Harness the Healing Power of the Deck
by Leona Nichole Black
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Pub Date 13 Jun 2023 | Archive Date 27 Jun 2023
St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Essentials
Bring connection and purpose to your life through the wisdom of tarot
Tarot Therapy is practical toolkit for understanding your life more fully through the wisdom of
the tarot. Tarot therapist Leona Nichole Black, guides readers through every aspect of daily
life—from love and relationships, to careers and social impact—using the major arcana a source
of inspiration and guidance. The process is intuitive and immersive, a unique and powerful way
of finding mental clarity, processing life experiences, and giving voice and language to your
Throughout Tarot Therapy you’ll find personalized prompts, meditations, and tarot spreads that
will empower you to:
- Read the map of your life's journey
- Hear the wisdom of your inner-voice
- Take time to heal and grow
- Make life-changing decisions
- Reveal your talents to the world
Tarot Therapy is a reflective guide that will help you deepen and strengthen your most
important relationship—the one you have with yourself.
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 26 members
As a long-time student of Tarot, this book caught my eye. What I found between the pages is a fresh new look at the practical everyday use of tarot cards presented in a truly profound way. I love that the book is divided into eight sections.
Starting with Love, the author shares a deeply personal story and journey. The following sections, Purpose, Healing, Change, Truth, and Hope, give the reader a detailed look at ways to utilize the major arcana in a tarot deck to help flesh out the answers to these universal questions. I found the writing to be superb and easy to read and follow.
The final section, The Modern World of Tarot, takes everything shared earlier in the book and gives practical applications that anyone could find helpful and inspiring.
The book is put together in such a way that it does not require linear reading. I love that about it. I went to the sections that appealed to me on my personal journey and found exactly what I needed to find in each segment. This book is a great tool for anyone just starting out with reading tarot cards as well as the seasoned reader as it offers a different approach to enhancing daily life.
I will be purchasing the paperback format of this book to add to my library.
As someone who loves tarot, I enjoyed this book a lot. It's another way that tarot can help with healing and learning about yourself. I loved how it was written by a Black woman, first of all. It just goes to show that tarot is for everyone, even if other people try to claim it for themselves. I loved how she included bits of herself throughout the book so that the reader can relate to her. The love and humility put into this book is just incredible. I thought the little tarot therapy reflections were fun and great ways to learn about yourself and your deck. I also loved that each card is given an explanation and keywords that help the reader remember its importance. I will cherish this read for awhile.
I’m relatively new to tarot cards, and have been reading a few books to familiarize myself with this art, and learn more about the cards and their meanings. While there are no shortage of books that can explain how to do a spread and what each of the cards mean, Black offers a whole new perspective on the art.
The first thing that I noticed while reading this book is that it is so much more than simply a book explaining cards. The author relates cards from the major arcana to emotions, and shares experiences from her own life, often painful experiences, but also plenty of joyful experiences, that she’s gotten to with the help of therapy and tarot. I especially liked how she related the way that tarot cards assisted her in moving through obstacles and getting through various experiences, whether they involved making changes, in relationships, or in processing emotions.
Black explores each card in depth, explaining how they relate to different emotions that are commonly experienced, and how we can process them. I’ve never quite seen the cards explained this way, but it all seemed to make a lot of sense when laid out this way. Throughout each of the chapters, readers are offered in-depth emotional and life-oriented questions to think about and pull three tarot cards to journal about and then discuss with friends or a therapist. It allows readers to put the principles practiced in the text into practice, and really view how tarot therapy can occur in real-time.
This was my first experience reading a book about tarot that was written by a Black woman, or even a person of color, and I loved the diverse perspective that was offered. The author talks about her experience of processing feelings such as anger, which is very different from the white experience of processing anger, especially when viewed through a societal and historical lens. Through her practice of sharing life experiences, she also discussed the influences that her family and religion has had on her later life and how she processes emotions, and I loved the idea of incorporating therapeutic principles with tarot. She also includes a quick reference guide of the minor arcana at the end of the book, along with a matrix to follow when completing an exercise that she provides at the completion of the last chapter.
Overall, this was a fantastic read. It’s incredibly informative, and I can already tell that I’ll be referring back to this book often. The questions posed throughout the text aren’t the kind that you ask once and are finished with, but can be asked over and over again, and will have different responses at different points in my life. And it opens a whole new world of opportunities for the use of tarot.
Read this book through NetGalley and so glad I did. Reading Tarot Therapy helped me see the major arcana in a much clearer way. This is not the typical go through each card with definitions etc. book. There are keywords to every card in the end of the book for quick reference. The author shares some of her painful life experiences and dives into the major cards. Short book but it’s good! Thank you for this Leona. I absolutely loved it and definitely recommend!
Very informative book. Full of a lot of useful information. This book will also be very useful for future reference
Thank you to Net Galley for the eARC!
I have slowly been tipping my toes into Tarot the last couple of years. I am by no means a master on the subject, but I loved how this went about explaining the tarot in its relation to the emotions of the cards. The prompts for card pulls were wonderful exercises to work/write through.