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Legend Kit
Legend Kit
The Arthurian Tarot

By: Anna-Marie Ferguson
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Boxed Kit | 9781567182675
English | 6 x 9 x 2 IN
78 full-color cards, 6"x9" illus. book
Pub Date: September 2002
Price: $28.99 US,  $33.50 CAN
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CONTENTS

List of Cards / Xi

Preface / xv

ONE: THE NATURE OF THE TAROT / I

Introduction to the Tarot; the structure and divisions of the Tarot deck; the language of the Tarot; the common understanding and universal appeal of Tarot images; degrees of card reading; old misconceptions concerning the Tarot; cultural and religious aspects of the Tarot; the question of origin; a brief history of the Tarot

TWO: THE SPIRIT OF LEGEND: THE ARTHURIAN TAROT / 5

The value of myth; the compatibility of the Tarot and the Arthurian legend; the branches of Arthurian tradition; the symbolism of the deck; the blend of religions and their motifs; the use of the legend to add context to the Tarot; the tragic elements of myth; the titles of the cards and the suits; the symbolic significance of the maze design; the dragon face card, the layout board imagery, and the significance of the title "The Keeper of the High Word"

THREE: THE ARTHURIAN LEGEND / 9

Historical roots; the Dark Ages; political landscape; the Saxon threat; the coming of the Saxons; invading tribes; the struggle; the leaders; the Battle of Mount Badon; Arthur the historical warrior; early references to Arthur; achieving Celtic legendary status; brief account of the development of Arthurian literature; Celtic legend; the branches of Arthurian tradition, the histories of the chroniclers, the romances, and the Quest for the Holy Grail; transition to medieval ideal; change in religious tone; the legend's diversity

FOUR: CONSULTING THE TAROT / 13

How to begin; the importance of personal impressions of the cards; methods of card interpretation; the advantage of the Arthurian context; the significance of the Major and Minor Arcana; the nature of the suits, aces, and court cards; reversed interpretation; preparing for a reading; the significator card; dominant cards; the relationship between neighbouring cards; conflicting cards; the layout of the cards; the purpose and nature of a defined spread; Tarot reading as an analytic system; the Celtic Cross, sample reading; Astrological Spread; Horseshoe Spread

FIVE: NAVIGATING THE TAROT / 23

Moving beyond routine; the manner in which insights may appear; the importance of a comfortable atmosphere; rapport and receptivity; the abilities that distinguish a psychic reader; the borderland of the conscious and subconscious; focusing on hypnagogic dreams; heightening psychic awareness; overuse of the Tarot; rewards of patience

SIX: THE CARDS / 25

The interpretation and Arthurian context of the individual cards. The Major Arcana-the cards and the legends; the Minor Arcana-the cards and the legends: Spears, Swords, Cups, Shields

Bibliography / 247

Index / 251





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