Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot

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Weiser Books, Sep 30, 2009 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 368 pages
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A top tarotist's secrets to personal growth, one card at a time. The two volumes of Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom have inspired a whole generation of tarot students. It has often been described by readers, booksellers, and teachers as the "Bible of tarot readers." It is also often cited as one of the landmark books in modern tarot, and it helped to launch the "Tarot Renaissance" of the 1980s. The two texts-one for The Major Arcana and one for The Minor Arcana--appear together in this volume, which is a reissue of the 1998 edition first published by Thorsons. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom draws on mythology and esoteric traditions and delves deeply into the symbolism and ideas of each card. It also gives the cards a modern psychological slant based on the pictures rather than a system of occult symbolism. This endlessly useful reference tool provides a concise history of tarot, introduces common spreads, and is a clear and readable book for both the beginning and advanced tarot student.
  

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Pollack's writing is deep & insightful. - Goodreads
There are so many great insights. - Goodreads
Any book is only an introduction. - Goodreads
I've used it as a reference for years. - Goodreads
Writing clearly is thinking clearly. - Goodreads
I will continue to use the book as a reference guide. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Yannis Theodossis - Goodreads

A great book for beginners and intermediate in tarot reading. Well, I guess that there are two main approaches in tarot reading: New Age and Mystical. This book is one of the new age approach, no ... Read full review

Review: Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom

User Review  - Mo Tipton - Goodreads

This is easily one of the best books on tarot I've read. About a year ago, I started taking tarot lessons, and while I certainly felt as if I was progressing, throughout the six months of lesson ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
The Four Card Pattern
12
The Overview
20
Symbols and Archetypes
24
The Worldly Sequence
43
Turning Inwards
70
The Great Journey
110
PART TWO THE MINOR ARCANA
143
Introduction
145
Wands
161
Cups
184
Swords
208
Pentacles
232
Bibliography
350
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Rachel Pollack is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on the modern interpretation of the tarot. She is a member of the American Tarot Association, the International Tarot Society, and the Tarot Guild of Australia, and has taught at the famed Omega Institute for the past 15 years. She is an award-winning fiction writer and has also written 12 books on the tarot. She lives in New York.

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