Full disclosure - I was already an enthusiast of Stewart Warren's writings
on the theme of Tarot, before his embarkment on this latest quest. I have savored
(slowly…) several of his delightfully inspirational works on this ever evolving art form and
had the honor of writing the Introduction to his brilliant
collection of poems,
Pointing to my Heart,
which were inspired by the ancient
Trumps (from the oldest known Tarocchi deck of Renaissance Italy, 1450).
With this latest endeavor, Warren uses the
Tarot de Marseille
deck designed by
(Lyon circa 1701) and beautifully restored by
I find Stewart Warren's perceptive contemplations uplifting and
encouraging; like an old friend sharing mysterious realms to explore together. He conveys complex
concepts by painting images, patterns and visions on
an inquisitive state of mind.
I must also confess to relying on Warren’s books for immediate inspiration in times of confusion or stress. I’ll randomly turn to a page with a
worry or question in mind, and with amazing accuracy his words often hold the key to the door I’d been banging my head against. What can I say…I find
Stewart's insightful musings calming yet invigorating, flowing, while also being
Way Of The Current - Tarot Reflections,
Warren visits all 78 cards, with a page for each card's contemplations along with
a large, corresponding B&W image from Tarot de Marseille
on the previous page for easy
He explains early on that this book is not an introduction to Tarot or an
in-depth exploration but rather an invitation for those who have a beginner’s
mind and seek fresh perspectives and inspiration for further reflection.
“As mirror of the soul,” the Tarot is a link between our conscious and subconscious mind, accurately reflecting the All as we learn how to frame our questions to
life and how to listen to her reply.
While reading each wonderfully crafted description, my understanding of these
78 multifaceted symbolic images grows wider while emboldening me to the plunge
deeper into their vast realms.
Here is his reflections on the XI Strength card:
Not armored but barefoot, she knows that Nature is her ally. Stage by stage we have been built, one dynamic step becoming the platform of the next. But no need
to rebuke instinct.
Wild Desire is the forging of Life into form, the feet upon which we run, the howling of our ancestry toward the stars. Perhaps it is the younger, rational mind
that must be tamed.
Reaching deeper into the core, I hold in my hand the molten heart of earth, the animal, the intellect, the soaring song of God’s wish for me. This is Power.
I highly recommend this book as well as all previous explorations he has taken with Tarot in his impressive
catalog. His unique perspectives and gracefully nuanced prose make a wondrous
voyage for a curious, restless and searching mind.
is the author of nineteen poetry collections thus far. He was born in 1950 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and hit the road early on; engaging in a life of
self discovery and creative expression. His poetry is both personal and transcendent with subtle mystical undertones. As a publishing coach, facilitator and
community organizer he helps others realize their own intuitive nature and creative visions. Stewart resides in New Mexico where he does various workshops
and conferences when he’s not off traveling the globe. He owns the indie printing press
where he also guides others in publication.
You can find all of his current work on his site and
I also encourage you to read this fascinating
with Bob King, who captures the essence of this wildly imaginative
(Commentary by Arnell Ando)
Images & passages courtesy of
Way of the Current
© 2014, New Mexico