William Lammey - Karmic Tarot (copyrighted book, review only)
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This is a book for anyone who wants to understand and read the Tarot, whether just beginning or continuing a life-long love affair with the cards. For reasons that you will soon see, I titled this book Karmic Tarot and named the spread around which it revolves the"Karmic Spread." Everything that happens in daily life is part of the unfolding of your divine purpose. The more you can grasp the essence of that purpose, the more harmonious that unfolding will be. This book introduces what I have called Karmic Tarot, a way o... More >>>
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This is a book for anyone who wants to understand and read the Tarot, whether just beginning or continuing a life-long love affair with the cards. For reasons that you will soon see, I titled this book Karmic Tarot and named the spread around which it revolves the
Everything that happens in daily life is part of the unfolding of your divine purpose. The more you can grasp the essence of that purpose, the more harmonious that unfolding will be. This book introduces what I have called Karmic Tarot, a way of discerning your life purpose, at once both chosen and divine. But it is also highly useful in your day-to-day affairs. You can gather rich information about specific issues and time factors affecting your current situation. A Tarot reading with the Karmic Spread is not only diagnostic but prescriptive. You are getting answers to the questions you are asking in your heart. To be rich in meaning and valid in its insights, a reading must be both passive and active passive in the emotional and spiritual planes in order to listen and receive information, and active in the physical and mental planes in order to validate and interpret all messages.
Karmic Tarot explains the underlying principles and patterns at work in Tarot, rather than having you memorize what numerous others say given cards mean. It kindles knowledge hidden deep within you. When you discover the essence of the cards and their relationships in the deck, their pertinent meanings will always be there when you need them. When you read the cards, their meanings will bubble up from deep inside you with little or no effort.
The Tarot is both a rational and an intuitive system, a marvelous blend of right- and left-brain thinking. It is a logical system of archetypal symbols and structured layouts on which the intuitive right-brain can play its half of the game. This makes it an excellent tool for exercising and training the whole brain in any field of interest. The Tarot is also an excellent and friendly introduction to metaphysics, as it embodies so many of the underlying mysteries of the universe. Karmic Tarot focuses on your movement through your own universe, the evolution of your personal consciousness.
The book is organized into two parts. Part One is devoted to Principle and Part Two to Practice. You may read either part first. The novice may want to begin with Part Two, which will enable him to begin reading virtually immediately, later returning to Part One for more in-depth study. This separation makes the book an on-going reference tool for the more experienced reader as well.
William Lammey was living in Austin, Texas in the 1980's - working as an architect and functioning as the owner of a bookstore. As Lammey himself states, the quality of life in the mid-80's in Austin was not good - partially due to the crumbling oil economy, and partially due to the impact of the aids epidemic. To help cope with this, Lammey fell back on his studies in Eastern philosophy (including Zen Buddhism and Taoism) - taking them from the realm of intellectual pursuits to the realm of everyday living. We have all benefited from the system of reading that came out of his work. Lammey's aim with this work was to create a system that would enable our intuitive Soul/Spirit self to communicate with our objective Mind/Emotion/Body self. I believe that he succeeded (indeed - this is what Tarot is all about)!
One of the first things that Lammey does is give working definitions of the principles of karma and reincarnation. Reincarnation is defined as the belief that the soul never dies - that it is reborn in a series of lifetimes, which is the process of the evolution of our consciousness. Karma is defined as the belief that the soul's purpose (agenda) for any given lifetime is determined by your progress on the path of your evolving consciousness. Each lifetime is driven by the power of free will, and by the Karmic Contract that our soul made coming into it. Our challenge is to stay centered on our path.
Credit: Bonnie Cehovet (Certified Tarot Grand Master, a professional Tarot reader with over ten years experience, a Reiki Master/Teacher and a writer)