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.
Ella Jo is an English singer songwriter, traveller, tarot reader, writer and researcher. She was born in England in 1966 and began practising Tarot in her late twenties. In 1996 she travelled to India and read Tarot on the beaches of Goa. Over the years she took her cards with her as she explored the world. She spent three years training in counselling, after which she visited Bengal in India to research the Origins Of Tarot, published in Femspec Magazine in 2007. The training series, 'Tarot Decoded' is derived from her research and field notes. Her book 'Journey of A Tarot Reader' is also available on Blurb.com She has also produced three music albums on the Diamond Seeds label : ‘Limits Of Milkweed’, ‘Alter Ego’ and ‘Attitude Is Everything’ . Lyric books for these albums are available on Blurb. Her fourth album, 'Almost Anglo Saxon' will be her next release and a book is planned to accompany this folk album. She continues to work on her new album and forthcoming Tarot Books.
The Emperor Published September 30, 2012
The Empress Published January 11, 2012
The High Priestess Published August 22, 2010
The Magician Published March 18, 2010