Bring a Peace-Filled, Compassionate Practice to the 78 Cards
Author: Lisa Freinkel Tishman, PhD
In “Mindful Tarot” Tishman combines the modalities of mindfulness, meditation, and the Tarot archetypes to assist the reader in actively placing compassion into their lives. The focus is on developing skills on three levels: (1) mindful awareness of yourself and your querant, (2) a deeper relationship with your cards, and (3) a transformed understanding of the Tarot system.
In her preface, Tishman talks about living in the present with joy and generosity. She defines a complete Tarot practice as about learning to live a more abundant and joyful life, in addition to deepening the readers connection to the 78 Archetypes of the Tarot.
The first several chapters of this book help the reader to define mindfulness in the present moment, and that the present moment is all there is. (Very Eckhart Tolle.) It is best to treat these chapters as what they are – rather a stream of consciousness writing, and one that wanders and rambles at times. One good take from this is that in mindful Tarot nothing is hidden, and nothing is broken.
Throughout the book Tishman has included her own life experiences, examples of Tarot spreads (such as the Wheel of Life and the Chariot), and exercises to help the reader put the information presented ot work in their lives.
Tishman associates the four suits with what she terms as “abodes”. Wands are the abode of compassion, Cups are the abode of Cheer, Swords are the abode of calm, and Pentacles are the abode of Care.
In Part Two each of the 78 cards of the Tarot is presented with a black and white scan, the energy of the card, and a short explanation. For example, The Fool carries the energy of Beginner’s Mind, with the thought that when it appears in a reading, the reader is being asked to lean into the present of the present moment. I found it interesting that Tishman refers to The Fool as “she”.
While the concept of mindfulness and the Tarot lends itself to endless possibilities, I found it to be a bit sketchy to put together from this book. I found the book interesting, but what I would say is that the reader is best served by taking away what works for them and leaving the rest behind. It also comes to mind that revisiting this work from time to time will bring the reader fresh insight.
© September 2020 Bonnie Cehovet
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September 16, 2020 at 2:30 pm
Thank you for the (sic) mindful review! Oh my… Lately almost every Tarot book is published by an author with s phd, which is close to irrelevant to Tarot, and especially for mimdfulness… Of course, mindfulness is the celeb spirituality of the day, so yeah, let’s put all of it together. The Fool as she? Did the Dr ask The Fool about their pronouns? Which spread did they use? ( Sorry for my being mean.)))
September 16, 2020 at 3:15 pm
I only bought the book because people were saying good things about it. It has potential but doesn’t exactly reach said potential. Ruth – you are not being mean. You are the Queen of witty repartee!