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on 5 March 2018
I have no doubt Sallie Nichols researched thoroughly for this book. On the whole it is an interesting take on the theme of the hero’s journey as depicted in the Tarot deck.

I bought the book for the Jung connection, but his input is in amongst a whole host of other meanderings and speculations.

I’m not too bright, and this book is educational, so it’s important to get the facts right. Unfortunately an error on page 302 pulled me back to reality and made me question the whole context - Van Gogh painted The Starry Night in June 1889 - it’s the view from his window at Saint Remy where he was staying as a voluntary patient. The author does not get these facts right. It’s disappointing, as the Tarot illusion is shattered, and she didn’t need to refer to Van Gogh at all.

This author must be in a world of her own imaging Van Gogh was a committed mental patient, painting in 1900!
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on 3 October 2016
Very interesting, a different approach of the trumps. A good complement for who is interested in Marseille Tarot.
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on 5 May 2016
A valuable resource for anyone interested in an archetype based approach to the Tarot.
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on 1 February 2018
A wonderful exposition of the magic of the tarot. Very clear and hugely readable.
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on 2 January 2016
Honestly, one of the worste books I've ever read, both about Jung, and about Tarot....the author jumps here and there, piling up a heap of cultivated references, from Blake to Jung to Shakespeare and Peggy Guggenheim and god knows what else, and mixes them all up with the most outrageous platitudes about contemporary pop culture and the feminine/feminism, and other nonsense of the kind you hear from housewives at the market, and put much better by them at that....and the reader simply is left lost and aghast wondering what exactly she is trying to get at, and what the original thread was, if there ever was one...... Poor Carl Jung must be turning in his grave.....How this book got to be as popular and well known as it is, remains a mystery to me.
Oh one last thing. The author throws in, among various other things, bits of poems and pictures of paintings and sculptures in order to better illustrate her points.... too bad the reproductions of such images on the book are so bad, it is almost impossible to make out what they show....I'm speechless.
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on 14 August 1998
Sallie Nichols provides a fresh new perspective for the Tarot reader in this book. Rather than merely showing a card with its explanation next to it (as is done with many books on the subject), Sallie goes into depths on the Jungian theories behind each of the Major Arcana cards. The insights dare to be different without breaking any rules, and gives you a better understanding of the archetypes at work in your life. Very interesting, and definitely worth recommending to Tarot readers (or Jungian theorists) of all levels.
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on 20 September 2015
This book is useful for the open-minded person interested in Tarot and the levels of human consciousness, whether as an instrument for gaining insight into oneself, or for assisting others. It is not for the convinced new-ager who associates every experience with spirituality, nor is it for the person who rejects any effect of consciousness as mumbo-jumbo. Very well written this is a book to work with rather than simply read, it is enlightening, erudite and for a more serious individual.

Sallie Nichols presents a treatise that is entirely scientific and dignified, from a Jungian perspective. This is more for the serious student of the phenomenon of the tarot, its appeal to the conscious and the unconscious, the triggering of awareness of the anima and animus within the individual. Like Rohrshach ink blots - what one recognises says more about the viewer (recogniser) than about the images.

Ms Nichols asks one to write one's first impressions down, and then provides an explication of archetypes as the central image of the card, and discusses the remaining symbols. She does not focus on the spiritual (although this aspect is not denied) but on the association and explanations within Jungian Philosophy. Ms Nichols herself studied at the Jung Institute in Switzerland, while Jung was still alive.This allowed her to be ideally placed to discover and develop a treatise on the Tarot, much as Jung himself may have done.

The cards that most often illustrate the chapters (one on each major card) are grey-scale renditions (in the paperback) of the well-known Marteau-Grimaud Marseille Tarot, and pictures from art works, sculptures sourced in mythology and some other well-known Tarot decks are also provided. While today the number of available decks may exceed 10,000, when this book was first published (mid 1970's) Tarot was just entering the awareness of people outside esoteric circles - this is just after the Albano-Waite deck and Eden Gray's and Rachel Pollack's books became well known. It was written before the text by Rosengarten on the tarot and its use in clinical psychological practice.

For the serious querent who wishes to understand the tarot from a perspective besides (but not excluding) the mystical , whether for reasons of therapy or knowledge of self and others, this presents a superb and timeless analysis from an expert Jungian and Tarot reader.

I highly recommend this book.
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on 24 November 2011
Written in easy to read shortish chapters, Sallie Nicholls explores each card of the Major Arcana in terms of Jungian archetypes with great success and convincingly. This book works on several levels, from personal identification to more abstract perceptions of each archetype. Illustrated throughout with numerous art examples of each card as an archetype and from other styles of Tarot card.
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on 11 January 1999
This is an excellent book for anyone who wants to get the full range of meanings about any card. She not only covers the Jungian ideas, but a full range of other possibilities as well, with many pages of information on each card of the Major Arcana. She shows a variety of deck images for each card, as well as other graphics, including paintings and photos of ancient artifacts that pertain to the archetype being discussed. A very valuable addition to anyone's tarot library.
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on 25 January 2007
An absolute must for anyone who is a serious practitioner of the Tarot. It gives great insights about the major aracana as archetypes from someone who has obviously been practising the Tarot for a considerable number of years. This is a woman who has a considerable command of her subject and a deep appreciation of the Jungian unconscious, a deep and rich repository of wisdom and knowledge. This is the beautiful culmination of years of work. And there is also lots of lots of information on the history and symbols of each major arcana card. Even though this was written some time ago it is timeless in its understanding of the deep processes that make us human.
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