Finding the Fool: A Tarot Journey to Radical Transformation

Weiser. Mar. 2023. 288p. ISBN 9781578637874. pap. $18.95. PARAPSYCH
Written from a queer perspective, this book from tarot reader Wall (Instagram’s @3am.tarot) invites readers to look past the limitations and exclusions of previous Euro-centric, binary, hetero-normative interpretations of most decks and read tarot from one’s own personal story. Using the Fool card (card zero of the Major Arcana) as metaphor and guide, three sections include how to begin to find one’s intuitive self, select a deck and establish a relationship to the cards; a generous set of interpretations; and encouragement to keep extending the learnings through exploration of card spreads and further readings. The largest section is the nuanced, inclusive, and fresh interpretations of each of the 78 cards that include key words, planetary/astrological/elemental/numerological correspondences along with journal prompts for those creating a tarot grimoire. Wall rejects the standard hierarchy of Major Arcana import over the Minor pip cards.
VERDICT A primer that is also a deep dive, appropriate and inclusive for all persons at all levels of expertise, Wall’s book is a likely candidate to join the canon of must-read guides for the serious student of the tarot.
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