The Creative Tarot – A Modern Guide to An Inspired Life by Jessa Crispin
First of all I’m super excited to be hosting this virtual book club. This is going to be my gift to all my followers and newsletter subscribers. This is a free, fun and interactive way to learn Tarot.
I want to make it clear that I’m not affiliated with the author Jessa Crispin or her publisher in any way. Good thing because if there are things I don’t like about the book I’m going to call them out. My payment for this comes in the form of pure enjoyment and the hope to interact with good folks who love tarot, astrology and divination like I do.
I do believe in supporting artists such as Crispin who put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears toward writing this book. So please buy ‘The Creative Tarot’ her book here’s a link to Amazon.
Crispin says this book is a starting point for people learning tarot. I like that. It’s back to basics. This reminds me of a story about how Tiger Woods in his heyday hired a golf coach that just focused on the golf basics. Jazz musician Ron Miles echoed this idea when I took his Jazz history class. He said that when a musician is getting tripped up over playing more advanced music he should go back and review the fundamentals. The culprit hurting the musician’s performance most likely rests there.
If you’re a Tarot reader, there are tremendous benefits to follow along with this book club.
Welcome to Week One of Book Club
I’ve listed Week 1’s Questions below. I’ll go live with my responses to these questions on my Facebook Page via a video Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 1pm PDT. After that, I will bring all my posts and responses back to this blog. Please share and post your responses to these questions in the comments sections below by April 23. Or you can share links to your blog posts inspired by this book club. Please link this bookclub's page in your posts: https://www.nicholasdewart.com/book-club
Remember: Be nice and don’t spam. I’ll moderate all comments and anything mean and directed to others (including me) will be deleted. Unsolicited sales pitches will be deleted as well. If you have questions comment or concerns people let me know here.
Note: The deck used in this book is the Rider-Waite-Smith so you'll want to have a copy of it to get the most out of this book.
Book Club Questions - Chapter: Introduction
Context: Crispin complained that she stopped reading tarot because she did not relate to the meaning of the cards as described in the Rider-Waite-Smith book. She wrote that the meanings from the manual detracted from what she was seeing. (I’m sure this was at a time when the Internet wasn’t available).
1. Question: Have you ever started Tarot but given up? If so what stopped you?
2. Question: What are your current frustrations with reading tarot?
Context: Crispin got a tarot reading 10 years after failing to learn the cards and she loved the reading, which inspired her to pick up the cards again.
3. Questions: What are your stories around tarot and getting a reading or a family member getting a reading?
Context: Crispin was helped by tarot because it helped her understand parts of her life in a new way. She gained objectivity.
4. Question: How do you or hope to benefit from Tarot?
Context: On page xii Crispin wrote, “It (tarot reading) is not necessarily about telling the future. It’s about retelling the present.”
5. Question: I think that’s a compelling thought. What do you think about that idea?
If Tarot is not about telling the future than what is it to be used for?
Context: On page xiii Crispin wrote that she read a book that said the “3 of Wands” card means someone is going to die and leave you a free château in their will. That’s a little funny.
6. Question: What’s some of the funniest significations you’ve read about the cards?
Context: Tarot is a living language so there can be various meanings to the cards. Cards' symbolism may take creative leaps to fit with the context of the question. For example, there is not a lot of musical representation in Tarot Decks. But the cards are completely adequate for giving musicians guidance on their creative projects.
7. Question: Is there symbolism missing the in Rider-Waite-Smith deck that you think wish were in it?
8. Is it OK for you to buy your own Tarot Deck or does it need to be gifted to you? Why or why not?
9. What is your take on reading tarot for cards for yourself?
Context: Let's start back at the beginning. Crispin dedicates this book to her friends and other "witchy" women. But then she mentions in this introduction chapter that God can be left out of the equation. Crispin does seem to take a secular approach to reading the cards.
10. Question: What is your opinion on the role spirituality plays on reading tarot cards?
Thanks so much for following along. I can't wait to see your responses. Don't forget to download the question linked below.