Monday, August 16, 2010

The True Nature of Tarot: Your Path to Personal Empowerment

Diane Wing, MA
Marvelous Spirit Press (2010)
ISBN 9781615990214
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views


"The True Nature of Tarot" is the revised and expanded version of the 2003 "The Nature of Tarot." Diane Wing, the author has an extensive background in psychology and metaphysics. She has been reading tarot cards for over twenty-five years.  There is a common belief that tarot cards are to be used for reading a person's future.  Wing dispels this idea and recommends that they be used as a tool for enlightenment.  She states, "A tarot deck provides a pictorial journey of the self to foster connections with the Universal Energy and Higher Self."  This allows the person being read for to gain insight into what they are experiencing.  It can also help them to direct their psychic abilities.


She has a very interesting discussion on how the use of tarot cards has been associated with evil.  Personally, I was raised with this idea, however, my experience with tarot card readers who had integrity taught me otherwise.  The intent of the card reader determines whether or not the use of the cards is good or bad. If the reader wants to try to control or manipulate the person being read for, then their intent is bad.  This idea also applies to other areas of our lives where we place our trust in someone to give us guidance.  Wing offers ideas on to how to tell if a card reader is legitimate. She makes it very clear that if the reader predicts something bad will happen, that they can fix for a price, they do not have the right intent.  As spiritual beings, if we do learn something that we are not comfortable with, we can use that knowledge to make choices to change this.


Having had some incredible experience with Tarot card readings, I have been very interested in how the process works.  "The True Nature of Tarot," lays everything out for both the card reader and the person being read for.  From beginning to end, Wing offers advice in how to prepare for the reading, do the reading, and gain insight into interpreting the cards.  She also does an extensive review of the meaning of each card.  From my experience, "The True Nature of Tarot" provides the most extensive, yet easy to understand review of the tarot card reading experience.  I also feel that the author's explanation of how the cards should be used will help the reader gain understanding into how they can empower their lives by using the cards.  Whether you are a novice or an experienced card reader, "The True Nature of Tarot" is a must read for people who have an interest in tarot cards.

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