Victoria Constantino reviews The True Nature of Tarot — 10th Anniversary Edition

The True Nature of Tarot — 10th anniversary edition
Marvelous Spirit Press, 2021
ISBN: 978-1-61599-584-4
Paperback, 346 pp., $27.95
Reviewed by Victoria Constantino (reproduced with permission)

The True Nature of TarotReleased this year in an updated 10th anniversary edition, The True Nature of Tarot by Diane Wing is an exploration of a beloved system of divination that continues to increase in popularity and widespread use. Prefaced by eight chapters filled with guidance and approaches for beginners and seasoned tarot readers alike, at the heart of the book is an index of interpretations for each card and a compendium of card combinations with possible meanings. Chock full of helpful information and insight, The True Nature of Tarot is a valuable guide for both professional tarot readers and seekers.

An understanding of tarot as “a dynamic tool that reflects where we are on the path,” Wing notes in the book, aids us through life as we grow and seek deeper wisdom. A tool for reflection, tarot offers a method for us to connect with the divine and the truth within, to understand ourselves on deeper levels so that, ultimately, we can discover our own answers. “The ultimate goal,” Wing writes, “is self-mastery, where you do not need to consult those external to you; you’ll be able to tap into your own intuition and your own sovereign judgment. When you master yourself, you master your destiny. It will no longer be a question of prophecy, but rather creative direction.” And part of the value of tarot is as a tool that can help us to achieve self-mastery. It is a tool for spiritual growth and development, something that can guide us on our path to self-sovereignty.

Spreads, approaches to reading and interpreting cards, detecting patterns in readings, and guidance on choosing a practitioner are some of the book’s highlights. Of exceptional value is the guidance on tuning into the intuition, psychic development, and preparation techniques such as grounding. The True Nature of Tarot is packed with useful information that evidences the author’s deep understanding of tarot derived from a decades-long practice. This is a book that belongs on any reader’s or seeker’s shelf.

The Gothic Wanderer: From Transgression to Redemption; Gothic Literature from 1794 - present

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The Gothic Wanderer Rises Eternal in Popular Literature

From the horrors of sixteenth century Italian castles to twenty-first century plagues,
from the French Revolution to the liberation of Libya, Tyler R. Tichelaar takes readers
on far more than a journey through literary history. The Gothic Wanderer is an
exploration of man's deepest fears, his efforts to rise above them for the last two
centuries, and how he may be on the brink finally of succeeding.

Tichelaar examines the figure of the Gothic wanderer in such well-known Gothic
novels as The Mysteries of Udolpho, Frankenstein, and Dracula, as well as lesser
known works like Fanny Burney's The Wanderer, Mary Shelley's The Last Man, and
Edward Bulwer-Lytton's Zanoni. He also finds surprising Gothic elements in classics
like Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities and Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes. From
Matthew Lewis' The Monk to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, Tichelaar explores a literary
tradition whose characters reflect our greatest fears and deepest hopes. Readers will
find here the revelation that not only are we all Gothic wanderers--but we are so
only by our own choosing.

Acclaim for The Gothic Wanderer

" The Gothic Wanderer shows us the importance of its title figure in helping us to
see our own imperfections and our own sometimes contradictory yearnings to be
both unique and yet a part of a society. The reader is in for an insightful treat."

--Diana DeLuca, Ph.D. and author of Extraordinary Things

"Make no mistake about it, The Gothic Wanderer is an important, well researched
and comprehensive treatise on some of the world's finest literature."

--Michael Willey, author of Ojisan Zanoni

About the Author

Tyler R. Tichelaar holds a Ph.D. in Literature from Western Michigan University. He has lectured on
writing and literature at Clemson University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of London.
Tichelaar is the author of numerous historical novels, including The Marquette Trilogy
(composed of Iron Pioneers, The Queen City, and Superior Heritage) the award-winning Narrow Lives,
and Spirit of the North: a paranormal romance. His other scholarly works include King Arthur's Children:
a Study in Fiction and Tradition

Foreword by Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Ph.D.

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From Modern History Press

Literary Criticism : Gothing & Romance

Literary Criticism : European - General

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