“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

Book review time!  I’ve finished Book the Second, and have had time to catch up on my reading. Here are some short reviews of the lovelies I’ve just finished: The first and third books were sent to me by Red Wheel/Weiser, and the 2nd one was from my friend, Leeza.  Tarot: Plain & Simple – Leanna Greenaway It is what it says it is. Very simple. It’s got card meanings, reversals, key points about each card and exercises for you to do. This is a beginner book. It also says it’s the only tarot book you’ll ever need, and I’m …

“Gertrude is a spider, weaving a web of funhouse mirrors” – Taisia Kitaiskaia

I found Taisia Kitaiskaia in the Hall of Fame for amazing names, but also in my friend Sara’s instagram feed. Literary Witches – what an amazing title and concept. The book is a beautiful little hardcover with a subtitle of “A celebration of magical women writers”. That’s like all of my favorite things in one title.  Each woman is featured in the book with a small drawing, a magical portrait, a small fairy tale and a short bio. They’re just beautiful – the artwork alone would make this a great book, but the playfulness and warmth that the author feels …

Madam Pamita’s Magical Tarot – Book Review

I have to admit, I was a little put off by the cover of this book. We readers get a lot of shit because of the whole “gypsy” fortunteller trope, and I was under the impression that Madame Pamita was a conjured name with some theater attached. I was bolstered by the fact that Rachel Pollack and Mary Greer both wrote a blurb on it, and checked it out. I’m glad that I did. Turns out, Madame Pamita is the actual name under which the author works and practices (and plays ukulele to boot). She is the owner of a …

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 …

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) …

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 …