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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tarot Tour Guide: Review


Tarot Tour Guide
Tarot,
The Four Elements and Your Spiritual Journey
By: Christiana Gaudet
 ISBN#  978-1-938257-05-6
 The focus of this book is using the Four Elements of Tarot in our Spiritual Journey.  So many people think of Tarot as only a tool for divination and this book will show you how to see things in a different way.  I want to start out by saying that I love the way this book is laid out, I love the way it flows and I love the connections one chapter makes to the next. 

There are Eleven Chapters divided into Sections.  254 Pages (E Book)
Chapter 1: The Spiritual Journey of Tarot
Chapter 2:  The Major Arcana
Chapter 3: The Minor Arcana
Chapter 4:  The Court of the Minor Arcana
Chapter5:  Perspectives on Tarot
Chapter 6:  Reading Tarot
Chapter 7:  The Four Elements: An Elemental Journey
Chapter 8:  The Element of Air: thinking, learning, communication, Integrity
Chapter 9:  The Element of Earth: Grounding, Healing, Home and Abundance
Chapter 10:  The Element of Water: Love, Sensitivity, Emotion and the Healing Heart
Chapter 11:  The Element of Fire: Passion, Creativity, Vitality and Spirituality
In each of these chapters you will find key words, key concepts (“clues”), exercises, meditations and so much more.  There are illustrations throughout to make it easy to follow along.  The exercises are divided between beginners and advanced - which makes this book perfect for both the brand new tarot student and those who have been studying for years.  The introduction will explain all of the “Important Words” for anyone who hasn’t seen them before and I thought this was a nice touch.
The Tarot Journal and its importance are discussed in Chapter One with “Clues for the Beginner”.  This is another very nice touch for those who are just starting out and may think of Tarot as somewhat overwhelming to learn.  By the time you get to Chapter Two, you will be ready to get started on your own Spiritual Journey. All Seventy Eight Cards are discussed.
Always impressive is Christiana’s ability to teach in her signature “hands on” style that makes the student able to understand complex ideas.  This book is just like being in one of her classes!  Christiana has a gift when it comes to presentation.  Her professionalism and ethics are what many of us strive to achieve as readers. 
I recommend this book to everyone who Reads or Studies Tarot.  Having a concrete understanding of the Four Elements will help you grow as a reader and also shed light on Spiritual issues.  Christiana calls this a “Metaphysical understanding of the Four Elements” and after reading her book, I have a better grasp on what each one represents.
This will also be a valuable reference book that you will most likely come back to again and again.  She has also included a nice Bibliography and Suggested Reading List.

2 comments:

  1. Ooh this sounds like a really informative, interesting book. Thanks for telling us about it

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  2. Thanks for the great review, Mary! Tarot Tour Guide will be available in July from all major distributors in paperback and as an electronic download. You can preorder your print copy from the publisher here:
    http://jupitergardens.com/Tarot-Tour-Guide-by-Christiana-Gaudet-PRINT.html

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