New PDF release: A Feminist Tarot

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, known as Persephone Press. From then until eventually 1981 whilst Persephone ceased ebook, it went via 4 variants. Alyson guides (of Boston, and extra lately of la) has shepherded the e-book via extra variations (1981 and the current 1997 version) as well as its Dutch translation released in 1985 via 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, offering and unveiling them from the viewpoint of cultural feminist idea. It casts an increased interpretation upon each one card of the foremost and Minor Arcana, providing either upright and reversed meanings, and a precis of conventional meanings besides. It incorporates a historical past of and a remark 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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The card suggests moderation, economy in the expenditure of energy, a balance of external activities with inward reflection. Traditional meaning: Harmonization, coordination, accommodation, mixing. Successful union, fusion, bringing together. Reversed: FRAGMENTATION Attention to experience is not now necessary. Life can be sustained for a while without deliberate efforts to integrate. More input is possible without reflection. But fragments of experience cannot remain too long unattended or they will claim attention in explosive ways.

Traditional reversed meaning: Surface knowledge. Lack of understanding, foresight. Shallowness. 15 A Feminist Tarot 3 THE EMPRESS Planet Venus Upright: FERTILITY E arth Mother, Venus, the eternal resource, she from whom all come and to whom all return. Love, productivity, generative forces. The holder and carrier of seeds to fruition. Usually the heterosexual woman. But also that aspect of all women in touch with physically, sensually derived energy. A time or circumstance for great growth of any kind.

Reversed: DEGRADATION OF SEXUALITY also Wanting to Eat Your Cake and Have It Too Sexuality or physical expression modeled on power, on dominancesubmission patterns. May speak to the nature of a whole relationship. Unfortunate choice of sexual expression, of partners, or of sexual experience. Jealousy, possessiveness, infidelity, romance. Superficial or unfulfilling love experiences. An inability to make choices through wanting to have the best of all worlds, as in the woman who makes sexual choices incongruent with her true feelings.

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