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|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?
3. Why did you decide to use only one deck, The Rider, in The New Tarot Handbook?
4. You’ve authored over thirty books on the Tarot. From where do you gather your inspiration? How does the Tarot keep surprising you?
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?
Rachel is considered one of the Worlds foremost authorities on the modern interpretation of the Tarot. She is also a poet, an award-winning novelist, and a Tarot card and comic book artist. She has published 12 ...