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The Mythic Tarot: Book, Cards, and Cloth [Paperback]

Juliet Sharman-Burke , Liz Greene
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1 Sep 1987

For centuries people have attempted to unlock the mysteries of the Tarot and its relationship to their lives. Until now, however, this ancient system of divination has remained an obscure "occult" pursuit.

The Mythic Tarot sweeps the medieval dust off the Tarot and brings it into the twentieth century in a form accessible to everyone. Now even the layperson can explore the secrets of the unconscious to find its bearing on his or her personal life and growth.

This package contains everything the beginning card user needs: a newly designed Tarot deck based on the Greek myths; an illustrated, 224-page book explaining how to use the cards; and a silky cloth on which to lay them out.

THE CARDS: Elegant, full color, the design of these cards is based on the Greek myths. These familiar, evocative images make it easy to remember the specific meaning and nuances of each card.

THE BOOK: Clearly and simply presented from a Western point of view, this illustrated book explains the origins of the Tarot, how the Tarot works, the meaning of each card, and how to read the cards.

THE CLOTH: Made of a silky, wrinkle-proof material and imprinted with card outlines for the Celtic Cross spread, the black cloth shows you where to lay out the cards and serves as a protective wrapping for the cards when not in use.

Used intelligently and sensitively, The Mythic Tarot will stimulate an innate curiosity about yourself as well as provide the first step toward developing intuition -- the hallmark of the regular Tarot reader.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall & IBD; Reissue edition (1 Sep 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671618636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671618636
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Juliet Sharman-Burke is an analytic psychotherapist, and has been practising tarot and astrology for twenty years. She is well-known as a teacher of tarot, and brings her teaching experience and knowledge of students to The Mythic Tarot. She has written 7 books, including Understanding the Tarot, and Mastering the Tarot. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous tarot set ideal for beginners 9 July 2002
By A Customer
This tarot set would make an ideal gift for the beginner. The illustrations on the cards are beautiful and the cards are accompanied with a black silk cloth. The cloth has the Celtic cross spread marked on it which will help beginners when they first come to lay out their cards. The book accompanying the set is very interesting and clearly explains the meaning behind each of the cards. I would recommend this set to anyone with an interest in the tarot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tarot Set Considers Themes From Classical Mythology 12 April 1998
By A Customer
This was the 3rd of my 7 (so far) decks.

I bought this deck in the set with the book and 'silky' reading cloth. The illustrations are colorful and competently done. In each suit one myth unfolds in the cards. Cups 'considers' the myth of Eros and Psyche; Wands, Jason and the Golden Fleece; Swords, Orestes and the Curse of the House of Atreus; and Pentacles, Daedalus. Each myth is matched to the essential meaning of its suit. The major arcana are represented by the gods.

Things I liked about the deck: I am interested in, and have studied Greek and Roman mythology, so I was drawn to this deck. Because the suits correspond to an unfolding story (the myth), the individiual cards may be easier to learn and develop your own interpretation for. The book that comes with it provides good information on interpretation and background of the cards. In addition, it gives unique information--this is one of the only decks I've seen that is NOT published by US Games, so you don't get a sense of deja vou when you read the book. The elegant simplicity of the illustrations does not detract from the complexity of the subject matter.

Things I don't like: Although the illustrations are colorful, I find them somehow drab and dark. While the figures in each illustration are detailed, there is not as much overall detail as in some decks (like Tarot of a Moon Garden, or Cat People Tarot). The cards are not as sturdy or heavy as most decks I've handled, and feel a bit flimsy. The 'silky' cloth is a piece of strech polyester (unhemmed) with the Celtic Cross patern stamped on it.

While this is not among my favorite decks, I do not regret owning it, and it only suffers in comparison to other decks that suit me better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stunning 10 Jan 2011
By Lisa f
I have owned a set of these for about 6 years now and they are without a doubt my favourite set out of 11 that I own.

I love that the minor arcana card meanings are linked to various stories from Greek mythology. If you know the stories you will understand the cards very quickly, and if you don't it is so much fun to learn the stories behind the cards. I struggled with the minor arcana before using this set.

The major arcana cards also have imagery on them that tells a story from Greek Mythology and are beautiful to look at. The illustrations are one of the best I have seen on a set of Tarot cards.

These would make an excellent beginners set of cards, or would be a good addition to a collection.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great linking of tarot and Greek mythology 29 Jun 2006
If you are interested in the tarot and Greek mythology, then this is a deck you most definitely should have. If you are familiar with Greek myths it is also an ideal place to start learning the tarot and is as such a brilliant starter's deck.

The reason for this is that Sharman-Burke combines various myths with the suits and arcana of the tarot. For example the Hierophant is depicted as Chiron the centaur, one of the great teachers of knowledge in mythology, who taught Achilles and Odysseus among others. The suits tell the story of four different myths, the separate cards showing important stages and illustrating the meaning of that card of the minor arcane. For example cups illustrate the myth of Eros and Psyche through the numbers one to ten, each card marking an important stage (cup four for example is when Eros leaves Psyche after she has broken her promise and found out who he is). This system works well and makes it easier to remember what each cards represents (I will now never forget the divinatory meaning of the star, a card I have always had difficulties with, which here is an illustration of hope fluttering above Pandora's box).

As helpful and good as the system is, it does have its flaws and some pairings of myth and card seem rather forced (e.g. the tower) or some vital stages of the myths in the suits left out and less important ones emphasised to fit the meanings of the minor arcana. Other truly minor quibbles I have is that the illustrations seem rather wooden at times and that there is no box to keep the cards in.

The cards come with an explanatory book which is very detailed and informative for any tarot deck, but explains the mythic tarot brilliantly. The book alone is well worth having.

All in all this is a tarot deck I thoroughly recommend. I have used it for readings and found it to be easy to use, but very profound too. I love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple to understand for first time readers 3 Mar 1998
By A Customer
The Mythic Tarot is an easy to understand way to begin to do tarot readings for yourself and others. It is an intuitive look at tarot which explores the cards through the use of mythology. The illustrations in both the deck and the book make the journey through the cards a pleasurable trip indeed. This is a deck you will use for years to come. Kathy Ritondo
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I have been reading and studying this book of tarot now for over four years and on my 65th time reading it. And I just can't put it down it's such a great tarot deck. Read more
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Received these cards in very quick time. Considering they were supposed to be second hand, it came untouched and with the original packaging. I was very impressed. Read more
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I bought this book for someone recently, because years ago when I first became interested in Tarot I found most books fairly unhelpful, whereas this book helped me become more... Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2012 by Nesu Vyt el Tigre
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Admittedly I already loved the way that Liz Greene explains the myths and makes them relevant to the challenges of our lives today. Read more
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Had previously purchased another workbook in this series and both were excellent, although different from each other - the product allows the information to be easily absorbed... Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2009 by LADY OF THE LAKE
5.0 out of 5 stars The mythic Tarot
The cards are beautifully illustrated, although a little large. The images are very relevant to their meanings. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2005 by Mrs J A Ellacott
5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite cards ever!
Over the years I have bought & used many decks,but the Mythic Tarot remain my firm favourites.These cards are great for beginners & advanced taroists alike,the imagery is... Read more
Published on 19 Oct 2004 by Miss J Powell
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