It feels like amazing decks have been getting most of the attention over the past few years. In the coming year, 2019, we have quite a number of great new books, in addition to some absolutely lovely new decks.
For those of you who loved the Kitchen Table Tarot by Melissa Cynova, you will be happy to hear that her next book will be available in Winter 2019. Tarot Elements is a collection of tarot spreads based on the elements in tarot (spirit, earth, air, water, and fire). Many times, people want readings when their lives are (or feel like) a complete mess. This makes it really difficult to tease out the foundational questions or even to know where to start. Melissa’s approach allows readers to examine their lives in ways that pinpoint problem areas and provide guidance in resetting a life that has spun out of control. This is something that many readers have been waiting for for a long time.
Also available this winter is a book that I’m particularly excited about. My sweet and smart friend Jaymi Elford has written A Tarot Inspired Life. This book provides so many ways to make tarot a part of your everyday, real life. From plans to learn the cards to crafts incorporating or incorporated in using the cards to creating a year-long ritual practice, this book will delight the dilettante as well as the expert. It is truly inspiring.
The Spring of 2019 brings a bumper crop of three new titles:
Your Tarot Court by Ethony Dawn is a modern, fun, yet thoughtful approach to learning the court cards. Ethony takes you through a series of steps that build on each other, including exercises, that will help the court cards become part of your heart and mind.
Mindful Tarot by Lisa Freinkel Tishman is a calm and deep exploration of tarot. Lisa questions the basic premise of most readings: there is something wrong or broken in us that needs fixing. This approach fixates on the future and can be stuck in the past. Lisa leads us through a gentle journey of curiosity and kindness that is sure to be fresh and new for most of us.
And finally, joining the series that so many people are enjoying: Llewellyn’s Little Book of Tarot, which I was honored to be asked to write. It will be a sweet little jewel of a book, with short tidbits and activities that can be read and understood in a spare moment here and there. Instead of scrolling a social media stream, flip to a random page and savor a tarot tidbit. Adding to the “sampler” aspect of the book, it will be illustrated with as close to 78 different decks as I can manage!
The fall brings two more titles, very different from each other.
In The Language of Tarot, Jeannie Reed teaches her method for getting clear, accurate, and useful readings every time. She approaches the cards like words or phrases. When laid out in a spread, they form sentences or ideas that can be read logically. She also brings back to the forefront the idea of card combinations, something that was popular a few decades ago but has been neglected for other, usually intuitive, approaches. She does, of course, put her own spin on things.
Leeza Robertson, a tarot author and deck creator who is gaining quite a body of work, brings us a big, deep, juicy exploration of tarot pathworking. If you’ve ever wanted to work with tarot in a very deeply spiritual way, this book will be an excellent companion.