From the Introduction Astrology and tarot have a long, shared history.
Astrology came first, of course. For thousands of years, astrologers watched the constellations rise and set, and they tracked the movement of the “wandering stars” that seemed to travel through the zodiac at will.
Those stars were the planets. They were the heavenly embodiment of the ancient gods — and their movements corresponded to the rise and fall of fortunes here on earth.
The earliest tarot decks depicted the planetary gods in all their glory. As tarot evolved, mystics and philosophers expanded those depictions, and they developed additional correspondences for every card in the deck.
They also designed new images to illustrate astrological principles — which means a basic knowledge of astrology is essential for any true understanding of the tarot.
Until now, however, tarot readers have been forced to visualize the connections between tarot and astrology by memorizing the correspondences. That’s about to change.
At long last, you can actually see the gods of tarot — the cards that correspond to the planets — at home in the signs they rule.
The Wandering Stars Tarot is an inventive new rendition of the classic Rider-Waite-Smith tarot. The illustrations are drawn from an original printing of the deck, first published in 1909.
Shuffle the cards, and you’ll see Apollo, the god of light, basking in the rays of the Sun. You’ll find Diana preparing for a lunar hunting expedition, and Venus on a velvet throne.
Follow along as we travel with the wandering stars, and you’ll be amazed at how closely the meanings of the cards correspond to the myths of the planets and signs. Learn the stories of the stars, and you’ll also start to see everyone you know as mythic figures, with dreams and desires that are larger than life.
More importantly, you’ll learn how those myths can add depth and dimension to your tarot readings — because in the grand scheme of the universe, we are all wandering stars.
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