The Mythic Tarot Workbook: Workbk Paperback – 9 Mar 1989
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Now attractively repackaged, The Mythic Tarot has sold more than 1 million copies --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
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. Liz Greene is a Jungian analyst and an astrologer of international reputation. She is the author of 19 books which have been translated into 10 languages. She gives seminars, workshops and lectures throughout Europe. Tricia Newell is a prolific illustrator of both adult and children's books. Her na-ve, detailed and decorative style is the perfect medium to convey the symbolism of the tarot with great impact and clarity. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this expecting to get the cards with the book.
Very disappointed when only the book arrived.
I have the original set of cards by Sharman-Burke (over ten years old) and they are probably the best and easiest cards to make sense out of especially for a beginner. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mr. M. Kostyrka
First tarot cards l ever had in 1985 and the best or is it just cos they were my first pack . the book was good verybibfirnative about Greek myth .. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Memphis Maria
This is just the book and not the book, cards and cloth as advertised.Published 14 months ago by Amazon_Always
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 morePublished on 9 Jan. 2013 by Rose
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 morePublished on 6 Feb. 2012 by Nesu Vyt el Tigre
Admittedly I already loved the way that Liz Greene explains the myths and makes them relevant to the challenges of our lives today. Read morePublished on 9 July 2011 by A customer