Review by Magenta
It is an interesting concept to combine Tarot, Astrology and the I Ching. The connections between Tarot, Astrology and the I Ching are not new however. I have a book ‘The Tarot Companion’ by Tracy Porter (Llewellyn Books, 2000), which covers these connections and also includes the Runes, Chakras etc.
Eric has used Aleister Crowley’s Thoth deck, which is full of symbolism and connections to many other esoteric ideas already, including Astrology and the Kaballah. However, I do not think it is suitable for the beginner in Tarot.
There are some useful tips and ideas for experienced Tarot readers, though. For example, I often use a 12 card astrological spread and I was interested in the 6 card ‘Spider’ in the centre of the spread used by Eric. I also like the idea of taking cards from the bottom of the deck, which to me would suggest ‘the root’ of the problem or situation.
I have been reading the Tarot since the mid 1970’s, although my first interest was actually Astrology. I also had a brief encounter with the I Ching in the early 1970’s and have the book ‘I Ching, the Book of Changes’ by Richard Wilhelm, published by Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd, 1968, (a 740 page tome!). Having an understanding and a good knowledge of all three systems, I was able to follow Eric’s book without too much difficulty.
My overall impression of the book is that it has been written as if in the 1970’s when there was a surge in interest in all things New Age. I feel that this book may not appeal to younger readers or those who do not have any prior knowledge of the three divinatory systems.
Eric does repeat himself on several occasions and the inclusion of several of his poems and verse, whilst interesting, are with respect not entirely relevant to the concept of TAI in my opinion.
I would not recommend this book for anyone who does not have at least a basic understanding of Tarot, Astrology and the I Ching. I feel that whilst the concept of combining the three systems is interesting, the amount of information from the three is overwhelming.
This book is definitely not for a beginner but it does contain lots of useful charts and lists for reference. I would agree that all systems of divination are connected in some way or another but I think that only serious students of the Tarot would find TAI worthy of further study. Personally, as an experienced reader, I would use this book for reference only.
TAI Divination Workbook: Uniting Tarot, Astrology and I Ching in One New-Age Exploration
Authored by Eric Thorell