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.