The Essential Guide to the Tarot: Understanding and Working with the Major and Minor Arcana

The Essential Guide to the Tarot: Understanding and Working with the Major and Minor Arcana

by David Fontana (Author)

Synopsis

The Tarot is one of the richest of all Western mystical traditions, used for centuries for divination, meditation and self-discovery. This book offers a brilliant practical overview for the modern seeker who wishes to use this system to explore their hidden anxieties, desires, tensions and contradictions. Destiny is not a set of circumstances dreamed up randomly by fate but a path that unfolds from self-understanding. This book shows how the Tarot can be used to illuminate that path. The author describes the history and symbolism of the Tarot, and then goes on to clarify in detail the meanings of the individual cards of the Major and Minor Arcana and the special characteristics of the four suits (Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles). An original and very helpful section explains how to deal and read the cards in tried-and-tested formats, such as the Horseshoe and the Celtic Cross. To illustrate the book David Fontana has chosen a much-acclaimed, specially devised deck, using traditional symbolism rooted in medieval and Renaissance practice. However, the text applies equally well to other popular decks in modern use, such as the Rider-Waite deck. An invaluable feature of the book is the selection of special workshops - readings and interpretations, based on the circumstances of individual seekers.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
Published: 14 Apr 2011

ISBN 10: 1907486836
ISBN 13: 9781907486838

Author Bio
Professor David Fontana is the author of many bestselling books, including The New Secret Language of Dreams and The New Secret Language of Symbols. He holds a professorship at Liverpool John Moores University.