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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rider & Co (Oct. 9 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071261270X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712612708
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 13.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,634,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Juliet Sharman-Burke is an analytic psychotherapist, and has been practising tarot and astrology for twenty years. She is well-known as a teacher of tarot, and brings her teaching experience and knowledge of students to The Mythic Tarot. She has written 7 books, including Understanding the Tarot, and Mastering the Tarot. Liz Greene is a Jungian analyst and an astrologer of international reputation. She is the author of 19 books which have been translated into 10 languages. She gives seminars, workshops and lectures throughout Europe. Tricia Newell is a prolific illustrator of both adult and children's books. Her naive, detailed and decorative style is the perfect medium to convey the symbolism of the tarot with great impact and clarity.


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Though this workbook is designed to go hand in hand with the Mythic tarot deck, I find this book to be wonderful for my students in tarot. Each card is assigned it's own page and assignments on learning it.
Learning the meanings of each card and commiting them to memory is not a simple process and the manner in which Juliet walks readers through, makes it so easy.
There are guided lessons and meditations for each card to help you learn how to picture the meaning of the card. For instance, The Fool card lesson asks the reader to picture themselves inside of a cave, emerging into the sun light and onto a path. There the reader is asked to imagine they have met the Fool and held a conversation with the fool. You are encouraged to write in the book and record your thoughts and conversation which this card. When you break a lesson on each card down into this fashion like Juliet does, it certainly makes it easier to recall the cards' meaning later in a deal.
She also offers a step by step guide through a few of the basic spreads and I really feel makes it simple enough that any layperson could comprehend the methods.
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This book has been an incredible tool for myself in learning the Tarot. It's packed with spreads, worksheets, and study pages for EVERY card in the deck. It starts off with a page on each one of the cards in the Major Arcana in the Mythic Tarot and lets you color them in. This exercise in itself was a great visualization tool and has helped me connect with each one of the cards. If you're new to Tarot or if you are wanting to learn more, I strongly reccomend this workbook.
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I have owned a number of Tarot card decks and none of them has enabled me to read as effectively as this deck. The images are pulled from the stories of Greek mythology and therefore are easily recognizable.
Each suit tells a story. For example the suit of Cups tells the story of Cupid and Pysche. Once you have the story it is easier to follow the meaning of the cards.
The deck is gorgeous. I love it. I have used the cards so much I need a new deck!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
If you're serious about tarot, it's a must have! July 28 2004
By Jasmine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'd like to address some of the primary complaints I've heard about this deck before I get to why I use this deck all of the time.

Personally, the only issues I've had with anything breaking for falling apart was with the front cover of the book - that was my fault; in a fit of rage I'd cut the cover of the book off. I found that it was a very sturdy material myself.

Possibly, it's because I handle the cards more gently than the other people do. I've had them for years, and they're still in great shape.

As for anyone feeling limited by the spread printed on the cloth, if it's that big of an issue, don't use it. Or, even better, do what I do - flip the cloth over. It's one sided print.

The interpretations are sometimes very vague in this book, which would not make it the ideal deck for a beginner. However, I felt the reason the book was lacking in interpretation detail as opposed to the backstory, symbolism, and descriptions was because these things, along with your inutition, is what should be used to find the meaning of the card, rather then relying on the book as a crutch.

That's possibly one of my favourite things about this deck. It pushes you from being a beginner to something more advanced, by using your own inuition to truly read these cards.

The beautiful images open up a story, revealing what the card means, if you pay attention to the symbolism found in the book. The book itself is not one of those paper booklets inserted into a normal deck, it is a full fledged book in its own right. Definitely not something that one may easily lose, as opposed to other products.

I wouldn't call this deck "dark". Some cards (ie: Three of Swords) just don't mean "happy" things, and that's simply the way it is. Ultimately though, even what one may perceive as dark can begin a period of something better.

