Modern Tarot: Connecting with Your Higher Self through the Wisdom of the Cards (Paperback)

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The Tarot can be a wonderful tool for self-awareness. It is mainly a way to access your own subconscious thoughts and, hopefully, spark your intuition. I have used the Tarot in my life to get insights into all kinds of situations, from the mundane of my everyday life, to global events. Michelle Tea began doing readings on the streets of San Francisco to support herself as she made her way towards a career as a writer.

The Tarot has a long and rich history and there are certainly many  options for interpretations

A lot of books written on this very old divination technique can be vague or general or confusing for the person who simply wants an answer to a basic human question. For example, what should I do about my current job, or relationship, or moving to a new town? Ms. Tea mixes humor and a practical approach to explain each card in a way that the beginning Tarot reader, to the more advanced practitioner, can feel more definite and grounded in how they interpret them. Each section includes how to work with the energies of that particular card, using meditation, specific herbs, crystals etc. I found that following those suggestions often helped focus on my own power, my own ability to get through the experience I was asking the cards about. 

Very practical. I use it as a reference when I read for myself and others, as it helps me to lighten up and laugh a bit at whatever my question is. Not because it isn't important, but because the author reminds the reader that these are energies that pass and that are workable

I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the Tarot, especially beginners.


— From Delightful December Staff Picks


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.

About the Author

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 is the editor of the Sister Spit imprint of City Lights Publishers and of the Amethyst Editions imprint of The Feminist Press. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062682406
ISBN-10: 0062682407
Publisher: HarperOne
Publication Date: June 13th, 2017
Pages: 400
Language: English