Tarot for Everyday: Ideas and Activities for Bringing Tarot Wisdom into Your Daily Life
Book by Cait Johnson                                                            Review by Michele Jackson

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Tarot for Everyday is full of activities, spreads, and exercises to expand your use of Tarot beyond the predictive spread. There are suggestions for rituals, blessings, healing work and play. There are lists of correspondences for everything from astrology to bath oils, to foods. The book has a strong pagan flavor and many of the activities can be adapted to ritual work. Most of the spreads in this book are short, simple and useful.
 
Tarot for Everyday is divided into six chapters: Chapter One is Understanding - which describes a theory for how Tarot works, and provides some ritual basics. Chapter Two is Guiding - this section contains spreads and some activities for Tarot play. Chapter Three is Connecting - Correspondences are covered here, as well as Dream Work, Visualization and even Tarot recipes. Chapter Four is Healing. There are exercises for healing the body and soul, though they are not intended to substitute for medical advice. They are an adjunct to the healing process. Chapter Five is Creating. Here we find art and rituals for enhancing creativity. Finally, Chapter Six is Celebrating. Tarot rituals are provided for birthdays, first blood, childbirth and other times of celebration. 
 
There is a bibliography of suggested reading and a short section about the author, who also co-wrote Tarot Games. This book does not contain interpretations for the cards; rather, it provides ways to use them and incorporate them into your day to day life.
 
I would recommend this book for anyone interested in expanding their use of the cards, whether beginner or advanced.
 
Tarot for Everyday
Author: Cait Johnson
publisher: Shawangunk Press
ISBN#: 188548200

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Excerpt
 
Many of us have engaged the Tarot in a nourishing partnership that helps us live our lives in the most conscious way possible, consulting the cards regularly for advice, comfort and guidance. But after we've pulled out our decks, received the images that resonate with our deep selves, and wrapped the cards back up or stuck them in their little boxes - then what? We can hold those images in our hearts. We can heed the warnings, we have just had with our inner wise one. But what if we could do more?
 
Even for those of us who consult the cards on a daily basis, the Tarot has always been set somewhat apart from the ordinary fabric of our everyday lives: its occult, mysterious reputation has prevented many of us from seeing what a comforting and down to earth helper the Tarot cards can be. What if we could bring the Tarot out into our daily lives - manifest its wisdom in concrete, practical ways that will improve and benefit us all? Imagine taking a bath in scented oils that the Tarot helped you to chose, or cooking an eating a special Tarot meal that makes you feel healthier. Imagine allowing the Tarot to suggest colors and clothing that will empower you, or drinking a special cup of Tarot tea to balance your emotions or increase your vitality. These specific, practical applications of traditional Tarot wisdom can unlock a whole new dimension in our experience of the cards and give us an invaluable ally in our journey toward wholeness.
Tarot for Everyday, pg. xi
 


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