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The Tarot Activity Book: A Collection of Creative and Therapeutic Ideas for the Cards Reviews

The Tarot Activity Book: A Collection of Creative and Therapeutic Ideas for the Cards

The Tarot Activity Book: A Collection of Creative and Therapeutic Ideas for the Cards

Did you know that tarot cards can have a rich and varied life outside of divination? They certainly do when you combine them with expressive arts activities such as writing, making art, and crafting.

In this book, you’ll learn how mixing tarot into the creative process is a fun and powerful way to stimulate your imagination. After all, each card is itself a mini artistic masterpiece, packed with symbolism and meaning. This makes them natural tools for developing self-aw

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  1. 18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Gettin’ Busy with Tarot, March 31, 2013
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    Val Sherill (Princeton, KY) –

    This review is from: The Tarot Activity Book: A Collection of Creative and Therapeutic Ideas for the Cards (Paperback)
    Andy Matzner, a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and Tarot reader, has written an excellent book of exercises and activities that allow you to dive deeper into your Tarot deck. For folks new to Tarot, it’s a great learning experience. For the more advanced, it opens the door to new levels of understanding.

    And some of this stuff is super fun, too.

    In the introduction, Matzner recounts his discovery of Tarot and the power of using it in combination with creative expression. He found there is a therapeutic aspect that can deliver self-awareness, personal insight, and positive growth.

    The introduction has quite a bit of information that you don’t want to miss such as an explanation of the categories, using the book, as well as tools and materials you’ll need.

    The exercises and activities are listed in three categories:

    1) Conversation Starters
    Here, the cards show you how to get a dialogue started with another person or just with yourself. I think it’s worth noting that the author adds, “…and make fun ice-breakers for groups as well.”

    The “Relationship” activity lists a number of keywords for various types of relationships. You are asked to go through the deck and find the image you feel matches that particular keyword. From here, you can ask yourself which relationships could use improving and how might you go about making such improvements.

    My favorite is “Follow the Leader” where you pick the card that answers the questions of which card can lead you to a certain outcome. Very insightful!

    2) Writing & Journaling
    These aren’t your average journal prompts. Oh, no, they are much more involved. Here, you have the theme with an objective, background, and an explanation of the process. In some, options are given for doing it this way instead of that way. If you’re feeling adventurous, do both.

    There are over 100 pages of activities and prompts in this category, some a little more complicated than others. They are all very doable.

    A really fun one is “Birthday Guests.” Which cards would you invite to your birthday party. What kind of gift would that card bring you? I love this one. The option listed for this exercise is to substitute a birthday party for a dinner party.

    3) Arts & Crafts
    This is, by far, my favorite category. Give me glue, construction paper, colored pencils, watercolors, and you won’t hear a peep out of me for hours. I haven’t taken the time to actually do any of these, yet (I’ve only had the book for a week). The “Mason Jar Display” and “Vision Board” are brilliant.

    A nice bonus for me are all the various quotes sprinkled throughout the pages.

    This is a thought provoking, imagination building, intuition inducing, fun book. It would be a great thing to work through with a group at Tarot meetups or a Tarot themed party. If you have kids with an interest in Tarot, break out the painting supplies and get messy with `em through the Arts & Crafts category.

    ~Val Sherill
    Tarot Translator

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  2. 5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Unique and powerful approach to the cards, May 28, 2013
    This review is from: The Tarot Activity Book: A Collection of Creative and Therapeutic Ideas for the Cards (Paperback)
    Andy Matzner has combined his years of experience in therapeutic modalities with the classic wisdom of Tarot to offer a value packed diversity of exercises for self reflection and potential healing. I deeply appreciate this unique offering and would say it is a must have book for those who approach life, and especially the Tarot, as an opportunity to live consciously, seeking fulfillment.

    The exercises in the book are divided into three areas of focus, each building upon the previous, from 22 “Conversation Starters”, and 41 “Writing & Journaling” prompts, to 33 “Arts & Crafts” project ideas, with one last exercise at the end, “Trust and Receive.” Of course, as with Tarot, you can shuffle randomly and approach the exercises in any order.

    I know I will be drawing from these amazing ideas for years. This is a fantastic resource for Tarot gatherings, such as my various Tarot Retreats, where we use Tarot games to break the ice and get to know one another.

    Andy graciously allowed me to give him some constructive input which I know will shape the second edition of this creative book. Here is my added warning for readers…. some of the powerful exercises in this therapeutic book may trigger disturbing memories. Please refrain from these exercises or be sure to have some kind of emotional or mental support system in place to help you receive what may arise. A few of the exercises, especially in the first section, could use more explanation, or examples. As a work in progress, we all learn and improve. That being said, this book stands alone and complete as a fantastic collection for fun, thought and heart provoking opportunities.

    Andy….thank you for your wonderful work in the world. All my best to you, Katrina Wynne, M.A. [...]

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  3. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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    Best Ever!, July 11, 2013
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    This review is from: The Tarot Activity Book: A Collection of Creative and Therapeutic Ideas for the Cards (Paperback)
    Very well written self help book. I enjoy the exercises in the book. It is neat how one can take tarot cards and use them for therapy. Love this book. Brilliant.

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