Review by Bonnie Cehovet
Review of the 2002 edition of Tarot For Your Self
The original version of Tarot For Yourself was the first book on Tarot that I ever purchased. I was lucky enough to have been made aware of a wonderful metaphysical store in the university district of Las Vegas, and even luckier in that the clerk that helped me steered me to purchasing the Rider-Waite Tarot as my first deck, and Tarot For Yourself as my first book. The Tarot deck was soon supplanted by the Morgan-Greer Tarot, with the Rider-Waite deck continuing to do duty as a study deck. Nothing supplanted Tarot For Yourself, and I venture to say that nothing ever will. I read everything Tarot-related that appears to be even moderately sensible, but Tarot For Yourself will always be a front-line reference book for me.
Working with this book is like coming home - toasted cheese sandwiches, tomato soup, hot chocolate, a good mystery read over and over again - it is all of these things and more. I like this book because Mary works with the same things that I do - crystals, pendulums, chakra's, mandala's, affirmations - whatever comes across my path gets mixed in with everything else that comes across my path - and things do end up making sense! I also like that she presents her system as a beginning point - as one way of looking at things. And she does not hesitate to point out what some of the other systems are. The things that she asks of her readers are sensible things - try something the way it is laid out the first time, then finesse it. At least this way you have some idea of the author or artist's intent before you change things!
The revised edition is a reflection of both Mary's personal growth, and the growth within the Tarot community. The heart of what this book is all about has been kept well intact, with the areas of expansion reflecting where we all are now vis a vis Tarot. Mary did the Tarot community a tremendous favor with this revision - whether you want an excellent reference book, or a beginning book to get you started, this book is for you. (Now - how many books can say that!) From the back cover:
This revised edition features:
- Expanded interpretations for the Minor Arcana.
- Reversed card meanings for all 78 cards.
- An entirely new history-based appendix on the latest research and discoveries.
- Information on your Shadow/Teacher cards.
- A new introduction.
- An updated bibliography.
The focus of this revision remains the same as the original book - to gently edge the reader into using the Tarot in transformative ways in their own lives. (Mary - I know this is a workbook - but I absolutely cannot write in a book! My first time around with this work I used pen and paper, this time around it is my computer.)
Many different systems, including affirmations, astrology,Chakra's, crystals, journaling, mandala's, meditations, numerology, rituals, and the Tree of Life are associated with the Tarot in a manner that expands the archetypal meanings and allows the Seeker to make dramatic changes in their life. Learn how to move the cards around and see the past, present and future of any issue. Begin to understand the symbols within the cards as an integral part of the puzzle, and learn how to define them for yourself.
Working with Tarot For Yourself (you do not just read this book, you work with it - this is interactive technology before it was really defined as such!) is a humbling experience that will light up the dark, hidden corners of your life - whether you want it to or not! If you are committed to personal growth - this is the book for you!
© September 2004
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.