Out & About – 2/21/11

Bonnie is out and about! She did a show yesterday on the Tarot Guild’s Tarot Today blog talk radio program. Under discussion – theme Tarot decks. The show can be seen in the Tarot Today archives here – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/tarottoday/2011/02/20/bonnie-cehovet–themed-decks-1.

My friend Mary Nale gave me the heads up to the Ten Best Decks of all time link on Aeclectic Tarot – http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/topten.shtml#alltime.  Mary is communications director for the Tarot Guild (http://www.tarotguild.com/), and she posts marvelous links on a daily basis to the Tarot-Blog-Go-Round discussion group that she started on the Tarot Guild.

Membership to the Tarot Guild is free – unless you choose premium membership, which has many extras included with it, including classes. Check us out – we are a combination of fun, teaching, and learning. Often all at the same time! http://www.tarotguild.com/

I am going to do a blatant promo here for my book of Tarot reviews – this is a compilation of my older reviews, almost all of which are available on Aeclectic Tarot. The benefit to the book is that all the reviews are in one place, broken down by theme. The book is available in print and e-book format.  http://www.bonniecehovet.com/?page_id=45

Helen Howell and Zanna Starr co-author a marvelous Tarot blog called Tarot Notes: Major and Minor ( http://tarotnotes-majorandminor.blogspot.com/). Both ladies are gifted Tarotists, gifted writers, and share a sense of imagination and humor! Quite the blog!

Card for this week, from Emily Carding’s “Tarot of the Sidhe”- the Maker Three (Three of Pentacles) -Labour’s Fruit. Great card for this very busy week!



(c) February 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Around The Tarot World – 2/15/11

What a great start to this week! My efforts are paying off on my new project – much to my amazement! In the mail – my latest order from Mondazzi (including Joan Bunning’s “Learning Tarot Spreads”) – purrs to Buddy! And some lovely cards from Roxi Sim – a large note card of the Emperor, post cards of the Ace of Cups, along with two gorgeous Caribbean themed cards, and a magnet with the High Priestess on it! Roxi – many thanks! You can connect with Roxi through these links: http://www.tarotguild.com/group/roxisim, http://www.tarotprofessionals.com
, http://www.tarotprofessionals.com/pearls

Blatant self promotion: Take My Hand – The Hermit

From Anna Burroughs Cook – What Falls To The Floor Comes To The Door!

From Jordan Hoggard – Video – Exploring The Potential of The Aces.

Incredible book available for pre-order from the ATS – check out Emily E. Auger (editor) – “Tarot In Culture” – –http://association.tarotstudies.org/tarotinculture.html.

“Southern Tarot Symposium” – Meeting of Australian and New Zealand Tarot lovers – http://www.tarot-art.com/news.html. Presenters include Fern Mercier, Lyn Howarth-Olds, Jean-Michel David, Annie Dunlop, Danae Thorp and Franchelle Ofsoske-Wyber.

ATS 2011 Tarot convention –http://association.tarotstudies.org/2011convention.html.

(c) February 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Waving to the World of Tarot

This is one of those days when I just want to share links to other people’s work. Enjoy!

From Helen Howell we have a very innovative interview – her decks interview her! (Mr. Napo isquite the interesting gentleman!) I can just see me trying to handle this before my first cup of coffee! http://tarotnotes-majorandminor.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-tarot-deck-interviews-me.html.

For those that enjoy light mysteries, one of my favorite authors, Father Jack Frerker, now has all of his books on Kindle. Go to www.paxpublications.com to both see and hear selections from Father Frerker’s books.

The Royal Mail (or perhaps the U.S. Postal Service, or both in cahoots!) finally delivered the copy of “Tarot Lovers Diary” (Karyn Easton, www.paranormality.com) that was sent last December. (Remember – I have already received the second copy that was sent! My review is here – https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/tarot-lovers-diary/.) Please note: Karyn is sold out for this year, but will be publishing again next year. I am sending my extra copy to Mary Nale – a delightful lady that I met through the Tarot Guild, and someone who has been very helpful to me.

My interview with Robert Swiryn (The Secret of the Tarot) can be seen here – https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/interview-with-robert-swiryn/.

My review of ”Tarot of the Sidhe” can be seen here – https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/tarot-of-the-sidhe/.

