The Tarot Handbook

The Tarot Handbook

by Angeles Arrien


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In this updated edition of The Tarot Handbook, now with a new introduction by the author, Angeles Arrien takes tarot beyond the limits of the fortune-telling realm and shows us how this time-honored application is both a visual and symbolic map of consciousness, and a source of ancient wisdom. An exciting handbook for either a beginning or an ardent student of the tarot, it contains a multitude of charts, spreads, illustrations of the Thoth Deck, and other methodology tools for anyone looking for insights into personal and spiritual development.An anthropologist who specializes in cross-cultural myths, Arrien demonstrates how the seventy-eight figures of the tarot are portraitures and archetypes that are prevalent in the collective human experience. The author teaches us to use this realization to look beyond our cultural viewpoint or bias when we approach the tarot, and to rely instead on these more important universal principles, thereby deepening the quality and accuracy of our interpretations and expanding our awareness of the human psyche. A significant and classic piece of tarot literature, The Tarot Handbook is both a required manual for teachers and students of the subject, and an accessible and fascinating exploration of cultural anthropology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874778953
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1997
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 605,896
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Angeles Arrien is an anthropologist, educator, and award-winning author. She is also a consultant to corporations, organizations, and schools such as the Wharton Business School, Motorola Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Labs, the Fetzer Institute, and the Kellogg Foundation. She lives in San Francisco.

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The Tarot Handbook 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
shaska on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent book! Using the Thoth deck's symbolism, it interprets by suggesting spiritual lessons to be learned, Bardo states, and summarizes at the end. Gives many spreads. Recommended for use as teaching material too. Note: this isn't a kabbalistic/western esoteric tradition book, but wonderful just the same.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The book really was wonderful! The two sections that were most of the book were the major and minor arcana as well as the court card descriptions. The constellations were very interesting. The only thing I didn't like about the book were the charts in the section on constellations. Angeles Arrien's descriptions of the cards were great. I'd highly recommend this book to all thoth users!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This handbook uses the Crowley Tarot as the basis of its teachings. Gives an excellent meaning of each cards of the deck, explaining in detail their symbolism. Another section of the handbook explains spreads and their use. Also makes use of numerology, along with the tarot, to help the adept to find his/her path of life and which cards represent him/her.