Shavick, Nancy (1957– )
Nancy Shavick, a contemporary author and tarot counselor,
was born in Englewood, New Jersey, in 1957. Following high
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school graduation she entered Hampshire College (Massachusetts),
from which she graduated in 1979 with a degree in creative
writing. Through the 1980s she taught creative writing,
worked as an editor, and became an accomplished student of
the tarot cards. In 1984 she founded Prima Materia Books, a
publishing house, through which she published her first book,
The Tarot A Guide to Reading Your Own Cards. In the process of
mastering the tarot, she became a gifted reader with a growing
clientele. In 1991 she closed Prima Materia and moved to San
Francisco.
Shavick felt that the tarot should be demystified and was
most useful as a tool for self-transformation and personal development.
These themes dominated the four best-selling
books she wrote for Berkley Books between 1988 and 1993 The
Tarot (1988), The Tarot Reader (1991), Traveling the Royal Road
Mastering the Tarot (1992), and The Tarot Guide to Love and Relationships
(1993). Along the way she also acquired a working
knowledge of astrology and in 1994 authored her first volume
on it, Reach for the Stars. Her most recent work, Nancy Shavick’s
Tarot Universe (2000), is a comprehensive text summarizing her
previous five books.
Sources
Shavick, Nancy. Nancy Shavick’s Tarot Universe. Santa Monica,
Calif. Santa Monica Press, 2000.
———. The Tarot. New York Berkley Books, 1988.
———. The Tarot Guide to Love and Relationships. New York
Berkley Books, 1993.
———. The Tarot Reader. New York Berkley Books, 1991.
———. Traveling the Royal Road Mastering the Tarot. New
York Berkley Books, 1992.