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Tarot Triumphs
Using the Marseilles Tarot Trumps for Divination and Inspiration
Cherry Gilchrist
ISBN: 9781578636044
Book (Paperback)
Weiser Books
6 x 9
320 pages
September 1, 2016


"A fresh, bracing, and inspiring look into the Major Arcana. The Fool's Mirror in particular is the most sophisticated and profound Tarot layout that I have ever seen." --Richard Smoley, author of Forbidden Faith: The Secret History of Gnosticism

Tarot Triumphs delightfully initiates us into the procession of the Tarot de Marseilles trumps, helping us to wisely read its reflections in the Fool’s Mirror. How wonderful to be immersed in such mature and practical tarot writing!” --Caitlín Matthews, author of The Complete Arthurian Tarot and Untold Tarot

“There are dozens of books about the tarot and not all of them tell us anything new. Cherry Gilchrist's Tarot Triumphs is among those few that open up uncharted areas and throw a revealing light on what we may think is all too familiar to us. It is a work of insight, passion, and practical engagement that can inform its readers' understanding as well as their lives. One doesn't need a fortune teller to predict that its future looks promising.” --Gary Lachman, author of The Secret Teachers of the Western World and Jung the Mystic

"Although directed towards those starting their own Tarot journeys, Tarot Triumphs is an enjoyable and informative read for Tarot veterans as well." --Thalassa, Founder, Daughters of Divination, Producer, San Francisco Bay Area Tarot Symposium (SF BATS)

Focusing on the major arcana, or trumps, of the Marseilles Tarot, the aim of this book is to encourage the reader to experience the tarot in a direct, fresh, and uncluttered way.

Key points:

  • Focuses on the 22 trumps, or the major arcana of the tarot
  • Offers advice on how to study each card and find its unique significance
  • Provides instructions for laying out and reading the cards
  • Explores the tarot in terms of history, divination, symbolism, and esoteric traditions

This exploration of the major arcana includes “The Fool’s Mirror,” a new method for laying the cards out, as well as hints for using the tarot to gain deeper levels of awareness. Cherry Gilchrist offers ways to approach each card, absorb it, and understand its essence. Readers are encouraged to relate this essence to personal experience as the most enduring and rewarding way to prepare for reading the cards.

Cherry Gilchrist has studied meditation, Tarot and Kabbalah since her early twenties. She has also been a lifelong member of the Nine Ladies association, concerned with renewing feminine spirituality. After gaining an MA from the University of Cambridge, Cherry has worked primarily as a writer, but also in a variety of roles, such as childbirth teacher, early music singer, lecturer, family historian, and owner of an arts and crafts gallery. As an author, and lifelong participant in the Western wisdom tradition, she has written definitive books on alchemy, Russian mythology, and divination. She lives in Devon, UK, with artist husband Robert Lee-Wade.
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