Paul Hughes-Barlow has accepted the position as Tarot editor for “All Things Healing”. Read about him here, and see one of Jordan Hoggard’s incredible videos!

See Part 1 of my friend Anna Burroughs Cook’s article on cards that fall out as we shuffle here – http://www.allthingshealing.com/Tarot/What-Falls-To-The-Floor-Comes-To-The-Door-Interpreting-Fallen-Cards-Part-1/7076. See Part 2 of this incredible article here – http://www.allthingshealing.com/Chiropractic-Applied-physiology/What-Falls-To-The-Floor-Comes-To-The-Door–Interpreting-Fallen-Cards-Part-2/7083.

Tooting my own horn a bit, here is my article on the Hermit, from the “Gaian Tarot” –http://www.allthingshealing.com/Chiropractic-Applied-physiology/Take-My-Hand–The-Hermit-/7086 “Take My Hand” The Hermit (Gaian Tarot www.gaiantarot.com).

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

© February 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Miscellaneous Tuesday

If you are reading this, you more than likely frequent the world of Tarot. That world is a big world -a world that has many diverse side roads. For many of us, one of those side roads is writing. For me it is writing and music – I always have my music in the background. Different music, depending on my mood, and what I am writing. Heavily into Soul, R&B and Jazz. One ofmy favorite sites to listen to music is Soul Interviews, which features incredible shows on Solar Radio, as wells as interviews of prominent and up-and-coming artists. Feeds my soul, and allows my creative self to run amok a bit!

Speaking of creativity run amok – please be sure and check out Jordan Hoggard’s “Tarot in the Land of Mystereum”. My review can be seen here https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/tarotin-the-landof-mystereum/. Jordan’s interview with Donnaleigh can be heard here –http://www.blogtalkradio.com/beyondworlds/2010/12/12/jordan-hoggard.

Continuing on unabated, I will be blogging once a month for the next year on Birth Cards. My first blog-the Wheel of Fortune/Magician, can be seen here https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/tarot-birth-cards-wheel-of-fortunemagician/.

My friend Anna Burroughs Cook has opened a group for her unique book “Tarot Dynamics” on Face Book.Please join us there – Tarot Dynamics.

Happy Tuesday to all!

(c) February 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Just Discovered Animoto!

Thanks to Mary Nale and Anna Burroughs Cook, I just discovered a wonderful marketing tool from Animoto – videos that I can actually do!  The template is easy to work with, including three elements – images, text and music. You put these three elements in, hit the go button, and the software makes t he video for you! You can also goback and edit – which I had to do a couple of times with mine before I discovered how to mix the images and text together. Next project -figure out how to move mp3’s from my hard drive to the Animoto site! The directions are simple – but my laptop will not cooperate!  😉  

What this post is really all about is Anna’s video. This was her first attempt, and one that I found worked really, really well!   It is all about her book, “Tarot Dynamics”, and the reading techniques that the book promotes (can we say “intuition”!). Here is he link to her video – please watch it, and let her know what you think! http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=148988455151320

(c) December 2010 Bonnie Cehovet

Who’s Who At The Readers Studio – Part 1

This is the first in a series of blogs introducing individuals who will be attending the 2011 Readers Studio in NYC. Many thanks to Ruth Ann and Wald for agreeing to place their information here, and for coming up with the blog title! Sometimes I just really get lucky! Enjoy!

Ruth Ann & Wald Amberstone are co-founders of The Tarot School. Together they teach, write and publish about Tarot on all levels from divination to psychology to esotericism and magical practice. They are perpetual pioneers of new Tarot techniques and remain lifelong Tarot students. Between them, Ruth Ann and Wald have amassed more than 80 years of experience as Tarot practitioners. Ruth Ann began her career as a reader in 1974, and Wald picked up his first Tarot deck and began his Tarot studies in 1959. They were each awarded the honorary rank of Certified Tarot Grandmaster in 1998.

More than a thousand students have taken live classes at The Tarot School since it opened its doors in 1995. Hundreds more from around the country have participated in Tarot Telecourses (an innovative program of classes given on the telephone), and students from all over the world have purchased recordings from The Tarot School Audio Course Series and study The Tarot School Correspondence Course. Tarot Tips, the Tarot School’s email newsletter, has thousands of subscribers worldwide.

