Theater of Karma
Theater of Karma is a 'Novel of Tarot, Mystery, The Occult, and Romance' from tarot author, Kooch Daniels. This is her first fiction book, with characters and their experiences reflecting the world of a tarot reader in its 22 chapters.
By Kooch N. Daniels
Novel - 224 pages - Published by Tarot Media Company
Review by Bonnie Cehovet
Kooch Daniels, author of “The Art and Magic of Palmistry”, and co-author of “Tarot D’Amour” and “Matrix Meditations” (with her husband, Richard), has ventured into new territory in “Theater of Karma”. A novel of fiction, her intention is to move Tarot out of the realm of academia and into the realm of potential reality.
The twenty-two chapters in this book represent the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana, their keywords and themes. The characters in the story, and their issues, reflect the world of a Tarot reader, and what that reader might be dealing with on any given day. While the Tarot is a spiritual journey, that journey takes place in the physical world, the world of reality.
From the outset, this is a story founded in sex, drugs, rock and roll! While set in current times (Jerry, the character that represents the Fool and the one taking the journey, works in the computer industry), what is happening, and how it happens, is very 60’s Haight-Ashbury. This is going to make it difficult for many readers to connect with the story, and the message. If the reader is willing to step outside their comfort zone, they will find that there is a story here, with a message. Archetypal energies are taken from the world of mythos into the physical world, which allows them to be viewed from a new perspective.
The connection between the chapters is sometimes a little loose, as is the connection between the characters. But the story itself is an interesting one, touching on love in its many forms, demonic possession, astral travel, ritual circles, psychic ability, spirits and more.
Each chapter carries the name of a Tarot card, as well as a chapter title that relates to the theme of the card. For instance, Chapter One, The Magician, is entitled “Hermes, Be Our Guide”, while Chapter Ten, the Wheel of Fortune, is entitled “The Mandala of Karma”. Within each chapter the theme of the card is worked out through whatever is happening in the character’s lives.
I would like to have seen this material presented in what to me would be a more realistic fashion – i.e. less Haight-Ashbury – but I do feel that if the reader simply allows time to be suspended for a moment, they will enjoy this book, and get something from it. It is, after all, fiction in the real world!
© Bonnie Cehovet
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.