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Hallowquest - the Arthurian Tarot Course: A tarot journey through the Arthurian world Paperback – 21 Jul 1997

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons; (Reissue) edition (21 July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722534485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722534489
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 17.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 814,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Drawing on the rich mythology of the Celtic Arthurian legends, Caitlin and John Matthews unlock the subtle levels of the Arthurian Mysteries by means of storytelling, ritual and shamanic exploration.

'Hallowquest' provides a year's meditation course in easy-to-follow weekly lessons. Through ritual, practical tasks, questing meditations and many new card spreads, you, the seeker, journey through the landscapes of the quest and the four seasons seeking the empowerment of the Hallows. Discovering castles, standing stones, mountains and secret valleys you will encounter the totem animals and figures who guard the pathways of your own unique quest. You will access the power of the Hallows, or Holy objects, of the Arthurian quest – the Sword, Spear, Grail and Stone – and journey in the company of guides such as Arthur, Guinevere, Merlin and the Lady of the Lake.

'Hallowquest' is the companion volume to the exceptional 'Arthurian Tarot'. It reveals how inner and outer worlds can harmoniously coexist in our everyday lives and how the empowerment of the Hallows can restore inspiration, creativity, healing and wisdom.

Caitlin and John Matthews are the authors of over 60 books including 'Ladies of the Lake, The Western Way' and 'The Encyclopaedia of Celtic Wisdom.' Together they have pioneered practical approaches to Arthurian and Grail traditions, Celtic shamanism and ancestral wisdom. They teach courses world-wide.

'The Arthurian Tarot' is now available from Thorsons.

About the Author

Caitlin Matthews is the author of 20 books, including The Celtic Book of the Dead and Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom. Her experiential teachings have helped rekindle the spiritual pathways of the Western tradition. She has a shamanic counselling practice in Oxford.

John Matthews is the author of numerous books on Arthurian and Celtic subjects.

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This book is split into two parts. The first explains the Arthurian Tarot and traditional and celtic Arthurian ledgends. The second part of the book is a programme of study intended to be followed according to the seasons of the year. The reader uses the book and the Arthurian Tarot to undertake a spiritual journey through tarot readings and meditation. The only criticism I have is that I did not realise that you need to own the Arthurian Tarot cards(which do not come with the book) when I bought it. I have now invested in these cards and find the course very enjoyable and worthwhile.
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I found this book well set out. It is written by a highly experienced practitioner who knows how to talk in simple Delia Smith style step by step terms. It works with empowered visualisation, using well illustrated tarot cards as a starting point. The system is rooted in celtic spirituality, embodied in Arthurian legends. The learner is taken steadily and without rush, through the four elements and many of their permutations and associated characters. The course lasts a year, but can be joined at any point. For someone wanting to begin a daily spiritual practice, I found it very helpful. It does not subscribe to a dualistic view of the spiritual world, so is not suitable for people who hold strong dualistic opinions. However, for the very many Christians and others who do not belong to the strongly dualistic wing, this book holds no terrors. It introduces and works with entities and mystery situations normally referred to within Christianity under angelic names, and much of which would have been familiar in various guises, to early Christians. This is a personal comment; the book does not take time out to discuss Christian correspondences to its Arthurian content. The previous reader's comments about having to buy the cards separately hold good. However the effort is well worth while.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Matthews' have done it again! 29 July 1999
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Format: Paperback
This is a Fantastic book, especially for anyone who wants to do more than simply read fortunes with their Tarot pack! This course goes much further into Magic and inner development, and with that, some pretty scary realisations come! A must for anyone seriously into the Celtic aspects of Tarot or Magic. It also has a great Bibliography at the end for further studies. (I'd also highly reccomend RJ Stewart for anyone who's interested in finding something with a little more 'bite' than most of the 'new age' books on the market at the moment!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A different sort of Tarot and Tarot course 28 May 1998
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Those looking for a Tarot deck and course which explains the minutae and difference between a seven of wands reversed and a eight of swords are going to be disappointed in this set. Its completely different in scope, outlook and use. More of a mediative deck than one for divination, the Hallowquest is not everyone's kettle of fish, but if you have an interest in meditating on the archetypes of the Arthurian world, then this book is your cup of tea indeed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charming and Drawing 27 July 1999
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Format: Paperback
I was drawn to this deck, the art work is beautiful and The legend of King Aurthur is of great interest to me. It beats the Waite-Rider deck that I used to use.
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