The Amberstones are the authors of Tarot Tips: 78 Practical Techniques to Enhance Your Tarot Reading Skills, part of Llewellyn’s “Special Topics in Tarot” series for readers and teachers. They have also contributed articles to Llewellyn’s Tarot Reader almanacs for 2005, 2006 and 2008. Their second book, The Secret Language of Tarot was published by Weiser Books (April 2008).

The New York Tarot Festival, presented in June 2002 by Ruth Ann, Wald, and the students of The Tarot School, was the first international Tarot symposium to be held on the East Coast. The Readers Studio, also produced by The Tarot School, is an annual Tarot conference providing cutting-edge practical techniques to intermediate and advanced students, professional readers, teachers and authors. The ninth annual Readers Studio is scheduled for April 29 – May 1, 2011.

Featured In: The Washington Post, “The Today Show”, “Fox and Friends”, Discovery Channel.




Bonnie Cehovet:

I have been a professional Tarot reader for the past fifteen years. I have served with the American Tarot Association (as Secretary), with the American Board For Tarot Certification (as Vice resident, Secretary and Director of Certification), and co-founded the World Tarot Network.

My articles, reviews and interviews have appeared in the World Tarot Network newsletter, the Meta Arts Magazine (http://www.themetaarts.com ), and the Aeclectic Tarot site (http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot). I am a contributor to the 2004 and 2005 editions of the Llewellyn Tarot Reader, have an e-book out compiling interviews that I did with several predominate women in the Tarot world (http://bonniecehovet.com/WomenInTarotebook.html), a book available in either print or e-book format compiling my earlier Tarot deck and book reviews (http://bonniecehovet.com/TarotInReview.html), and a print book compiling all of my Tarot interviews (http://www.amazon.com/World-Tarot-Seen-Through-Interview/dp/1452897530/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1287469698&sr=8-1).

I have a book on Tarot Birth Cards due to come out in fall 2011 from Schiffer Books, and have the outline written for my second book, which will address using the individual archetypes for personal empowerment. Last, but not least, I am taking part in NaNoWriMo this November, which means that I will (finally!) be getting a decent start on my mystery series!




Anna Burroughs Cook, author of Tarot Dynamics has been reading and interpreting the Tarot for 30 + years and has developed a wide base of clients across the United States as well as the U.K. and Ohio where she currently resides with her hubby Rick.  She has appeared on television, radio and inter-net radio programs and taught private classes including Tarot and Psychic development classes in Adult Education programs.   In between reading for clients, Anna is presently working to enlarging her new Website www.tarotdynamics.com while working on a second Tarot book, and plans to attend The 2011 Readers Studio in NYC. with Bonnie Cehovet!


 Chanah Wizenberg:

I am a tarot coach and do workshops on Creative Writing with Tarot, in November I will have a private Ning group for my tarot writers to come and talk about their tarot writing, get support and talk tarot. There will be a weekly webinar included for this group, Creative Writing with Tarot.

I have been doing readings since since I was 16 years old and now do them professionally in addition to my tarot coaching by email, phone, and in person. I have recently started the creation of my own deck with Rebbecca Rousseau called Les Cochons. I am also working of a tarot suspense/mystery book.





Part 2 of Who’s Who At The Readers Studio can be seen here – https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2010/10/22/whos-who-at-the-readers-studio-part-2/.

© October 2010 Bonnie Cehovet

Tarot Dynamics Companion Site

I recently did a review of the book “Tarot Dynamics”, by Anna Burroughs Cook (https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2010/06/17/tarot-dynamics-2/) . I am pleased to say that Anna now has a companion site up at http://tarotdynamics.com/. Non-techie that I am, I am absolutely amazed at the opening page graphics (Catherine, where are you? You will love this!). The graphic is of five rows of Tarot cards, in the shape of a globe, moving in a circle. Being inquisitive, I clicked on one of the cards as it raced by – and it popped up in a readable size! How cool is that! In the right hand corner is the text “know more”, which I would imagine leads to a pop-up on the card, but the link was broken. Small detail to work out in this very cool site!

There is a section on “About Tarot Dynamics”, where Anna goes into exactly what the system is all about, including:

* Five basic keywords that cover the five categories, (Major Arcana, Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles) which comprise all seventy-eight card Tarot Decks.
* Five universal character traits, to define all twenty Court Cards.
* Eight short key phrases that unify and explain and purpose of Cards Two through Ten from any suit.
* Eighteen key points of memorization*, accompanied by definitions for all seventy-eight Tarot Cards that encourage rather than inhibit your intuition because YOU can relate to what they suggest.

