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Book Corner: Holistic Tarot

Holistic TarotBook: Holistic Tarot

Author: Benebell Wen

Date of Publication: January 2015

Published by: North Atlantic Books
Structure of the Book: 33 Chapters, with 9 Appendices (A–I), Endnotes, Index, Acknowledgments, and About the Author sections.

PLEASE NOTE: A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

 

I don’t call coincidences “coincidences” anymore… there’s really no such thing. The biggest example of this was in the email “introduction” my tarot mentor Theresa Reed made in introducing me to Benebell Wen, and vice-versa. In doing so, we soon discovered that we knew each other before, and even went to the same college and attended the same class!

We simply couldn’t get over that simple connection. It was “meant to be” that we reconnected over writing, since we knew each other through a writing class! More synchronicities ensued when I started reading her book Holistic Tarot, including the synchronicity of our first tarot deck (both the Tarot Nova!).Continue Reading

Book Corner: The Tarot Activity Book

Tarot Activity Book

 

Book: The Tarot Activity Book

Author: Andy Matzner

Date of Publication: March 2013

Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

PLEASE NOTE: A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

 

 

“A book should serve as the axe for the frozen sea within us.”—Franz Kafka

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”—Lao Tzu

So starts Andy Matzner’s The Tarot Activity Book… a book that endeavors to crack open a person’s layers to get to the heart of themselves to the answers they seek… this book is the proverbial “axe” that Franz Kafka spoke of in the above quote.

I have found that many tarot readers shy away from the fortune-telling aspects of divination and tend toward a more counseling approach… already facilatating a reading in much the same way a psychotherapist would counsel using Rorshach tests or allowing a patient to journal or artistically express their emotions.

Sometimes I will approach a reading in much the same way, not only reading a card but prompting my client to do similarly: “What do you see in this card? How does this card make you feel? What do you think is happening in this card? Tell a story about this card. How does this card to relate to your situation?” This deepens the reading and strengthens the bonds of trust and safety between reader and those being read.

This book can only help tarot readers that read in this way in that regard!Continue Reading

Book Corner: 365 Tarot Spreads

365 Tarot Spreads cover

Book: 365 Tarot Spreads
Author: Sasha Graham
Date of Publication: May 2014
Published by: Trade Paperback, Llewellyn Worldwide

There’s a lot of reasons why Sasha Graham is one of my tarot girl crushes. Every year when I show up at Readers Studio, she’s usually the one screaming, “My witches are here!!!” followed by a big hug. When I taught my class “Using Tarot for Spell-Work” at RS13, she was my TA, and her first book Tarot Diva was on my Recommended Reading list for my class. She’s a fun, bubbly, effervescent soul who is also completely down to earth and approachable… a hard combination to pull off with authenticity (but she succeeds!).

Tarot Diva (her first book, published in 2011) was a fun romp through the land of (what else?) being a tarot diva, full of great information and geared toward those that may not be familiar with tarot… in my opinion, it was a intermediate/advanced book about tarot, archetypes, magick, spirituality, and integration, disguised as a beginner book for the masses!

In her second book, 365 Tarot Spreads, she takes all of her sparkling personality and interweaves it into a day-by-day (yes, all 365 of them, based on the calendar year) spread odyssey. Continue Reading

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