Tarot Celebrations: Honoring the Inner Voice focuses on the use of the major arcana for meditation, affirmations, visualisations, ceremony and ritual, and emphasises the healing properties of the tarot archetypes.
By Geraldine Amaral & Nancy Brady Cunningham
Book - 336 pages - Published by Weiser Books
Review by Bonnie Cehovet
"Tarot Celebrations" is a book that I picked up from one of my never-ending book clubs - and have been happy ever since that I did! I have always been interested in what the Tarot is and can do in my life - not just the varied ways that it can be read, but the uses for meditation, affirmations, visualizations, ceremony and ritual.
The latter uses for Tarot are what this book is all about. Geraldine Amaral and Nancy Brady Cunningham have taken the 22 cards of the Major Arcana and created a wonderful mix of background and symbolism for each of the cards, as well as gifting us with ceremonies that allow us to incorporate the essence of each tarot archetype into our lives.
The emphasis here is on the healing properties of the archetypes, and how we can place that healing in our everyday lives. In the first part of the book, "The Call Of Ancient Voices", starts out by discussing the Jungian archetypes represented by each of the cards. We then take a look at what we as individuals bring to the Tarot table. The gist is that we need to allow ourselves to become open and clear channels so that Tarot knowledge can flow though us.
One of the more important chapters for me was that on the Shadow side of self, and the importance of acknowledging and understanding our Shadow selves as a way of enhancing our own spiritual grown and understanding of ourselves as individuals. To this end, in the back of the book Geraldine has presented a spread originated by herself and Lola Lucas called the Golden Shadow Spread. I have worked with this from time to time, and found it incredibly beneficial.
If you are looking for a better understanding of Tarot, a way to integrate Tarot and ceremony into your life via the Tarot archetypes, or just a good Tarot read - this is the book for you!
Oh - as an added bonus, there is a section at the back with exercises that allow the reader to see how good their knowledge of the Tarot archetypes really is. A game worth playing - the *fill in the blank* questions could actually be used literally as such - or simply as a person reality check.
Bonnie Cehovet is Certified Tarot Grand Master, a professional Tarot reader with over ten years experience, a Reiki Master/Teacher and a writer. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association, is co-founder of the World Tarot Network, and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. She has had articles appear in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader.