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Understanding the Tarot Court (Special Topics in Tarot Series) Paperback – April 8, 2004
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Mary also has a wide following in the women's and pagan communities for her work in women's spirituality and magic. A Priestess-Hierophant in the Fellowship of Isis, she is the founder of the Iseum of Isis Aurea.
Mary has studied and practiced Tarot and astrology for over 34 years. Her teaching experience includes eleven years at New College of California, as well as at many workshops, conferences, and classes. She is the founder and director of the learning center T.A.R.O.T. (Tools and Rites of Transformation).
Her books include Tarot for Your Self: A Workbook for Personal Transformation (1984); Tarot Constellations: Patterns of Personal Destiny (1987); Tarot Mirrors: Reflections of Personal Meaning (1988); The Essence of Magic: Tarot, Ritual, and Aromatherapy (1993); Women of the Golden Dawn: Rebels and Priestesses (1995); and Aromatherapy: Healing for the Body and Soul (1998), with Kathi Keville.
Tom Tadfor Little is a health physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He holds a PhD in astronomy from New Mexico State University and has previously worked as a university professor and a technical writer. He is a Wiccan priest and teacher, and dean of the School of Magickal Arts at Ardantane (http://www.ardantane.org). He has used the tarot as his primary spiritual tool for a number of years, and has a strong interest in tarot history and antique decks. He has contributed to the internet tarot community, and has created extensive online resources for tarot enthusiasts, including The Hermitage (a tarot history site, (http:/www.crosswinds.net/~hermit/) and Tarot at Telperion Productions (http://www.telp.com/tarot/). He co-authored and edited the TarotL Tarot History Information sheet. Tom lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his 8-year-old daughter Anne-Marie.~
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Suit and Rank It is important to get to know the basic court figures and the terms we will be using for them in this book. The minor arcana cards are divided into four suits that usually correspond to the four elements. The court cards are divided into four ranks, originally indicating a relative position in society. The result is a 4 x 4 matrix of sixteen cards. However, the names, correspondences, and characteristics of suit and rank vary greatly from deck to deck. In some decks, especially pagan-oriented ones, wands (or batons) are associated with the element of air, while swords are fire. In the Brotherhood of Light Egyptian Tarot, coins (pentacles) are air, wands are earth, and swords are fire. There are even a few rare decks where cups are air, and swords are water. This book will use the most common system, in which wands are fire and swords air, as its default, without intending for it to be seen as the only or best system. Feel free to use whatever elemental system you prefer.
Suits / Elements
wands / fire The suit of wands is also known as batons, staves, rods, scepters, or clubs. Its element is fire, and it represents the desire for growth, and subsequently signifies: the inspiration that moves things, the desire that leads the way, the future- oriented aspiration that initiates action.Wands have a purpose behind every action, and find value primarily in the meaning of an experience while lacking appreciation for the form.Wands indicate the desire for self-growth and creativity. They want to expand awareness, as well as set everything on fire with their enthusiasm. When you get a wands card, you might want to ask yourself:What has fired your interest? Do you have a burning desire to do something? Are you feeling burned out? Are you seeing red? What is erupting within you? Wands generally signify: Projects Innovation Risk Energy Taking action Self-growth Spirit Inspiration Thesis Creativity Initiation Enthusiasm Desire Passion Perception Action Movement Optimismcups / water
The suit of cups is also known as chalices, vessels, bowls, containers, or hearts. Its element is water, and water takes the form of whatever it flows into. Therefore cups are amiable but, at the same time, diffused. Cups represent going with the flow and seeking to merge. They receive the impulse from the fiery wands and respond to it. They represent love, relationship, and imagination, and provide nurturance and a sense of connectedness. Cups can open you to your inner feelings and the connections you have with others. Choices at this level seem instinctual. When you...(Continues)
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In the introduction Greer and Little write, “In using this book you will develop a personal relationship the court cards. By its conclusion, we hope you will have come to know and value the great diversity in human personality, and to view different needs and styles, within yourself and others, with compassion (Locations 118-22, Kindle edition). The authors accomplish this goal, but their treatment of some topics seems somewhat superficial.
They begin by talking about the court cards as representing people, which is what most of us learn when we first start working with the Tarot. They talk about selecting a Significator from the court cards, something they introduce in the Introduction. However, they do not review what your Nemesis card is and who to select it. From here they build our understanding of the court cards by looking at them in terms of family, society, internal (personality), relationships, and the cosmos. The chapter on the cosmos, looking at the Tarot in metaphysical terms, is in my opinion, one of the weakest in the book. It reads more as an introduction rather than taking the reader more deeply into the metaphysical aspects. I was particularly disappointed by the section on the numerical analysis of the cards.Read more ›
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This is a great book to help you interpret the tarot cards and understand them in their order. The book is simple to understand.Published 1 month ago by Umbrella Cockatoo
Useful and enlightening book on tarot court cards. Very helpful. Offers various methods of interpretation that can be used.Published 12 months ago by Vb7
I've always had trouble reading court cards and this book has really helped! As always, it all comes down to practice, but this book really does provide some useful advise.Published 19 months ago by WingHang Wong
Mary K Greer is a driving force in tarot. Her books always hit the mark. This book is no different. Court cards are some of the most intimidating cards in a tarot deck. Read morePublished on June 7, 2014 by Amazon Customer
TAROT is something you never stop learning. I'm so glad that Mary K. Greer is a person who never stops sharing the vast knowledge and wisdom she has accumulated. Read morePublished on December 20, 2013 by Katora