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The Inner Child Cards Workbook: Further Exercises and Mystical Teachings from the Fairy-Tale Tarot: Further Exercises with the Fairy-tale Tarot Paperback – 22 Aug 2002

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company (22 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879181894
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879181892
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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I recommend this book to students serious about learning more than they already know about themselves. -- Tarot News, January 2003

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Many people attending my classes on the use of The Inner Child Cards over the past nine years have encouraged me to write a companion book, one that would serve as a guide and workbook to the material in that book. This current effort is my response to the many requests I have received in that context, but it also stands very well on its own. Here, I have woven new material on the archetypal meaning of fairy tales into a workbook format, offering the individual a deeply mystical and profoundly therapeutic journey through fairy tale symbolism. The Mystical Meaning of Fairy Tales offers new layouts, teaches new divination methods and creates a list of suggested personal growth exercises that correspond to each Major Arcana card, including visualizations, affirmations, questions and suggested ways one can actualize the fairy tale teachings into one's life. . . .
My lectures and workshops on the Inner Child Cards have led me to conclude that many people are now ready to grasp the deeper meaning of "childhood stories," whether their own or others, and to glean from them the true mystical teachings. Of the various aspects of our memory and childhood imprint, the fairy tale has served to open the door to a vast world of imagination and dream. Identifying the stories that were important to us as children helps us identify the resonant themes in our own lives and also gives us strength. We are reminded that the quest for individuation is a universal matter, and that there are certain difficult challenges and stages of initiation we all must enter into. In an archetypal way, fairy tales lay bear the vast territory of the Soul, and if we listen with our hearts and are receptive to the magic of the story, we come face to face with the beautiful essence of our own life's journey. Our quest for a full human existence requires that we embrace and integrate all aspects of human development into our daily lives, even those involving suffering, abandonment, and fear.
My life has been transformed through the process of delving deeply into the mystical meaning of fairy tales. As I've applied the insights gleaned in this way to my own circumstances and life-passages, I have found the pathway to my destiny cleared. My life has become increasingly enchanting and beautiful. Looking deeply into my own suffering and fear, I, like many a fairy tale protagonists, have pushed forward into the unknown, entered the depths of my own Soul's journey and found solace in the stages toward maturation and truth.
For example, as you will see in the workbook, the story of Little Red Cap is a mystical exploration of the process of individuation and increasing freedom. Little Red Riding Hood is one of the few fairy tale main characters endowed with a loving mother who cares for her and watches over her. Her proverbial red cap is a symbol of her innate wish to be enlightened and awakened to the greater wisdom of the world. She must meet the wolf, symbolizing the shadow of her past, her fears, her dark side, and undergo the initiation he brings to her as he attempts to fool her and devour her unformed wisdom. This is the part of herself that must be found and brought to consciousness.
Little Red Cap journeys to grandmother's house, the ancestral cottage of transformation, where she learns about the deceptive side of life (the wolf dressed as grandmother). There, she is eventually graced with enlightenment and rebirth when the woodsmen cuts open the belly of the wolf and sets her free. Ultimately, she is awakened to a new level of being as she learns to outsmart the Big Bad Wolf and meet the many challenges life has set before her.
In some essential way, we are all Little Red Cap and her story is our story. So, if what you're looking for is a better understanding of yourself and your story, in the context of fairy tale mysticism and universality, then you've come to the right place. What follows is your story, told in a magical, poetic, epic terms with a cast of characters, all of which are different aspects of you!

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flora on 31 Jan. 2013
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Absolutely brill. Lots of understandable work here which helps the reader. Cards are large in the accompanying deck but all in all excellent.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Questions, Affirmations, and More Ways to Use Fairy Tales 4 4 Sept. 2004
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Personal transformation. I bought this book because I wanted to really learn how to give a reading with the Inner Child Cards but I found it to be helpful in my path of personal transformation. I use these cards as additional or as clarification cards in a reading.

Chapter I: The Feminine in Fairy Tales

Both good and evil characters in fairy tales are ultimately good

The Feminine Nature of Fairy Tales

Each Character is a different aspect of our own psyche

Chapter 2: Initiation, Enchantment and Awakening

Initiation: Corresponding to Alchemical Stage of Melanois

Enchantment: Corresponding to Alchemical Stage of Leukosis

Awakening: Corresponding to Alchemical State of Xanthosis and Iosis

Chapter 3: The Archetypes of the Soul and Karmic Imprints

Chapter 4: Fairy Tale Mysticism and the Major Arcana

Chapter 5: Mirrors to Humanity

Chapter 6: Additional ways to use the Inner Child Cards (this section includes Past Life Regression, Dreamwork and even how to use the cards in playing Rummy).

Chapter 7: New Layouts (includes 4 new spreads)

Chapter 8: The 22 Major Arcana Cards (gives the traditional meaning of the cards, the inner child meaning of the cards and questions and affirmations). I found the questions to be helpful in my own journal work. I loved using the affirmations daily.

Chapter 9: The Minor Arcana (same as chapter 8, gives traditional meaning, inner child meaning and questions and affirmations for each card).

For me personally, I liked this book because it helps you learn fairy-tales (knowledge I was lacking somehow - and I enjoyed learning how fairy tales represent each lesson we learn in life, how it is a mirror of who we are, and others around us). I found the readings to be accurate in describing what I've gone through in life and how I did meet these fairy tale characters along my path. I enjoyed answering the questions it presents for each card and the affirmations are very nice. The book is well written and packed with information.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Creative and insightful companion book to the Inner Child Cards 21 Mar. 2007
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This is a wonderful book! Even if you already own the original Inner Child Cards book by Isha Lerner and Mark Lerner, you will not want to miss out on this one. Isha Lerner's Inner Child Cards Workbook provides insightful, NEW material that expands on the teachings found in the original Inner Child Cards book. The first third of this workbook is devoted to insightful teachings on fairy tales, the tarot and alchemy, plus two chapters devoted to new layouts and additinal uses for the cards. The rest of the book is devoted to the individual cards, providing discussion on the traditional meaning of each card, the fairy-tale lore associated with each of them, and a lisitng of keyword associations. Additionally, Isha Lerner provides three questions for each card that encourage the reader to explore their meanings further on a more personal level, and to take into consideration possible courses of action. The major arcana are provided with affirmation statements as well. All in all, a great resource!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Love this deck!!!! 5 Dec. 2010
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Using this deck of cards and books (both the regular book and the workbook, it is so much easier for me to learn about my own growth with pleasure and love!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
For the young at heart 30 July 2007
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I really love the cards & the book is huge, packed full of
information, needless to say I've not been able to read it
all but what I've read I found most helpful.
The cards are extremely big and would probably be a problem
for people with small hands, I remind myself to be attentive
when I shuffle but otherwise they are great.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic! 20 Jun. 2008
By T. Long - Published on
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Great purchase, arrived in Australia in perfect condition. Great rate on postage. Thanks very much.
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