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"Beloved literary iconoclast Michelle Tea reinvents tarot for a new generation in this guide to using the Tarot as a twenty-first-century tool for connecting with our higher selves.
Long before Michelle Tea was winning awards for her poignant memoirs, she was a scrappy misfit on the streets of San Francisco, supporting herself by giving eerily prescient tarot readings. As her reputation as a writer grew, she stopped publicly reading the Tarot, though she never stopped doing it privately. Based on over twenty-five years of experience and a deep and abiding love of the cards, Modern Tarot brings the full force of Tea's unique insight, inviting pop sensibility, and wicked humor to bear on the tradition of the Tarot in a fascinating journey through the cards that teaches how to use this tradition for radical self-growth.
Whether you're a dyed-in-the-wool seeker or a digital-age skeptic--or a little of both--the power of tarot is open to you. Modern Tarot doesn't require you to believe in the supernatural or to focus narrowly on using tarot as a divination tool. Instead, it offers fiercely insightful descriptions of each of the seventy-eight cards in the tarot system (each one fully illustrated by Amanda Verwey) and specially designed rituals to guide readers on a path toward transformative personal growth.
Grounded in Tea's decades of tarot wisdom and personal experience, this is a guide that beginners will fall in love with and experienced readers will learn from anew. With her trademark one-of-a-kind insight and wit, Tea shows how tarot offers moments of deep, authentic connection during a time when "connection" is ubiquitous but rarely delves beneath the surface--and how the affirming and personal nature of the Tarot offers a spiritual experience that is gentle, individual, and aspirational."
Tarot for Troubled Times: Confront Your Shadow, Heal Your Self & Transform the World
There is a shadow that darkens each of our inner and outer lives. In Tarot for Troubled Times, Shaheen Miro and Theresa Reed help us find the light in this darkness. Learning to work with the shadow--facing it directly and leaning into it rather than away--is the key to becoming unstuck so we can change negative patterns into positive ones and find healing and empowerment for ourselves and others. Tarot, as the authors show, offers a rich and subtle path for this profound transformation.In Tarot for Troubled Times, Miro and Reed show readers how to: Work with the archetypes of the Major Arcana to befriend our shadows.Discover--through affirmations, tarot prescriptions, and other healing modalities--how to empower ourselves and find our true voices.Take our newly found powers and speak out so that we can become a helpful ally for the light and begin to do our greater work in the world.Calculate our astrological "birth card" so we can understand the unique wisdom hidden in the personal challenges that confront us.
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"Tarot is best used as a tool for self-discovery, healing, growth, empowerment, and liberation. Tarot archetypes provide the reader with a window into present circumstances and future potential. But what if that window only opened up on a world that was white, European, and heterosexual? The interpretations of the tarot that have been passed down through tradition presuppose a commonality and normalcy among humanity. At the root of card meanings are archetypes that we accept without questioning. But at what point do archetypes become stereotypes?Humanity is diverse--culturally, spiritually, sexually. Tarot has the power to serve a greater population, with the right keys to unlock the tarot's deeper meanings. In Queering the Tarot, Cassandra Snow deconstructs the meanings of the 78 cards explaining the ways in which each card might be interpreted against the norm. Queering the Tarot explores themes of sexuality, coming out, gender and gender-queering, sources of oppression and empowerment, and many other topics especially familiar to not-straight folks. Cassandra's identity-based approach speaks directly to those whose identity is either up in the air or consuming the forefront of their consciousness. It also speaks to those struggling with mental illness or the effects of trauma, all seekers looking for personal affirmation that who they are is okay."