There is a short section describing different types of Tarot decks (Anna advises readers to carry at least two decks with them), and a great section on the “Do’s and Don’ts” of Tarot reading. The best advice here? “Getting over yourself is the first step to reading the Tarot successfully.” Sounds like my sister – her motto is “Get over yourself!” What a thing to tell a workaholic Cappie!

Each group within the Tarot is presented: the Major Arcana (Function: Headlines, Keyword: Karma), the Minor Arcana (Function: To tell the stories behind the Major Arcana’s Headlines, Keywords: Change, Emotion, Challenge, Ambition), Court Cards, and Subject Cards (the Pips – cards 2-10 of each suit).

There is a tremendous amount of information already on this site, with an FAQ section, articles and more to come.
If you want to expand your understanding and use of the Tarot, this site is an excellent tool of empowerment.

© July 2010 Bonnie Cehovet

Tarot Dynamics

Interview With Anna Burroughs Cook

I recently had the opportunity to review the book “Tarot Dynamics”, by Anna Burroughs Cook. Anna has developed a system for reading the cards that is focused on the cards as they work in the real world, as opposed to esoteric associations. I found it quite interesting the take that Anna has on the cards, including having her phone clients shuffle and select their own cards from their own deck, and the grouping of the Aces with the Court Cards, and placing them at the beginning of each suit, and not at the end, which is the traditional placement for court cards.

Anna has graciously agreed to do an interview, so, without further ado, I am going to turn this over to her!

BC: Anna, you have studied and read the Tarot for over thirty years. How did it first come into your life?

ABC: I’d be happy to, Bonnie! In 1977, I was presented with the opportunity to reconnect with the people who had (and, at that time still) owned and operated the Tearoom I remembered so well from my childhood.

BC: Can you tell us a little about the teaching and lecturing that you do in the fields of Tarot and Psychic development?

ABC: That also came about by a happy “accident”, Bonnie. In 1980 as I was concluding a reading, the client (who was well-versed in Astrology, no less) touched my hand, looked me the eye and said, “ I want to learn the Tarot — from YOU.” Feeling flattered and flustered, I replied that I was much too new to teach, didn’t have any classes underway and hadn’t a clue about how to start one; to which she replied, “You’re more than ready to teach. I can promise you five to six students, maybe more. Let me know when you want to begin and tell me what we need to bring.” I though she was simply being kind. Much to my surprise, she called me two weeks later with the same offer and would not desist until I’d selected a starting date. Long story short, we had a great time, and after that first class I continued teaching whenever and wherever I could. Since we all know that psychic ability manifests itself according to what is most comfortable and natural for each person, in addition to the Tarot my classes also included dreams and psychometry (the reading of objects). Whenever possible we’d also pay a visit to an allegedly “haunted” house, which I of course, checked out beforehand. It was such a treat to see the smiles on the faces of students who were struggling with the Tarot, once they discovered that psychometry or dreams was their ticket! Best of all, back in those days, if I didn’t know someone who was teaching a class in dreams or psychometry I could find a reliable someone who did, so it’s safe to say “a good time was had by all.” In 1984 I was invited to deliver a series of lectures on the Tarot and psychic development for an adult education course, entitled “Do Something Different ” for people who simply didn’t know what they wanted to do. It was fun, and a good way to improve both my speaking skills and delivery.

BC: I love the tone of “Tarot Dynamics” – very Seeker focused. How did this book come about?

