Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx

Tarot Court Cards For Beginners taught this reader some new tricks. I learned tarot mostly by intuition and inferring knowledge from the cards. So, I never really took time to look up the history of the cards. I LOVED this book and learned so much about those damned court cards. When I first learned, i was convinced that the card I chose had to align with a person. Just like the books said – there was a dark haired man in the future. Even if there really wasn’t. I had to give myself permission to stray away from these absolutes …

Book Reviews! Arwen and Rumi!

Arwen Lynch is an author, the editor of the Cartomancer, and an amazing tarot reader. She’s also my buddy, which makes me just light up. Arwen wrote a book called Mapping the Hero’s Journey with Tarot: 33 Days to finish your book. It’s a wonderful resource based on the Hero’s Journey as laid out by big daddy Joseph Campbell. With this book, Arwen teaches us how to use tarot cards to develop characters, plot points and storylines. I used it while writing my new book, and it’s such a lovely new way to use my cards!  Rumi’s Little Book of …

The World is Calling Us to Get Real. – Nancy Antenucci

I’ve never met Nancy Antenucci, or as I like to call her in my head, “The Nucc”. We haven’t met in life, but online, I feel like we’ve been best friends for about 30 years. I was tickled to get an inscribed copy of her book, Psychic Tarot, with the note “To a special kindred that I haven’t met but I sure as shit know.”  Yeah. We’re bffs. Like all of my good friends, the first thing Nancy does with her book is call me on my nonsense. I have never liked being called a psychic, because it feels like …

The Divine loves us and wants us to be happy – Barbara Moore

One of the best parts of publishing Kitchen Table tarot with Llewellyn is that they ask if I’ll review books, decks and calendars, and then they SEND THEM to me. I know, right? So I did receive this calendar for review, but honestly, it was already in my Amazon list. This calendar is reminiscent of the Llewellyn Witches calendar. I used that So much when I was a little baby witch, fresh out of the broom closet. Information is presented in such a way that you can learn tips, spreads and tarot history in little bite-sized pieces. Easier to digest …

This is the place to begin. – Liz Worth

Liz sent me a copy of her book “Going Beyond the Little White Book” a few months ago. I promptly lost it, because that’s how I do. When I ran into her at Reader’s Studio in New York this month, it took me a second to put the face with the name with the book that I lost. Then I got another copy! Yay! I didn’t think I’d be able to read it this month, because it’s been kind of hectic. Yeah, turns out I don’t need sleep after all. I stayed up WAY to late (on a school night) …

L is for Learning #atozchallenge

I used my handy dandy tarot book for readings for a decade. Even for paid readings. Even for new clients. I told them that I was still learning and it was ok! I relied on it less and less, but the damned Two of Wands looks JUST LIKE the Three of Wands and it’s helpful to grab the book and have a reminder sometimes.  The two shelves pictured are only part of my tarot library. It’s more of a tarot lending library, and Amanda and Potter and Ellen and Sarah Kate still have some of my books on loan. I …

Tarot can help dress your spirit for the weather of your personal journey but unlike the nightly weather forecast, you can change your destiny. Tarot can show you how. – Courtney Weber

I got a copy of Tarot for One from Weiser publishing, and weirdly, had just found Courtney Weber on Twitter. It took me a while (some psychic) to put the two together, and then I did the, OH **YOU’RE** Courtney Weber! Ok! I have your book!” thing.  Good grief, but my mind is going. Anyway, I got to know Courtney a bit online and then got to know her book. This is well written, interesting and seriously smacks the hell out of that stupid “Don’t read tarot for yourself” bullshit that we all heard while we were coming up. It’s …

I was blessed with the gift of insight into what the meaning of life is. It is being of service to others. The “other” is us. – Dr. James Doty

I remember hearing a long time ago that “The Buddha said to be kind to others. That includes us, too.” I often tell this to clients who are neglecting their self-care or denigrating their self-worth. Oftentimes, these same people are caretakers to others and don’t quite realize how much harder it is to care for someone else while our blood pressure is up. It’s hard to be a good anything when your constant state of being is fight or flight, your tongue is permanently stuck to the roof of your mouth (that’s not normal, btw. It’s a stress response), and …

Review – Jonathan Dee’s Tarot Mysteries

Red Wheel sent me a copy of Jonathan Dee’s book, Tarot Mysteries. I hadn’t heard of Mr. Dee before, but he had a long, long career as an astrologer and reader in England, and was a prolific writer. Regrettably, Mr. Dee passed away a few years ago. I am thrilled, however, for this late introduction to his wonderful writing. In the book, Mr. Dee identifies as an historian and it’s clearly evident in the text. The first section of the book is dedicated to the history o the cards, the Qabalah, the tarot and astrology and the Four Grail Hollows. …

Capture the magic of the moment – Gillian Avart

I got an ARC copy of Create Tarot Naturally by Gillian Avart, and I have to say, this book is really fantastic. Gillian created her own tarot deck by taking photographs of things in her world that suited the cards. Her pictures range from a Carousel for the 8 of Wands to a Shredder for the 10 of Swords. Some are very poignant – a boarded up house for the 5 of Disks, for example. It’s a very personal project, and the best part of the book is that she teaches you how to make your own, as well. I love …