Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot (Paperback)

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I'm pretty new to tarot and this book has been an indispensable resource for getting to know the cards. Though the illustrations and some descriptions focus on the Rider-Waite deck—a deck I don't personally use—I still enjoy consulting Pollack's book to push my understanding further. The card descriptions are rich, but not overloaded, which makes it very easy to grab and peruse even when you're short on time.

— From Alex


A top tarotist's secrets to personal growth, one card at a time. The two volumes of Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom have inspired a whole generation of tarot students. It has often been described by readers, booksellers, and teachers as the "Bible of tarot readers." It is also often cited as one of the landmark books in modern tarot, and it helped to launch the "Tarot Renaissance" of the 1980s. The two texts-one for The Major Arcana and one for The Minor Arcana--appear together in this volume, which is a reissue of the 1998 edition first published by Thorsons. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom draws on mythology and esoteric traditions and delves deeply into the symbolism and ideas of each card. It also gives the cards a modern psychological slant based on the pictures rather than a system of occult symbolism. This endlessly useful reference tool provides a concise history of tarot, introduces common spreads, and is a clear and readable book for both the beginning and advanced tarot student.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781578634088
ISBN-10: 1578634083
Publisher: Weiser Books
Publication Date: September 30th, 2009
Pages: 354
Language: English