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By William Lammey
I just got this book from the library (this is the third edition) but haven't had a chance to look at it yet. Looks like it is past-lives centered, from the blurb.
I'm not sure this is a direction I really want to go, but it does kind of look interesting. Is anyone familiar with this author, or book? What do you think?
No, Sorry I've not heard of it - however I have touched a little (and I mean a little) on karmic astrology and would be interested to see how the Tarot can be used for karmic readings
I have it, but did not really work with it that much yet. It is quite a piece of information to go through and digest... :D
Like you, I wasn't sure if this was really the direction I want(ed) to go, but it was int he course of discovering more about past life readings. As far as I understood the book, I personally think it too limiting to say that one reading will cover the messages and lessons and mistakes of your entire lifetime as I believe that knowing about those pitfalls or "goals" you can alter something! Therefore, if I am going to do such a reading, I would evaluate it more from the current point of view what you need to know as an advice to avoid possible pitfalls.
All in all, I think it is very informative but lots and lots of information. Unfortuantely, I haven't read the whole book yet, but started within the middle and than jumped back to the beginning. I take it slow with this book, and read piece by piece, so to say. :)
Just wondering if anyone has had more to do with this book since this thread was originally posted? See, I accidentally tripped over it in Amsterdam, and it is now in my bookshelf - I really don't know how it happened... :D
I have a few times tried to do Karmic Readings, but felt like I didn't have the first clue what I was doing, so I thought this might be a good way to get some focus and direction when doing readings like that... Maybe. It does look kind of complicated though - I mean it's a thick book on just ONE spread...!!
So - anyone got any comforting and reassuring words of praise for this book?
I've just read through this book, and now I'm going back over it slowly.
It doesn't actually deal with past lives at all. The Karmic Spread it describes covers one's whole life from the vantage of the present -- i.e., the middle of the spread is the present, with either side stretching back to your birth and childhood and forward to the fulfillment of your "karmic contract." You can use the spread for a general life reading, or you can also use it for more specific guidance on a specific issue by concentrating on the cards at and near the present (middle). The columns of cards refer to seven stages of life, but the spread can also be used with the columns referring to seven years, seven months, or seven days, thus further narrowing the time covered.
What I find *really* interesting about it is that the spread positions are based on the Majors placed in order. So spread position 1 is governed by the Magician, position 2 by the High Priestess, etc. The spread itself is a grid, with the seven stages of life (Birth, Childhood, Recent Past, Present, etc.) along the top, and the Four Planes (Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual) running up the side. So each card position is a combination of the two (so card position 1 is Birth/Physical, position 2 is Birth/Emotional). Now, this grid determines the meanings of both the card positions and the Majors themselves. So card position 1 is Birth/Physical, and the Magician is also interpreted as Birth/Physical, and the whole interpretation of the Magician stems from that meaning derived from the grid.
When you do a layout, you use the entire deck, so you may get, for example, the 2 of Wands on the first position, so it would be governed by the Magician.
It seems from my describing it that the meanings of the Majors are being forced into a straitjacket, but actually most of the meanings do actually make sense this way. The author is an architect, and he's done a rather good job in creating such a structured pattern to explain the Majors. It's really very interesting how he's done it.
For the Minors, he relies on a number plus suit method. But he adds a twist -- each number is assigned one of those Four Planes, which are elemental in derivation. So, all the 1's are Physical, 2's are Emotional, 3's are Mental, 4's are Spiritual, 5's are Mental, 6's are Emotional, 7's are Physical, 8's are Emotional, 9's are Mental, and 10's are Spiritual. So, the 7 of Wands would be Physical/Spiritual. The possibilities are expanded from a standard number plus suit method, which I find to be somewhat dry, so this method is perfect for me. The illustrations on the Minors (he uses the R-W-S deck) do show a facet of the cards' meanings, but the meanings usually go beyond the picture, and you could easily use the method with non-illustrated decks like the Marseilles.
For those who would like a structured pattern to deal with, this system is wonderful. If you don't like these kinds of patterns, you may not like it. I find it very intriguing and I'll continue to study it for a while and see how it goes.
-- Lee :)
I found this book, Karmic Tarot by William Lammey, on Amazon..It looks really interesting.. I was just wondering if anyone here owns it and could tell me a bit more about it...
Here's a link to the book at amazon:
Thank you :D
-- Lee :)
Thank you so much, Lee. Your explanation in that other post was exactly what I was looking for...
Moderators, feel free to combine the threads.. or close this one, if you would like..