Inner Child Cards by Isha and Mark Lerner: a card-by-card feature by Tarot Zamm.
Full title: ‘Inner Child Cards: A Journey into Fairy Tales, Myth and Nature’
A new and updated edition of the popular tarot deck that reawakens the child in all of us.
• Uses the important archetypes of childhood fairy tales to awaken emotional memory and heal the child within.
• Excellent for dream work, the recovery process, and use with children.
Inner Child Cards is a tarot system that helps us interact with the world’s most potent archetypes. The authors assign an archetypal childhood story to each image in the traditional tarot deck.
Cinderella aligns with the Moon card, traditionally associated with the power of dreams and visions. Sleeping Beauty parallels the Death card with its theme of personal metamorphosis. Little Red Cap stands in for the Fool (the innocent).
Before the Age of Reason, higher learning was transmitted through archetypal characters in stories and fairy tales. In modern times these all-important stories have been relegated to a secondary position, with no recognition of their deeper meaning.
The whimsical art and familiar characters of the Inner Child Cards will awaken dormant emotional memory that has been trapped in long-forgotten childhood stories. Tarot has always had an uncanny capacity to act as a “hall of mirrors” reflecting the true trajectory of life.
By referencing fairy-tale archetypes, Inner Child Cards gives adults an especially clear reflection of the child within and imaginative access to the soul’s own personal truth. And because of their playful nature, these cards are equally well suited for use with children.
Product Details (Amazon.com)
Hardcover: 293 pages
Publisher: Bear & Company (May 1992)
Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 5.8 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds Average
Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
Inner Child Cards bring charming, fairy-tale images to the age-old tradition of the tarot. Authors and professional astrologers Isha and Mark Lerner intended to offer a fresh, innocent perspective on tarot readings while also staying grounded in recognizable archetypes. And what better way to tap into our true spirit than to recall the soul-inspiring stories of childhood?
“Fairy stories, told and retold, enrich the depths of our hearts from which our hopes and ideals are born,” the authors explain. “No other literary creation has such a fundamental effect upon us than has the fairy tale.” Indeed, Little Red Riding Cap with her basket of goodies and her outstretched finger holding a butterfly speaks eloquently to the fragile process of individuation.
The Rapunzel card with its maiden’s long braid (which is eventually shorn by the evil enchantress) and the blind prince speaks to challenging times when we are cut loose from the strands of our past and must go forward in blind faith.
All of the cards are lovely, with their rich images and rainbow borders. But it is the excellent accompanying text that offers readers the most enchanting journey into the past as they make meaning out of the present. — Gail Hudson