Modern Tarot: Connecting With Your Higher Self Through The Wisdom Of The Cards by Michelle TeaModern Tarot: Connecting With Your Higher Self Through The Wisdom Of The Cards by Michelle Tea

Modern Tarot: Connecting With Your Higher Self Through The Wisdom Of The Cards

byMichelle Tea

Paperback | June 13, 2017

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Beloved literary iconoclast Michelle Tea reinvents tarot for a new generation in this guide to using the Tarot as a twenty-first-century tool for connecting with our higher selves.


Long before Michelle Tea was winning awards for her poignant memoirs, she was a scrappy misfit on the streets of San Francisco, supporting herself by giving eerily prescient tarot readings. As her reputation as a writer grew, she stopped publicly reading the Tarot, though she never stopped doing it privately. Based on over twenty-five years of experience and a deep and abiding love of the cards, Modern Tarot brings the full force of Tea’s unique insight, inviting pop sensibility, and wicked humor to bear on the tradition of the Tarot in a fascinating journey through the cards that teaches us how to use this tradition for radical self-growth.


Whether you’re a dyed-in-the-wool seeker or a digital-age skeptic—or a little of both—the power of tarot is open to you. Modern Tarot doesn’t require you to believe in the supernatural or to focus narrowly on using the tarot as a divination tool. Instead, it offers fiercely insightful descriptions of each of the seventy-eight cards in the tarot system (each one fully illustrated by Amanda Verwey) and specially designed rituals to guide readers on a path toward transformative personal growth.


Grounded in Tea’s decades of tarot wisdom and personal experience, this is a guide that beginners will fall in love with and experienced readers will learn from anew. With her trademark one-of-a-kind insight and wit, Tea shows how tarot offers moments of deep, authentic connection during a time when “connection” is ubiquitous but rarely delves beneath the surface—and how the affirming and personal nature of the Tarot offers a spiritual experience that is gentle, individual, and aspirational.

Author, literary organizer, and queer/feminist icon Michelle Tea is the author of ten books of memoir, fiction and poetry, including the award-winning Valencia (now a film) and the speculative memoir Black Wave. She created the Bay Area literary non-profit RADAR Productions, the infamous Sister Spit performance tours and the Sister Spi...
Title:Modern Tarot: Connecting With Your Higher Self Through The Wisdom Of The CardsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:June 13, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062682407

ISBN - 13:9780062682406

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I wanted to like this book, but I found that the writing was more about the Author's personal stories and relation to the Tarot Cards, and not as much of a 'modern' updated version as I had hoped. The spells are neat if you're into that sort of thing, but overall I was disappointed with this book.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great choice! Happy with my choice. A different take that add to any knowledge on tarot. Good for rituel, path-working and spells too. A good amount of writing on each cards that helps connect with the message of the cards on an everyday basic. A book with soul and stories to tells. ;)
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely modern! I bought this to help me research tarot for a novel I'm working on. I already loved Michelle Tea's writing, so I figured this would be a great resource. It really is! Her descriptions of the cards and their meanings are so much more accessible than the little book that generally comes with tarot decks. And her distinctive funny, understanding voice comes through.
Date published: 2017-09-24