Why do I like it so much?
1) This book is not about memorizing meanings for the cards.
2) It is a system that helps the reader experience the cards and come up with new associations for them.
3) It is fun.
4) The exercises expand the personal associations with the cards while providing insights into the experiences explored.
5) Once you understand the system you can use it for everything.
How does BIT work?
The system asks you to think back to an experience that you had or that you witnessed. Break it down into snapshots. Select cards to represent those images. Write down why you selected those cards.
Once you get familiar with the system you can use it to retell songs, movies, books, dreams. To find associations with places, holidays and so on.
You can use the BIT method with any deck you like. You can use it if you are new to Tarot, as well as if you have been at it for decades.
Someone new to Tarot will likely select the cards mostly because of the images on them. As an example, someone using the RWS deck may choose the Sun to depict the first time he rode a horse as a young child.
Someone who already knows the meaning of the cards may use the Sun to express a moment of pure joy, as a young person or as an adult.
Something else I found interesting, was a comment the author of the book made. Janet Boyer wrote that sometimes experienced Tarot readers can gain deep insight from figuring out why they did not choose a card that would be “expected” to represent a particular situation.
I also like the BIT system because it is very creative. Like in writing a story with words, you can go straight to the point and use only a few cards, or be quite descriptive and use as many as you like.
The Back in Time Tarot Book is reasonably priced. It is well written and a pleasure to read. It offers a fresh way to experience Tarot and the readings resulting from the exercises can be very revealing.
I would recommend the book to anyone interested in Tarot.