card meanings & reading
Book by Stefan Stenudd
Tarot Unfolded presents an imaginative reading of the Tarot divination cards, and how to apply it to different card spreads and reading methods.
Tarot is the extended deck of cards used for divination, dating back to the Renaissance. It works by images, as do humans. We are creatures of imagination. Reading the Tarot cards is essentially done by processing the images in our imagination.
The authorStefan Stenudd is a Swedish author, historian of ideas, artist, and a long-time instructor in the peaceful martial art aikido. He has published a number of books in Swedish as well as English, both fiction and non-fiction.
Among the latter is an interpretation of the Chinese classic Tao Te Ching and the Japanese samurai classic Go Rin no Sho (Book of Five Rings) by Miyamoto Musashi. His novels explore existential subjects from Stone Age drama to science fiction, but lately stay more and more focused on the present. He has also written some plays for the stage and the screen. In the history of ideas he studies the thought patterns of creation myths, as well as Aristotle's Poetics.
He is also the writer of all the material on this website.
ContentsHere is the book's table of contents:
Preface of the BookI was introduced to the Tarot cards in my early twenties, by a friend who was quite learned about all kinds of divination methods. It was love at first sight. The charming illustrations on each of the cards, full of symbolism and intriguing mystery, were a feast for my eyes and got my imagination roaming behind them.
The Tarot works by images, as do we humans to a great extent. Words make us wonder, numbers puzzle us, but images make immediate impressions on our minds, at lightning speed. They dance with our dreams, play with our memories, and blend with our perception of the world we live in. We are creatures of imagination. As the word suggests, thatís mainly done by images, swirling in our minds.
So, reading the Tarot cards is processing the images in our imagination. We get it to the extent we allow ourselves to think in pictures, and that comes naturally to us all.
Thatís why I dared to choose the ambiguous subtitle for this book. ďImaginative readingĒ suggests mere fantasy. Maybe so. Lots of people would claim thatís all it is. But fantasy is no trifle. Itís how we relate to the world and its many enigmas. It gives us ideas by which we are able to discover the secrets of the universe. It unfolds reality.
I canít think of any other human capacity that takes us farther than fantasy has done through the past thousands of years, and continues to do. Itís the fuel of creativity, and what surpasses the ability to create?
Therefore, whether we put trust in the divinations or not, reading the Tarot cards through our imagination inspires us to reconsider what we are, where we are, and the constantly elusive answer to the question why. Perhaps the wondrous way our mind relates to what is called reality will present some dazzling revelations along the way Ė or at the very least some thought provoking surprises.
Although Iíve played with the Tarot on numerous occasions through the years, I never thought of writing a book about it. Going from pictures to letters seems like retreating. But then it hit me that this was exactly what I felt like talking about: Reading the Tarot is taking in the images and letting them show themselves, unbound by words and reason. Our imagination will do the rest, and the result has its very own profundity. A picture is worth a thousand words.
So, in the following I will try to tickle the imagination of the reader into going on the spiritual quest induced by imagery. See the Tarot pictures come alive and make other pictures emerge from your mind to meet and transform them. Itís like going to the movies. Itís what we do.
If you havenít indulged in it before, you may find that the world will never look the same again.
How to get the bookIf you want to buy the book, you can do so at most international web based bookstores, such as Amazon and the like. Here are links to the book on Amazon US and Amazon UK. Use the latter if you are European - then you get the book cheaper and quicker. Otherwise, you may want to buy it at Amazon US.