THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF TAROT
by Wald Amberstone and Ruth Ann Amberstone
The Secret Language of Tarot sets itself apart from other tarot books by teaching you how to translate the pictorial symbolism from one deck to another, strengthening your ability to recognize specific icons in any deck and in the world around you. The Secret Language of Tarot can be used as both a reference book and as a series of guided meditations on the individual symbols. Each of the seven chapters contain a set of symbols that share a common theme.
Extensive research provides you with the lore and mythological meanings of the symbols to help foster intuitive powers. The explanation of imagery is both insightful and eclectic. When read from beginning to end, The Secret Language of Tarot reveals a hidden current of understanding and connection between the individual cards of the deck. Each chapter ends with an "Integration Lesson" and a special "Symbol Spread" to deepen your understanding of the cards.
The Secret Language of Tarot brings imagery and intuition into a course of study of the tarot. It is a must-have for any serious tarot reader that is written in accessible language for the novice as well.
“The Secret Language of Tarot is the book the tarot world has been waiting for. It's an introduction to the symbols and images of the cards—but it's also a guide to incorporating these symbols in your everyday life.”
— Corrine Kenner, author of Tarot Journaling and Simple Fortunetelling with Tarot Cards
“Just finished Secret Language of Tarot and WOW! I received my first Tarot deck when I was ten years old and have been reading off and on since high school. The last 10-15 years I've been studying pretty intensely and feel your book to be nothing less than ground breaking! I've been reading at psychic fairs and new age shops in central Florida for several years now with very good results but your book really filled in gaps. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!”
— Tj Mckeown, Florida
How the Book is Organized
Unlike standard symbol dictionaries, The Secret Language of Tarot is a course of study and is not organized as an alphabetical listing of symbolic images. Symbols are organized in seven chapters, each containing a set of symbols which share a common theme — the first six chapters contain three symbols each and the seventh chapter contains four, for a total of 22:
Crowns, Pillars, The Rose and The Lily
The concepts that tie each set together may not be obvious at first but will be developed in an “Integration Lesson” which follows each group of symbols. Capping off each chapter is a special “Symbol Spread” created especially for that set.
“Symbolism is one of my favorite subjects and the book The Secret Language of Tarot has increased my tarot symbolism vocabulary significantly. The metaphysical meanings concealed within the tarot images are skillfully revealed by authors Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone. The book's extraordinary gift lies in the way they convey the beauty of the real heartfelt journey toward evolution that the mysterious tarot symbolizes.”
— Marcia Masino, author of Easy Tarot Guide
“I read your new book (in one evening), and that I thought it was incredible. In fact, the only critique I have of it is that it could easily have been 3 or 4 (or 5, 6, 10) times longer and I wish it had been. I hope there’s a volume 2 in the works (hint)! The Secret Language of Tarot was fascinating. I obviously read it quickly, as I tend to do, because I’m so ravenous for the next page… then, of course, I’ll read and reread the book interminably. But I loved it. Bravo! It was delicious enough that I literally was able to read (devour) it in one evening. It is now in my top 3 Tarot books ever.”
— Tom Benjamin, author of Tarot on Earth and Your Tarot Toolkit
Six different ways to use this book:
“I finished your book The Secret Language of Tarot and had to write to tell you how much I enjoyed it! (I kept wanting to write you before I finished the whole book, but I waited :-).
I have several book cases filled with tarot books and I must admit I haven't read them all because they are either boring or hard to plow through or just plain uninteresting. So it was to my great delight to delve into your book and to enjoy every word of it. After 30+ years of reading the cards, when I have access to new information, or a new way of looking at the cards, I am just thrilled. I have been recommending your book to everyone.”
— Janet Berres, author of Textbook of the Tarot
From the Introduction…
“A brilliant and engrossing book that is destined to become a classic. Everyone from the beginning tarot reader to the most experienced psychotherapist can use it to enrich their understanding of symbols. It made me look at tarot imagery with fresh eyes.”
— Elinor Greenberg, PhD, CGP, CPR
“Got your new book…just delicious!!!! I have recommended it to all members of my weekly Tarot Circle.”
— Robert Hahn, Tarot enthusiast
From the Preface by Mary K. Greer…
This is a practical book. You will learn to use symbols in your readings in several ways:
Symbols that repeat in more than one card in a spread suggest an important theme in your situation. Several suns, for example, can remind you that life means having the power to act consciously.
“For years, Wald and Ruth Ann Amberstone's deep work on the symbols and esoteric traditions of the Rider-Waite-Smith cards has been a legend, the learning and inspiration available only to their students. This book is useful in the deepest possible sense.”
— Rachel Pollack, author of Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom (and many more!)
“Although I rarely read with a strictly R-W-S deck anymore, I am finding the Amberstones' new book an outstanding, and much-needed resource.
While you can find all kinds of symbol encyclopedias, few are specifically for Tarot people. And let's face it — most of the decks on the market today are derivative of the R-W-S system, even if the artwork and symbolism is radically different.
So, I find this book to be incredibly useful in a number of ways.
I think they have done an amazing job of weaving together qabalah, freemasonry lore, Tarot history, alchemy and history in a very readable, understandable format.
Ruth Ann and Wald are consummate teachers, so they present their information in a format that makes the book, not just a text of scholarship, but a valuable teaching tool.
In fact, even if your decks of choice do not include lilies, roses, pillars, crowns, etc., this book offers rich new ways of understanding and appreciating the importance of symbols in general.
It is a breath of fresh air and understanding that, as both a teacher myself, and a long-time practitioner, I am delighted to receive.”
— Beth Owl's Daughter, Organizer, Raleigh-Durham Tarot Meetup
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