A Feminist Tarot by Susan Rennie, Sally Miller Gearhart PDF

By Susan Rennie, Sally Miller Gearhart

In 1976 A Feminist Tarot turned the 1st e-book of the newly-launched lesbian-feminist press in Watertown, Massachusetts, referred to as Persephone Press. From then until eventually 1981 while Persephone ceased ebook, it went via 4 variants. Alyson courses (of Boston, and extra lately of l. a.) has shepherded the publication via extra versions (1981 and the current 1997 variation) as well as its Dutch translation released in 1985 by way of Uitgeverij Ankh-Hermes bv, Deventer. not like the explosion of women’s Tarot decks and interpretations of the 1980’s and 90’s, A Feminist Tarot makes use of the pictures of the conventional Waite Tarot deck, proposing and unveiling them from the viewpoint of cultural feminist suggestion. It casts an increased interpretation upon every one card of the most important and Minor Arcana, delivering either upright and reversed meanings, and a precis of conventional meanings to boot. It contains a heritage of and a observation upon the Tarot itself, illustrated lay-outs and customary makes use of of the Tarot, in addition to a short bibliography.

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Traditional meaning: Hope, inspiration, bright prospects. Widening horizons. New life and vigor. A very favorable card. Reversed: ILL HEALTH also Pessimism Some cutoff from life-giving sources. Malaise, lack of energy, doldrums, fatigue. Perhaps an experience of mental illness. Fear of opening to the sources of health. Tightness. Some alienation from the unconscious or from understanding it. Self-doubt which narrows the querent’s outlook and constricts her belief in her life possibilities. Perhaps she must armor against an enemy.

Not enough attention to surroundings, to little things. Disjointed attempts to conquer material or animal worlds. A lack of relatedness to nature or to people, thus allowing the objectification of them, perhaps even their victimization. Refusal to risk caring. Continued isolation. Possible illness. The querent is distanced from herself; she perhaps constructs complex justifications (as with nuclear power) for her misuse of the earth and its creatures. Traditional meaning: Weakness; a failure of nerve; lack of faith.

The use of one’s powers for destructive purposes. 13 A Feminist Tarot 2 THE HIGH PRIESTESS Planet Moon Upright: HIDDEN KNOWLEDGE T he virgin, the one unto herself, the daughter of the moon, the unconquered, the lesbian, the witch, Isis, Artemis, Diana, Lilith. She is shrouded in the mystery of the as yet unrevealed. ” (Waite) The Priestess holds the sacred Torah suggesting the matriarchal roots that underlie patriarchy. She represents men’s deepest fear: that women do not need men. The querent’s future is hidden, unknown, virginal.

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