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Heart of Tarot: An Intuitive Approach [Paperback]

Amber K , Azrael Arynn K
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30 Jun 2002
HEART OF TAROT presents an entirely new way to read the tarot that doesn't involve memorising card meanings, using psychic skills, or learning obscure occult lore. Rather, it offers an amazingly accurate technique called 'Gestalt Tarot', which is based on the basic principles of psychology. It is easy to learn and master. Gestalt Tarot helps bring pertinent information from the subconscious to the conscious mind.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (30 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567180086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567180084
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 685,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart of Tarot Review 5 Nov 2002
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The book isn't quite what I expected - it's far more in fact. Although it has standard interpretations for the cards, the book is designed more to make the reader/student think for themselves and use their own intuitive interpretations and also gives space for the student to write their own notes regarding interpretations.
The whole of the Major Arcana is covered but not every card in the Minor Arcana, which may disappoint some beginners but students will soon realise that they are not needed.
I don't really think the sample Tarot readings section was necessary - but then I don't like them sample readings anyway - but that's a personal viewpoint!!
The spreads section is good and the section dealing with reading as a professional is excellent and shows how to deal with tricky customers.
The section on teaching the Tarot is short but good for those who do wish to teach - it gives fresh ideas for classes as well as suggested class structures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brand New Approach To Tarot 30 Oct 2002
This book introduces a method of Tarot reading called 'Gestalt Tarot', whereby the Reader facilitates the Querent's investigation of the Tarot symbols, and thereby helps him/her achieve insight into their current situation. All the usual approaches of learning Tarot meanings by rote or just using psychic ability are discarded, in favour of a brand new, intuitive, counselling and facilitative approach to helping the Querent understand the cards in the context of their question / life. Much more empowering for the Querent, and less responsibility for the 'Reader' / facilitator. A must for anyone SERIOUSLY interested in using the Tarot as a symbolic means of tapping into those deep inner resources.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Heart of the Matter 2 Oct 2011
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The authors of this book are partners who met in 1992 at a Wiccan event and made their commitment to each other two years later at a handfasting. Together they have conducted many workshops at various Pagan and Wiccan gatherings. They live in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Individually, Amber K was initiated as a Wiccan Priestess in Chicago, where she was also ordained. She has worked in an admin role for the Covenant of the Goddess, and taught in a training programme for a national Dianic network. She has a son, Starfire, who is a Wiccan security officer.

Azrael Arynn has had a very varied career, including being a police officer, racing-car driver, stockbroker, and architectural designer, as well as being a talented costume designer and ritualist.

The authors' intention in writing this book is to "honor his memory and preserve a fascinating technique by sharing this book with the world" (p.xiv). The person to whom they are referring is John McClimans, the creator of the Gestalt method of reading the Tarot. Amber K had a very strong connection with him right up until his death, and held him in the highest esteem.

The book is presented in a logical and methodical manner, starting with information on the history, origins and uses of the Tarot, along with a look at its structure. Next is an explanation of Gestalt Tarot itself and how it differs from other methods. Interestingly, when discussing Gestalt therapy and its origins, the authors make no mention of its founding father, Fritz Perls, preferring to leave such information until Appendix 2. Perhaps the most important point about Gestalt, whether in a therapeutic context of Tarot reading is that the client/querent is viewed as the 'expert' - i.e. the expert on themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT approach 15 Aug 2004
By Seed Crystal - Published on
This book is a gem, and I highly recommend it for Tarot readers of all levels. It presents a method of reading the cards for self or others which truly can expand the intuitive powers within. If you want to go beyond references, memorizations, and the limits of any deck's authors/illustrators' conscious intellects to tap into amazing creative potential, this book is for you. Aside from readings, the book has a wealth of other Tarot activities which are empowering of your own intuition, healing abilities and creativity.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best of Ideas 21 Feb 2007
By K. Walton - Published on
Though I can tell that a lot of time was put into the writing of this book, the method really does fall flat. Having clients interpret the cards themselves is not the right idea. If you are going to use this method, you might as well just tell a client to go buy their own deck and a book, and then charge them for that advice! Part of my role as a Tarot reader is to interpret the cards because the client cannot or doesn't want to take time to learn. I've been reading Tarot for over 40 years, and this is about the most ridiculous method I've ever seen.

That said, while I disagree with the method, there ARE two excellent things about this book: the section about the different clients IS (as mentioned in another critique) hilarious; and, the outlines and lesson plans for teaching Tarot classes are creative and effective, as well as effective self-learning exercises.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Approach 4 Oct 2005
By Maritime Mystic - Published on
This book highlights a different approach from most Tarot books, because it is the client, not the reader, who does the actual reading. While I love to use this book in personal readings, I've tried it with clients and it fell flat. They are paying me to read for them, not to sit at my table and do the work while I watch. It's a great way to gain new insights into the symbolism of one's deck, especially if client readings are starting to feel "stale", but I don't bother using these techniques with clients anymore. The section on the different types of clients is hilarious, and the suggestions for developing spreads are good. This is an excellent text for personal work, especially if you aren't terribly familiar with the textbook meanings of the cards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book and a new perspective! 8 Sep 2012
By Cancerthriver - Published on
I just purchased Tarot of the Heart and I am enchanted by this book and intuitive approach to working with the Tarot! I am a counselor, and I am also a certified Gestalt therapist! SO learning about how to do Gestalt Tarot readings thrills me!! As a long-time student of the tarot for more than 20 years, I have long said that I do not "do" tarot readings for others, but help them do their own readings. Using questions rather than predictions, I find people discover their own meanings in the cards! The symbolism is strong. My favorite deck is the Motherpeace deck as personally I can strongly connect with the feminist, goddess imagery! Everyone needs to find the tarot deck that speaks to them! Mary Greer's book Tarot for Yourself, has also been my teacher of the tarot. Mary's book offers questions for the exploration of each tarot card, major and minor arcana. I also find Tarot Constellations very helpful and I love to help people create their Tarot Profiles and Lifetime charts. I am looking forward to melding Mary's work with Amber & Azrael Arynn K's work to find new ways to explore the tarot and help other's to find their own meaning in the wisdom of the tarot! Thanks for a great new approach to using the tarot for personal growth and transformation!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for non traditional decks 11 Jun 2012
By Shepen - Published on
I don't read many Tarot books, but this one I read cover to cover. It approaches tarot readings not from symbols in an external guide, but from the querent's own subconscious. In this way I feel it is a more flexible system, especially since the deck I favor uses Ancient Egyptian and not western tarot symbolism. This method of reading is freeing in a deck like mine (The Ramses: Tarot of the Ages deck.) I did my first reading using this method and the Ramses deck and had a lot of "whoah!" moments. Some of which still echo almost a year after purchasing this book and doing that first reading. There's also some good stuff on ethics which I have come to expect from Amber K and Azrael K. It's well worth picking up!
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