The Tarot: Elements of Symbolism

Why another Tarot book?

There is no shortage of books about the Tarot!  So it’s appropriate to ask whether another one is needed.  This books is meant to fill a space that’s not already occupied.  First, the ebook format makes it visually rich, and allows the reader to focus on specific topics by interacting with the text.  Second, the content is designed to offer readers a compact, consistent format for seeing the Major and Minor Arcanas in a new light.  And third—it suggests new ways of understanding the integrative structures resonating through the Tarot deck.   

Visual Explorations

The Tarot is distinguished from other divination systems by its rich visual content--so Elements of Symbolism takes a richly visual approach.  Essential information about each Major Arcana card is presented in a two-page spread, consistently arranged for easy reference.  Text sections include a historical perspective on the card's imagery, a synopsis of divinatory principles, and a brief survey of archetypal themes, mythic associations, cultural illuminations, and traditional correspondences.  Images from each of the four most influential decks demonstrate the evolution of visual symbolism in the Tarot.   

Expanded Explanations

The Tarot deck encompasses many different structures--and information graphics can expand our understanding of those structures.

Deep Connections

The varied structures of the Tarot deck are deeply interconnected--but the underlying currents and associations are not obvious.

Foundational Concepts

It's tempting to consider the Minor Arcana as a series of individual cards, each with its own traditional meaning.  But there's a lot to be gained from looking at the underlying qualities that organize them:  number symbolism, elemental associations, cultural constructs.  Elements of Symbolism explores in depth the components--suits, court, pips--that make up the Minor Arcana, and the themes that create a unified structure.

Multiple Perspectives

Traditional printed books are wonderful, but ebooks offer some important capabilities.  Elements of Symbolism offers interactive options that will allow readers to choose from several different views of the information.  For example--you can see the integrative structure pages as they occur in sequence through the Major Arcana section, to illuminate the flow of the trumps.  Or you can see just the integrative structure pages together, for a deeper look into how the Tarot's connective infrastructures work.

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