am 17. Dezember 1998
Originally published by the Aquarian Press in two volumes (Major Arcana-1980 and Minor Arcana-1983), this work is a must have for all serious tarot practitioners. Pollack does a superb job explaining the meaning of individual cards in the context of the Golden Dawn and Aleister Crowley's influence during the 1800's.
For those of us who try to understand the tarot from a pre-Golden Dawn perspective, this book is a valuable resource in that it helps the reader to distinguish between the older meanings and the newer movements led by such notable men as Arthur Waite and Aleister Crowley. Pollack also discusses the feminine influence upon the artistic interpretation of the cards, as both the Waiter-Rider and the Thoth (Crowley) decks were designed by women artists. Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom is a fascinating journey through the history and culture of the tarot, one I would place next to my most valued magickal history texts.
am 23. Juni 2000
I have been studying the Tarot about two years know. This book was one of the first ones I purchased. My interest in the Tarot is to understand it for myself rather than to give readings (though I am starting to read for myself). If you are looking for intellectual depth and thought as you approach the Rider-Waite deck, this is the book for you. I echo another reviewer in that I have never highlighted, cross-referenced and generally marked up a book as I have this one. This is not a casual read! It's a book to be taken very seriously. If you don't immediately get that she is writing from very deep and spiritual place, then I suggest the book it not for you. Check out her encyclopedia as well if you just want to wallow in beautiful graphics. It's a great way to get exposure to many many decks. Thank you, Rachel, for your wonderful masterpiece!
am 10. Februar 2000
I've read dozens of tarot books over the years, and if I had to toss them all away except two or three, this book would clearly be one of the keepers. Pollack writes clearly and outlines both her own philosophy and the philosophy of others. Her outlook is broad rather than limited to formulaic "meanings". Most important in my mind is that she can explain why multiple interpretations are not contradictions. It may sound corney to say, but this book stirred up my mind as much as an examination of the cards. This book is a cup of coffee for your spiritual/mythological mind. Ms Pollack, Thanks!
am 19. November 1999
May not be the best book for beginners, unless used in conjunction with books for tarot newbies. I find this book gives a depth and thoughtfulness that many "mass market" tarot books do not. Pollack really knows her tarot. I like her analysis of each card, with the specific briefer divinatory meanings for both upright and reversed positions.
I use several books when analyzing a reading, and this is one of the first I use when I want a complete story of a card. Highly highly recommended for any serious tarot student. Best buy!
am 23. April 1998
This was one of the most useful books I've read regarding the subject of divination and Tarot. It takes the classical Rider/Waite deck and analyses it from a pictoral, historical, and a qabbalistic point of view. The progression of 'the tree of life' along the major arcana was incredibly useful to me.