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Tarot Summer Reading List 2016


Geek alert: when I was in middle and high school, my favorite part of the year (hands down), was when the summer reading list was released.

Within days of summer vacation starting, I had usually finished the “required reading” of one book (maybe two, I think we were required to read more depending on the grade we were in). Some grades were required to read one book each: one from fiction and one from the nonfiction lists.

Some of the books were predictable, on the list every year (and still are! I did my research and searched the current Required Summer Reading list from my middle school…):
Burch, Jennings Michael, They Cage the Animals at Night.
Frank, Anne, Diary of a Young Girl

Some choose to read Art Spiegelman’s Maus I and Maus II because they thought the comic book would be “easier” to read than a traditional book.

Some choose to read books by Caroline Cooney, such as Flight #116 is Down, The Face on the Milk Carton, The Voice on the Radio, Wanted, and Code Orange (guilty, I totally read The Face on the Milk Carton! and watched the Made for TV movie starring Kellie Martin of Life Goes On fame).

Other books included on Summer Reading Lists were Robert Cormier’s I am the Cheese, The Chocolate War, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and its sequels by Douglas Adams, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

While some students were trying to get away with reading as little as required (such as choosing to read All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten to fill the requirement, knowing it was short and easy to read) I was tackling The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien or Black Sun Rising by CS Friedman, oblivious to the thickness of the paperback and solely interested in the back flap of the book or the short descriptions provided on the list which promised to take me to other worlds.

I started learning tarot when I was sixteen, but was under no delusions that a tarot book would EVER be a part of required or appropriate reading lists for school. The best I could hope for were science fiction or fantasy books (which I devoured). But if you want to apply an academic approach to your tarot studies, here’s an officially Tarot by Hilary-sanctioned Summer Reading List. Read 1 to 3 of these books this summer, and by the time the “school year” resumes in September, your tarot fluency will be light years ahead!Continue Reading

7 Questions with Tarot Diva Sasha Graham

365 Tarot Spells available for preorder now!

365 Tarot Spells available for preorder now!


This interview is a part of the “7 Questions” series. I will be posing 7 questions to people within the tarot community; whether they are bloggers, authors, deck creators, or fellow readers (or sometimes, all of the above!).

Adoration and fawnage abound when I talk about the magnificent Sasha Graham. I first met Sasha at Readers Studio 2011, and while most attendees of RS have that whole “otherworldly” vibe about them (hey, we’re all tarot readers, after all!), I felt something different off of Sasha: a true sense of groundedness amidst all the psychic wavelengths. Each passing year when I attend RS, I am greeted by Sasha’s “MY WITCHES ARE HERE!” (I look forward to that more than you know, Sasha!)

In 2013, when I presented Using Tarot for Spell-Work at the evening classes at RS, Sasha was my TA which I took as a high honor. From her book, Tarot Diva, I knew that Sasha knew what she was talking about when it came to both tarot and magic, as well as integrating the two. In 365 Tarot Spreads, she only further solidified my understanding that she was authentically true as both a tarot reader and a magical person, and deeply respectful of both worlds (while still remaining bubbly and fun).

Today’s interview is the clincher: this lady knows her shit. I cannot WAIT for 365 Tarot Spells to be published, nor for Sasha to hit the stage as a Master Class presenter at Readers Studio 2016.




Sasha Graham and her tarot books, Tarot Diva, 365 Tarot Spreads and Tarot Fundamentals, have been featured in documentaries and media outlets such as Sirius XM Radio, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily News and featured in the cover of Crain’s New York Business. Sasha appeared regularly as a guest on the WPIX Channel 11 Morning News, reading tarot on pop culture topics and celebrities.

Sasha can be found at


1) You are the editor of Tarot Fundamentals, and the author of Tarot Diva and 365 Tarot Spreads. What inspired you to write those books? What inspired you to write your newest book, 365 Tarot Spells?

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Finding honorary tarot readers in books…

Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road by Neil Peart

Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road by Neil Peart


I just finished reading Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road by Neil Peart. Peart is best known as the drummer and lyricist for the progressive rock band Rush. Ghost Rider is Peart’s memoir about the time in his life just after he lost first his daughter then his wife within less than a year’s time. He chronicles the road trip he goes on via motorcycle to come to terms with, and sometimes attempt to escape, the reality of losing everything.

I’ve talked about the fact that I have a bit of book ADD before. I have been known to top out at 10–12 books I’m “reading” at one time, but within that I usually fall upon one book that catches my attention over all the others and devote all my time and attention to finishing that book. With that spirit, within about 50 pages I ignored all the other books on my “Currently Reading” shelf and focused solely on Ghost Rider.

It was in that fevered reading frenzy that I reached a portion of the book that made me squeal out with an “eeeeeeeee!!!!” and wake my husband up from his doze.

“NEIL PEART GOT HIS FIRST TAROT READING!!!” I yelled, shaking my husband vigorously. He grumpily looked at me, and rolled away from me, throwing the covers over his head. Did I mention it was at 3am that I reached that point in the book? (No wonder he was grumpy at my literary revelation.)Continue Reading

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