Unlocking the Secret Language of Tarot

22 Keys to Understanding Its Symbolic Imagery


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Ruth Ann Amberstone and Wald Amberstone are cofounders of The Tarot School and have been pioneers in new tarot techniques for decades. Together they teach, write, and publish about tarot on all levels, from divination to psychology to esotericism and magical practice. Their extensive body of original work includes correspondence courses, audio courses, study guides, music, and meditations, as well as the popular Tarot Tips Newsletter. Visit them at tarotschool.com.

This book will change the way you see the cards.
“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 A Walk Through the Forest of Souls

Bringing imagery and intuition into a course of study of the tarot, Unlocking 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. It can be used as both a reference book and as a series of guided meditations on the individual symbols.
Each of the seven chapters discusses symbols with a common theme—crowns, pillars, mountains, crosses, etc.—and provides the lore and mythological meanings of each card. The authors also include an integration lesson and a special symbol spread for each chapter to help deepen your understanding of the cards. Written by Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone, two of the consummate authorities on tarot in the world, this book reveals the hidden current of symbolic meanings and connections in the tarot, unlocking the secrets of the cards to help illuminate every reader’s path in life. Previously published as The Secret Language of Tarot, this is an accessible, must-have guide for any tarot reader.

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