Book Review- The Trasformational Truth of Tarot: The Fool's Journey by Tiffany Crosara
You may ask yourself, I as did myself, why you may need another book full of tarot card meanings. Well, since this book is card meanings and so much more that should answer the question.
The Trasformational Truth of Tarot: The Fool's Journey by Tiffany Crosara is published by Dodona Books. It is a 245 page trade paperback that digs deeply into the The Fool's Journey aspect of tarot.
Each meaning is accompanied with a quote the author finds apt to the card, and so far I agree with her totally, a black and white image of the Waite Smith deck, and a succinct and thorough description of the symbols included in the imagery, which is an amazing help as learning to read the symbols of tarot is easier and goes further towards true understanding than trying to memorize keywords or phrases.
Each Major Arcana also includes the cards astrological correspondence, position on the Tree of Life so you can relate it to Kabbalah, and in depth symbolism included in the Waite Smith deck, positive, negative, and neutral meanings for the card, and ways you can express the energy of each archetype in your every day life.
The Court Cards are grouped into family units, with a short entry on each, and the author includes short chapters on the origins of tarot, how it fits in the modern world, and how to perform a reading, of course from the author's perspective.
This is not the only tarot book a student will ever need, but it does not claim to be. What it does do well is give an introduction, in clear, easy to read language, about how tarot and Kabbalah come together, as well as using modern examples and meanings which make it easy for the reader to relate the cards to their own lives. One of the reasons I like this book so well probably has to do with the author's emphasis on telling stories with the cards, which is my personal way of teaching tarot, and how I best like to use them, whether giving a reading or actually using them in creative writing exercises. I think people who are looking to bring tarot alive in their every day lives, especially those who prefer the Waite Smith deck or its' clones, will especially enjoy this book and want to add it to their library.
I am not a visual artist. The creators of the decks I use are. I try very hard to give proper credit to the artist when I use an image.
My most oft used deck on this blog is the Deviant Moon Tarot, created by Patrick Valenza and published by U.S. Games Systems, Incorporated. Check out his site to buy some fantastic Deviant Moon stuff, or a deck of your own!
A lovely, but digital only, Rider Waite Smith clone deck is the Aquatic by Andreas Schroter. You are allowed to downlaod and use the images.
They also make me tell you that readings are for entertainment purposes only. I'll tell you on my own that if you change your life based on a few cards something is not right there.
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“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” ~Ashley Smith~
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ~Rumi~
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.” ~Marianne Williamson~
“Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.” ~Kahlil Gibran~
"First you jump off the cliff and you build wings on the way down." ~Ray Bradbury~
“If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” ~C.S. Lewis~
"Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love." ~Rainer Maria Rilke~