The Wheel of Change Tarot book by Alexandra Genetti was originally included in the boxed set with the cards, published in 1997 by Inner Traditions/Destiny Books. In February 2016 the book was made available again, separately from the deck. There is a "facsimile" print-on-demand version of the original book available, which includes black and white images of the 78 cards ($17.44). Also available now is the eBook version in different formats, which includes full color images of the 78 cards ($9.95).
The Wheel of Change Tarot book is a rich, detailed and well-researched resource. Besides the description for each card about its symbolism and how it might be interpreted in a reading, there is an introduction to the deck that provides the background for the Major Arcana section. The cornerstone of the book is "The Tarot Tree", a new internal pattern underlying the major arcana cards that is particularly relevant to a Pagan world view. Alexandra uncovered this clear and beautiful vision of the mythological relationship of the cards as she worked on the Wheel of Change project over ten years. The book covers this in great detail, including diagrams -- while later in the appendix section a solitaire game based on "The Tarot Tree" is included, which is a fun way to learn this pattern.
The detailed section on reading the cards sheds light on different ways of using the deck, and there are various spreads based on number symbolism. The appendix also includes details on "The Magical Triangle", the functionality of which appears in many places in the deck (there is also a four-card spread based on this). The section titled "The Astrological Model in the Wheel of Change Tarot" explains the astrological color symbolism and rulerships, making sense of the jumbled logic of various systems. Finally, the Afterword is a philosophical commentary by Stanley V. McDaniel, Professor Emeritus, Sonoma State University. It was through his classes in the 1970s that Alexandra began to formulate the ideas that came to fruition with this project. This section of the book includes discussions of the mandala in the Tarot, as well as non-dualistic transactional patterns that are components of the form that lies beneath the content of the Tarot itself -- with examples displayed in several cards from the deck.
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The book's contents (366 pages):