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The Secrets of the Tarot: Origins, History and Symbolism [Tarot] [Paperback]

Barbara G. Walker
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1 Feb 1991
Fully illustrated with all-new color versions of the complete traditional Tarot deck, this is an appreciation of the history and meaning of the cards.


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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco (1 Feb 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062509276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062509277
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 838,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sacred Feminine 2 April 2010
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Barbara Walker is one of the best sacred feminine writers of all times. Her Tarot book is invaluable to the serious Tarot reader, especially now as we are all experiencing an energy shift, which has happened before and which is well understood by studying Barbara Walker's "The Secret's of the Tarot." One of the older Tarot books around, but timeless in every respect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 5 Sep 2013
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Superb colour illustrations are contained within the pages of this excellent book.The origins,the history & the symbolism into the secrets of the tarot are explained in great detail here by an author who i think is certainly one of the best in her class.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets indeed! 30 Dec 2001
By christine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am purchasing a new copy of this book as mine has gone astray, and I consider it to be (for me) one of the most life-changing books I have owned. It helped me to 'crack the code'and enter into a rich world of symbolism and mystery that I am continuing to explore many years on. The breadth of Walker's research is astounding. Walker quite often takes a blatantly anti-Christian stance in her writing, yet I found the connections between the tarot and christian symbolism, and the roots of that symbolism in earlier traditions, most enlightening. Like entering a stream of 'meaning-ness' that connects us across time and space.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best 7 Aug 2002
By T. Wickizer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
....on Tarot history, mystryies and an all around spectacular book on pagan history. One that I'd definately recommend to anyone interested in paganism and the tarot. I've been reading tarot cards and books on tarot for over ten years now and I'm very pleased with the info in this book. Much of what is delved into here is not even mentioned in other volumes. A must have! I really hope it goes back into print.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A recommended interpretation 10 Aug 2003
By Steven McKenzie - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent interpretation of the tarot, from a feminist perspective. As we explore the occult, it must be ready to grow and adapt with a person's needs. This book allows and open new avenues of exploration and understanding of occult history, or should I say, herstory.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars packed with info! 9 Dec 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First of all, to the reader from...where was that again???oh yeah, Bogart Georgia, there obviously just weren't enough pictures to satisfy a scholar such as yourself...
I, on the other hand, am no 'scholar', but I have read the book as well as most of her other titles, and I've enjoyed it immensely. It's packed with information pertaining to history and symbolism with a feminist focus, and all I can say to that is that it's time we looked at the past from all sides. We've enough wars happening today because of the narrow-mindedness of the "patriarchal regimes" of the world.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars serious scholarship applied to tarot studies 16 Feb 2005
By NatalieRose - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book when it first came out and have consulted it through the years. As tarot studies become more accepted and better understood, this book is bound to become a classic. Barbara Walker has researched her book extensively and makes sure to note all the necessary references. Just for the references, it is worth buying. When we consider new additons to tarot history, like Paul Huson's recently published book on the mystical origins of the tarot, we realize how scholarly research is really at the core of serious understanding of any subject, especially such topics as cartomancy, which most people reject as not worthy of any study. This book should be part of any serious core collection on this much maligned and misunderstood subject.
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