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Book of Interest—TAROT

Jul 12 2016 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Schiffer Publishing

Schiffer Publishing

What secrets will the tarot tell you?

Like many of his generation, it was Harry Potter who prompted Nasios to begin his journey into the world of magic. Originally, he embraced tarot as a magic wand with which he could wield power. However, he quickly realized that he had found something much more interesting than that. His connection to tarot was forged and he continues to make the most of what this special esoteric world has to offer.

Nasios begins with a basic overview of tarot and the essentials of getting started. From there, the book becomes more specific with each chapter, covering common interpretations and attributions of each card, religious philosophy in relation to tarot, sample spreads, sample readings, advanced study and certification, and in-depth discussions of both the Major and Minor Arcana.

Nasios is insightful, knowledgeable, and well organized in his presentation. Whether you’re curious about, or experienced with, tarot, this book will be a good investment. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book of Interest—365 Tarot Spells

May 17 2016 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Llewellyn

Llewellyn Publications

Can the tarot change your life?

Sasha Graham began her journey into the magical world of tarot at her kitchen table with Jenina Renee’s book Tarot Spells. Once she was able to connect with sacred space, she found the walls of her kitchen confining and took her work outdoors, embracing the lessons of the natural world. Nature combined with tarot taught her a lot. She’s sharing what she learned in this exciting new book.

Graham tells us that there are three components of spellcasting: desire, feeling, and action. She points out that every one’s connection to the magical realm is unique. While most people associate magic with the natural world, Graham says that the tarot cards offer a special metaphysical gateway into the magical realm through our individual consciousness. Relying on powerful symbols and archetypes, the world of tarot connects us to the wisdom of our Higher Self and beyond.

Graham has created 365 magical tarot spells, one for each day of the year, and has described them in detail for readers. She includes ingredients, method, visualization, meditation, a special incantation, and an illustration of the associated tarot card. The instructions are beginner-friendly yet sophisticated enough to capture the attention of experienced tarot/magical practitioners. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book of Interest—Deviant Moon Tarot

Mar 22 2016 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, US Games

U.S. Games Systems Inc.

Does the moon speak to you?

Never before has the tale of discovering tarot, from the sighting of a small box in a shopping mall to the creation of one of the most successful and inventive decks of all time, been recounted in such detail and with such animation. From the moment he talked his parents into buying him that first tarot deck, Valenza practiced recreating the cards. He arrived at adolescence with advanced drawing and interpretative skills. By the age of 18, he had created the first thirteen Deviant Moon tarot cards. Then, as he matured and his style began to morph and his interests changed, he put those first thirteen cards away and didn’t return to them until 2004. When he did reconnect to the deck, it began to come to life in an extraordinary way. Digitally merging the figures with his extensive photography collection, the current version of the Deviant Moon tarot was born.

Beautifully printed, this book is a visual feast as well as a stellar documentation of the creative process. After telling us his story, Valenza takes us on a personal tour through the deck. Each card is reproduced as a full page illustration. Valenza tells us how he interprets the card and gives us a peek at how the card came to life by sharing preliminary sketches and reference material with us. Tarot lovers, artists, or those who are curious about creative esoteric reality will find this a very special treasure indeed. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Book of Interest—Exploring Tarot using the Radiant Rider-Waite®

Dec 21 2015 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, US Games

U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

How much do you know about TAROT?

Venefica has been studying tarot, searching for answers, since she was twelve. It has revealed many of its secrets to her, but it has not lost its mystery. There are always new layers to uncover and that’s what she is committed to do. Now she is teaching us to do it as well. She tells readers that “the tarot is a partner on your life-path”. People usually arrive seeking answers but leave with clarity and self-guidance.

The book includes a Glossary of Tarot-Related Terms, descriptions and interpretations for all Major and Minor Arcana cards, an appendix of Tarot Symbolism, a Troubleshooting section, sample spreads, and basic instructions for working with a tarot deck.

Full-color, updated modern design, utilizing the illustrations from the Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot deck, make this book a new and valuable addition to any tarot afficianado’s library. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2015 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book of Interest—Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot

Jul 11 2015 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Llewellyn

Llewellyn Publications

The Rider-Waite tarot deck is legend. It has been a best-seller for decades. When I was shopping for my first tarot deck in the early 70’s, it was one of only a few decks available for sale in mainstream commercial markets.

As I began to study Western Hermetic Mystery traditions, the symbolism incorporated in the cards came to life for me and aided me on my course of study. Like most people, I thought of Pamela Coleman Smith as a somewhat naive technician, carrying out A.E. Waite’s will. As feminine spiritual power continues to gain intellectual strength in metaphysics, the truth has begun to come out.

Smith, it appears, was not a choice that Waite made lightly. He picked an artist with global roots (she spent large chunks of time in Jamaica in her childhood), who pursued initiation in the Order of the Golden Dawn, and clearly was a sophisticated channel by the time she was creating this landmark deck of tarot cards. Free-spirited, unmarried, and living a bohemian lifestyle, she was thoroughly knowledgeable about music, theatre, and dance in London. All of these artistic elements were incorporated into her drawings as she rendered the import of the lower arcana and the dense symbolism of the major arcana.

