Theater of Karma

Theater of Karma –
A Novel of Tarot, Mystery, The Occult, and Romance

Author: Kooch Daniels
Tarot Media Company
2011
ISBN #9780983302469

Kooch Daniels, author of “The Art and Magic of Palmistry”, and co-author of “Tarot D’Amour” and “Matrix Meditations” (with her husband, Richard), has ventured into new territory in “Theater of Karma”. A novel of fiction, her intention is to move Tarot out of the realm of academia and into the realm of potential reality.

The twenty-two chapters in this book represent the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana, their keywords and themes. The characters in the story, and their issues, reflect the world of a Tarot reader, and what that reader might be dealing with on any given day. While the Tarot is a spiritual journey, that journey takes place in the physical world, the world of reality.

From the outset, this is a story founded in sex, drugs, rock and roll! While set in current times (Jerry, the character that represents the Fool and the one taking the journey, works in the computer industry), what is happening, and how it happens, is very 60’s Haight-Ashbury. This is going to make it difficult for many readers to connect with the story, and the message. If the reader is willing to step outside their comfort zone, they will find that there is a story here, with a message. Archetypal energies are taken from the world of mythos into the physical world, which allows them to be viewed from a new perspective.

The connection between the chapters is sometimes a little loose, as is the connection between the characters. But the story itself is an interesting one, touching on love in its many forms, demonic possession, astral travel, ritual circles, psychic ability, spirits and more.

Each chapter carries the name of a Tarot card, as well as a chapter title that relates to the theme of the card. For instance, Chapter One, The Magician, is entitled “Hermes, Be Our Guide”, while Chapter Ten, the Wheel of Fortune, is entitled “The Mandala of Karma”. Within each chapter the theme of the card is worked out through whatever is happening in the character’s lives.

I would like to have seen this material presented in what to me would be a more realistic fashion – i.e. less Haight-Ashbury – but I do feel that if the reader simply allows time to be suspended for a moment, they will enjoy this book, and get something from it. It is, after all, fiction in the real world!

© March 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

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4 comments on “Theater of Karma

  1. That would be an interesting read, Bonnie! Love your reviews – very objective, pointing out both strong and not so strong sides of the work, bravo! It’s obvious that the review comes from both a Tarot Gran Master and an author too – because otherwise its impossible to have a realistic assessment of a book of the kind! Thank you!

  2. Lena –

    Thank you for understanding! I think some people do not/will not.

    Blessings,
    Bonnie

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  4. […] The next story takes place in modern times – “Theater of Karma”, by Kooch Daniels. It carries the same qualities of Tarot, mystery, the esoteric, and romance, but in a very different format. The intent of this book was to move the Tarot out from under academia and bring it into the real world. Daniels succeeded! The twenty-two chapters in this book represent the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana, their keywords and themes. The characters in the story, and their issues, reflect the world of a Tarot reader, and what that reader might be dealing with on any given day. While the Tarot is a spiritual journey, that journey takes place in the physical world, the world of reality. My review of “Theater of Karma” can be found here. […]

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