Book reviews, tarot

Book Review: Tarot for Your Self 

I love this book. It’s not just a book you read, it’s a workbook. So if you purchase it be prepared to do the exercises.  The author recommends you work through it from start to finish, but I did skip some chapters and came back to them later. Some spreads I didn’t even use. I do agree with the author that you should start in the beginning and do the personality profile and charts. It’s incredibly enlightening. 

This book is exactly what it says it is. It’s tarot for self-work and I recommend it to anyone interested in using tarot to enhance their life. 

Mary K. Greer expands on the tarot profile and life charting introduced to me in The Tarot Handbook by Angeles Arrien at the beginning of the book. Like most books on tarot, the author spends a section of the book on interpreting the cards. This section is in the back of the book. In the beginning of the book she gives instructions for getting acquainted with the cards through meditation and visualization. There is a good mix of instruction as well as encouragement to rely on your intuition. 

This workbook requires intuition and imagination. So prepare to work those muscles. 

If you’re totally anti-spiritual and closed down to new ways of doing things, this book might not be for you. She does include spiritual rituals for the cards in this book but I imagine you could just skip those if you wanted. It’s worthwhile to me that she includes them because it is part of her view on using tarot for yourself. So, don’t feel like you can’t pick and choose. 

Overall it’s a fun (fun because I like charts, graphs, mandalas, planning, and self-discovery) and valuable resource which offers practical options for growing in different aspects of your life. This book helped shape the direction of my professional tarot career and to gain clarity through the cards. 

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