This book is for all the diviners who want to hear what else we can do with the Tarot cards other than what a particular school or tradition prescribes. It’s a treat à la carte for all the diviners who ever felt burnt out, after having served the same dish over and over to people. There’s only so many times you can excitedly deliver messages à la ‘the Empress means nurturing’ and ‘the Emperor means stability.’ How about the countless other situations when that is not the case, when the standard meaning is not applicable?
This is a book that deconstructs everything you know about the most powerful cards in the Tarot pack, the trumps. Although my example is the trumps of the Marseille Tarot, the book can be used as an inspiration in work with any other Tarot deck.
The book introduces the reader to the fundamentals of reading a visual text, offering as well descriptions of the Tarot trumps according to the question, followed by a sustained analysis of how each trump card can be read in contexts of common concern.
The nerve of the book is anchored in a rigorous Zen perspective, the method of reading like the Devil, and martial arts cartomancy, all primary ingredients in this chef’s authorial voice and original concoction. The numerous examples of card readings and personal stories are also flavoured by hints of magic, curses, and merciless non-spirituality.
Table of Contents
One action at a time / 9
Fundamentals in reading a visual text / 23
22 trumps according to the question / 43
When Justice is your full stop / 71
When the Charioteer is out of here / 79
When the Wheel of Fortune is not about plans / 83
When Force is on the dot / 89
When the World is not a cheat sheet / 95
When the Hermit is Eros / 101
When the Moon is not creative / 107
When the Lovers are ridiculous / 113
When the Magician doesn’t improvise / 121
When Death is a deity / 128
When the Emperor lightens the heart / 133
When the Empress is disgruntled / 137
When the Sun needs no trust / 141
When the Popess ghostwrites / 147
When the Hanged Man can’t help it / 157
When Temperance is obsessive / 165
When the Star does more than kneel / 169
When the Devil is crystal clear / 179
When the Tower is a tag / 183
When the Fool is an idiot / 189
When Judgment is about alternative history / 201
When the Pope is not arrogant / 207
The hands and the eyes / 215
Cited and selected works / 219