I’ve been dabbling in tarot for almost twenty years now; I vividly recall the day I bought my first tarot deck, in the gift shop of a witch museum on a middle school field trip to Salem. It was The Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr, and though my copy of the deck has long since disappeared- I was very hard on those cards and wore them to pieces- I still have fond memories of it, and of learning the cards one by one.
What I have never done, however, is an in-depth study of the tarot, of its origins, of the layers and layers of symbolism and history embedded in each traditional depiction and interpretation. I’ve thought about it repeatedly, certainly, but until now I’ve never taken any definitive steps forward.
This week I purchased Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth by Benebell Wen. I also downloaded the author’s study guide for beginners; while I don’t necessarily consider myself a beginner, I suspect that there are a lot of holes in my foundational work, so I may as well start from the basics to fill in what’s missing and mend what’s wonky.
Anyone who knows me knows that my projects tend to come and go, and this book is massive. I’ll be working through it a chapter at a time, posting my thoughts on the text and from the study guide as I go. If you’ve read the book, have considered reading it, or just enjoy tarot, I hope you’ll join me for conversation along the way!