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Modern Tarot: Connecting with Your Higher Self through the Wisdom of the Cards Kindle Edition
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The beloved literary iconoclast delivers a fresh twenty-first century primer on tarot that can be used with any deck.
While tarot has gone mainstream with a diverse range of tarot decks widely available, there has been no equally mainstream guide to the tarot—one that can be applied to any deck—until now. Infused with beloved iconoclastic author Michelle Tea’s unique insight, inviting pop sensibility, and wicked humor, Modern Tarot is a fascinating journey through the cards that teaches how to use this tradition to connect with our higher selves.
Whether you’re a committed seeker or a digital-age skeptic—or perhaps a little of both—Tea’s essential guide opens the power of tarot to you. Modern Tarot doesn’t require you to believe in the supernatural or narrowly focus on the tarot as a divination tool. Tea instead provides incisive descriptions of each of the 78 cards in the tarot system—each illustrated in the charmingly offbeat style of cartoonist Amanda Verwey—and introduces specially designed card-based rituals that can be used with any deck to guide you on a path toward radical growth and self-improvement.
Tea reveals how tarot offers moments of deep, transformative connection—an affirming, spiritual experience that is gentle, individual, and aspirational. Grounded in Tea’s twenty-five years of tarot wisdom and her abiding love of the cards, and featuring 78 black and white illustrations throughout, Modern Tarot is the ultimate introduction to the tradition of the tarot for millennial readers.
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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.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Michelle Tea is the author of over a dozen books, including the cult-classic Valencia, the illustrated Rent Girl, and the speculative memoir Black Wave. She is the recipient of awards from the Guggenheim, Lambda Literary, and Rona Jaffe Foundations, PEN/America, and other institutions. Knocking Myself Up is her latest memoir.
Tea's cultural interventions include brainstorming the international phenomenon Drag Queen Story Hour, co-creating the Sister Spit queer literary performance tours, and occupying the role of Founding Director at RADAR Productions, a Bay Area literary organization, for over a decade. She also helmed the imprints Sister Spit Books at City Lights Publishers, and Amethyst Editions at The Feminist Press. She produces and hosts the Your Magic podcast, wherein which she reads tarot cards for Roxane Gay, Alexander Chee, Phoebe Bridgers and other artists, as well as the live tarot show Ask the Tarot on Spotify Greenroom.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B01LL0PQV0
- Publisher : HarperOne; Illustrated edition (June 13, 2017)
- Publication date : June 13, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 5257 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 387 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #250,183 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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By Sarah v on May 27, 2022
What I love:
Each card is described in multiple ways. It can be a symbol of events, of a person, of your emotional life, and so on - Michelle covers it all. The thing I love the most is how she gives a little anecdote from her life about every card. She tells a story when she was too eagerly and passionately into her progressive thinking and was a complete jerk to other people, playing fast and loose with what it meant to be a feminist - she said this is when she embodied the knight of swords card. Each story she tells puts the card into a context that I can remember and understand.
She also makes it clear that the cards are meant to enhance your intuition and be a tool for reflection - while she does think magically, she doesn't impose magical thinking on the reader if that is not their intent.
What I don't love:
This book only covers the meaning of upright cards. I am a novice in tarot and I don't know if having upright and reverse cards is always necessary or if it complicates things. I would have liked her to describe the reversed meanings of the cards as well, however I can use this book as a guide in my daily practice and intuit my own meanings.
Would I recommend this to a friend interested in tarot? Oh yeah! I think this is a great tool and really enjoy the author!
However, there is no index. There is a single table of contents with page numbers for only the large sections (major arcana, cups, wands, etc.). But if I want to look up, say, the Hanged Man, I have to go to the section for Major Arcana and flip through until I find it. It seems like a minor thing, but the very purpose every time I use the book is to find a specific card, and the book does not make that easy! I'm not sure if I will continue to use it, but if I do I will probably have to make my own index to speed up finding what I need.
My only gripe is that the author bases her text on the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, but the illustrations in the text are not from that deck. They were created for this book, which makes no sense to me since therefore the author's descriptions of the cards don't always fit the card images in this book. For example, she talks about the 12 stars in the Empress' crown-- but the Empress pictured here has no such crown. It's confusing, or would be for a beginner. I suggest having a RWS deck beside you as you go through this book so that, in those incidences where the card description doesn't match what you see in the book, you can see what she's talking about. Also, you'll need a deck anyway (the pictures in the book aren't available as a deck), so might as well get the RWS.
She works within the symbolism and art of the standard Rider Waite deck, but with a keen eye towards queer identities: rather than ascribing conservative / traditional meanings to all the cards - historically quite gendered - she is open about the fluidity of cards' meanings, and acknowledges the shortcomings of traditional interpretations.
She does not cover reverse / inverted meanings, but that's no big deal. Nor are different spreads covered (3, 5, etc). Overall, this is an excellent, thoughtful, sensitive, and nuanced guide to reading the cards and is well suited for beginner and advanced tarot reader looking for a thoughtful guide to the deck. I would recommend it in conjunction with the Biddy Guide to the Tarot for a complete walk through of the symbolism and meaning behind different cards