The Cosmic Tarot by Jean Huets                            Review by Michele Jackson

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The Cosmic Tarot by Jean Huets is one of two recent books on this deck. The author is an editor for U.S. Games Systems and has edited many booklets and books, including the Encyclopedia of the Tarot. Her experience shows. This book is well written, well put together and well edited. The book starts with a brief history of the Tarot followed by a short exercise using the deck called “Imagination”. The descriptions and interpretations of the Major Arcana are next. Each card is briefly described and then discussed on three levels: The Cosmos, The Human Community and The Individual. This followed by an interpretation of the card. The section on the Minor Arcana discusses the suits, numbers and court cards, before providing interpretations for the individual cards. Each card is described and discussed, though the discussion is not as deep as it is for the Majors. The interpretations are based on the traditional meanings. Finally there is a section on using the deck, including three spreads: a simple four card “Time Spread”, an 11 card spread called “The Cosmic Pentagram Spread” and a 10 card spread called “The Human Community Spread”. The Cosmic Tarot deck depicts celebrities in several cards, and Huets acknowledges this fact, however she does not disclose their identities. Overall this is one of the better books I have seen of this type. The author is obviously well versed on the subject of Tarot and has skillfully applied her knowledge to this deck. Highly recommended.
The Cosmic Tarot
Author: Jean Huets
ISBN: 0-88079-699-5
Publisher: US Games Systems (800) 544-2637

Excerpt
Five of Swords
A man lies on the ground, hemmed in by five swords that pierce roses. Around him is a wasteland; in the distance is the ocean. A pentagram encompasses his body; the five points and their connecting lines symbolize the five senses. The swords pinning the roses indicate that mental processes have been used to enslave the passions and spirit. Perhaps at one time the man thought this would give him power; now his energy and will are sapped. Although the man is not actually pinned down by the swords, he is passive within their influence. The land around him shows only the skeleton of its former fruitfulness.
Meanings: Disgrace. Weakness. Blame. Late insight. Acceptance of the unavoidable. Clear perspective. New knowledge. Degradation. Adversary may arise. Infamy. Dishonor. Uncertain outlook.
The Cosmic Tarot, pg. 113

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