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ERIC Number: EJ880508
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1364-436X
When Cathy Was a Little Girl: The Healing "Praxis" of Tarot Images
Semetsky, Inna
International Journal of Children's Spirituality, v15 n1 p59-72 Feb 2010
This paper is a sequel to an earlier article that presented an argument for Tarot symbolic system functioning as a "techne" that can serve as a valuable educational aid. The present paper shifts the focus from "techne" to "praxis" as a practical art of interpreting images and creating imaginative narratives in the context of counselling and therapy. This "praxis" can heal human psyche and lift human spirit. The paper presents a documented empirical case study as an example of an unfolding narrative for "Cathy" who consented to making her reading public for educational purposes. The process of reading and interpretation as grounded in the 'art of memory' can empower us with an ability to understand the meaning of some traumatic events that may have occurred in our lives but remain dormant at the level of the unconscious. We become able to resolve problematic situations and to grow spiritually from these experiences. (Contains 6 notes and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A