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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073870170X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738701707
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 13.9 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,573,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Clare on 12 Sept. 2002
Format: Paperback
The title sums this book up perfectly. As soon as you open it there's a message from the author asking, 'What Can the Tarot Teach Us?' 'On its own, Tarot is neutral, except perhaps in one regard. There seems to be an inherent message of balance in the cards themselves.'
And it all makes sense, what better; gentler, more imaginative way could there be to ease the road to self-discovery than Tarot?
Braden makes it interesting, the 47 exercises are divided into categories, and there's a section on how to write your own. She also includes examples of the exercises at work.
The bases are covered, as long as you remember that this is a book where you get out of it what you put in; "Self-discovery is difficult. It often takes great works, great effort. It takes time. It takes energy. It often takes brutal honest'.
Buy the book, for the Hermit in you, just itching to shine a light in all those dark recesses you've never dared explore before...
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Tarot as a tool for self-development 15 Aug. 2002
By Phyllis Vega - Published on
Format: Paperback
With more than 50 original tarot exercises to choose from, Tarot for Self Discovery offers a veritable tool kit of innovative activities for gaining greater understanding of your true self. In this book, author and teacher Nina Lee Braden shares her incomparable knowledge of the Tarot, and successfully conveys her enthusiasm for her subject in every page. Written with wisdom and sensitivity, Tarot for Self Discovery is not a book that you will just read and put on a shelf. This is a book that you will come back to again and again. If you are interested in learning how to use the symbolism of the cards as a means of tuning into you inner self, I'm sure you will love this book as much as I do.
Highly recommended.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Book Review: Tarot for Self Discovery 2 Jan. 2005
By June Kaminski - Published on
Format: Paperback
Nina Braden presents an intriguing and useful book to help you get the most out of your tarot deck - no matter which deck you choose to use. The essence of this book is the link between the tarot images and the archetypical or symbolic language of our subconcious. As Nina explains, "Tarot cards can be extremely useful in helping us to decipher the messages from our subconsciou since the pictures on the cards speak in the language of the subconcious - the language of symbols and pictures and imagination."

Nina offers 47 exercises that will help you to learn the nuances and messages held within your tarot

deck while guiding you in personal exploration. The goal of this book is to help you use your tarot cards as a portal into the mysterious yet richly enlightening realms of your inner being. The author suggests that users combine the exercises with concise journaling about each exercise session. This reinforcing activity helps to extend the benefits of the tarot work plus gives room for further self discovery. If kept in a book, it also provides a written history of your personal journey with the cards.

The exercises are presented within four categories: Easy, Intermediate, Special Occasions and Situations and Self Discovery exercises. The themes of these exercises are diverse, ranging from affirmative activities such as: "A Spirituality of My Own," "Let My Sun Shine," and "Watching Over Me" to more painful and explorative ones like: "Lost in the Wasteland," "Show me the Meaning of Being Lonely," and "Lessons from Misfortune."

Nina provides several exercises to help the reader explore relationships - a key area in most tarot reading sessions. Exercises focus on relationships with parents, lovers, spouses, children, friends, and ourselves. Some examples include the "My Mother, My Self," "Just You and Me," and "Dream Lover." As well, other exercises focus on life and our experience of it, including our relationships with schedules, our automobiles, abundance, vacations, responsibilities and organization.

The exercises in this book offer a wonderful and comprehensive system for self exploration. Doing all of the exercises would indeed demand time and energy to move through each and every exercise. Nina concludes by offering guidance in writing unique personalized self-discovery exercises. The whole point is to learn more about ourselves and what makes us tick. As Nina so eloquently concludes," For me, self discovery is about discovering the truth in the middle and about learning to live life in balance. Sometimes self-discovery is painful, showing me my flaws, weaknesses, and mistakes. Sometimes self-discovery is full of joy and thanksgiving, showing me blessings and gifts and strengths that I had ignored or believed nonexistent."
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Learn more about yourself and tarot 15 Sept. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is great for the tarot reader who is ready to get a bit more out of tarot. The exercises are explained with detail and many examples are in the book. I appreciate the explanations that Nina Lee gives with each of the exercises. The best part is that there are no "right" or "wrong" answers. Nina Lee uses many different methods with these exercises, including art therapy and story writing. This book is currently "front and center" on my bookshelf!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very Creative 28 Sept. 2006
By Rain - Published on
Format: Paperback
I really enjoy this book. If you're interested in tarot and want to really get in touch with the cards, this book is for you. Also, for people who think that tarot is too magical (athiests, for example), this book focuses on the Jungian concept of archetypes to help you better understand your own psychology.
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