The Triple Goddess Tarot
by Isha Lerner; illustrated by Mara Friedman
For thousands of years the Goddess has been a presence in cultures around the world, and has taken on many forms, been known by many names, and has inspired the great work and accomplishment of women and men alike. In her form of "Triple Goddess," she has represented the sacred trinity of birth, death, and rebirth; maiden, mother, crone; and sun, moon, earth, to name a few examples. The energy of the Triple Goddess is expressed through this tarot set, as it "becomes a microcosmic reflection of the essential energy of the Great Triple Goddess and a newly emerging Feminine Consciousness in a changing world."
The entrance of The Triple Goddess Tarot into my life was timely. This beautiful set coaxed out of me the need to be in touch with the Divine, or Sacred, Feminine again. I certainly embrace the mythology and symbolism of the Goddess as powerful and relevant, in my life and in the spiritual health of the planet. Both the words and images in this set were what I needed, and marked the beginning of a time of harmonious transformation for me.
Isha Lerner writes with true sincerity and wisdom. I feel that nothing is left out, in her introduction to tarot and Goddess, the sharing of her vision, her explanation of how the set works, and in every card description. While being warm and open, Lerner is also scholarly and intelligent. I was drawn into her personal stories, as well as her retelling of ancient goddess myths from all cultures. The cards are all stunning and beautiful; rich, modern tapestries of color and form. Each image is an accomplished piece of art by Mara Friedman, that invites reflection and contemplation.
This is basically a Majors-only set, with some big changes. There are a total of twenty-six cards called Alchemy cards, which emphasize inner transformation, and an additional seven cards called the Chakra cards, which provide a very effective method of investigating the spirit-body connection. The author, being a long time tarot enthusiast, respects the original format of the tarot, but brings to it her unique vision of an expanded Major Arcana. The first twenty-two of the Alchemy cards are based on the traditional cards of the Major Arcana, which have been renamed, and the last four, numbers 22 to 25, represent evolved levels of personal growth and spiritual initiation. The Chakra cards can be used alone as a "mini-deck," or with the Alchemy cards.
For every card from number 0 to 21, Lerner offers several interpretive sections: Traditional Tarot Image, Traditional Translation, Alchemy and Transformation, Awakening to the Archetype, Everyday Encounters, Nature's Healers, and Your Soul Message. These include quotes or passages from famous figures and sacred texts, such as Rainer Marie Rilke, Kahlil Gibran, and the Talmud. The section titled "Nature's Healers" is a lovely addition that suggests plants for further healing, and an increased awareness of the natural world. Descriptions for cards 22 to 25 simply omit the sections referring to the traditional tarot, as these cards are brand new visions.
Each of the Chakra cards is explained in full through the following sections: Description of the Chakra Image, Chakra Attributes, Healing Essence of the Chakra, Keywords, and Affirmations. I have had some impressive success using the Chakra cards, in working on recovering real energy after a stressful time.
Layouts are provided for using each set individually or together as a whole, and work effectively in bringing about increased personal awareness and positive change. Keen suggestions are made for using the cards in professional healing practices, such as massage, energy work, counseling, and tarot reading.
These cards can bring us closer to the Divine Feminine within, empowering us as women, and simply as human beings. They speak of our soul, our spirit, and heart, and point out what our deepest needs and truths are. True equality between the genders keeps the set from being exclusively for women, and offers a healthy outlook on the balance of feminine and masculine in our world. The insights in this book are fantastic and truly helpful, and I can see using this deck in deep personal work for a long time, as well as using it in readings for others where a focus of personal understanding and transformation is key. The Triple Goddess Tarot is a special offering, and would make an excellent gift for spiritual women of any age, whether they are tarot enthusiasts or not. I would also recommend the set for men who are uniquely involved in a Goddess path, or who are simply drawn to the artwork.
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