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Simply® Tarot (Simply® Series)

Simply® Tarot (Simply® Series)

Simply® Tarot (Simply® Series)

Before you begin this introduction to Tarot, you may ask yourself, “Am I psychic?” The surprising answer: the Tarot deck is the best possible way to find out! Follow this guide and uncover your gifts, while you explore the mysteries of the Tarot through the clear directions and explanations. Start from how to choose the right Tarot deck, and care for it to enhance its power. In addition to both traditional and modern explanations for all 78 cards, you’ll find exercises to develop your reading ab

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Origins of the Tarot: Cosmic Evolution and the Principles of Immortality

Origins of the Tarot: Cosmic Evolution and the Principles of Immortality

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Conventional wisdom traces Tarot cards to medieval Italy, but their roots go back much further in time and draw on a surprisingly rich variety of cultures and spiritual traditions. Combining pioneering scholarship with practical spiritual instruction, Origins of the Tarot is the first book to unveil the full range of the ancient streams of wisdom from which the Tarot emerged.The timeless principles of conscious realization and cosmological unfoldment underlying the Tarot have never been explored

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5 comments on “Simply® Tarot (Simply® Series)

  1. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Simply Tarot, May 22, 2011
    By 
    Leah

    This review is from: Simply® Tarot (Simply® Series) (Paperback)
    I received this book as a gift and have started to look through it, so I will not rate the book at this time(sorry I have to rate it or you cannot see what I wrote here).
    What I noticed and this may help the other customers, is that the pictures are of a “Rider Waite” deck, but the texts seem to match the cards of a “Morgan-Greer deck”.

    Example Queen of Swords: in the book the picture: of her crown has curved shapes no edges and there is mention of red roses, but the text tells of sharp edges and also of red roses (passion) and that her is dark hair.

    Nine of swords: the wrong picture for the description, but the perfect picture for the “Morgan-Greer Tarot” deck.

    These are different decks of cards. So far this books text fits the “Morgan-Greer Tarot” perfectly.

    Maybe this helps clears-up a few questions people were wondering about.

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  2. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very simple and effective!, March 25, 2009
    By 
    A. Stachowicz
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    This review is from: Simply® Tarot (Simply® Series) (Paperback)
    This is the first tarot book I ever picked up and after reading several this is still my favorite. The author very simply lays out each card and explains the symbolism of the image, which is very helpful because my deck is not the same as the one she uses, but the symbolism is the same. there is a page long explanation for each card’s meaning and a quick explanation of the reverse meaning. There are two reasons why I give this book 4 stars instead of 5. First off, the author lists the cards according to suit (ace to king of each suit), where I find it easier to look up cards according to number (aces of all suits, twos of all suits, etc). Secondly, the author doesn’t really go into how to connect with your cards, how to shuffle, or too much detail about the meaning of placement within certain spreads. but this is the best place to start when you buy your first deck!

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  3. 30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    It’s about time!, August 25, 2009
    By 
    Christine Payne-Towler “esotericist” (Puget Island, WA USA) –
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    This review is from: Origins of the Tarot: Cosmic Evolution and the Principles of Immortality (Paperback)

    A new wave of interest is emerging about Tarot, and this well-researched, in-depth tome is excellent proof of this development. Emerging from outside the boundaries of Tarot’s traditional audience, Origins of the Tarot by Dai Leon is written to engage this new set of minds and hearts. As one might assume under the circumstances, the target audience has different considerations than those who have, up to this point, seen themselves as guardians and gatekeepers of Tarot’s history and legacy. For this reason, while Leon’s book has the potential to both introduce the subject from a fresh angle and bring new voices to the discussion, it could also frustrate and confound any who have an interest in confining the discussion about Tarot’s history within it’s previous, self-referential boundaries.

    Generally, Tarot books are written either from the how-to perspective or the historical-argument perspective. Writings that arise from outside these foci have had a hard time finding traction among modern Tarot articulators — if they do stimulate a response, it is fairly predictably negative. To a certain extent this has been good for the Tarot, in that it has sorted out the “pure intuition” types from the bedrock-fact types, and allowed each group to pursue their goals unhindered by the other. What has also happened as a result of this dichotomy, however, is that the intense polarizing has obscured the 360 degree field of alternate approaches to Tarot. Any number of fascinating topics — such as the history of Tarot’s use as a magical tool; evidence of southern European esoteric Christianity; the influence of Eastern philosophies on the Trumps; Tarot and the Art of Memory; and the initiatory program of the Trump ordering (to it’s contemporaries, rather than to moderns) — all this and so much more have been consigned to a sidestream, sometimes for decades. Whether this blockage could be chalked up to a matter of personality politics, a dearth of syncretic thinkers, or simply a market-driven phenomenon, the overall Tarot community has been the poorer for the delay.

    This deadlock is clearly breaking up, because the Tarot as a cultural phenomenon has finally outgrown its unique subculture and is washing up onto the shores of the broader culture. Not only have the academics of Western Esotericism begun to research and write about Tarot-related phenomena, but the Perennial Tradition community has found its way into these parts as well. Dai Leon is opening a door between worlds of thought with this volume, and for this reason alone it is long-awaited and deserves to be celebrated.

