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Tarot and Psychology: Spectrums of Possibility

Tarot and Psychology: Spectrums of Possibility
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Index , Notes , Appendix , Illustrations
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“In this outstanding, groundbreaking work, Art Rosengarten, a licensed clinical psychologist, sets the stage for a new integration of psychology and Tarot.... Cutting across methodologies, theories, and statistics, Tarot emphasizes the “heartbeat of experience”...Rosengarten does an excellent job of defining terms and explaining techniques so that they make sense to the lay reader. He also uses exciting real-life examples and stories to make his methods crystal clear and demonstrate their practicality.... This book is truly innovative and exciting, by a therapist and tarot reader possessing a compassionate and poetic soul that radiates through each word he writes.”–Mary K. Greer, TAROT Newsletter, Summer 2000

Based on solid training and research
“This is a book that challenges the thinking of both practicing clinical psychologist and practicing Tarot readers...this work is based on solid clinical training and the author’s own extensive research and practical clinical experience. The author has developed a Spectrum of Possibility for each card in the Tarot deck. These spectra are not the cut and dried “card meanings”...but rich shades of psychological meaning...the author explains the Jungian Theory of Synchronicity, that is, the notion of acausality. This is the most lucid and uncomplicated exposition of this important and oft misunderstood subject. This is a “must read” for clinicians who are looking for new approaches to old problems and for Tarotists looking for a work with more depth and meaning than yet another description of the archetypal images of the Major Arcana.”–Linda Gail Walters, Student of Tarot, San Diego, CA

Wonderful support for the power of Tarot
“This book is a wonderful support document for the power of Tarot as a counseling tool. Mr. Rosengarten writes in a very clear and casual style which makes complex concepts understand-able to the lay person. This book is a valuable companion to the core books.... Somewhat technical at times, the author’s “every-day” references and context clarify within the body of the work, making frequent trips to a dictionary unnecessary. There were a few sections that were theoretically over my head, but their content was not necessary to follow these document to it’s logical conclusion. Bravo!”–Errol McLendon, Taroist, Chicago, IL

Does not diminish art or science
“Rosengarten’s remarkable work spans the abyss that yawns between psychology and mysticism, and does so without diminishment to art or science.”–Lon Milo DuQuette, Author of Tarot Of Ceremonial Magick

“Were I still in practice, I would test for myself the integration of Tarot (and other mantic methods) into analysis, something this book has given me courage to attempt.”–James A. Hall, MD, Author of Jungian Dream Interpretation

What??? A Clinical Psychologist Espousing Tarot Cards? Dr. Arthur Rosengarten, in Tarot and Psychology: Spectrums of Possibility, does just that. He explains Tarot to those who may want to learn to use it properly for the greatest good–individuals who desire greater spirituality in their lives, including the benefits of psychological insight and depth, without the baggage of affiliation that invariably accompanies any single set of beliefs. Tarot, they will soon find, operates on many levels of profound meaning from a purely non-affiliated platform in the truest sense. Tarot makes accessible to awareness a full spectrum of psychological and spiritual possibility with little preference for its user’s qualifications or beliefs. Rather magically, one might say, Tarot captures the heartbeat of experience. This fact alone should make the deck of human possibility immediately relevant to helping professionals who deal with the heartbeats of experience daily.

The use of Tarot as an oracle for creating awareness and gaining insight into particular symptoms, problems or questions–i.e. Tarot divination–is often mentioned as an afterthought, alongside other meditational exercises and alternative spread configurations. Yet today, the vast majority of individuals who have discovered the wonders and mysteries of Tarot have done so through experiences of divination. Card reading, without a doubt, is Tarot’s most beguiling and potentially beneficial enterprise. Why dance around the magic?

For Tarot to continue to evolve into the 21st century (and beyond) it must have a stronger application emphasis, that is, it must be relevant, accessible, and meaningful to the changing contours of people’s lives. It must resonate with all who seek greater meaning, creativity, and awareness, not simply with small segments of the waning New Age.

Tarot and Psychology provides an innovative new approach for understanding the psychological and spiritual possibilities of human experience.

Listen to an interview with Dr. Rosengarten here:


List of Charts and Illustrations
Foreword by Lon Milo DuQuette
Foreward by James A. Hall

PART ONE The Tarot of Psychology
Chapter I The Deck of Possibility
Chapter II Healing Contexts: Three Vignettes
Chapter III The Tarot Method
Chapter IV Tarot And Systems of Psychotherapy

PART TWO The Psychology of Tarot
Chapter V Symbolic Dimensions
Chapter VI The Laws of Opposition
Chapter VII Universality
Chapter VIII The Fool’s Journey

PART THREE Empirical Studies
Chapter IX Synchronicity
Chapter X The Tarot Research Project
Chapter XI Case Study: The Hermit Reversed
Chapter XII Case Study: The Lady of the Knight
Chapter XIII Conclusions: When Psychology Meets Tarot
Appendix A Tarot Card Phrases
Appendix B Tarot Dialogues

DR. ARTHUR ROSENGARTEN is a licensed clinical psychologist, Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association, and a professional Tarot reader and teacher with twenty-five years of experience in both disciplines. He wrote the first accredited doctoral dissertation on Tarot divination (1985) entitled: Accessing The Unconscious: A Comparative Study of Dreams, TAT, and Tarot at the California Institute Of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He was a featured presenter at the First and Second World Tarot Congress in Chicago and was the Winner of The Consciousness Poetry Slam at Tucson III, Towards A Science Of Consciousness Conference (1997). Dr. Rosengarten is currently in private practice in Encinitas, California, teaches the Tarot Circle now in its 6th year, and leads Continuing Education Workshops on Symbols and Synchronicity For Psychologists and other helping professionals (Approved by The California Board of Psychology) throughout California.

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