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FIRST EDITION A NEWCASTLE BOOK First Printing October 1979

Printed in the United States of America

PREFACE

The object of this Handbooks to offer not only a spiritual apprenticeship to students of the Sacred Tarot but to offer a concise reference for anyone interested in investigating and Interpreting the fascinating symbology of the Tarot in relation to the Cabala, Astrology and the csotcricscience of Numerology. The Handbook is divided into three sections:

Section 1 Basic lessons, cxcrcises, procedures, meditations and fundamental esoteric philosophy relating to the Major and Minor Arcana.

Section 2 Major and Minor Mentors, which are guides to the positive and negative interpretations of the symbols on each card. Further Mentor guidelines include a Comparison Chart and an in-depth explanation of meanings when certain symbols fall near each other in a spread.

Section 3 Procedures necessary prior to spreading the cards for divination.

My intention is to teach you as simply as possible how to work with and understand the Tarot cards, and not to attempt at this stage to fill your mind with too much unnecessary detail. I would like you to feel that I am teaching you personally, so that the Handbook becomes not only a source of learning but a friend you can relate to on a very personal level. During my years of teaching the esoteric science*, 1 have found that people usually want to "get on with it" as soon as possible, sol intend to present the rudiments of this ancient art to you right away. It is important for the beginner to become involved with the symbol o#y of the Tarot deck immediately; once you arc familiar with the cards and feel able to master the basic procedures, your enthusiasm will be aroused and you will be motivated to learn all you can. It is at this point that the real adventure of Tarot begins.

Whatever your purpose in studying the Tarot may be, this Handbook will piovidc you with a continual ready reference, it contains both method and procedure for learning the art of divination. By using the Major and Minor Mentor guides, you will be able to locate Cabalistic, Astrological and Numerological references at a glance, liach individual subject is treated in such a way as to enable you to quickly discover and explore whatever aspect of the Tarot you desire.

Eileen Connolly

Santa Barbara, California December, 197»

CONTENTS

Preface v

List of Charts viii

List of Exercises ix

Author's Note x

Introduction 1

A Note on Procedure 3

SECTION I

Chapter 1 Beginning Your Apprenticeship 7

Chapter 2 Learning the Minor Arcana 17

Chapter 3 Learning the Court Cards 29

Chapter 4 Learning the Major Arcana 39

SECTION n

Chapter 5 Understanding the Minor Mentors 61

Chapter 6 Understanding the Minor Mentors 71

Chapter 7 The Minor Mentors 77

Chapter 8 The Court Mentors 145

Chapter 9 The Major Mentors 163

SECTION III

Chapter 10 Steps to Divination 211

Chapter 11 How to Read the Cards 219

Chapter 12 The Esoteric Time Cards 233

Chapter 13 Beginning and End 243

Index of Cards 244

LIST OF CHARTS

Chart

1

Daily Record Book

13

Chart

2

Minor Sequence Table

19

Chart

3

Thought Track

25

Chart

4

Tarol Log

56

Chart

5

Cabalastic Reference —Major Arcana

73

Chart

6

The Tree oi Life

74

Chart

7

Lemniscate for Divination

220

Chart

8

Celtic Cross Spread

223

Chart

9

Celtic Block Spread

228

Chart

10

Predictive Manteia Spread

230

Chart

11

Tune Chart

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

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