    Because of his angle of entry, Leon’s method of presentation might seem opaque to some and obtuse to others. This is the mark of a synthetic thinker in an era of over-specialization, and is nothing to apologize for. Readers might experience cognitive dissonance because the book isn’t organized or presented in the manner to which we have all become accustomed. But whose problem is that, actually? Leon has a global perspective, gleaned from becoming a student and practitioner of multiple initiatory systems. Therefore he can speak from the position of the self-cultivated magus who has undertaken a lifetime of self-improvement and values-seeking while immersing himself in the cultures and wisdom traditions of the systems he has studied. This is living knowledge, my friends, and once such a structure is installed within the Self, it faithfully attracts and collects everything on that frequency, despite all cultural or temporal boundaries.

    In other words, don’t read this book to find a repetition of what you already believe. Instead, read it to discover what the academics and philosophers already realize, but which is still only trickling into the Tarot community!

    An edited snip from my review over at Aeclectic Tarot ([...]): Tarot researchers have for the most part agreed that the Trump sequence (in any known ordering) demonstrates a spiritual ascent with its concomitant evolution of consciousness, from the lowly status of the individual ego (Fool or Mountebank) to the highest point in the known World. By hewing close to the oldest known patterns, Leon frees himself from the chicken/egg discussion of “who’s on first?” directing attention instead to the spiritual architecture that structured the Trump ideas even before their first appearance on cardstock. This is a refreshing approach that saves the reader the work of thrashing through the mucky swamps of modern Tarot politics. In the process Leon demonstrates the inevitability of the Trump ideas and their natural inter-relationships, which were fully ripe and ready to be harvested at the point that some bright artist/designer made the choice to illustrate the system on a set of flash cards.

    To accomplish this, Leon has set his heels firmly on the historical line that marks the first wood-block printed Tarot for the…

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  4. 13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A must read for all serious Tarot enthusiasts., December 17, 2009
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    This review is from: Origins of the Tarot: Cosmic Evolution and the Principles of Immortality (Paperback)
    Reading ‘Origins of the Tarot’ was a body-mind-spirit resonance of Bliss with the Beloved for me. It is a rare book that touches so profoundly into the heart of our individual and collective soul.

    ‘Origins of the Tarot’ is a complex and comprehensive treatise on Eastern influences and their relationship with Western philosophy and religion, leading up to and deeply formulating what we now call Tarot. In essence, it traces the non-dualistic roots of Tarot from Europe, back to the East, along the Silk Road, and beyond.

    For those interested in the history of philosophy and religion, this is the equivalent of a college-level course with its expansive details. It traces a complicated confluence of crossed and criss-crossed influences from Indo-Aryan “shamanic cultures” to ancient Greek philosophy and myths, Buddhism, Taoism, Sufism, Neoplatonism, Kabbalah, Hermeticism, Gnosticism, Eastern Christianity, Western Christianity, and Celtic culture, including the metaphysical concepts of alchemy, tantrism, and Eros.

    At it’s heart, this work is a philosophical study following the weaving of dual and nondual values as they stream together, influencing, sometimes repelling, each other throughout our history of evolution as intelligent beings.

    Tarot enthusiasts will find this is to be a radically different interpretation of the basic template of our modern Tarot’s major arcana. Yet, knowledgeable scholars of Tarot will recognize these deeper roots and how they informed the pre-Renaissance sequence and power of each Tarot Trump, or Triumph. When seen through the wisdom of nondual values as they move through the hierarchy of stages toward immortality, this preeminent template of Triumphs constitutes an amazing model of evolution, our spiritual potential reflecting back to us through the visual archetypes of the Tarot.

    This movement toward our spiritual potential is the most powerful argument and I suspect the reason for the creation of this impressive labor of love, as found within its title ”Cosmic Evolution and the Principles of Immortality.’

    For some folks Léon’s writing style may be circuitous, dense and difficult to follow. On the surface, it does not appear to apply a linear outline, but topics are well-rounded discussions of major concepts with their multiple influences. I particularly appreciate his vast knowledge, extensive references, and precise vocabulary.

    This is a must read for any serious student of Tarot wisdom.

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  5. 12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Chasing Rainbows, September 13, 2011
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    Mario “from the barrio” (San Antonio, Texas USA) –

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    This review is from: Origins of the Tarot: Cosmic Evolution and the Principles of Immortality (Paperback)
    I’m going to put this as simply as I can. I was looking for a book on the origins of the Tarot, a history book. This book pulls things out of left field like they are going out of style there. Also, the amount of nonsensical verbiage is astounding! If you are looking for some concrete historical accounting of the origins of the Tarot cards, you’d best look somewhere else, this guy writes nothing, but new age lala-land B.S.

    I would suggest “A Wicked Pack of Cards: The Origins of the Occult Tarot” by Ronald Decker, or “A History of Playing Cards” by Catherine Perry Hargrave.

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