a few other gems, but otherwise, I had no idea of the depth and breadth of the collections that stood all around me. It was definitely overwhelming.
Working with the tarot can seem overwhelming, too: There are tons of books and other resources vying for the time and attention of the beginning tarot reader. Luckily for those interested in learning the tarot, Christiana Gaudet created something that I should have had at the Louvre: A tour guide!
Tarot Tour Guide is a remarkably complete work that surprised me with its breadth and simplicity. Everything you'd expect from a tarot book is here: Card meanings, example spreads, suggestions for tools and various techniques, and meditations. The author's tone is conversational and not pretentious, making the reader comfortable. It also doesn't make judgments about how you should or should not use the cards; in other words, Gaudet presents the options without pushing one way or the other.
What I didn't expect was the elemental focus of the book--five entire chapters dedicated to this vital topic. To me, the four elements of fire, earth, air, and water are an essential part of not only tarot, but of spiritual practice. Gaudet includes a full chapter on each of the elements and asks the student to work with each one through exercises and meditations. Most books are content with a cursory "here are the four elements" portion, but the author really went over and above to ensure that the reader understood each element. I'd love to see an individual book on each of the elements in the tarot from this author someday.
I really liked the additional information included in each of the elemental chapters. In Chapter 8, for example, "The Element of Air", Gaudet discusses the element and the mental body, but includes related topics, like reading for other people, tarot ethics, and what to do if you feel that someone is lying during a tarot reading. The other elemental chapters follow a similar pattern, with earth focusing on work and the physical body; fire focusing on the spiritual body, creativity, and sexuality; and water presenting the emotional body, as well as love and relationship readings. The fact that these topics were organized by element really stood out for me, and for that reason they resonated with me even more.
One final point: The readings that Gaudet includes in the book really help understand not only the elements, but the role of the tarot reader. The reading "Single Again" from Chapter 10, "The Element of Water" really hit home for me as a professional reader, because these are the types of problems our clients face every day. It's about a man going through a divorce. While you should go buy this book and read it for yourself, I'll say this much: The author does a great job of showing how to react compassionately but honestly when a client doesn't want to see the truth of a particular situation. It's a regular occurrence in my own practice as well.
Whether you are an aspiring tarot professional or just want to develop your intuitive abilities, I'd recommend this book. It's also great for beginners, especially those who may be interested in using tarot as a larger part of their spiritual development or are drawn to a Pagan/Wiccan spiritual path.
Top reviews from other countries