We will never know how much of the extraordinary symbolism of this deck should be credited to Waite and how much Smith initiated on her own. What is clear is that the combination of superior transcendent minds created a tool that spans the generations. We owe a great debt to Katz and Goodwin for filling in as many of the blanks as they have. This is a very interesting and enlightening tome complete with new insight about the card meanings. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© 2015 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book of Interest—90 Days to Learning the Tarot

May 01 2015 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Schiffer Publishing

Schiffer Publishing

Can you learn to read tarot cards?

Part instruction book, part workbook, and part motivational guide, Gifford has taken a unique stance on working with tarot decks. She asks readers to throw out the rigid guidelines and fixed meanings that are often associated with reading tarot cards. Instead, she suggests beginning with a survey of our inner world in order to connect with the intuitive core that lives within us all.

Once readers have learned to listen to their instincts, she asks them to explore the tarot deck. She tells them to use observation and free association to develop a personal sense of meaning for each of the cards. She does include some time-tested basics, like traditional spreads, symbolism drawn from the Collective Unconscious, and ethical guidelines for doing readings in keeping with Universal Law.

This brightly designed book uses Ciro Marcetti’s The Gilded Tarot for illustration. It’s a feast for the eyes as well as highly informative. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© 2015 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book of Interest—The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook

Sep 19 2014 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Inner Traditions

Destiny Books

Is this the definitive guide to Lenormand?

Searching for a pre-electronic oracle that would take her out of the modern world of lush and sophisticated oracular imagery, Matthews went back to the roots of cartomancy. Her subsequent exploration of the “petit” decks rejuvenated her interest in divination. Of course, one of the petit decks which captured her attention was the newly-popular Petit Lenormand. While the origins of the Petit Lenormand remain shrouded in mystery, it has become clear that the Madame herself had nothing to do with its creation. Nevertheless, the deck continues to popularize the Madame and the divination style which she made famous.

Those of you who are used to reading more complexly illustrated oracle cards in fixed spreads, might find that you’re initially uncomfortable with this less specific form of divination. Not to worry. Matthews walks us through the transition with clear instructions and thoroughly-explained examples.

Chapter 2 provides detailed information for interpreting each card, including key combinations with other cards and how Lenormand symbolism varies from traditional tarot symbolism. Each subsequent chapter adds another layer of nuance, i.e. reading pairs and triplets, using significators, the effects of each card, and reading tableaus. By the end of the book, readers will be thoroughly schooled in the advanced subtleties of this highly complex divination system. Throughout, Matthews encourages readers to develop their own techniques and to make the cards their own.

This is the most complete reference on Lenormand I’ve come across to date. It’s also very clearly written, well-organized, and intriguing. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Books of Interest — The Esoteric Tarot

Oct 28 2013 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest

Quest Books

Do you know the tarot truth?

Ronald Decker makes it clear that most of us don’t — or didn’t until now. Applying his expert academic and archivist skills to the history and symbolism of tarot, he has created the most thorough, and yet readable, accounting of tarot cards I have ever read. Dispelling popular myths attributing the tarot to early Egypt, Hermeticists, and Cabalism, he carefully explains how influences from all those sources found their way into tarot as we know it today. He also explains how the mysterious deck first began to be used as an oracle.

Decker welcomes dissenting opinions, but it would require great effort to seriously dispute his conclusions. His research is meticulous. His bibliography is awe-inspiring. He relies predominantly on the Tarot of Marseilles to illustrate his treatise, citing it as the most reliable representation of his theories. Anyone with a serious interest in the tarot and its symbolism will welcome this as an addition to their library. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© 2013 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book Review — The New Tarot Handbook

Oct 10 2012 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Llewellyn



Rachel Pollack is a recognized modern master of the tarot. Now she has distilled her forty-plus years of experience and study into a 280 page tarot manual. Both first time tarot users and seasoned afficionados will be well served by it.

She begins the book with a rousing tribute to Eden Gray. Most of us who discovered tarot in the 60’s and 70’s have a warm spot in out hearts for Ms. Gray. My own copy of Gray’s The Tarot Revealed has become a pile of loose pages held together with a rubber band. Pollack continues with a clear and concise history of the tarot, putting to rest many of the myths of tarot . The heart of the book is a card by card description and analysis of both the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana cards. All of it is filled with knowledge, insight, and guidance. Pollack’s encouraging, conversational tone makes the book a joy to read. This is another great addition to the world of tarot by one of its brightest stars. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Book Review — Cosmic Astrology

Aug 18 2012 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Inner Traditions


Inner Traditions

Energy masters Chia and Wei have kicked astrology up a notch. They have pulled together five different systems of astrology — some eastern, some western —to give us the most complete description of the energy pattern that existed at our birth. The five systems are: the twelve Chinese animal signs, the twelve Western astrology signs, the Western Sun and Moon Sign combinations, the Chinese animal and Western sign combinations, and the Birth Personality and Destiny Cards. Each system is described in detail and charts are provided so that we can each find the specific sign or combination that applies to us. This is the first time I’ve come across the Birth Cards system. It turns out that it is centuries old, and I must admit the description associated with my card resonated rather dramatically with me.

This might seem like an odd topic for these two Taoist superstars to invest their time in, but there is much esoteric information provided along with the day-to-day aspects. The premise behind the book is that the better we understand our birth “imprint” the easier it will be to develop into the spiritual being we are meant to be. Whether your goals are lofty or mundane, there is plenty in the book to keep your interest. Buy it for fun and study it when you are ready. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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