Tarot, Rituals, & You
Copyright 2013 Bonnie Cehovet
Publisher/Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
“Ritual allows us to structure our lives in the fashion that we wish, so that we can make best use of our time, and manifest the lives that we wish.” ~Bonnie Cehovet
“The Power of Tarot Combined with the Power of Ritual”
Author Bonnie Cehovet begins by giving an explanation and examples of what ritual is, what it means to her, and how we use it everyday, even though we may not realize it.
The first three chapters cover topics such as:
- defining ritual,
- instruction and ideas on how to clear and store your tarot cards
- ways to establish a relationship with your deck
- establishing your reading environment
- preparing your deck for a reading
- ideas on how you can give “added value” to a session
- the importance of taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and psychic-ly
Chapter 4 discusses using Tarot and Ritual for Personal Growth and Cehovet gives several examples of how you might accomplish this.
“I see the Tarot as a wonderful tool for personal empowerment and personal growth. What we need to know to lead a balanced, empowered life is not to be found outside of ourselves: it is to be found within.” ~BC
Chapter 5 delves into Tarot and Ritual for Spiritual Growth through practices of meditation, journeying, shadow work, and working with the Tree of Life. Included in this chapter is a listing of the 22 Major Arcana and Shadow aspects for each. For instance, shadow aspects for the Star include loss of hope, lack of self-esteem, denying reality, inability to acknowledge and work with your own skills and abilities. This listing is further discussed with guidelines in working with a specific ‘shadow’.
Chapter 6 is titled “Honoring the Moon Cycles Through Ritual”. Cehovet lists each New and Full moon and their characteristics to aid you in your moon ritual.
“Working with the New Moon and Full Moon allows us to work directly with the cycles of life, and experience them in a very personal way. We set our intent with the New Moon, and release energies that no longer support us with the full Moon.” ~BC
Chapter 7 covers “Tarot, Ritual, and the Seasons”. Included in this chapter is a table of the four seasons with questions for each and the correlation between the seasons and the four Aces.
Chapter 8 covers the process and reason behind “Entering the Cards”. Cehovet describes the process as (somewhat) part visualization, meditation, and journey. There is a detailed section on entering the Major Arcana listing a theme and questions to be asked. Themes and questions are listed for the Minor Arcana and Court cards, with a section of the symbols (and what they represent) found in the Major Arcana.
Chapter 9 is all about the Archetypes and the role of Ritual. In this chapter Cehovet uses a template she calls the 3×7 theory. Through integrating the energy of the archetypes into our life, we become whole. Each Archetype has a detailed description and discussion with which to work.
Chapter 10 covers “Tarot and Ritual in Daily Life” and ways in which a daily ritual can enhance your day to day life.
Tarot, Rituals, & You is 96 pages that includes 9 Appendix and is chocked full of easy to use and understand information, instruction, and practical approaches in using Tarot as a ritual tool. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Tarot and taking your personal and spiritual growth experience to the next level.