Tarot for Change
“An instant classic, a must-have for every tarot enthusiast, and a manifesto for insightful living.” —Chani Nicholas, astrologer and author of You Were Born for This
“Generous, practical, and gently radical.” —New York Times
Though tarot is often thought of as a tool for divination and fortune-telling, it also has deep roots in spirituality and psychology. For those who know how to see and listen, the cards hold the potential to help us better navigate the full spectrum of the human experience.
In Tarot for Change, author Jessica Dore divulges years of hard-won secrets about how to work with tarot to better understand ourselves and live in alignment with what’s precious. Dore shows readers how to choose a deck, interpret images, and build a relationship with the cards, while also demonstrating how the mythic imagery of tarot supports modern therapeutic concepts like mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion. Her reflections on each of the seventy-eight cards are a vibrant tapestry that weaves together ideas from psychology, behavioral science, spirituality, and old stories, breathing new language into ancient wisdoms about what it means to be human.
This is as much a book for those who are new to tarot as it is for those who have worked with the cards for years. And it's a book for anyone interested in exploring what it means to experience joy, heartbreak, wonder, stagnation, grief, loneliness, love. A book of secrets, symbols, and stories, Tarot for Change is a charm for remembering that our problems are not new, we are never alone, and whether we know it or not, we are always in a process of change.
About the Author
Jessica Dore is a licensed social worker, tarot reader, writer, and teacher. Dore has studied and worked in the fields of psychology and behavioral science publishing since 2010 and holds a master's degree in social work. She spent six years at self-help and psychology book publisher New Harbinger Publications and two years as book reviews editor at Psych Central. Her writing has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, VICE, and Psych Central, and her unique approach to working with and interpreting tarot has been featured in The New York Times, The Cut, Vogue, Yoga Journal, and many more publications.
Insightful, approachable, and well-written, this book is a unique look at the tarot through the lens of mental health, healing from trauma, and therapy techniques such as Compassion Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. It's quickly become a new favourite of mine, and its a book I'd definitely recommend to both new and experienced tarot readers alike.