In my mailbox: Tarot Mysteries by Jonathan Dee

It’s a wet, stormy, depressing day in my part of Florida. It is the kind of weather that makes the frogs happy or should. At any rate, I received a copy of Jonathan Dee’s “Tarot Mysteries: Rediscovering the Real Meaning of the Cards.”

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source: http://redwheelweiser.com/detail.html?id=9781571747501

This is a practical and accessible guide to one of the most popular divination systems. What makes this book different from the others is that it:

  • Provides instruction on reading both the Major and Minor Arcana
  • Explains why the cards are the cards, why each picture forms part of a sequence, and why they occupy a mystical place in our consciousness
  • Gives a balanced and informative perspective on each of the cards, as well as an overview of the entire deck
  • Provides a history of the tarot
  • Connects the tarot to the Qabalah

Dee is a life-long tarot reader and historian. He traces the spiritual origins of the cards from Celtic mythology and Hebrew mysticism to Renaissance theatrical productions and the stars and planets of astrology. He also examines how past scholars thought about the tarot and how that thinking has changed to make the cards meaningful for today’s readers. This wide-ranging primer provides readers with everything they need to know about the tarot and provides fresh insights into the cards.

An illustrated edition of this title was published by Sterling in 2003.

tarot-mysteriesI really like what I see in my thumb-through and I believe that, when I get a little sunlight again, I’ll video a thumb-through. It is filled with black and white illustrations of the various cards. I believe that this book will be available July 1st ( http://amzn.to/1Ybh30L ).

If there is one thing that I can say about Hampton Roads / Weiser is that they know what they are doing with their cover art.

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