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Tarot: A New Handbook for the Apprentice: Volume I Original

by Eileen Connolly

Buy the book: Eileen Connolly. Tarot: A New Handbook for the Apprentice: Volume I Original

Release Date: March, 1991

Edition: Paperback


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Buy the book: Eileen Connolly. Tarot: A New Handbook for the Apprentice: Volume I Original

This insightful guide facilitates quick intuitive learning

This handbook is clear in its explanations, and allows the beginner to develop an intuition with one's chosen deck. Though Connolly prefers Rider-Waite her insights are not limited for that deck alone. I have several decks (none of which are R.W.) and have been reading Tarot for fifteen years. This was my first book on the Tarot, I highly recommend the rest of her series of "handbooks" (journeyman and master). Connolly's personal method stimulates the intuitive connection of sybolism, numerology and the study of human nature to the work with the Tarot. Quite a lot of emphasis is placed on meditation. Again, I believe she is trying to guide the beginner to develop intuition necessary for accurate divination and self-empowerment. This is excellent especially for anyone who is connected to the Eastern philosophies. A modern "pagan" may not care for the emphasis on chakras and the spiritual eye exercises, but anyone who is a student of Western meets Eastern philosophy/ religion will greatly understand the meanings in this book.

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Good parts and Bad parts

This book will give you a good idea of what Connally was hoping to do with this deck. If you are reading with this deck, you may find some of the mentors helpful, though I think the court mentors are a bit weak. The exercises for becoming familiar with the energies of the different cards are also helpful. At the end of the book, she explains a few different spreads, which is helpful for beginniners.

I had a hard time getting over some of the religious overtones, as I am not Christian, and they tended to clash with my worldview. (Basically I rewrote all of her meditations.) Also, I disagree with her fundamental keys for the suits. Example: I have always seen wands as concerning spiritual matters, while she uses "enterprise and distinction" as the suit key. I also had some issues with her ideas about time and season cards.

I would strongly advise looking at a copy of this book prior to purchasing it.

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