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5.0 out of 5 stars The single best book on Tarot I've seen
This is a book that not only tells you what the Tarot cards mean--in plain English--but also gives a concise, credible explanation for why each card means what she says it means. She draws heavily on Jungian psychology in her interpretation of the Major Arcana, and on numerology (filtered through folklore and mythology) for the Minor Arcana, but in both cases she...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good idea that falls apart on closer examination
First of all I would like to say that I do believe this is a "Genuine" book that has been written by somobdy who really believes the subject material as opposed to someone trying to make a quick buck. But equally in joining Numerology with Tarot the Writer (in this publication at least) evidently hasn't thought things through very well.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The single best book on Tarot I've seen, 23 Nov 1998
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This review is from: Tarot as a Way of Life: A Jungian Approach to the Tarot (Paperback)
This is a book that not only tells you what the Tarot cards mean--in plain English--but also gives a concise, credible explanation for why each card means what she says it means. She draws heavily on Jungian psychology in her interpretation of the Major Arcana, and on numerology (filtered through folklore and mythology) for the Minor Arcana, but in both cases she refers directly to what's actually on the cards--helping the reader see them as a coherent symbolic system, not just mysterious pictures. (She mostly uses the Rider-Waite deck, but gives an extended justification for her choice, comparing it symbolically with other popular decks.) I don't know that I necessarily agree with every one of her interpretations--but that's actually one of the book's great strengths. After reading it, I felt that I understood enough of what was going on in the Tarot to begin to have my own opinions. Hamaker-Zondag, who's a noted astrologer, includes a chapter on attempts to combine Tarot and astrology--and concludes that it may not be possible. She also includes straightforward, common-sense advice on how to conduct a reading and lay out the cards--instructions that are far more helpful than those in other Tarot books I've read. The one thing I don't like about this book is the title. It sounds like it's inviting you to join a cult. It's really one of the most feet-on-the-ground introductions you're likely to find.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be a Fool !, 22 April 2013
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A really informative and insight-full examination of the Tarot.I have read this book twice since I purchased it and refer to it regularly.. It is a "must have" in your collection of Tarot study reference. For me anyway ! Remember its your journey.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good idea that falls apart on closer examination, 3 Aug 2014
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First of all I would like to say that I do believe this is a "Genuine" book that has been written by somobdy who really believes the subject material as opposed to someone trying to make a quick buck. But equally in joining Numerology with Tarot the Writer (in this publication at least) evidently hasn't thought things through very well.
In simple terms what you find in these pages is something like this - say for example the cards that are Numbered "Nine", 5 + 4 = 9 so the Writer goes into great detail about the meanings of Five and Four in Numerology thus revealing the meaning of the card. All well and good but what about 7 + 2 - that equals Nine too. Or what about 3 + 6? Or 8 + 1? You see the problem here? Why has the author settled on this particular equation while ignoring the others?

Another basic fallacy that the Writer has made is the number of the cards in History. They make a great deal about the earliest Forteenth century origin of Tarot Cards and why the number was set at 78 cards - but of course it WASN'T set at 78, this was a development with late Eighteenth Century Occultists - most of whom admited later in life that it was all a hoax anyway. The Cary Yale certainly wasn't 78 cards. The Visconte Sforza has had the "Missing" cards reproduced in the 1970's but the general consensus among experts is that they never existed anyway.

There is some value here as alternative interpretatios to think about but there is so many holes in the Writers theory that discretion needs to be employed when using this method.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A better understanding of Tarot card meanings, 17 Jan 2014
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I have recently received this book. When I ordered it there was a risk that it may be written in a difficult to understand way. I need not have worried. I have read a few pages here and there in this book to get a feel of what it says. Tarot as a Way of Life will, I think, (from what I have read already) give me a much clearer understanding of the cards. And possibly a clearer understanding of myself in that process. Thank you to the author Karen Hamaker-Zondag. Lastly, for those who wish to make tarot readings, this book would seem to me to be required reading. Buy it now :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Jungian Tarotist., 13 Sep 2014
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Really pleased with this purchase. A truly insightful book without getting so deep that you find your self wondering what the author is on about. If you are interested in the Tarot this book is really worth a read and the Jungian approach really works.
Highly recommend, easy to read book.
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