Modern Tarot: Connecting with Your Higher Self Through the Wisdom of the Cards
by Michelle Tea
illustrations by Amanda Verweywith
publisher: Harper Elixir
Paperback, 384 pages,
size: approx 21 cm x 14cm x 2.5cm
This book is a departure from Michelle Tea's other work. She explains how her relationship with the Tarot began when she was given a deck at age 15, and how it has developed since. She certainly understands her cards, and brings a sense of fun and irreverance to her writing; not irreverance towards the Tarot itself, but towards some of the more rarified and careful language that is often used in Tarot guide books. In her own words:
"My personal take on the Tarot, as you will see, is a bit more plainspoken and down-to-earth than many of the guides that are out there. I believe wholeheartedly in the Tarot (duh), but my teenaged reverence is tempered with the fact that some of the cards are made, say, in a game factory. They hold mysteries, but we hold mysteries, too, and it's the coming together that creates the helpful uncanny."
Michelle Tea's interepretations are mostly in line with many others out there, and she adds personal stories or opinions of her own. Each card interpretation is also followed by suggestions of how to work with the card in question. Many of these involve using crystals, herbs, burning specifically treated candles, meditation and intention. There's a lot of wisdom in this book, and whether you get on with it or not will depend on how much you like the author's voice and style of advice, alongside her interpretations.