My deepest gratitude to all who supported Holistic Tarot toward winning the 2015 Tarot Professionals Tarosophy Book Award, First Place for the 2015 American Tarot Association Reader’s Choice Award, the Best Text for Divination in the 2015 International Tarot Foundation CARTA Awards, and a Finalist for the 2016 First Horizon Award for the Eric Hoffer Book Awards.
Designed for beginning as well as experienced tarot readers, Holistic Tarot offers a fresh and easy-to-follow approach to the use of the tarot deck for tapping into subconscious knowledge and creativity. The tarot deck has been used as a divination tool for more than two centuries; while the tarot is still most commonly thought of as “fortune telling,” the true power of the tarot lies in its ability to channel a clear path for our deep intuition to shine through. Consulting the tarot can help clear creativity blockages, clarify ambitions, work through complex decisions, and make sense of emotions and relationships. Whether used for simple decision-making or an understanding of your life’s purpose, learning tarot can be an indispensable tool for being more mindful of the factors that can assist or weaken your efforts toward success.
In Holistic Tarot, author Benebell Wen provides a complete guide to using the tarot to foster personal development. Wen gives a comprehensive overview of the history of the tarot and a wide array of theories on its use (including its relationship to Jungian archetypal psychology and traditional Chinese divination practices) before digging deeply into one of the best-known tarot systems, the Rider-Waite-Smith. Beginners will find a complete guide to working with the tarot, including choosing and caring for a deck, how best to learn and remember the attributes of the major and minor arcana, the interpretation of cards and spreads, the role of meditation in a tarot practice, and how to use the tarot for improving relationships, professional development, and personal resilience. More advanced practitioners will appreciate nuanced theoretical discussions of the tarot as well as practical advice about reading others’ tarot cards and setting up a practice. Containing over 500 illustrations and detailed information on each card as well as numerous spreads, Holistic Tarot is a complete compendium of tarot study that every practitioner should have in his or her library.
- Paperback: 870 pages
- Publisher: North Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: January 6, 2015
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158394835X
- ISBN-13: 978-1583948354
Okay, now in my own words…
This is one monstrosity of a book on tarot. And honestly, I’m scared that you’ll be scared off by its size. I just found that as I got to writing, I had a lot to say on the subject of tarot practice. You’ll see that I devote a lot of time (i.e., a lot of pages) to the topics that matter the most to me. Over the years I’ve read a lot of books on tarot. A lot. As I was learning the basics, there were times I wasn’t quite sure how to execute the instructions of the author and wished for more examples. So that’s what I offer in Holistic. Examples. Case studies. I mean, that’s how textbooks for other fields present the subject matter, with case studies. In every form of graduate school I can think of, learning means learning through case studies. Lots of case studies. Why should tarot be any different? It’s not. And that’s why case studies are important. That’s why my book is littered with them.
Most tarot books I’ve come across do a great job teaching the basics, and teaching the various components that go into a reading. What’s tougher to teach is how to put it all together. How do you read a spread? How do the cards relate to one another and how can you, the tarot practitioner, pick up on those relations and interpret them? I made it my mission to answer those questions.
My purpose for this book isn’t to teach you proficiency. In fact, I hope you can learn mastery with Holistic Tarot. The writing of the book came about when I was teaching tarot and drafting a syllabus for students. I hope Holistic Tarot is a compendium for the Rider-Waite-Smith system that you’ll keep and use forever. I hope what you learn from this book can enrich your life in some little yet significant way.
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About the Author
BENEBELL WEN is the author of Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth (North Atlantic Books, 2015) and the forthcoming The Tao of Craft: A Primer on Fu Talismans and Casting Sigils in the Eastern Esoteric Traditions (North Atlantic Books, 2016). She is a corporate attorney practicing law in California and New York, who also happens to be a practitioner of various metaphysical arts. She studies tarot, feng shui, the I Ching, numerology, and both Chinese and Hellenisic astrology. Wen is of Taiwanese descent. She currently lives in Northern California with her husband James and their beloved cat.