Herbal Tarot Deck

Herbal Tarot Deck

This deck is designed to integrate the healing properties of traditional herbs with the symbolism of tarot. On each card, a different herb is pictured and identified.

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At first glance, I didn’t realize this deck actually included a few brown people but it does! The representation isn’t exactly high but I’m filing it under multicultural, anyway, because we know that our knowledge of herbs comes from Black & Indigenous folks from all over the planet. Be sure to also check out the correspondence guide, available in paperback and Kindle..

From US Games Systems, Inc.

This vibrantly colored deck is designed to integrate the healing properties of traditional herbs with the esoteric symbolism of tarot. Herbal Tarot follows the general assignments of the Rider-Waite deck, but each card is assigned an individual medicinal herb based upon intuition, astrological and energetic values.  A different herb is pictured and identified on each card.

The deck was drawn by artist Candice Cantin under the direction of herbalist Michael Tierra. According to the creators, “The Herbal Tarot is a tool for studying the psycho-physical energy of herbs. Herbs, when joined with the tarot, can provide a symbolic material manifestation to accompany a specific divination. This will encourage communication with the subconscious for which the tarot cards are especially powerful.”

The symmetric card backs feature sprigs of rosemary. The booklet gives both upright and reversed meanings.

Genre: Multicultural
Tag: ingroup+outgroup
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc.
Publication Year: 1988
ASIN: 0880793325
ISBN: 0880793325
List Price: $21.95
About the Author
Michael Tierra

Dr. Michael Tierra L.AC., O.M.D., founder of the American Herbalists Guild, is author of numerous books on health and herbal healing including The Way of Herbs, The Natural Remedy Bible, The Way of Chinese Herbs, (Pocket Books), Planetary Herbology, Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine, Vol. 1 & 2 (with Lesley Tierra), Biomagnetic and Herbal Therapy (Lotus Press), and The East West Courses of Planetary Herbology (with Lesley Tierra).

Dr. Tierra lives in Ben Lomond and practices nearby at the East West Acupuncture Clinic in Santa Cruz at the northern end of Monterey Bay in Central California.

In 1989, he founded the American Herbalists Guild, an organization whose goal is to establish standards for the professional practice of clinical herbal medicine in the United States. He received his Oriental Medical doctor’s degree (OMD) from the San Francisco College of Acupuncture in 1987 and was part of the first group from the United States to study herbal medicine in China. He is co-founder of the American School of Botanical Medicine, lectures throughout the world and in 1990 founded The East West School of Planetary Herbology with David and Sarah Holland.

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