TBR Thursday #13

Happy Thursday, book friends! Yesterday turned out to be quite the adventure, as my car decided to call it quits in the middle of the tunnel I drive through on my way to work every day. The battery died, just like that, while I was sitting in traffic.

It was quite the ordeal waiting for rescue while cars whipped around me into the other lane. Thankfully, 911 connected me with the workers who oversee the tunnel, and they pushed my car out using their truck. Unfortunately, jumping the battery didn’t work, and I had to call a tow truck.

My car is 20 years old and it’s therefore not looking like the smartest financial decision to pay for repairs. We actually put down a deposit for a new car about a month ago in preparation for such a day, but with the supply chain as it is we’re still waiting for said car to come into existence. So, my husband and I are temporarily a one-car household, which will be interesting. On the bright side, his car has a Bluetooth connection which will make listening to audiobooks so much easier than propping up my phone in the cupholder with the volume turned up like I had to do in mine.

In spite of the adventures of yesterday, I’m mostly just feeling excited for October and spooky season. I have a special October version of my blog logo ready to drop on October 1st and my spookified Twitter display name ready to go. Just a few more days!

Since this is lucky number 13 of my TBR Thursday series and spooky season is around the corner, I knew just which book from the TBR cart to feature this week…

Tarot for Self-Care: How to Use Tarot to Manifest Your Best Self by Minerva Siegal

The synopsis:

Self-care is an important daily ritual to everyone’s lifestyle. But it is about more than simply pampering yourself in a bubble bath or getting a manicure. It’s about connecting and understanding your true self. That’s where the magic of tarot comes in–it puts you in touch with your hidden fears and secret hopes, weaknesses and strengths. These revealing cards do more than simply predict the future. They offer essential, insightful messages from your subconscious, showing a new perspective on how to achieve personal growth.Tarot for Self-Care uncovers how to make the most out of your daily tarot practice with mindful readings, pre-reading rituals, daily one-card check-ins, practices to explore your intuition, and more. You can think problems over by laying out a spread, ask the cards yes or no questions, or explore your intuitive skills. It will definitely be worth adding these techniques to your tarot self-care toolbox.

Bookshop.org synopsis

Why It’s On my TBR

I’ll be honest. This was 100% an impulse buy when I was purusing the digital shelves over at Book Outlet. I was in a witchy self-care kind of mood and snagged several titles like this. I love using the Tarot for personal reflection and journaling, so I figured this book might be up my alley. Now I just have to get around to reading it to find out!

Do you have any self-care titles on your TBR?


Pull Up a Chair and Let’s Talk Tarot

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I bought my first tarot deck at a magic shop in Glastonbury, because that seemed the sort of thing you should do in a city so steeped in magic. It wasn’t until a few years later than I decided I ought to actually learn how to read the cards. I had recenty graduated from college and felt a bit unmoored with no one telling me what to learn about. So, I found a free online course offered through my local library and set about learning the basics.

This course was fine, but there are far better resources out there today. It’s funny to me, in retrospect, that I didn’t seek out a book about tarot first. I think I wanted to feel like I was in a classroom setting, and the tarot class was just the vehicle for re-capturing that “back to school” feeling.

Eventually, I did buy my first book about tarot — Melissa Cynova’s Kitchen Table TarotThe approachable title and fabulous cover pulled me in, and the book practically sold itself. I was in grad school, however, so I never finished reading it.

Never finished reading it until now, that is. Like many of my hobbies and interests, tarot comes and goes in waves for me. Sometimes I’ll go months without touching my cards, and other times I’m eagerly offering readings to everyone I know. Right now, the pendulum has swung closer to the latter, which means I felt drawn to pick up this book.

What I Liked

Cynova’s writing style is personal and down-to-earth. She makes the cards feel approachable and relatable, grounding the archetypes in modern examples. For instance, she refers to the knights as the “frat boys of the tarot.” This book hooked me in from page one and truly does feel like sitting down at the kitchen table to talk about tarot.

This is a fantastic overview for a tarot beginner. Cynova covers basics like how to get started, how to take care of your cards, and how to be an ethical reader. Then, she dives deep and explores the meanings of each card in the tarot. That little guidebook that comes with each deck? This book does that, too, and would make a great reference for a new reader trying to piece together what the cards mean for them.

Cynova also covers a bit about how to become a professional tarot reader if you want to, and offers some recommended reading at the end. This is a broad resource and reference for tarot. If you’re going to buy just one book on the subject, I don’t think you’d go astray to make it this one.

What I Didn’t Like

I’m hard pressed to say what I didn’t like, honestly. This is a great book on tarot.

I think, like any reference-style book, reading it straight through can be a bit overwhelming. All those explanations of card meanings aren’t going to stick after just one read, and I don’t think they’re meant to. I see this as a book you sit down with when you’re doing a reading, referencing when you need a little help.

In all, I highly recommend Kitchen Table Tarot for anyone who’s interested in learning to read tarot cards or just wants to know more about them. It makes a great refresher if you’re already familiar, as well.

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