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Tarot as a Tool to Subconscious Mind

June 09, 1985

Reducing the intricate and complex system of the tarot to a fortune-telling device is about as inclusive and accurate as trying to prove that all surgeons are butchers or that all psychiatrists are neurotic. It is a shame that the tarot was viewed as a cheap card trick by Dick Roraback in his special feature article ("For Tell-All Tarot Readers, Past, Present and Future Are All in the Cards," May 26).

I have a BA in psychology from a prestigious women's college and have been studying and working with the tarot for over 10 years. It has been a valuable tool when used to help people discover their feelings and attitudes and as a road map for exploring the intricacies of the subconscious mind--which best expresses itself in symbols. Carl Jung was fascinated by the tarot as he understood its connection and relation to the collective unconscious mind.

I have a successful practice that includes consultations and teaching of the tarot. My clients and students have benefited tremendously by the wisdom of this tapestry of conscious development.

Any system of observation can be colored and shaded by the integrity and intention of the user. I regret that Roraback has given your readers such a slanted view of a valuable technique that has been in existence for thousands of years.

BARBARA LEVIN

Brentwood

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