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Book of Interest—Tarot Plain & Simple

Nov 09 2017 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Red wheel/Weiser

There is a new genre of metaphysical practitioners/instructors emerging from the chaos of the popularization of all things occult. They make it clear that they know and understand the traditional foundations of the craft they practice, but they have claimed that knowledge and turned it into wisdom that speaks to today’s practitioners. Leanna Greenaway is a standout in this new group.

The book includes a brief recap of traditional interpretations of each card, but then Greenaway goes on to offer a detailed modern interpretation which makes the card applicable to today’s challenges and situations. I was amazed at how clearly and concisely she stated each card’s implications and insight in ways that were relevant to the real world.

She relied on the time-tested work of A.E. Waite and Pamela Coleman Smith to illustrate her book. (The Rider-Waite deck is still the deck which I personally believe contains the most helpful symbolism for those whose interest in the occult extends beyond mere parlor tricks.)

I highly recommend this book to well-seasoned card readers as well as newcomers to the craft. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© 2017 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book of Interest—Tarot Triumphs

Dec 12 2016 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Red wheel/Weiser

Weiser Books

Tarot Trumps. What, Where, Why, and How?

Gilchrist takes us back to the beginning, to the time when tarot imagery was pageantry that echoed through the streets and touched people’s lives.

First she shows us the triumphs (trumps) as many historians suggest they existed 500 hundred years ago in Northern Italy. Then she gives brief keynote interpretations of each triumph. Lastly, after much detailed instruction about working with the cards, she takes us on an in-depth journey through these 22 major cards and the ways in which they trigger ideas and suggestions as magical archetypes.

Part autobiography. Part metaphysical history of tarot. Part spiritual inquiry. Part instruction manual. What separates this book from the many, many other tarot books is Gilchrist’s constant reminder that the tarot triumphs are living imagery and meant to be interacted with. It’s a great way to get to know the cards, however you intend to use them. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book of Interest—Tarot for One

Nov 01 2016 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Red wheel/Weiser

Weiser Books

Can you really read tarot cards for yourself?

As a teacher, I have always cautioned my students about the perils of doing any kind of channeled readings for themselves (and I do believe that tarot is a tool for channeling information from the other side). Simultaneously, I’ve always admitted that I regularly read tarot cards for myself. Who among us can resist?

Weber is unique in encouraging readers to develop a system of communication with the tarot cards which is personal, rather than just applying traditional symbolism to the cards and interpreting them accordingly. It opens the door for a more spontaneous flow of information, and puts responsibility for accepting the truth of what the cards offer squarely on the shoulders of the person asking for the information. She suggests using the cards as direction for meditation about a situation rather than for predictions. While she warns about becoming addicted to looking for answers in the tarot deck, she makes the point that the world needs a bit of magick right now and the tarot is a perfect means of providing that.

Part workbook with practice exercises, part instruction manual, Weber’s voice speaks through the esoteric fog of centuries and captures the essence of the way in which spiritual forces are working with us today. She draws on traditional tarot wisdom, modern media metaphors, and her personal experience in order to make the tarot as accessible as possible to everyone.

I’ve been reading tarot cards for almost fifty years. I found this book insightful and motivating. Beginners will find that it provides everything they need to know to get started. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Deck of Interest—English Magic Tarot

Aug 30 2016 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Red wheel/Weiser

Weiser Books

Do you believe in magic?

Set during the 100 years beginning with the reign of Henry VIII (a time during which English magic flourished), this extraordinary new tarot deck pays homage to England’s magical tradition. It also references the Order of the Golden Dawn who originally merged magical tradition with the cards. Historic figures are quixoticly featured throughout the deck. Simultaneously, the creators give a special nod to Pamela Coleman-Smith, who is just now beginning to be recognized for her independent contribution to tarot symbolism and wisdom.

Every detail was carefully considered as this 78-card deck and its 160-page guidebook took form in order to preserve the wisdom of ancient heritages and the energy that each individual card carries. The cards were designed to be fluid and are based on natural rather than demonic magic. (The Fool is a version of the animal totem Coyote and mushrooms represent the inevitable linking of life and death.) The illustrations draw equally on erudite philosophy, modern horror movies, and graphic novels. The result is a unique esoteric tool that will help to move the rich and mysterious traditions of magical England into the mainstream. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book of Interest—Tarot Mysteries

Aug 02 2016 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Red wheel/Weiser

Hampton Roads Publishing

Do you know the truth about tarot?

