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THis book is an experts study of the 22 cards of the major arcana. The author draws upon Jungian psychology and his own considerale knowledge of esoterica. The Hero's journey of the Waite deck tells the story of the hero as he goes through life. Exploration of the many roles a Hero may play in life, and as it applies to women as well....

Title : Tarot and the Journey of the Hero
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ISBN : 9781578631179
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 236 Pages
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Tarot and the Journey of the Hero Reviews

  • Sal Coraccio
    2019-01-29 19:30

    Informative, entertaining and very nicely illustrated; full color. While it is written in English – it has been translated from German, so some of the sentence constructions come off as a bit – complex. Compound sentences galore – but who cares. It has character.The main content of the book is an exploration of each card as it is taken in a didactic progression from The Fool to The World. It is not, however, a simple process of card/explanation, card/explanation, card/expla – you get the idea – it is quite a bit deeper than that. There is a story to be told, using the Tarot, as the hero makes his journey. There is context, history and a greater familiarity with the Tarot to be gained.Where there are cards (and they are all covered, to be sure), the examples are taken from a Rider-like deck (which is a bit unfortunate since the author does have a Thoth deck-based book in his catalog), but not all of the illustrations are of cards. There is a fair amount of detail in the history and background for the Hero’s Journey. It is an enlightening and useful book.And, I recommend you to get the printed copy as it comes with, beyond the illustrations, a fold-out section showing a summary of the journey through time (by the way, I purposefully built that sentence in a way that would be consistent with how this book was written). As much as I like e-books – this would not be a great candidate.

  • Emily
    2019-02-08 19:33

    When I ordered this book, I scoffed a little. I thought "Oh yeah, Tarot and the Hero's Journey - we'll get some simple take on the Fool at the start and then the way the cards progress and whatever, whatever, nothing we didn't know before." (I guess this says more about me and my cynicism than anything else) But what I got was a fairly profound Jungian analysis of the journey of life. For a brief moment, I thought the book was going to turn into a reiteration of how to interpret Tarot cards - but that quickly transformed into an in depth look at the stages of life. The fact is, I've been struggling to make sense of several events in my own life for some time now. I've been asking how it all fits in to the structure of something like Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey. In a way, I think I chose to make my current play about that BECAUSE I've been trying to make sense of it all. Nothing I've looked at so far has been able to do that for me. Nothing has been able to contextualize my current journey. Until I read this book. Light bulb after light bulb went off as I read this. I almost wish that Tarot wasn't in the title as I fear that it probably turns away readers who might otherwise find some wisdom here. His writing is clear and direct and evocative. It's kind of brilliant. You don't have to be into Tarot to get a lot out of this. It's just a fantastic metaphor.

  • James M. Madsen, M.D.
    2019-02-09 17:45

    As Banzhof explains in the introduction to this book, true psychological and spiritual maturity is less likely to be found in the teachings and rituals of an esoteric coterie than in a psychological investigation of symbols. This is *not* a guide for the use of Tarot cards as divination but is instead an excellent foundation for a Jungian model of psychological development symbolized and illustrated in this case by the cards of the Major Arcana. Use this book as a guide to metaphor and imagination rather than as a literal guide to fixed interpretations. Besides, it's a great thing to read before reading Foucault's Pendulum (although I didn't find this until more than a decade after I had read Foucault's Pendulum).

  • David Leroy
    2019-02-07 15:44

    The book can be difficult to read, because it is a translation from German. At first I found it difficult to understand, but as I continued reading, I could come to see the value of this book for anyone who writes using the structure of the Hero's journey. In fact, by the time I finished the book, I decided that I need to study this book again, because it has so much to offer the writer in way of ideas for a characters journey. I bought the kindle version, but then I went out and got the print edition because it has a color pictures, and a very valuable fold out chart in the back. I was sad to find out the author passed in 2009. Great book. Well worth the read.

  • Terelyn
    2019-02-15 15:35

    Tarot is a literary form to survive the Dark Ages. Take Tarot readings not for fortunetelling, but for meditation on issues we (or our characters) face. For me, The Tower has special meaning after Sept. 11.

  • Chelsea
    2019-02-23 15:39

    This book contained some very insightful information about archaic symbolism in Tarot, however it was written poorly. I discovered the author is a native German so I decided to cut him some slack. Rather dry reading for the average dilettante though...reads a lot like a textbook.

  • Sidhartha
    2019-02-01 18:30

    Short but very useful analysis and description of the meaning and symbolism of 22 Major Arcana cards.

  • Juachan
    2019-02-15 11:29

    For me, this book was a small initiation. I love the illustrations, and the detailed description of the journey of the hero. Totally recommended to anyone interested in self discovery.

  • Alena Gilevskaya
    2019-02-16 12:39

    Love it! Great book about the Journey of the Hero.

  • Anton Shanaurin
    2019-02-08 12:39

    Великолепная книга о старших арканах таро.

  • Kim Leighton matthews
    2019-02-17 19:41

    My favorite book on the subject of Tarot.