Living the Qabalistic Tarot Paperback – Dec 1 2004
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About the Author
Amber Jayanti is the founder of the Santa Cruz School for Tarot & Qabalah Study. She is a graduate of the Builder of the Adytum thirteen-year-long Qabalistic Mystery School. Jayanti has been practicing and teaching tarot and Qabalah for more than 30 years. She is the author of many books, including Principles of Qabalah, Tarot for Dummies, and New Thoughts on Tarot. Jayanti lives in Santa Cruz, California.
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Pity it is not available in Spanish !!!!!
I have had this book for some time and have used it more than I can mention. This book is my personal familiar (much better than a crow or a cat). The lessons are bottomless, they really go deep, but they are aimed directly at daily life--i.e., feeding the canary, going to work, doing the laundry, loving your family, fixing the car, etc. I use the book all the time to better understand myself, or at least try, while using the fascinating and ancient tools of Tarot and Qabalah. Using this book comes with many side effects: falling in love with yourself, becoming fascinated with Astrology, mythology, Gematria, and developing your own meditation practice.
Additionally, if you are sick of personal demons, sick of feeling stuck/uninspired, this opus will be most handy. It's more of an arsenal than a read; a box of tools as opposed to a tome. What I mean by this is each chapter comes with practical application exercises and samples from previous travelers who have used the techniques. If you try the exercises, color your cards, keep a journal, you'll find yourself transforming poison into medicine; you'll be a practicing alchemist by the end of the book.
One thing this book is NOT is a mess of New Age hoopla. The writer is obviously a matriarch of the Hermetic Sciences, and you will feel this behind her words; the writer stays fiercely loyal to the Western Mystery tradition as its been taught from mouth-to-ear for ages.
The initial chapters are excellent examples of Tarot principles -- very down-to-earth and intuitive to follow; a good base for Tarot enthusiasts to remember.
Any person desirous of a spiritual compass, mirror, and lessonbook would be well served by this simple, unpretentious, and inspiring book, filled with pertinent, natural daily life exercises.
Some Tarot readers/users, although they proclaim differently, can be pretentious (in their "loving" ways), too-elevated-for-thee (thou?), or self-satisfied in their knowledge, even if that's negligible. I am a former student of Ms. Jayanti, and must add here that, different from so many Tarot practitioners, she is a joyous, very approachable, non-"foofy" person -- absolutely the best for approaching Tarot, which is exaggeratedly and often deliberately mystified by many who forget its more elevated, largely personal uses. Living in a paradise for artists, lefties, and remaining hippies types who compete in looking and presenting themselves as "alternative" and "artistic (read: a lot of surface doo-doo)," Amber Jayanti's approach was so very refreshing and real. Hopefully I will take more of her courses, which are uplifting and full of information, imparted in her lovely Santa Cruz home. Thank you, Amber, wherever you may be.
So why only 4-stars you ask? Well, I don't like it when a tarot "expert" only addresses the Major Arcana. There is absolutely nothing on the minor arcana. I think that is almost negligible. There are 56 disenfranchised cards that are not represented. However, I'm willing to overlook it this time because the information that is provided is indispensable.
I would recommend this to not only the novice, but there are things in there that would enlighten an adept as well.