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We are all so excited about this book. Sasha Graham is uniquely positioned to write a brilliant book on the Rider Waite Smith Tarot. She loves this deck with all her heart and knows it like she knows the lines of her hands. She is a scholar and a mystic as well as a brilliant writer.
Another bonus is that Sasha has created 78 spreads for this book, one for each of the cards in the deck.
But actually, Stuart Kaplan, president of US Games Systems and current publisher of the RWS deck, says it best, in his foreword to this remarkable book:
This book is quite unique to a marketplace selling hundreds of books about the Rider-Waite tarot deck. Sasha gathers the complexity and history of Pamela’s deck and presents it to the reader in an entertaining and understandable way. Pamela reached beyond the veil to reveal hidden worlds with her brushes and inks; Sasha does the same with her language and research. Sasha takes up Pamela’s role as storyteller and crafts a text that is grounded in practical tarot information yet reveals the divine nature of the creative minds that created it.
The book often reads like a novel and other times we feel we are in the hands of a mystic. Sasha’s research moves us to the original source of the deck. She returns us to Pamela and Waite’s original intentions repeatedly. Using her knowledge of the Kabbalah and the Tree of Life, Sasha Graham presents a down-to-earth approach to understanding the Rider-Waite tarot deck in a fresh and lively manner. Each card is described in detail as it relates to the branches of the Tree of Life.
The result is a text as rich, complex, and entertaining as the tarot deck itself. This book is indispensable for the tarot lover. It is a rare text that can be read for learning and pleasure. Sasha, in her undeniably creative way, finishes her beautiful book with seventy-eight spreads. Each spread is based on one of Pamela’s cards so the reader may get to the good work of reading their cards and putting their newfound knowledge to use.