Tarot and the Journey of the Hero
This full-color, profusely illustrated book provides an insightful approach to the 22 cards of the major arcana. Drawing on Jungian psychology and his own considerable knowledge of esoterica, Banzhaf clearly shows how the major arcana of the Waite tarotdeck tell the story of the hero's journey. It is the world's oldest story, residing in our collective unconscious, as wome...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published May 28th 2000 by Weiser Books
(first published April 30th 2000)
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The book can be difficult to read, because it is a translation from German. At first I found it difficult to understand, but as I continued reading, I could come to see the value of this book for anyone who writes using the structure of the Hero's journey. In fact, by the time I finished the book, I decided that I need to study this book again, because it has so much to offer the writer in way of ideas for a characters journey. I bought the kindle version, but then I went out and got the print e...more
When I ordered this book, I scoffed a little. I thought "Oh yeah, Tarot and the Hero's Journey - we'll get some simple take on the Fool at the start and then the way the cards progress and whatever, whatever, nothing we didn't know before." (I guess this says more about me and my cynicism than anything else) But what I got was a fairly profound Jungian analysis of the journey of life. For a brief moment, I thought the book was going to turn into a reiteration of how to interpret Tarot cards - bu...more
As Banzhof explains in the introduction to this book, true psychological and spiritual maturity is less likely to be found in the teachings and rituals of an esoteric coterie than in a psychological investigation of symbols. This is *not* a guide for the use of Tarot cards as divination but is instead an excellent foundation for a Jungian model of psychological development symbolized and illustrated in this case by the cards of the Major Arcana. Use this book as a guide to metaphor and imaginati...more
This book contained some very insightful information about archaic symbolism in Tarot, however it was written poorly. I discovered the author is a native German so I decided to cut him some slack. Rather dry reading for the average dilettante though...reads a lot like a textbook.