- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Career Press; Revised edition edition (1 Oct. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1564147509
- ISBN-13: 978-1564147509
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.5 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,014,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tarot: A New Handbook for the Apprentice: The Connolly Tarot, Revised: Volume 1
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Top Customer Reviews
The "lessons" presented are absurd--pressing an unknown card to your "third eye" and solar plexus to attune oneself to the "energy" of the card; staring blankly at the card to "meditate" upon its meaning, etc. All of which is well and good, I suppose, if you happen to be "psychic." Call me a cynic, but most people simply aren't; drivel like this will either drive them away or, worse, simply confuse them. "I'm not feeling any energies! I must be doing something wrong!" Well, no, you aren't.
Connolly touches on links with Kabbalah--in a painfully uninformed manner. Readers who already *know*, even to a trivial degree, the historical development of Kabbalistic philosophy and symbolism, will feel their gorge rise. This is the kind of work that insults entire fields. Tarot is a rich ocean of symbolism that has evolved over the course of centuries--this reduces it to a shallow pond. And that's the worst part of all--books like this can catch people unawares, teach them that wading in muddy ankle-deep water is equal to swimming. It's not. Avoid this one.
I had a hard time getting over some of the religious overtones, as I am not Christian, and they tended to clash with my worldview. (Basically I rewrote all of her meditations.) Also, I disagree with her fundamental keys for the suits. Example: I have always seen wands as concerning spiritual matters, while she uses "enterprise and distinction" as the suit key. I also had some issues with her ideas about time and season cards.
I would strongly advise looking at a copy of this book prior to purchasing it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Poor quality print, looks like it's been scanned and then made into a book. I had one of these books years ago and it was much better quality with colour print too.Published on 29 Oct. 2013 by Rave
This a thirty year old book (originally written in 1979), and its age shows. It should also have the word "Christian" in front of "Apprentice". Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2009 by Tempestas
I have studied Eileen Connolly books since 1983. They are the best tools for learning about Tarot. The meditations in the book are wonderful and I use them all the time. Read morePublished on 19 May 1999