Author: Christine Jette
Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publication date: July 2001
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Tarot for the Healing Heart is a guide to using the Tarot as a tool in a holistic healing process. The author is a registered nurse and professional tarot reader who wrote this book out of a frustration with the stress on mechanical process of healing in medicine that often ignores the emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of patients. Jette seems to feel that while poking, prodding, and injecting patients often helps cure the physical issues of disease, it ignores the other non-physical effects of illness -- especially when the illness is treatable but chronic/incurable.
While this book makes no miracle cure claims, it does teach many methods one can use with the tarot to supplement normal medical care to help with the emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects of illness that the harried medical profession seldom has time to deal with. Most of Jette's techniques only require a tarot deck, some time, and an open mind.
The first half of Tarot for a Healing Heart contains activities and exercises for using the tarot as part of the healing process. Jette gives ten original Tarot layouts designed specifically to provide information to help the healing process. She also discusses tarot mediation, using the tarot to contact healing guides, using the tarot to help deal with chronic pain, and more.
The second half of the book discusses each individual tarot card with an eye toward healing. Jette lists life lessons, life wisdom, and questions to think about for each card. "Actions to support the healing process" are also given for every card in the deck. The cards are not described nor are pictures given, so those new to the Tarot may need another Tarot book to help orient them to the cards. On the other hand, this lack of card image descriptions makes it easier to use this book with any deck of Tarot cards.
If you are looking for a book that provides miracle cures for diseases beyond the help of medical science or for a book that replaces medical science, this is not the book for you. However, if you are comfortable with the Tarot and would like to learn ways to use the Tarot as part of a holistic healing process, this book certainly deserves your consideration. I think it would be particularly useful for people with chronic, stress-related illnesses.
Reviewed by Randall
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