INNER PATHWAYS TO THE DIVINE
by Diane Toland
a review by John Gilbert
I literally stumbled across this book. Somebody on the other side of the aisle pushed his or her book into the book rack so hard, this book tumbled to the floor right in front of me. I picked it up. The author was Diane Toland, a tarot luminary in the Northwest (dianetoland.com). The publisher was SunShine Press Publications in Colorado (sunshinepress.com) -- never heard of them.
On the back cover Louise Hay, Lynn Andrews, Betty Bethards, Gloria Benish and others had several nice things to say about this book. I sat down just to peruse it. A couple of hours later I bought it. Diane Toland really knows her stuff.
This is a book about the Major Arcana, about exploring your spiritual self and becoming a better person. It's a tool for transformation, for spiritual growth, for empowering yourself. This is a book of wonderful affirmations for each of the Major Arcana. This is a book for creating change in your life and becoming what you want to become.
You'll learn how to create and use your own personal Mandala. You'll learn how to use each card to explore who and what you are now, and who and what you want to become. You'll learn how to use the affirmations for each card to help you in this process. You'll learn some action steps including some simple rituals to help you along the way.
I actually met Diane a couple of years ago at a tarot conference in Portland, Oregon. She wowed the audience with the Major Arcana and made quite an impression on the participants. My guess is this book is an outgrowth of her work as she prepared for this wonderful seminar. Maybe the seminar was an outgrowth of her writing this book.
Either way, I recommend Inner Pathways to the Divine (ISBN 1-888-604-17-4) and Diane Toland to you as a wonderful resource for tarot readers traveling a spiritual path, no matter what that path may be. I also recommend this book as a textbook to teachers who want to teach an eleven week course in spirituality by covering two Trumps each week.
While you can read through this book in a couple of hours and forget it, I don't recommend that. I recommend you use it as a guidebook to further your own spiritual enlightenment. In my experience, that takes longer than a couple of hours.
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