Mary K. Greer’s 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card is an amazing book. Every time I dip into it, I am amazed all over again. Because I’m thinking a lot about myth right now, I read some of what Mary writes about myth and tarot.
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She quotes Joseph Campbell: “A myth is a public dream; a dream is a private myth.” Then she goes on:
Myth is metaphor. If you believe the myth is literally true, you’ll miss the deeper truth buried within the story. The many dimensions of a tarot card help reveal that deeper truth.
Likewise by examining a myth or story for a querent, you can:
See where in the story the querent is right now.
Predict what the
As we study the cards, we realize that each card has many meanings. A common question is “how do you know which meaning to use in a reading?”
Mary K. Greer’s book, 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card is fantastic for lots of reasons. It is interactive, it helps you get involved in your cards, it leads through a journey of self-discovery as well understanding tarot. It is also packed with gems that can help anyone hone their reading skills.
In fact, in it, she answers that question “how do I know which meaning?” She writes:
The Giveaways to Meaning
How can you know what, out of the many meanings, will be relevant in a particular case? You must combine the rational with the
Tarot shelves at bookstores are filled with beginner level books. Do we really need so many? Aren’t they all essentially the same?
I think we do need so many and that they are not essentially the same. First, they all differ in terms of voice and presentation. People learn differently and respond better to some styles of communication than to others. Every author has his or her own voice and way of explaining things. Second, not every tarot reader interprets or reads the cards in the same way. By seeing that there are so many different methods and schools of thought, new readers are encouraged to explore until they find what works for them.
This month we will look at eight