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Why you may have overlooked this gem:
This book is, as previously predicted, a relatively niche book for Tarot activity, with more than 1/3 devoted to group activity that would be difficult for a solo reader, although perfect for a teaching or a Tarot monthly group- This would make a wonderful teacher's guide, for either Tarot, or for acting class, as is the author's background.
Section 1 is for solo journaling exercises, about 25 well thought out mind and imagination opening prompts where Scott shines as a teacher by showing you where to look, not what to see. This was my favorite part of the book. There is much emphasis of understanding "character", particularly when not in one's normal habitat, which is ideal for also learning to understand one another.
Sociology or Psychology students may find some worth here as well.
The bulk of the book is in Section II; group "Theater Games", which are quite impressive if only I had others to work them with. About 35 exploratory lessons that shouldn't be panned over just because I'm not hosting a group. There is no deficit of quality anywhere in the book, just the need to get this book to the right people.
The last portion of the book does have working definitions for all 78 cards with black and white images of the Llewellyn Classic Tarot Deck.
I like that instead of using the term "reversal", Scott notates instead "also", which allows for the cards to remain upright and still have depth.
Why it's worth it's place in the book nook:
To be honest, I'm not sure this one will stay with me permanently. I feel I can get much use from the journaling exercises, and then find a teacher or school group that could benefit from it much more.
What's NOT in this book (That may be important to you):
This is a guidebook, there really are no right or wrong answers, as each is left to explain their interpretation of the cards. You'll find structured activities, but you'll also be putting in the work.
You'll not find much help in 'learning' tarot from a traditional standpoint either, save for the few paragraphs each definitions at the end of the book.
TL,DR? Too Long, Didn't Read?
* This is a niche book, geared towards group "stage and theater" style learning of integrating Tarot and a life character study of others.
* The lessons and writing are very well written, it just needs the right audience
* This book's intent is not to teach one to learn Tarot, rather how to use it to bring depth and understanding as the characters we are and whom we encounter.
Rating 3.5 stars, 4.5 stars for Tarot learning or Drama groups
*I give thanks to Llewellyn Publishers and Netgalley for a borrowed unedited preview edition for consideration, however this review is my own.
I have always been drawn to things like palmistry, psychic readings, and tarot cards but I have limited experience with having any of these done. There is something so appealing to me about " having your cards read" but I have never gone anywhere to pursue this. My daughter and I love all things like this and have looked at buying a deck of tarot cards and teaching ourselves. I have yet to cave but she did about 3 weeks before I was sent this book. Talk about your timing right?
This book is good for new and experienced tarot users alike. However, it focuses more on how to incorporate the cards in the deck into theater games. I was in drama club all through Jr. High and HS so I thought this was a perfect sort of twist. The book is broken up into 3 major sections. Section one deals with using the cards in a form of journal exercises. I really enjoyed the questionnaires listed to help the reader imagine what type of character each card would translate to in human form. It made the deck seem less intimidating. Section 2 is filled with various tarot theater games. I will be honest by this point my interest was starting to wane. I just felt like there was too much going on and it got a little dry for me. Section 3 is all about the card meanings. This is the section I liked most. The illustrations were very beautiful and the descriptions helped make the cards more understandable especially in the case of what it might represent in a reading.
Overall I only gave this 3 stars because I felt that it was pretty uninspiring until the last part of the book when the cards themselves were covered in more detail. However, I absolutely believe that the exercises in this book would greatly benefit a drama club on any level. It was entertaining trying to pick a card and write a detailed description of it including everything from what kind of voice it had to what it might ask for if granted 3 wishes.
The author uses exercises in personal journaling and the concept of theater games (which is inspired by Martin's unique and initial career path in acting) as a way to characterize each card of a Tarot deck. Intriguing and involving for both an amateur reader starting off and an expert looking for a new perspective.
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