The Philosophy of the Tarot
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by Shane Ward
Description: Unlike any book ever written about the Tarot, this book sweeps aside the myths and the mysteries to reveal how the meaning of all 78 cards of this ancient philosophy applies to the people of today. The cards are explained in such a way as never before, looking at how each Tarot card can reflect every-day, real life events in the modern world. This book is a must for professional Tarot readers and students alike. The novice will find it a practical introduction into the world of the occult. Even the mildly interested will find something of value. In fact, you do not have to read the Tarot at all to find this book entertaining, thought-provoking or even life changing!
eBook Publisher: SynergEbooks, 2003 SynergEbooks
eBookwise Release Date: September 2004
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [295 KB]
Reading time: 202-283 min.
"Shane Ward's The Philosophy of the Tarot for the 21st Century is a unique work. Its purpose is not to teach us how to read Tarot, but rather how to apply its universal philosophies to everyday life in a society plagued by change and crisis. For the most part, the author succeeds at this task. The philosophy behind each of 22 Major Arcana is illustrated with useful analogies and examples that allow even a novice to appreciate the wisdom that the Tarot brings. Though the commentaries on the Minor Arcana are shorter, the majority of them still contain the same down-to-earth explanation of how each card relates to every day challenges. Ward has no qualms about dealing with the touchy subjects of poverty and crime, and he does not sugar-coat his explorations into the nature of Justice or the Hanged Man, both of which could easily offend some members of our Western society. However, this frankness can become troublesome at times, particularly when he expresses his opinions of government and religion. His opinions, inflammatory at best, are most often presented as facts, rather than a single person's viewpoint. Some of his insights are nothing short of brilliant, and his chapters on such cards as the Devil and the Five of Pentacles show valuable insight on a number of levels. In fact, the author seems to have a remarkable grasp of the Pentacles suit of the whole, and from the text I glean that he has learned its lessons the hard way..."--James Rioux, Certified Professional Tarot Reader
Nothing that exists in the Universe can be considered unnatural. My first argument with God occurred when I could find no justifiable answer to why so many atrocities were allowed to happen. Well if God couldn't help me, I considered, I would just have to find the answers myself. Yet who was I to ask such questions? The first part of my quest took many years because wherever I looked for answers it became apparent that I had to know who I was to understand what the answers meant to me! When none of the major established religions could answer my questions in a satisfactory manner, I began to look into the esoteric, the occult and the old religions. The thing that intrigued me most about the occult (the meaning of which is 'hidden') was the way that one was charged with total responsibility for ones actions. My guide and mentor, Keith Hudson, told me that I should not believe what he told me. The search for truth could only be found if I proved it to myself. Then followed years of learning and research into methods whereby I could understand the world, the Universe and my part in it.
The result of more than 20 years of study has culminated in the writing of this book. Along the path of learning, I am indebted to my wife, Sharon, who has suffered my late nights and single mindedness. I am also indebted to Mike Clayton, my pupil, who gave me the chance to offload my enthusiasm on a subject that was outside of my 'normal' day-to-day activities and to John Davenport, a friend first and foremost but also an excellent mundane Astrologer.