In 2006 Ella Jo made a trip to Greece to read Tarot on the beaches. Her journal reveals the realities of a Bohemian beach community life and the story unfolds as she decides to go exploring. Influenced by her desire to find the origins of the Tarot, she travels to Turkey to look for evidence. In 2005, Ella Jo visited India, finding evidence for the original structure of the Tarot cards; this 2006 journal charts her search in the Middle East.
Ella Jo relates her journey from Santorini to Crete and Rhodes, then on to Turkey returning to the UK through Bulgaria, Hungary and the Czech Republic. The book makes entertaining reading as she tells of her encounters with people and places she found on her journey.
The second part of the book, headed ‘Notes’, takes a deeper look at the subjects uncovered in her journey. She presents serious research on the possible influence of the Mother Goddess Religion on the concept of Tarot, seeking linguistic and historical material to provide insights. Ella Jo also investigates the mystery of Tarot's appearance in Europe, providing glimpses of evidence from surviving historical data.
This book is a must for those interested in the fascinating phenomena that is Tarot.
The seasons turn and the work challenges and delights me. Music and songs and laughter. One day I will be gone. Dust. What will remain of me? my words, my music. I cast my treasures at eternity and hope something will stick. I have learned to believe in myself. Tarot. Believe me - it has a structure. If you are lost it will give you a framework without interfering with your beliefs. I want peace and evolution for mankind and to get these books published for a better retail price. Music and writing will always my passion. I advocate culture as Roerich saw it - art for the people, a colourful stimulating, inclusive world. Gentleness is a strength - as water pours a groove through stone in the passage of time. Be gentle. It is easy to forget your forefathers - those who died of TB, in famines, in wars. Life is a gift - don't waste it dreaming or scheming. Educate yourself. Be gentle and enjoy your life. One day I found myself, and I can't believe I got there. If I can, anyone can.
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