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Tarot as a Way of Life

A Jungian Approach to the Tarot
Paperback Book
June, 1997
$24.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Karen Hamaker-Zondag, a Dutch Jungian therapist, counsellor and astrologer, shows how to interpret the tarot cards using Jungian archetypes, the I Ching, the colour/number combinations, working with dreams, and visualization. Her approach is based on the symbolism in mythology, legend, fairy tales, dreams, and imagination, evoking in readers a deeper understanding far beyond the level of laying out the cards and referring to a guidebook for interpretation.

This approach teaches people how to use the archetypal images of the major arcana to understand the process of individuation—the meaning of the ongoing process of one’s life. The major arcana reflect the spontaneous metaphoric language of the subconscious mind and its symbolism, the development of the personality and the challenges and pitfalls everyone experiences. Hamaker-Zondag shows how the major arcana portray a universal process, while the minor arcana symbolize how we deal with these patterns in everyday life. She also brings to the work an understanding of the four basic colours, and how they influence the four suits of the tarot. Combining this with the meanings of numbers, readers can read the cards readily, without memorizing every card.

Additionally, she makes an engaging comparison of the imagery in various decks, so that you can choose the deck that you like the best.

This book is made for working with the Waite tarot deck (originated by A.E. Waite, drawn by Pamela Coleman Smith, and originally published by Rider & Co.), known as the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. It can also be used with the new Universal Waite Tarot Deck.

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