Tarot and Astrology by Corrine Kenner

June 26th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

If you’re a Tarot reader interested in learning more about astrology, or an astrologer interested in learning something about Tarot, you should really check out Corrine Kenner’s book Tarot and Astrology.

It takes two unique yet related topics and melds them together with ease. The book is straight-forward, friendly, and packed with information.

Even if you know nothing about astrology, with some understanding of Tarot, you’ll be quickly on your way to creating and interpreting your own chart.

And as the subtitle of the book promises, it will ‘enhance your [Tarot] readings with the wisdom of the zodiac.’ It’s true, it will!

Take a look at the video below to hear Corrine talk about her book with astrologer Nadiya Shah.

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A History of the Occult Tarot: 1870-1970

April 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

A History of the Occult Tarot: 1870-1970 by Ronald Decker and Michael Dummett

History of the Occult Tarot

The history of Tarot cards has been filled with mystery. Stories of Egyptians, Gypsies and Atlantis have figured prominently.

But most such tales are nothing more than fiction.

In fact, the Visconti-Sforza deck is the oldest known Tarot deck to exist, and it’s from 15th Century Italy.

There’s nothing Atlantian, Egyptian or Gypsy about it. And from all accounts, it was originally used for nothing more spiritual than a good game of cards.

How then has the Tarot deck come to be such a staple of the occult?

When did it change from being used for games like Tarocchi, to being considered a doorway to the spirit world, or even a window into our unconscious?

These are good questions. And they’re all answered in the very comprehensive, A History of the Occult Tarot: 1870-1970 by Ronald Decker and Michael Dummett.

Everything is in this book. Incredibly thorough descriptions of different decks, western occult theory, and the histories of many magical societies and their colourful members.

Organizations like The Brotherhood of Luxor, The Theosophical Society, The Golden Dawn and the Holy Order of MANS. People like Etteilla, Èliphas Levi, Aleister Crowley, Arthur Waite, Ouspensky and Eden Gray.

These are just a few names from a long and convoluted history full of revelations, betrayals, chicanery and some serious pursuit of spiritual awakening.

It’s an incredible story. And perhaps a little surprising for anyone under the impression that seeking spiritual enlightenment is the same thing as finding it.

This book was first published in 2002 and doesn’t look at many decks past 1970, but it’s fabulous.

If you’re interested in knowing how today’s Tarot came to be, check it out.

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Books a Tarot Reader Would Love …

December 16th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Looking for a perfect gift for your Tarot-loving loved ones? Here’s ten books that’ll make them smile.

The first six teach Tarot and they’re all excellent …

Tarot for Beginners: A Practical Guide to Reading the Cards by Barbara Moore – a general book for Tarot beginners, though advanced readers might like it too (I do!)

Tarot for Life by Paul Quinn

Tarot for Life

Tarot for Life: Reading the Cards for Everyday Guidance and Growth by Paul Quinn – an excellent general Tarot guide for beginners and advanced readers

Tarot Wisdom: Spiritual Teachings and Deeper Meanings by Rachel Pollack – another great Tarot overview for beginners and advanced readers

21 Ways To Read A Tarot Card by Mary K. Greer – amazing Tarot exercises for all levels

Way of Tarot by Alejandro Jodorowsky

The Way of Tarot

The Way of Tarot: The Spiritual Teacher in the Cards by Alejandro Jodorowsky – examines the Marseille deck in particular, but anyone seriously interested in Tarot should read this book

Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot by Lon Milo Duquette – focuses on the Thoth Tarot, a must for anyone using that deck

The next four are not specifically about Tarot, but Tarot fans might like them as much as I do …

Women of the Golden Dawn: Rebels and Priestesses: Maud Gonne, Moina Bergson Mathers, Annie Horniman, Florence Farr by Mark K. Greer – about four fabulous women, all important members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn

Cosmos and Psyche by Richard Tarnas

Cosmos and Psyche

Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View by Richard Tarnas – philosophy and astrology, this fascinating book examines planetary alignments and the patterns of human history

The ESP Enigma: The Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena by Diane Hennacy Powell, MD – takes a very interesting scientific look at psychic research

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke – an incredibly fun novel about the real world of magic in 19th Century England

This is by no means an exhaustive list. I just tried to keep it down to ten. And they’re all books I’ve read (or re-read) over this last year. It’s fresh in my mind how much I like them.

What would you add?

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