This summer, the Omega Institute offered a Masters of Tarot weekend workshop featuring me, Theresa Reed, Sasha Graham, Mary Greer, and Rachel Pollack. One of the signs of a good teacher is that they are always investigating and exploring. Even if you’ve had classes with them before or read their books, they always have something new to offer…or perhaps a new approach to an old favorite topic. It was a wonderful weekend for both us teachers and for the students.
Mary is well-known for her books 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card, Understanding the Tarot Court, and The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals. As teacher, Mary combines theoretical study, practical application, philosophical inquiry,
Many beginner books on tarot include keywords for the each card. Keywords are a great tool for tarot readers, beginner and otherwise. However, most books do not include important information about keywords, such as how to use them and what makes a good keyword.
Mary Greer’s 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card includes lots of great activities to help dive deeper into the cards. It also includes other very good foundational information. In Step 5, Numbers, Greer includes an essay on key words, excerpted below. Her essay focuses on keywords for numbers, which apply to more than one card in the deck. Keywords for the twos, for example, apply to all the twos.
So what exactly is a keyword?
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.
Read more about the book HERE
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