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Tarot: A New Handbook for the Apprentice (Connolly Tarot) Paperback – Tarot, 15 May 1980

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Newcastle Publishing Co Inc.,U.S.; Classic ed edition (15 May 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878770453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878770458
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 17.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,031,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Aug. 1998
Format: Paperback
This book will give you a good idea of what Connally was hoping to do with this deck. If you are reading with this deck, you may find some of the mentors helpful, though I think the court mentors are a bit weak. The exercises for becoming familiar with the energies of the different cards are also helpful. At the end of the book, she explains a few different spreads, which is helpful for beginniners.
I had a hard time getting over some of the religious overtones, as I am not Christian, and they tended to clash with my worldview. (Basically I rewrote all of her meditations.) Also, I disagree with her fundamental keys for the suits. Example: I have always seen wands as concerning spiritual matters, while she uses "enterprise and distinction" as the suit key. I also had some issues with her ideas about time and season cards.
I would strongly advise looking at a copy of this book prior to purchasing it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 July 1997
Format: Paperback
Tarot itself is a fascinating field; unfortunately, many books written about it are appallingly simplistic, uninformed, and simply not helpful. This particular tome of folly was the first book on tarot I ever bought--it left a sour taste in my mind that drove me away from a blameless field for some years.

The "lessons" presented are absurd--pressing an unknown card to your "third eye" and solar plexus to attune oneself to the "energy" of the card; staring blankly at the card to "meditate" upon its meaning, etc. All of which is well and good, I suppose, if you happen to be "psychic." Call me a cynic, but most people simply aren't; drivel like this will either drive them away or, worse, simply confuse them. "I'm not feeling any energies! I must be doing something wrong!" Well, no, you aren't.

Connolly touches on links with Kabbalah--in a painfully uninformed manner. Readers who already *know*, even to a trivial degree, the historical development of Kabbalistic philosophy and symbolism, will feel their gorge rise. This is the kind of work that insults entire fields. Tarot is a rich ocean of symbolism that has evolved over the course of centuries--this reduces it to a shallow pond. And that's the worst part of all--books like this can catch people unawares, teach them that wading in muddy ankle-deep water is equal to swimming. It's not. Avoid this one.
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If you like your tarot books thoroughly modern, then this one may jar with you - but it is a classic in its own right. It takes a highly ritualised and spiritual approach to the tarot - seeing the cards as sacred, fulll of their own vibrations and energies. It also uses prayers/meditations with a distinctive Christian flavour. If this doesn't appeal to you then you won't get much from this book and some may see it as rather old fashioned. I liked many things about this book and I think some of the withering reviews of it here on Amazon are rather unfair. A good tarot education should encompass a broad field of reading about different styles and approaches and this book should be part of that. I particularly liked the idea of a mediative journey into the major cards and an imaginative exploration of their symbolism. This book will not suit everyone, but I took away a lot from it despite the fact that I didn't agree with all of it. No one book will teach you everything, so read this one as part of your journey with the tarot, not as the entirety of it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
whoever put below 5 star as a review for this book is wrong it is too good a book to knock like that i would definatley advise people to buy this book above all others it is the best i have read and it is always with me when i read tarot
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