Dee has pieced together the scattered remnants of early tarot history into one of the more lucid accounts of tarot’s past that I have come across. He turns a similarly clear eye to the origins of Qabala, Hermeticism, and the Order of the Golden Dawn.

There is an in-depth section on the various correspondences commonly made with the tarot cards (astrology, the Hebrew alphabet, numerology, The Tree of Life). Dee compassionately puts much of this information into charts for easier comprehension and ongoing reference.

By the time Dee gets to the individual card interpretations, he has not only gained our trust, he has instilled enough knowledge for us to have insight into the interpretations that are given and how they were derived.

Basic instructions for reading the cards and a selection of card spreads comes at the back of the book. Those who read the book from front to back will have gained enough confidence in their understanding of card symbology to be ready to dive right in to readings. Dee ends by telling us that tarot meanings are not set in stone, giving us permission to chart our own course from there. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Deck of Interest—The Angel Oracle

Apr 18 2016 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Red wheel/Weiser

Connections Book Publishing

How much influence do angels have in your life?

Angels, messengers of the gods, have been a trustworthy and comforting link between humans and heaven since the earliest recorded times. They have appeared in some form in almost every culture since the beginning of recorded history. The Angel Oracle brings the traditions of all those millennia into one box that gives readers the ability to call on the power of these elevated spirit beings and to ask for their help, and their insight, in their daily lives.

The 36 angel cards capture the power, love, and inspiration of these extraordinary spirit beings. The illustrations and the symbolism they contain harken back to familiar depictions of these heavenly entities but with subtle updates. Metatron gives readers a conspiratorial look from his stately pose on a cloud. The Angel of Forgiveness has a decidedly flirty, albeit innocent, air about her. And Uriel looks as if he’s about to break into a happy dance. It’s a sign that these angels are here to interact with us. Wauters captivating 112-page hardcover book summarizes the most relevant existing literature regarding angels but tells readers that their personal experience is more valuable than anything they will read. Each card carries an affirmation to help readers connect with the angelic energy it represents. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Deck of Interest—The Byzantine Tarot

May 30 2015 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Red wheel/Weiser

Connections Book Publishing

What secrets are hidden in the past?

A crossroads of cultural and religious influences, Byzantium was also a rich and powerful society. Because it was as rich in artistic and decorative elements as it was in palace intrigue, the Byzantine Empire provides a lush well from which to draw images for iconic tarot symbolism. Using the traditional 78-card Rider-Waite format as their foundation, Matthews and Conway worked as a team to excavate a war-ravaged and looted civilization and reclaim its wisdom and enlightenment.

At the beginning of the 160-page companion book, John Matthews gives readers an overview of this dynamic region and how it influenced the creation of this deck. His narrative is followed by Cilla Conway’s tour through her personal process as she created the powerful imagery. She recounts drawing on Byzantine mosaics, frescoes, and manuscript illuminations, as she wrestled with existing artworks, religious and pagan icons, and her own imagination. In the end, she carefully let each archetype present itself as it wished.

This will be a special treat for historians, art historians and tarot buffs. The links made between Byzantium and the Italian Renaissance are an extra bonus. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2015 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book Review — Who Are You in the Tarot?

Dec 01 2011 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Red wheel/Weiser


 Red Wheel/Weiser

With this new book, Mary Greer once again demonstrates her mastery of every level of the tarot. She was one of the first tarot writers/teachers to offer people ways in which to use these powerful archetypes for insight, personal growth, and healing. Now she is applying the concepts of astrology, numerology, and qabalah to the cards in a new and creative way. The book draws the reader in almost immediately, suggesting exercises for exploring the depths of the cards in personal ways and providing simple spreads to further that exploration.

Greer’s knowledge of tarot history is impeccable and her card interpretations provide new insights, even for those of us who have studied the cards for decades. She has made another stellar contribution to the world of tarot literature. Bravo!

© 2011 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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