If you're serious about tarot, I'd suggest this deck for you. If you're more into parlor games, perhaps you'd be more interested in another product.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
A Must Have for the Accomplished Tarot Reader or the Newbie. Sept. 14 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book has been an incredible tool for myself in learning the Tarot. It's packed with spreads, worksheets, and study pages for EVERY card in the deck. It starts off with a page on each one of the cards in the Major Arcana in the Mythic Tarot and lets you color them in. This exercise in itself was a great visualization tool and has helped me connect with each one of the cards. If you're new to Tarot or if you are wanting to learn more, I strongly reccomend this workbook.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A good beginners tarot with a psychological twist March 22 2001
By "buffy0001" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Mythic Tarot was the first deck I gained, and I have been working with it for the past 7 years. The deck is beautifully illustrated in the tradition of Greek Mythology, with each of the suits telling a classic mythical tale (eg Jason and the Argonauts as the suit of wands).
The Mythic Tarot book describes interpretations that differ substantially from those of classic decks such as the Rider-Waite, as the focus is not on good-bad/upright-reveresed cards, but rather on the fact that every event or situation has both positive and negative aspects (a very psychological concept). I have found this to be a very good thing, particularly in situations where you are reading for people that are a little scared of what the future may hold for them ("and you can take that death card of of the deck before you do my reading!" is a common comment!). While Death is still seen as a monumental change and a difficult ending, it is also stressed that there will be a new beginning and rebirth. This is one big reason why I like this interpretation for beginners in particular.
This deck was excellent to learn with, as the mythical stories portrayed by the suits are easy to remember and well explained in the book, therefore making divination something anybody can learn (even me)!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
the interconnectedness of things April 15 2004
By Margaret Magnus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I picked this one up along with the deck randomly at a yard sale, and tried learning the Tarot with it. It was actually a great deck to learn with. I've since read other books explaining the meaning of the Tarot. I think this author has a deep understanding both of human psychology and of Greek mythology, not to mention the Tarot itself. She seems to have been through these various life situations and seems to speak out of them from personal experience -- how true Strength is immunity from the 'Thou shalt', how true love is made manifest only after one has experienced betrayal, etc.. She doesn't simply say, "The ten of Wands means oppression and this and that." She explains HOW the process of pursuing the high adventure results in the final card being oppression. She explains WHAT is common to the 10's in all the suits, etc.. She also does quite a good job of explaining the difference between similar cards that are easy to confuse. The High Priestess and the Moon are both sort of feminine and otherworldy in nature. What's the essential difference? One has the sense she has thought it through and solidified it in her mind. And now when I go out and read other versions, I have a good basis from which to understand what I read.

This book is not really about how to read various spreads, though she does offer a couple examples. I understand she has written a workbook for that purpose.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good cards. Great book. July 27 2001
By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've always been better with stories than with numbers, so I've had trouble with the tarot for a long time. I never quite *got* numerology, so I'd sit there reading various tarot guidebooks and wondering, "But WHY does the three mean such-and-such? And how am I supposed to remember that?" The book that accompanies the Mythic Tarot solved that problem for me. The authors' great idea was to choose a Greek story to illustrate each suit, and the cards are major events in the story. Since I can remember how the story goes, it's so much easier to call to mind the meanings of the Minor Arcana. The authors spoke my language, if you will. And if you're more story-oriented than number-oriented, it will help you as well. Even when using another deck, the Mythic book makes a great mnemonic aid.
The cards aren't bad either. Most of the best are to be found in the Major Arcana. The High Priestess, The Empress, and Temperance are a few of my favorites. The Minors sometimes look a little weird because the figures seem to be stiffly posed. This isn't a problem in the Majors since most of them are standing still anyway, but when the people are supposed to be fighting or murdering or even conversing, they look a little stiff. Still, the cards are evocative, and you know at first glance the basic "mood" of the card.
I would have given the deck five stars, but the quality of the materials isn't great. The book is already looking shabby. The cards could have been made on better stock. I have small hands, and I can't shuffle most decks in the normal way; I'm a big proponent of the "mess them around in a big pile" school of thought. But my friend shuffled them once; she has larger hands and shuffled them normally, and one of the cards now has a white worn spot on its back, where the black dye was worn away by just a few shufflings. The publishers could have done better. Five stars for the authors and artist; two or three for the publishers.

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