Intentional Tarot by Denise Hesselroth
There are a lot of reasons to love Intentional Tarot by Denise Hesselroth, such as her unique approach which brings practical benefits and her lovely writing voice. Another bonus in these pages is her discussion of learning styles. Newbies often ask "how is the best way to learn the cards?" Every reader would have their own advice, probably based on their experience. However, people learn differently and their natural inclination should shape their learning process.
In this excerpt from Intentional Tarot, Hesselroth discusses three types of tarot learners.
Getting Off Book
It seems to me there are three types of beginners
Bringing the Tarot to Life
In my many years of acquiring books and decks for Llewellyn, I’m always looking for something that is new and unique but not just gimmicky. It’s not easy to find ideas that are clever and actually useful to learning tarot. Scott Martin is one of those rare people who brought an idea that was so unique and at the same time such a great fit with tarot. Having been involved in New York theatre for many years as a teacher and director, Scott is very familiar with the exercises that actors use to help them get to know the character they are to portray on the stage. As a tarot enthusiast, he knows that being activity involved with the cards is the best way to
Kitchen Table Tarot
Decades ago, when I first discovered tarot, there wasn’t much internet nor too terribly many books, so a lot of learning was done through experimenting, just laying the cards down and seeing what happened. Whether I was exploring with my sister or a friend, you can probably guess where we worked: the kitchen table. It was always the kitchen table. When Melissa first brought us this book, I knew it would be something special…and it is.
She has a chapter on taking good care of your tools…something most tarot books have. However many of us forget that our bodies, spirits, emotions, and minds are also part of the reading mix and need care just as much as our
Instead of telling you the one way to read tarot, Your Tarot Your Way embraces the reality that tarot has evolved continuously since its creation and that there is no one way. Each reader must discover his or her own way. To do that requires a lot of self-reflection and asking of some hard questions. Because tarot is a tool and not system unto itself, we—those who use the cards—impose our systems on tarot. So before you accept someone else’s belief system as seen through the cards, maybe consider your own and how it would find expression in the cards. Here are two of the many questions that Your Tarot Your Way asks you to consider.
How does the tarot work?
This is a big