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  • Paperback: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (30 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738711381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738711386
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 19.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,066,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Gaunt-jgaunt on 12 Feb 2013
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I have studied many books on the Tarot, and to date this is the latest one. Its concepts and approach to this very wide and varied topic is quite frankly Mind- Blowing. The author incorporates the Tree-Of-Life in spreads and teachings; this is always a good indication of any one advocating this, knows their stuff! Radically it is so different from most other books, Card combinations that are so spot on, the fact that shuffling can effect the true outcome from a client, when the laying out of a mix should be done in a Star sequence makes a lot more sense. Her teachings are going to Jar purists, but in my opinion this woman really has got the Creds! The fact of the size of this review bares testament to this.
I cannot rate this book highly enough; it has taught me so much. It is a daunting task to learn 5,7,10,15,or sometimes 20 plus meanings for each card and as you know there are 78, but i can assure you it is more than worth it;this alone is pure gold, without the rest of the gems this book contains; i can only say buy, buy, buy!-John Gaunt
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Robert A. Josey VINE VOICE on 22 Nov 2007
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I remember the first time I read Robert M. Pirsig's 'Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' - how that book affected me like a benign neutron bomb, rewiring my perceptions of the world around me. Ly De Angeles' 'Tarot: Theory and Practice' has done the same thing. Her ideas, concepts and visions of Tarot - 'the God of Time' - reach to the deepest levels of the mind (and the soul).

I don't think there has ever been such a book about Tarot in existence before - and we owe a great debt to the author for taking on a challenge which she had always avoided in the past. It is possibly her masterpiece -brilliant, challenging, wise, affecting, mind altering.

Even those who could not care less about Tarot as a divinatory system, as a conduit for prophecy, would learn a great deal about the universe and its workings from this extraordinary teacher.

Those who do care might be offended or even totally outraged at De Angeles' percieved 'audacities' - taking their cosy 'territory' and opening it up to profound and vivid speculations. This is no 'sweetie wifie' volume or flat earth Orthodox primer. It is fresh, exciting and - a great bonus - highly readable. Ms De Angeles' humanity and compassion is there upon every page.

It is an intense book, and worth taking in relective stages to read. But the journey is perhaps one of the most valuable you could ever make.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve Craftman on 16 April 2009
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And maybe somewhat opportunistic. The book uses the Llewellyn deck, but rarely makes any reference to the fact - the only reference I can find on a quick scan is in the overview of the Tarot deck on the page for The Horned One. The significance of this is that the Llewellyn deck's major arcana are thoroughly based in Welsh tradition and mythology. It feels as though the publishers foisted the deck (published the previous year to this book) upon the book: the Llewellyn deck has many important details that are completely ignored by the book.

In the introduction, the author says that she has been reading Tarot for thirty years and teaching for twenty years and that until now she saw no reason to add to the plethora of Tarot books. I'm afraid this book feels like she has simply published her notebook without trying to make it into a coherent book. She jumps from metaphysical theory to personal anecdote in less time than it takes to shuffle a deck.

Although she relies on it heavily, she gives little explanation of the Tree of Life, and especially no explanation of why she numbers the sephiroth in reverse, a concept I`ve never before come across. A third of the book is taken up with her overview of the cards, sometimes just a couple of lines of text recycling what a Little White Book might say, accompanied by a monochrome photograph of the card. Unfortunately, the Llewellyn deck doesn't easily lend itself to monochrome representation: the result is that an awful lot of detail is lost.

I've only read this book once - I intend to put it to one side and return to it in a few months' or a year's time - but I can honestly say that there are far better books available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss W. Merrymoon on 5 Sep 2011
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Ly de Angeles is an Australian Tarot consultant who regularly works on an international basis, and has done so for over thiry years. Similarly, she, as High Priestess of the Coven of Wildwood Gate, has coveners all over the world. Her interest in the occult began whilst she was still a young girl, and beside this book she has written a number of others, including 'When I See the Wild God'; 'Witchcraft, Theory and Practice'; 'The Quickening', and 'The Shining Isle'.

The author's intention in writing this book is to share her own teaching techniques which she acquired herself via an oral tradition. She originally put off writing this book on the basis that there are already so many Tarot books out there, but eventually felt that her time had come.

Overall, the book is divided into four parts, and further broken down into twelve units which are summed up very succinctly in the introductory section of the book. Some examples of this are - 'Unit One - Time and Multiple Reality' (p.xv); 'Unit Eight - The Seventy-Eight Cards and Their Meanings' (p.xviii); and 'Unit Twelve - Going Professional (p.xx).

In 'the book proper', de Angeles starts by looking at the nature of time, including how it is measured and some of the different perceptions of time. This is followed by the author's understanding of the Big Bang Theory, encompassing the idea that all events, past, present and future already exist. Alongside this she is asking the controversial question of whether the Tarot causes the events it predicts.

Unit Two is a very brief look at what the Tarot is and isn't, e.g. it is "NOT a tool of comfort, advice, past-life analysis, or spiritual/emotional/psychological analysis....." (p.22); "Tarot is a word to describe a technique of prophecy that works" (p.22).
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