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Who Are You in the Tarot?: Discover Your Birth and Year Cards and Uncover Your Destiny Paperback – September 1, 2011
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About the Author
Mary K. Greer is a Grandmaster of the American Tarot Association and teaches workshops and classes on Tarot and astrology throughout the U.S. and abroad. She is the author of several books, including 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card and Tarot for Your Self. This book is a revision of Mary Greer's Tarot Constellations. Visit her at: www.marygreer.wordpress.com
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I never had the original. So I am not quite sure what the revisions were - but I will say this: if this is the end product - bravo!
I purchased my copy shortly after attending a class on this subject with Mary at SF BATS (San Francisco Bay Area Tarot Symposium). I was very intrigued by the subject, so I thought I better get the book and study deeper.
Although many of us use tarot for divination and self development, this book allows us to look at our personalities through the lens of tarot. By combining simple numerology with the cards, you end up with a clear and informative snapshot into your potential, strengths, weaknesses and more. This gives the reader a road map into their destiny and a powerful tool for self understanding.
Let me show you how it works with my own birthdate (June 11, 1965). You add up your date as follows:
Then add up the end results like this: 1 + 9 + 8 + 2 = 20
Now you take that number and find the card that corresponds to that number. In my case, it would be the Judgment card (part of the 2/11/10 Constellation). This would be my Personality card. Greer provides a detailed description of how this plays out in the personal makeup. For example, Judgment's theme is Cosmic Understanding and Spiritual Truth. The Judgment personality is "aware of how they can transcend personal limitations and they seek to transform and take control of things around them". This card also has a connection to Pluto and the Moon, which creates a highly psychic aspect as well.
Each card also has a "Hidden Factor" card which acts as a "teacher". In my case, it was the Justice card (very interesting as themes of justice often figure prominently in my life). My combination of cards indicates "a devotion to world harmony" and "psychic ability". Intriguing.
This follows with a list of famous people who have the same personal cards which was fun to look through. I loved seeing who shared similar traits (lots of presidents in my case!).
This is the main meat of the book but there is so much more here: name cards (a cool way to discover the significance of your name and how it affects your personality), techniques for working with the cards (I loved the dialoguing), Soul cards, yearly cards, minors (lessons and opportunities) and more.
Greer even takes time to address the 8-11 controversy. (Strength and Justice were switched in the Rider Waite deck. The Marseilles deck had Justice as 8 and Strength as 11 originally.)
One thing I would like to add is this: her method of adding up your birthdate is different from other methods. For example, I have also seen in some texts that you should add it up like this: 6 +1 + 1 + 1 + 9 + 6 + 5 = 29. If I reduce that, I come to 11 instead of 20 for my Personality card - and this would change the outcome and I would end up with the High Priestess instead of Judgment for my Personality Card. I only point that out to show that there are other schools of thought regarding the numerology part. For this book, I am sticking with her method and interpretation, which seemed to work out fine.
This book is a great addition to any tarot collection and I had lots of fun discovering information about myself and my loved ones. I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in learning how to use the cards to uncover more about their personality.
This is a book to be worked with, not read and then set on the shelf to be admired. One of the things that Mary addresses is the placement of Strength and Justice - how either placement can be correct, but that where the student/reader places them needs to be taken into consideration when working with this book.
There are many exercises sprinkled throughout the book that allow the reader to understand the material presented on a very intimate level. They will learn to dialogue with the cards, ask questions appropriate to each archetype, investigate the symbols in the cards, work with specific spreads to get to know your cards, determine the Hidden Factor, or Teacher card, and more.
There are easy to use charts throughout the book that help the reader to easily grasp Personality and Soul Patterns, with the Hidden Factor/Teacher cards associated with them; the nine constellations, with their associated Principle, Personality and Soul Card Patterns, Hidden Factor/Teacher Cards, and Minor Arcana cards; the suits, associated elements and their meanings; the three Dynamic Groups and more.
This is an excellent resource, and a valuable tool for personal discovery, as well as a tool that can be used to assist a reader in helping their client to see themselves in a clearer manner. I highly recommend this book to all afficianados of both numerology and Tarot, at all levels.
I recommend this book for people who are new to the Tarot, and want to learn more about themselves, and for veteran Tarot students who want to expand their knowledge. Great job, Mary!
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