ABC: By 1998 whether due to the growing fascination with computers or the advancing preoccupation with instant self-gratification (and maybe both) it was becoming unusually difficult to get a Tarot class together. Stranger still, virtually all of the students who signed up had some very, well, downright odd, preconceptions concerning what they wanted to know and why. As if that weren’t enough, almost everyone had actually wanted to learn Astrology, but found it too difficult, time-consuming or both; while the Tarot “sounded and looked much easier and faster.” When I explained that learning the Tarot wasn’t simply a matter of waltzing into class and saying “I’d like three super large secrets of the universe, and make em’ to go, please ” Oh! Bonnie! You should have seen the annoyed “how-long-will-this-take” look on their faces. I felt like the master of disaster. Although I doubt that that class learned anything, I sure did. THEY taught me that if the Tarot was to survive (at least in my part of the world) then certain aspects of my teaching and presentation needed to change with the times. However, I didn’t know where or how to begin. Think about it, Bonnie. How would you go about reintroducing the Tarot without undermining its’ principles or completely rewriting it ? So while preparing for another Tarot class in 2003 I devised something new (Tarot Dynamics) for prospective students–a mini FAQ reference & study guide that enabled them to decide if the Tarot was for them and what to expect in class. It worked like a charm; even for students who had previously tried and failed to learn the Tarot or Astrology from other sources. Being able to immediately choose the Tarot deck that most appealed to them made each student more receptive to the class material as well as their own intuitive ability. Best of all, each student who completed the class was able to deliver readings that were comprehensive, highly intuitive and remarkably accurate (not cookie-cutter) readings! So in 2007 I decided it was time to bring the Tarot all the way into the 21st century, by expanding Tarot Dynamics and begin seeking a publisher. Strangely enough, since the financial collapse that shook the world in 2008 most people have become more self-aware than ever before. However, due the economic uncertainty their attention spans and “free time” are also shorter than in 1998. So, here too, Tarot Dynamics, like Scheherazade assists in maintaining their interest by enabling them to differentiate more easily between what they want to hear and what they need to know—when they need to know it most.

BC: How did you come to list the Court Cards at the beginning of each suit?

ABC: Well Bonnie, when I was learning the Tarot, aside from my Eden Gray paperbacks I also had a copy of Numerology and The Divine Triangle, by Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker. I found it easier to associate the name and of each card according to Ms. Javane and Bunkers’ numerical sequence for cards one-through seventy-eight. Once I was able to think “74” and say “Aha, Six of Pentacles” then I began adding keywords. Strange as this may sound, it also worked well in my classes. With an eight week course, for the first ten minutes of the first four weeks you’d hear me calling out random numbers from 1 through 78 and you’d hear the replies coming back!

BC: How did you come to list the Aces with the Court Cards?

ABC: Like many people, I too learned to read using the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck. From there I went on to purchase the Aquarian Tarot then the Morgan-Greer—decks that do not print the Number 1 on their Aces as does the Marseilles Tarot, and many of todays more modern Tarot decks. Furthermore, listing each Ace as a number one breaks the numerical sequence. Happily enough, for more experienced readers Tarot Dynamics simply provides a new way of interpreting the Tarot, no matter how long you’ve been reading or from whom you learned to read the Tarot. However, by blending the more personal or human function of each Tarot Card with basic keywords and definitions that todays’ students can identify with more easily, I’m hoping that Tarot Dynamics will inspire the people of today to once again begin learning Tarot as a first choice rather than a last resort.

BC: You have an interesting take on phone readings – you have your clients draw their own cards. Can you explain your feeling about this for us? What do you do when a potential client doesn’t have a personal deck?

ABC: I can give you two reasons, Bonnie. The first reason is that, being human, I have good days and bad days just like everyone else, Bonnie. Although separating myself from my own concerns has become a surprisingly automatic process once the clients says, “hello”, there’s always a remote possibility that when shuffling the cards for them one or two of any cards I turn over for them might possibly contain a faint echo of my personal anxiety. That’s a risk that I’m simply unwilling to take. However the second reason is even more significant. No matter what I may “feel” I never, ever go against what the clients cards have to say. Having the client shuffle their own cards enables me to clarify everything I begin to feel from the moment they say, “hello”. I also suggest that the client choose a time of day when they feel that they are at their “best,” so that their cards will reflect as much as possible of what they need to know concerning the weeks and/or months ahead. Since the majority of my phone clients never owned a Tarot deck prior to our session, I make it point to email them a pdf file that explains everything they need to know, from how to prepare themselves before our session, to where they might purchase their deck. There are also two diagrams, one that illustrates how to cut the cards and one that shows the numbered layout that we’ll be using. Last but NOT least, there are also four jpeg.s’ featuring the Ace of Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles accompanied by a numerical translation for the Roman Numerals appear on so many Major Arcana cards! Best of all, I’m now able to record their session on a CD, so no more tapes!

BC: How do you feel about Tarot reading becoming more of an industry than an art?

