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can't say any more than has already been said!!!

**darting around to find a notebook**

I talk too little for your liking, but you talk too much for mine.
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Old 09-01-2003     Top   #11
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Why not use the computer for journaling.........??????????

My LIFE is in the computer (and yes, I backup everything every day).

Anyway, I don't think I could hand write anymore even if my life depended on it......

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Old 09-01-2003     Top   #12
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Bravo!!!! Umbrae where were you when I started out? *LOL* I remember how overwhelmed I would get sometimes with the books ... and trying so hard to memorize those meanings. One day I just tired and I bought a notebook and put up all my books and did exactly what you said ... that is when I learned to love tarot. I cannot imagine living without my notebook(s) and pencil.

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I'm bumping this very important thread -

It's a must for all levels - I think
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Old 23-04-2004     Top   #14
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Hi Umbrae,

I've just stumbled across this/these threads from another one I was following.

Thank you for giving me another viewpoint. One which is helping me make more sense of my journey. I am a complete beginner, trying to reach my intuition, which upbringing has blocked off. I know that if I become wedded to the LWB I shall never be able to sever the cord!

In this thread you recommend reading 'A Wicked Pack of Cards'. I've looked on Amazon ( and there are several books with the same title. Please can you tell me who the author is?
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Originally Posted by Khatruman
In any case, I wish you were there 16 years ago, when I felt a pull towards Tarot, bought a book called The Tarot Workbook by Emily Peach, and read the first few pages which required me to memorize correlations to the planets, astrology, kabbalah, et al, ad nausuem, before I even looked at the cards!!!!
I felt that way about Connolly book "tarot - a new handbook for the Apprentice" which a friend gave to me years after I had gottenn into tarot. She found it under her bed where it had been for years. As I read this book which follows similar lines - that you must know ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING ABOUT A CARD BEFORE YOU EVEN TOUCH THEM (?????) - I was struck by the concept of how boring they were making Tarot for the apprentice. Looking at the notes my freind made in the margins, it took her a lot of time to start (and give up, finally) on this book. I calculate that a VERY interested person would be studying for at least four months before they ever touch the cards ... NO way, Jose!
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Originally Posted by Red Kite
Hi Umbrae,

In this thread you recommend reading 'A Wicked Pack of Cards'. I've looked on Amazon ( and there are several books with the same title. Please can you tell me who the author is?
A Wicked Pack of Cards: The Origins of the Occult Tarot


Ronald Decker, Theirry DePaulis and Michael Dummett

St. Martin's Press.

I got mine from Amazon. com


Also by Decker and Dummett

A History of the Occult Tarot

For those who believe, no proof is necessary.

For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.

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Wow Umbrae, that was fantastic. You’re a really engaging writer. Thank you for all that advice. I know you said spiral notebook but I really like the pretty journals…. so I went out and got one and I’m stealing a pencil from work. Oops I mean borrowing

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” -Lao Tzu
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I have two black sprial notebooks, now I know what they are for

Thank you Umbrae for a truly inspiring introduction to the tarot.


“Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice.”
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Wow Umbrae, that was fantastic. You’re a really engaging writer.
Why don't you ask Umbrae if he won't PUBLISH A BOOK!!!!!!!

Maybe he'll listen to you. He doesn't listen to me.
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