The Mythic Tarot Workbook Paperback – 1988
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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.
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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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.
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)!
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.
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.