ABC: Terribly disappointed, but not surprised, because no matter what your profession, you really can’t change or control human nature. At the beginning of the twentieth century our profession, was permanently downgraded to “for entertainment purposes only” thanks to the unethical shenanigans of those who preceded Madame Cleo, whose scandal still haunts us today. Yet, from Art to Medicine and everything in between each profession has always had its’ share of, well, shysters. Why, just recently there were hundreds (if not thousands) of phony real-estate agents attempting to sell or rent houses that they had no legitimate claim upon to buyers whose only mistake was in placing more trust in the phony real estate logo than the old adage that if something sounds too good to be true it usually is. However, the difference between our profession and real-estate, is that the fraud perpetrated by phony estate agents won’t reflect on the entire industry, nor will the real-estate continue to be ridiculed or punished for the shysters ethical malfeasance.

BC: Can you tell us a bit about the Tearoom that you first began reading in? I found that to be a most interesting place to get a start in the field of Tarot!

ABC: It was marvelous Bonnie! Although Cay died in 1969, Cays Tea-Room continued to operate according to Cays rules for nearly twenty years after her death. When Cay opened her Tea Room shortly before the second World War she was determined to employ only the best readers, so no-one began to work immediately after their interview –not even me, not even in 1979. Whether you read Astrology charts, Numbers (Numerology), Playing Cards, the Crystal Ball, Palms, or Tarot your interview consisted of reading for the boss and your starting date depended upon how soon one of your predictions came true. Then and only then, were you able to begin a three to six months probationary period. The first month was the longest because the boss monitored your readings by steering their fussiest and most difficult clients YOUR way. As long as those clients were satisfied with your reading,(and woe to you if they weren’t!) you could relax–but only a little. Your place wasn’t assured until you began to build a solid word-of-mouth clientele of your own! Then, as now the true merit of any reader depended upon the readers skill. Since word-of-mouth always has been (and still is) the best form of marketing, Cays’ business was founded upon its’ reputation for delivering a quality reading, so they brooked no nonsense from their employees, such as spells and curses. After all their reputation was on-the-line with every reading, so the proprietors vigilance meant that each customer could be certain of obtaining a quality reading. In fact, when I began reading in 1979 (about forty years after Cays opened) it wasn’t uncommon for a client to remark that having a reading at Cays Tearoom whenever they came downtown was a family tradition that began with their grandmother, or a favorite Aunt. In fact, you’d be amazed at how many “ old-time readings” passed into family legends and are still being repeated today. Upon their daughter or granddaughter “coming of age” it wasn’t unusual for a regular client to introduce the young lady to their favorite reader, very much like inheriting a family heirloom. Remember too, that in Cays heyday any number of the Tearooms clients also came from families who (for whatever reason) considered readings to be “taboo” yet, still believed in “feminine” intuition—as long as it came from their mom, or grandma or Aunt Sally! One can only imagine what the families response would have been if they knew the secret behind mom, or grandma or Aunt Sally’s revered intuition!

BC: You have a site that you are developing to expand on the information in the book. (www.tarotdynamics.com) What are your plans here?

ABC: Back in 2003 when Tarot Dynamics began bringing the Tarot into the 21st century Bonnie, it was only sixty pages long. Due to some misadventures in publishing I had only one month to rewrite, edit and transform sixty pages into 220 pages! So, on one-hand my Web-Site will help clarify some points, and streamline everything else. Naturally, I’ll continue adding pages. In fact I have another section presently underway that I hope to include this Fall or Winter, that will pave the way to another book! However, there will also be an “Ask Anna” section where viewers can request more information concerning whatever portions of the Tarot that THEY want to know more about. I’m hoping that that will also be a source for presenting additional material.

BC: Is there anything that you would like to tell our readers?

ABC: First of all, I’d like to thank you, Bonnie for your kindness, support and approval as well as extending the opportunity for me to discuss Tarot Dynamics with your readership. I also hope that my remarks concerning the “average” student of today “waltzing into class and requesting three super large secrets of the universe, to go,” and that learning the Tarot is becoming more of a last resort than first choice, will rattle some cages, because both statements are as sad as they are true. For those of you who love the Tarot as much as I do, I truly hope that you will also begin or continue writing Tarot articles and books that will preserve the Tarots’ reputation as a beacon of genuine and total enlightenment in the metaphysical hierarchy.

I would like to thank Anna for sharing her thoughts with us. Her system is very easy to use, and will appeal to all levels of readers – it is a fresh perspective on how cards are read, and a very down to earth approach to helping the Seeker.


