In this updated edition of The Tarot Handbook, now with a new introduction by the author, Angeles Arrien takes tarot beyond the limits of the. In this updated edition of The Tarot Handbook, now with a new introduction by the author, Angeles Arrien takes tarot beyond the limits of the fortune-telling. This is the second edition of “The Tarot Handbook”, complete with a new introduction by Angeles Arrien. Tarot is a series of very personal stories that evolve.
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angrles People seem to be really divided on this book, some adoring it, some hating it, and the controversy surrounds the writers ignorance of Crowley’s writings regarding the Thoth Deck. Personally I have no issues at all with her ignoring Crowley as the language of symbols is open to personal reinterpretation and there is no single “right reading” of a symbol.
Each person will interpret symbolic imagery differently and that is the entire purpose of using symbolism instead of linear language. Arrien provides some excellent interpretations to the deck, which I honestly find a very welcome addition to the constant rehasing of Crowley’s ideas. With the season dramatically shifting to Spring here, I pulled out my Tarot Handbook again.
I use the Whole Person Spread times a year and I always find something to reflect on. The bulk of this large, relatively thick book is found in the descriptions of the cards. The cards purchased separately are beautiful and have many symbols and ways of looking at them – lots of detail. I’m sure there are other better, truer books for The Tarot but I like Dr. Arrien’s way hamdbook incorporating astrology and Jungian archetypes. Perfect for someone who spends a lot of time tarof how to integrate mind, heart, body, and spirit.
My one nit is the section on calculating growth cycles – despite using it every months, I still go backwards and forwards frustratingly qngeles few pages to figure this out. It could be clearer by being better sequenced. Other than that, I am grateful for Dr. Arrien’s compilation and interpretation. I recommend her other books as well, e. Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom. In looking for her website today, I was sorry to learn that she died unexpectedly a year ago.
Rest in peace, Dr. Arrien, and many thanks. If you’re looking for a wonderful cross-cultural afrien guide to the Thoth tarot, this is the book for you. Anthropologist Angeles Arrien is a bit like a Joseph Campbell of the tarot and you will enjoy the richness of the art and the history of these symbols handbolk archetypes. I’ve been using this book to help me understand the Thoth deck, and I found it very helpful.
I still use my own intuition to read the cards, but I find her interpretation helpful. A lot of issues people go through are initiations, not lessons. Spirit needs no lessons.
Arrien focuses on negatives that we need to release or overcome, when negative cards show up. For the major arcana, she she gives advice on affirmations and meditations that can be used for them, plus their gifts and challenges. She also offers several card spreads which I’ve never seen before. I have two other Thoth books, and this is the only one I use when needed. Remember to always trust your own judgment and intuition first when reading cards, no matter what any book says.
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A very well writing and illustrated addition on history, astrology, numerology, Egyptology and many, many other guides to understanding energy and meditative powers implanted in the ” Majik” of the “”Toth Tarot Deck”. If anyone is interested in a deeper understanding of and a personal guide to the aforementioned deck, then I would consider this publication as an addition to your library.
As, a contribution to the “Toth Deck”. Although I must inject at this point of my review, I have issues with some of Angeless Arrien’s statements towards Crowley’s guidance on understanding and reading the cards, as he receives energy and guidance form the symbols and imagery in the deck.
There is an old adage “Never Judge a Book by it’s Cover”, in my opinion, well said. For myself, always judge a book by the introduction. This is where the author sets the taarot with their own inner most thoughts and guidance into the world as they receive the creative energy that oozes out across the pages of their essay.
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On the subject at hand, reading into the second paragraph on the second page of Arrien’s introduction, and I quote, “I read Crowley’s book that went with this deck and decided that it’s esotericism in meaning hindered, rather than enhanced, the use of the visual portraitures that Lady Frieda Harris had executed. I instantly felt that a humanistic and universal explanation of these symbols was needed so that the value of tarot could be used in modern times as a reflection mirror of internal guidance which could be externally applied”, was like reading an essay stating that Henry Ford had no knowledge of engineering or modes of transport.
I am positive any student of the Tarot and the esoteric energies gleaned from it’s use, can also extrapolate the meaning within my essay on “The Tarot Handbook”.
One person found this helpful. So far I have referenced this Handbook every day since it arrived. I am currently working with the Book of Thoth cards and this book has its own suggestions on doing that. Fortunately I enjoy the ideas. It uses a version of numerology that is imbedded within the Tarot structure. The written descriptions of the cards are repetitive or redundant, so not five stars. This book was given to me about 20 years ago and I didn’t appreciate till now.
I actually gave away my initial copy and had to order another one recently. Since then I have been studying world symbolism and magic amulets quite a bit. I now appreciate the magnitude and power of this book!
Angeles Arrien was a profound woman and teacher and her insights are dead on. As with any esoteric study, you have to study and practice before the meanings become clear. Angeles Arrien’s knowledge of symbolism was vast and yet she synthesized this vast knowledge into a crystal clear point of view. See all reviews.
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