Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
View your shopping cart Shopping Cart | My Account | Help | Become a Fan on Facebook Become a Fan | Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us | Watch Us on YouTube Watch Us | Subscribe to our RSS Feeds Subscribe
Browse ProductsAuthorsArticlesBlogsEncyclopediaNewslettersAffiliate ProgramContact UsBooksellers

Getting Started
Houses & Aspects
Karmic Astrology
Planets & Signs
Professional & Counseling
Reports & Charts

Decks & Kits
Getting Started
Lo Scarabeo
Magic & Spells
Tarot Bags & Cloths
Tarot Books
Theory & Practice

Book of Shadows
Celtic & Druid
Cooking & Crafts
Faeries & Elementals
Folklore & Natural Magic
Goddess & God Worship
Green Spirituality
Sabbats & Seasons

Alternative Therapies
Crystals & Gems
Energy Work

Golden Dawn
Ritual Tools
Theory & Technique

Ancient & Lost Civilizations
Ghosts & Hauntings
Spirit Communication
UFO & Alien Encounters

Astral Projection
Past Lives & Afterlife
Psychic Development
Spirit Communication

Angels & Spirit Guides
Death & the Afterlife
Empowerment & Inspiration
Psychic Development

I Ching

Coloring Books
Glass Spheres
Phone Covers
Salt Lamps
Sealing Waxes


Lo Scarabeo
Blue Angel
Golden Hoard

Email Exclusives
Sign up to receive special offers and promotions from Llewellyn.

Interview with Rachel Pollack

An Interview with Author Rachel Pollack
1. You’ve mentioned Eden Gray as your introduction to Tarot. What influence did she have in bringing you to the cards?

Her book was the first I saw. In fact, I encountered the two together, the cards and Eden Gray’s book, so she truly became my model. Her books gave you immediate access to the cards, but they also opened doors to much deeper knowledge. But, it was actually much later—only a few years ago, in fact—that I realized just how influential she was. I was researching early meanings for the cards, and found that in various cases meanings that were standard (and that I assumed came from Waite) were quite different than what Waite actually wrote; then I realized that they came from Eden Gray. And more than specific meanings, when I thought about what I wanted for The New Tarot Handbook, I realized it was something like that early Eden Gray book—immediately accessible to beginners but with (I hope) depths of knowledge that would lead anyone, even advanced readers, to the Tarot’s great complexity.

2. Your previous book, Rachel Pollack’s Tarot Wisdom, was a sort of follow-up to your highly acclaimed Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. Where do you see your new book, The New Tarot Handbook, fitting in?

In Tarot Wisdom I wanted to bring together all the ideas and practical applications from the thirty years or since 78 Degrees first came out. In this book I wanted to see if I could distill the essence of that learning into a form both accessible and hopefully with layers of meaning. I would hope that people might use The New Tarot Handbook to really get themselves into reading the cards, and then perhaps turn to Tarot Wisdom for greater study.

3. Why did you decide to use only one deck, The Rider, in The New Tarot Handbook?

This is the deck most everyone knows, sometimes mistakenly dismissed as a "beginner's deck" just because of its popularity. It also was the deck featured in 78 Degrees (though in that case occasional comparisons were made to other decks for particular cards). I also thought that in order not to simply repeat things, I should challenge myself to use this famous deck, but look at the cards with fresh eyes, to try and see it as if for the first time. Obviously, we can never do that, for that would mean to unlearn decades of study and practice. However, by really looking at the pictures and not simply mentally jumping to assumed knowledge, I found I made various exciting "discoveries," as I call them, in particular the way the Kabbalistic Tree of Life is concealed/hinted at in many more cards than we realize.

4. You’ve authored over thirty books on the Tarot. From where do you gather your inspiration? How does the Tarot keep surprising you?

Because I’m centered on readings, rather than a pre-determined system of symbolism and ideas, I am always seeing new combinations in the cards, new hints at dramatic ideas. If you let the cards really talk to you they will speak as a wise friend. I also teach, and in my teaching am always looking for fresh approaches to keep it alive for my students. The interesting thing is that when you open yourself to the idea that the Tarot is not a rigid system but a kind of organism you realize that the Tarot itself "learns," and adapts to your questions and interests.

5. The Tarot itself is a journey, as is reading the cards. What do you hope readers of The New Tarot Handbook will take away from the book and apply to their journey with the Tarot?

I hope newcomers will discover that they can read immediately, the way I started to do using Eden Gray all those years ago, and also that if they open their minds, and at the same time bring to readings who they are, their life experiences, and their knowledge, they can develop a relationship to the cards that is unique and valuable. I hope experienced readers will see that the Tarot is never finished, and that new ideas and awareness will always appear.

The New Tarot Handbook
The New Tarot Handbook
Master the Meanings of the Cards
Trade Paperback  |  $15.95 US,  $18.50 CAN  |  9780738731902  |  July 2012
Renowned author Rachel Pollack has spent more than forty years studying and practicing Tarot. This insightful guide distills her vast knowledge and offers a direct, accessible approach to mastering... Read more

Interview - Mysterious Matters
with Matthew L. Swayne
October 27, 2016
United States
Barnes and Noble - Book Signing Event
with Stephen Lancaster
October 29, 2016
Jacksonville, NC  United States
Tomás  Prower Morbid Lecture Series-The Cult of Santa Muerte
with Tomás Prower
October 29, 2016
Los Angeles, CA  United States
Carolina & Co. WPDE Channel 15 Live Interview
with Stephen Lancaster
October 31, 2016
Conway , NC  United States
Sandra Kynes Witches & Pagans - Review
with Sandra Kynes
October 31, 2016
United States
Sandra Kynes Review - Bird Magic - Spirituality & Health Magazine
with Sandra Kynes
October 31, 2016
United States
Rich Newman Interview - Mysterious Universe
with Rich Newman
November 2, 2016
United States

Search events for:
Author Book City State

Tarot Theory and Practice Tarot Theory and Practice
By: Ly de Angeles
Price: $16.95 US,  $19.50 CAN
$11.87 US,  $13.65 CAN On Sale!
Yoga and Body Image Yoga and Body Image
25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body

By: Melanie Klein , Anna Guest-Jelley
Price: $17.99 US,  $20.95 CAN
The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft CD Companion The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft CD Companion
By: Christopher Penczak
Price: $26.95 US,  $30.95 CAN
Deluxe Gold Soul Pendulum Deluxe Gold Soul Pendulum
By: Lo Scarabeo
Price: $21.95 US,  $25.50 CAN
Tarot Art Nouveau deck Tarot Art Nouveau deck
By: Lo Scarabeo
Price: $22.95 US,  $26.50 CAN
Jailbreaking the Goddess Jailbreaking the Goddess
A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality

By: Lasara Firefox Allen
Price: $22.99 US,  $26.50 CAN
Secret Mini Tarot Secret Mini Tarot
By: Lo Scarabeo
Price: $11.95 US,  $13.95 CAN