Anna Burroughs Cook has been reading and interpreting the Tarot for 30 years and has developed a wide base of clients across the United States and Great Britain as well as throughout Ohio and in Lorain County area where she currently resides with her hubby Rick (who gave Tarot Dynamics its’ name) as well as Suzy Q their Spoiled Rottenweiler, Cagney, their Good Sheppard and Buddy their Super-Spaniel. Anna is looking forward to launching her new Web Site http://www.Tarotdynamics.com this July and begin a second book. She has appeared on Television and radio programs and taught private classes including Tarot and Psychic Development classes in Adult Education programs.

© June 2010 Bonnie Cehovet

Tarot Dynamics

Tarot Dynamics –
Learn to read any spread

Author: Anna Burroughs Cook
Kima Global Publishers
ISBN #978-0-9814278-1-2

“Tarot Dynamics” is a system developed by Anna Burroughs Cook, a Tarot reader/teacher with over thirty years of experience. (I think it is great that the system was named by her husband, Richard Crombie!) It is based on the use of five simple keywords, and can be used with any Tarot deck. The focus of this system is on relating the messages in the cards to day to day living, to the issues facing the Seeker, based on the characteristics of the five suits (the Major Arcana is seen as the fifth suit). The characteristics are as follows:

Major Arcana – Karma (cause and effect)
Wands – Change
Cups – Emotion
Swords – Challenges
Pentacles – Ambition

In her introduction, Cook advises students to memorize the characteristics for the five suits, and to develop their own keywords for each card, according to how they interpret the card. She also advises readers not to read for themselves unless they are in control of their emotions, and to not read for clients who are upset, as the reading will just reflect their anxiety. In reading for clients over the phone, Cook advises that the client draw their own cards from their own deck, with the reader interpreting them.

There is a short FAQ section answering questions such as: “Isn’t it supposed to mean something when the picture on the Tarot card is upside down?” and “All my cards are terrific. Why didn’t anything good happen?”

The cards are presented with black and white scans from the Universal Tarot (Lo Scarabeo). There is a short discussion of the cards, a section beginning “The more encouraging the situation” and a section beginning “The more challenging the situation” – these terms refer to the reason for the reading. There is a Tip for reading the card in a reversed position, a section entitled “card (number) means”, a section entitled “At your best”, which deals with the most positive aspect of the card in a reading, and a section entitled “Under more stressful”, which talks about a poorly aspected card.

The Major Arcana are seen as holding spiritual karma – they test, reward and replenish your strength of character. The Minor Arcana are seen as “telling the story” behind the Major Arcana’s headlines. The Court Cards for each suit are the King, Queen, Knight, Page and Ace. (Yes, Aces are seen as a Court Card. Together, these are seen as the first five cards of each suit.) Cook’s general thoughts on the Court Cards are as follows:

Kings: Trigger or enhance your personal initiative.
Queens: Display a particular charisma that can enhance your personal coping skills.
Knights: Are reactionaries. Knights indicate sudden developments in matters or your behavior.
Pages: Signal small matters with the potential to grow larger.
Aces – Signify an outcome – a Crisis or Reward.

The Pip cards – Two’s through Ten’s – are referred to as Subject Cards. They are the action in the Seeker’s life. The general definition for the subject cards is as follows:

Two’s – Interaction
Three’s – Thinking and Networking
Four’s – Incentive and Security
Five’s – Conflicts
Six’s – Your level of commitment.
Seven’s – Your personal and professional associations
Eight’s – Renovation
Nine’s – Your understanding
Ten’s – Achievement

The interpretation for the Minor Arcana is presented in the same manner as the Major Arcana, with one added section: Romantically, which deals literally with the area of romance.

At the end of the book Cook discusses the use of Signature cards (also referred to as Significators – cards that represent the Seeker in the reading), and timing in the Tarot. The spreads that are presented include One Card Personal Guidance, a Three Card Spread, the Tarot-Dynamic Celtic Cross Spread, and a Horoscope Spread.

The line of thought in this book is well presented. There are many things to consider, but the map is an easy one to follow. Even if you choose not to read using these guideline, you are offered a fresh perspective on the cards, and how they work in life.
Cook is developng a series of lessons to go along with this book, and will be placing them on her site – tarotdynamics.com

© June 2010 Bonnie Cehovet