Friday, April 15, 2016

Review: The Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin

A hip, accessible, and practical guide for artists and creative people looking to tarot for guidance and inspiration in the tradition of The Secret Language of Birthdays and Steal Like an Artist.

What if the path to creativity was not as challenging as everyone thinks? What if you could find that spark, plot twist, or next project by simply looking at your life and your art through a different lens?

Written for novices and seasoned readers alike, The Creative Tarot is a unique guidebook that reimagines tarot cards and the ways they can boost the creative process. Jessa Crispin guides you through the intuitive world of the tarot to get those creative juices flowing again. Thought to be esoteric and mystical, tarot cards are approachable and endlessly helpful to overcoming creative blocks. Crispin offers spiritual readings of the cards, practical information for the uninspired artist, and a wealth of fascinating anecdotes about famous artists including Virginia Woolf, Rembrandt, and David Bowie, and how they found inspiration.

With five original tarot spreads and beautiful illustrations throughout, The Creative Tarot is an accessible, colorful guide that demystifies both the tarot and the creative process.

Received for review.

I've been familiar with the tarot for years and have read numerous books on the subject so I was intrigued by this latest volume about it to cross my path.

The book is set up beautifully so whether you're reading it cover to cover for the first time, or referring back to it to look up a particular card it's easy to navigate and find what you need quickly.  Each card is clearly illustrated and labelled and gives not only a short description of the card's meaning but also a more detailed analysis of the meaning in reference to the creative world and process.

What I liked most about this volume was that it is significantly more positive than other books on the tarot.  There are no "bad" cards and if you do receive a traditionally "bad" card the interpretation is more uplifting and educational than fear inducing.

Overall, this is an excellent addition to anyone's tarot library, especially if you are in a creative field.  The author's upbeat and friendly tone makes for an enjoyable reading experience that is sure to be appreciated.  I certainly highly recommend this to those new to the tarot and old pros alike.

★★★★★ = Loved It


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