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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: White Cloud Press (1 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883991579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883991579
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"In Messages from the Archetypes, Toni Gilbert defines the meeting-point between modern medicine and Tarot with enlightening results. Balancing her intuition and intellect against her solid grounding in holistic nursing, she shows us how the traditional imagery of Tarot can spark interior associations leading to new realms of meaning and healing for both client and practitioner."

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Toni Gilbert RN MA HNC is a certified holistic nurse with a practice in wellness counselling. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and art and continued her interest in art and its symbolism in a graduate school. She holds a master's degree in transpersonal studies from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. As a professional with certifications in Wellness Counselling, Mind-Body Consciousness, The Uses of Imagery in Medicine and Interactive Guided Imagery SM, she offers clients an array of healing arts techniques. She lives in Oregon.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Roberts on 13 Jun. 2012
Format: Paperback
This is an okay book but, as other reviews have suggested, the subject demands better! Using tarot as an archetypal tool and combining it with therapeutic methods is very exciting but the book didn't explore this deeply enough for me. The worst thing are the typos, strewn all over the place, sometimes more than one a page! Come on guys! A subject as important as this deserves at least a competent proof-reader! Get it sorted before the next edition is printed please!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing 29 Jun. 2005
By NatalieRose - Published on
Format: Paperback
Toni Gilbert seems quite intuitive and really devoted to helping clients. She has been able to amplify her professional skills through the use of tarot and this is commendable. Tarot is an excellent tool for empowerment and personal transformation. However, Messages from the Archetypes fails to give us a real view on how her technique can be transferred to the client. Her examples are quite limited and there is no real follow up.

The Dream Work chapter has the old example used by so many dream analysts about Daniel and Nabuchadnezar and doesn't even elaborate on the excellent use of tarot to clarify or amplify dreams. Dream incubation is not mentioned at all, except in a brief appendix and she sticks to traditional meanings of the cards as described by so many tarotists before her. She, therefore, doesn't really add anything new in this book. She never tells us how the clients eventually empower themselves after their session(s)or how they can work on their own to tap into the wisdom of the "archetypes." In fact, she never really gives the clients enough archetypes to work with. She suggests, but really there is no convincing follow up. The examples that she includes in the readings she does with clients are from either Osho Zen or The Voyager decks, but she continually applies the "traditional" meanings to the cards, using definitions from the Rider Waite deck instead of allowing the archetypes to speak for themselves. This is very irritating and takes too much from the intention of the book. Then, the last chapters are just rehashed meanings of what she calls Upper and Lower Levels for each card, trying to fit all these archetypes into loose transpersonal psychology definitions. She tells us that she doesn't "give much credence to reverse cards," but doesn't tell us how just by drawing one card she can determine if she should apply the "primitive" or the "refined" interpretation and guess what, she uses, of course, the Rider Waite tarot deck pictures and meanings. Also, the book could use some editing. Too many typos. It's a shame.

You are better off buying the Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack or the Forest of Souls, or any book by Mary Greer.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very Interesting 28 Sept. 2005
By Judy Stratman - Published on
Format: Paperback
The term 'Tarot' most often raises an image--for those of us who have had little or no experience with the ancient technique of interpreting archetypal art on cards--of gypsy fortune tellers dressed in gaudy clothes and primitive jewelry.

But I was pleasantly surprised by Toni Gilbert's book, Messages from the Archetypes: Using Tarot for Healing and Spiritual Growth: A Guidebook for Personal and Professional Use. She illustrates how a modern, educated and 'regular' person can benefit from the symbolic art of Tarot.

I found it enlightening that Tarot can be used by professional healers and counselors to help people articulate deeply personal issues that may not have been previously evident. Gilbert's book helped me understand the value of Archetypes in the human experience, how they relate to me as an individual, and more important, how to use the information to access my own personal issues.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Messages From the Archetypes 1 Nov. 2005
By Katalina - Published on
Format: Paperback
For the last 10 years, I have been using the tarot as a tool in my life. Although I have read many books about the Tarot (ranging from the history of Tarot to its use and interpretation), Toni Gilbert's Messages From the Archtypes is the first book to give me clear insight into how the archetypal imagery impacts my own psycological, emotional, and spiritual growth. Now I understand why the Tarot, its images and symbolism first intigued me and I am consciously using this new found awareness to deepen my own readings into lasting healing experiences. I recomend this book to anyone who has a connection with the Tarot and wishes to deepen their relationship with this form of divination. In fact, I have already given the book to several friends.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Extraordinary, in scope and depth! 21 Nov. 2010
By Mark Waldman - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most original works I've ever read, expanding contemporary Jungian psychology to embrace the archetypal power of tarot symbology and other forms of imagery found in complementary medicine. I, myself, used to use tarot cards as an intuitive tool, and I found her approach refreshing. It's also a wonderful book for health practitioners who want to open their minds to power of intuitive medicine, something that my own research in the field of neuroscience supports.
There is more than one way to read a Tarot card 4 Feb. 2010
By Sarah Morris - Published on
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. It is filled with stories of Toni's experiences using Tarot as part of her practice as a holistic nurse/counselor. I have had the pleasure of having a tarot reading done by Ms. Gilbert. Unlike more traditional readings I have had in the past her's engaged me and I was the interpreting the images for myself. I got a lot out of this method because it got me thinking and discussing my situation from a perspective I hadn't taken before. The book is a great read and her technique is fresh and progressive.
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