Tarot Correspondences by T. Susan Chang
This is a book we’ve been looking for for quite a while now. It is far more than a collection of tables of correspondences. It is also a guide to getting the most out of using them. Chang explains in the introduction:
Correspondences are friend to the imagination, not its enemy
I believe correspondences don’t just reveal why we see the images we do in each card—they are also a fertile place to plant the seed of our own interpretations. ey are a language which blossoms in the presence of a rich and exible imagination.
As tarot readers, we are the caretakers of a living language of pictures, one we use every day to help ourselves
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by T. Susan Chang, author of the new Tarot Correspondences.
A lot of tarot readers draw a Card of the Day. It's a great practice, whether you do it for prediction, advice, encouragement, warning, learning, or simply for fun. But what if you thought of your Card of the Day not just as divination (where you get information about the future), but as magic (where you act to change future outcomes)?
A few years ago, I started writing a spell based on my cards each morning. It was fun, like writing the tiniest poem ever. But as I grew into the practice I began to realize that the spell was more than entertaining—it was powerful.
Over the decades, we tarot lovers have created associations between lots of different systems and the cards. One of the reasons we love tarot is that it is flexible. In Tarot Companion, Tracy Porter has collected many of the most commonly used associations. While it is not hard to search for and find information on associations through various books and websites, it is really handy to have so many of them gathered together in one handy reference book.
Chakras are one of the not so common associations but whenever I meet a reader who uses them, I am always amazed by how much they can add to a reading. Here is an excerpt from her section on Chakras, in particular, the Heart
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Sasha Graham, author of Tarot Diva, 365 Tarot Spreads, and the new 365 Tarot Spells.
Casting a spell is an enjoyable, mysterious, and empowering process. Spell ingredients are usually selected for the specific energies they innately possess. These energies should aid the caster in attaining her goal. Ingredients are also often selected for the metaphorical impact they offer the sorceress's psyche. Typical spell ingredients include herbs, foods, stones, gems, and candles colored to reflecting the caster's intent.
Tarot does not sprout from the ground like English lavender, grow heavily on tree branches like honey crisp apples, nor are they