The Contemplative Tarot

A Christian Guide to the Cards

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Pub Date 13 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 27 Sep 2022
St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Essentials

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“This insightful book will help you to see both the cards — and Christian spirituality — in surprising new ways."
— Carl McColman, author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism and Eternal Heart


In the chaos of daily life, many Christians long for the time and mental clarity to reflect on scripture, to worship, and to pray. The Tarot can become an unexpected tool in this journey, inviting us to pause, contemplate, and find insight and wisdom in our walk. In The Contemplative Tarot, author Brittany Muller draws deeply on Christian tradition and theology to create a tarot practice built on spiritual reflection, prayer, and worship.

The Tarot has held countless meanings to countless readers over the course of its existence, but The Contemplative Tarot offers a uniquely Christian interpretation of the cards, including Bible verses and meditations on each of their spiritual meanings. Brittany provides practical guidance on how to use the cards in a Christian context, whether as prompts for personal prayer, daily reminders of spiritual truths, or as part of a more structured practice such as the Ignatian examen.

The Contemplative Tarot offers a thoughtful, introspective new interpretation of the Tarot and an invitation to create powerful moments of reflection and worship in your daily life.

“This insightful book will help you to see both the cards — and Christian spirituality — in surprising new ways."
— Carl McColman, author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism and Eternal Heart


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This book provides a really unique take on Tarot and how Christians can use it in their daily devotions, even including bible verses. This is the first time I have seen a book like this and I just had to read it.

I am so tired of people claiming that Tarot is new age and who avoid it. My Bible thumping friends will be getting a copy of this book for Christmas this year. Christianity was based on many Pagan traditions, so this book is a most welcome read. This is a great one and you need to read it too!

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I really appreciated this take on the Tarot. Many introductions to Tarot seem put off by the cards' Christian imagery, so it was lovely to see one that engages with this imagery with curiosity and love instead of suspicion and disgust. The author's presuppositions also allow her to tackle the history of the cards with greater honesty than many introductions. In terms of her interpretation of the cards, the Major Arcana and court cards felt particularly well-formed. (The association of each of the court cards with a Saint was a stroke of genius that I'll remember for a long time when trying to understand their energies!) My only quibble with the book's content is in the Minor Arcana, for which some of the interpretations felt a bit ad hoc and idiosyncratic to me; an overarching numerological schema to help understand them would have been helpful. But this is a minor complaint. Overall, it was a great book and one I will buy for my own reference and recommend for others.

[A highly favorable review will be posted on my blog August 31, 2022]

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The Contemplative Tarot by Brittany Muller is an insightful and thorough book on the topic of Tarot from a Christian P respective.
As a Christo-pagan reader and tarot lover it was incredibly refreshing to read an author engaging with and the cards and their imagery from this stand point. Some sections did feel slightly drawn out to me as a long term tarot user but serve to make the book more approachable for a beginning student.
The Contemplative Tarot has much to offer for both tarot beginners looking for a grounded approach to tarot history/application, and seasoned readers looking for a novel perspective on this divination tool.

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