This month has been filled with reading and tarot study. I’ll admit, I rarely finish any books on tarot, but lately I can’t get enough of them. Usually I get bored after the first chapter… or even just introduction loses my interest! I find that a lot of tarot books repeat the same info, over and over again. To find a book that keeps my attention is rare, and when I do find it… I can’t put it down.
Whether you are an intuitive reader or not, I see nothing wrong with digging into books to further your knowledge of the tarot. I consider myself an intuitive reader but I also like to have a basic knowledge of the cards, that historic tradition is what makes tarot so fascinating to me. I will never grow tired of learning more about the history… or at least what history we have discovered. From what I read, there is a lot of clouds covering the history of tarot and the origins exactly, but what I can understand is that many cultures have created their own system of tarot in one way or another. Whether it was used as a simple game or a tool of divination and fortune telling. I personally like to focus my studies more on the psychological level and using tarot to dive into the subconscious, being an atheist this is my own focus towards tarot. Where some like to study more about how they can connect with the divine and use the tarot as a spiritual tool. How do you use the tarot?
I picked up a book the other day at my local bookstore called The Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin. I had some store credit to use from trading in some used books and since I didn’t see any decks that called to me, this book came home with me instead. I started this right away and I’m about half way finished with it now… I love it! Any book that recommends me to listen to David Bowie or watch a David Lynch films is a plus for me! Being an artist myself, the author seems to interpret the cards in the same way I do, I just suck at getting the words out. I’ve never been great at writing or wording exactly what I mean, most of the time it comes out wrong… this is probably why I’m so shy! I will most likely do a proper review of this book when I’m done, I think this will be my first book review on the blog too!
Along with this book, I ended up ordering two tarot books as well. I love the writing of Mary K. Greer and I am a huge fan of workbook styled books so I ordered 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card and Understanding the Tarot Court. One of my struggles as a reader has always been some of the courts, not all, just a few. This book looked really interesting and I’ve heard good things about it! I almost ordered Tarot Reversals but in all honesty, I don’t read reversals and I don’t think I ever will. I have read reversals a few times and have gotten some really great readings with them, but they just aren’t my thing. Once in a while I’ll mix things up and allow some reversals in a reading, but it’s rare.
I am also currently reading Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack. I have picked this book up a million times and always stop reading before I get to the actual card talk… this time I made it to the Fool and I’m excited to read more. Like I mentioned above, I don’t make it past the introduction on most books… this way one, but it wasn’t because it was boring or anything. I just kept losing interest, so I don’t think it was great timing when I picked it up. Hopefully I can finish it this time around!
What books are you currently reading? I would love some new recommendations!