This innovative book provides everything you need to break past the barrier of being a “perpetual beginner” at reading tarot cards. You will also learn how to activate the cards that appear in your readings and claim agency as a co-creator with the forces within the message you’ve received. Finally, like The Fool, you will learn how to take a leap of faith by turning the cards face up and work with them intentionally and with purpose.
Author Denise Hesselroth shows you that divination is only the first step – once you have the information from your reading, what will you do with it? Using innovative techniques and spreads, Intentional Tarot adds a proactive element to your practice. This book provides the tools you need to activate your traditional readings. Then we turn the tarot on its head. We start with an answer instead of a question. We select the cards face up instead of face down. We send our intentions out instead of pulling interpretations in. We attempt to change the world instead of hoping to change our lives. We become active participants instead of passive recipients.
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Tarot History & Tarot Future
“This Tarot book is a refreshing change in so many ways… Hesselroth’s revolutionary method of Intentional Tarot is amazingly potent. This method relies on one being an active participant with the Universe. In addition, the suggestions for beginning readers such as getting off book, the Magic of the Moment, and accessible spreads go beyond the typical advice. The bulk of the book is a strong outline of suggestions in using each card within the four-part Intentional spread: My Understanding, My Goal, My Promise and My Gratitude. Also, the organic approach to the classic Fool’s journey is simply awe inspiring.”
–Nancy Antenucci – Author, Teacher and Reader
The oldest surviving tarot cards date back to the 1400s. Families used these hand-painted art pieces to play several types of card games. These games, such as Jeu de Tarot and Tarocchi, are still being played today and the special 78 card deck needed for the games can easily be purchased online. Divinatory uses for the cards developed centuries later. The publication of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck in 1910, one of the first to provide unique illustrations for each of the 40 “pip” cards, was a turning point for the popularity of the cards.
One rarely discussed modern way of working with the tarot cards is a method that I call Intentional Tarot. In this method of using the tarot cards we are literally doing the opposite of a traditional tarot reading. We start with an answer instead of a question. We select the cards with intention face up instead of pulling them randomly from a face down deck. The energy of the moment originates within us and flows outward, instead of the inward directed gift of insight we receive during a traditional reading.
Tarot cards from Llewellyn’s Classic Tarot by Barbara Moore and Eugene Smith. © 2014 by Barbara Moore and Eugene Smith. Used by permission from Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd., www.Llewellyn.com.