Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Temperance Spread

It's the middle of the week, and I've been feeling pulled in both directions- The crazed intensity of the beginning of the week, and the calm smooth sailing of the weekend calling.

Temperance in the Tarot symbolizes taking the opposites or "extremes" and blending them; it changes the energies for a more centrist result.

The card usually appears to me when I am frustrated, as a note to take heed.

This spread denotes

1- action
2-to be tempered (a reaction)
and creating a  new
3- outcome

Here's to walking the moderate path.   Bless!~


"Temperance" from the Hanson- Roberts Tarot©







Sunday, March 26, 2017

Tarot Life Tricks

Life Tricks? I just can't read the word 'hack' for things that aren't even one anymore.
If the term never catches on, I'm fine.

So, how often do you work with Tarot other than using it to read?

If you feel the Tarot's symbolism has a subconscious component, why not help it help you?
My goal with this post is to inspire you; find YOUR way to have Tarot help you, and when you do, go for it! (and don't forget to share with me, I love to learn!)

Have you ever thought about or tried:

Letting Tarot help with Inspiration
It may be old school, but having an inspirational (or affirmation) post or picture on your mirror (great for self-confidence, had to bring it down so it didn't make the worst selfie)
Now, you don't have to go all Walt Whitman, unless of course you can handle it...



Some who are dieting have been known to place a picture on the fridge for "Thinspiration"
- seeing affirmations has been proven to help folks reach their goals faster.
With the advent of the internet, it's even easier to convert a card image and attach a quote (although nothing is stopping you from also placing a card under a magnet with a note of your quote- More is more!)
New school: Create a custom made screen saver:

For the charmed life:
Tiny tarot cards make great talismans. I keep a copy of the 9 of pentacles in my wallet ("I depend on me") 

Woo that can wow:
Imprinting into water- while this may seem too "woo" for some, real and layman research has shown the effect of stimuli permeated onto an object.
Read about the research of Masuru Emoto's  Water Experiment

Could Tarot not have the same effects on water? How about  making a Tarot Essence?
Lisa Eddy from Angelorum covers a practice I've been working with for years splendidly for you: How To Create A Tarot Essence

Here's my own hands on project:

Disintegrate your problems literally! Look for dissolving paper, also called spy paper, sold online or in (stage) magic shops
Here, I have taken the 5 of cups (RWS) and printed a copy of the card onto the dissolving paper.
I will write something that is irretrievably gone and let it go as the water obliterates it into nothing.
You can drink this water as well.(**Note: Make sure you use NON toxic inks!)  For drinking, I would choose an empowering card, like Strength, or a healing one, such as the Star.
                                                 


The no fancy external equipment version- tear up, burn, shred a photocopy of a card's image to destroy it's influence can have the exact same effect and flair quota.

Charting a goal:  Progress with 7 of  pentacles-
In most decks, the 7 of pentacles figure is "growing" the pentacles- keyword, growing - though some people see the figure lamenting the process, I see opportunity- as another kind of green- money!
Have a goal to grow? Maybe this will inspire you.
I made a photocopy of my 7p on scrap paper
The original was on an used envelope. It had real amounts so I recreated it for your viewing- make the page can fold over for privacy or for notes.
On the "ground" write the number you are at now.
I know the sevens in Tarot can be unwieldy, but feel one needs to tend to the goal to make it to the eight. For working a project off the ground I would start here and then move working goals to the eight after achieving the ones on the seven.
On the ground I  wrote 200. My goal in the next six months is 1000 units in sales (or whatever units, money, etc you are charting.) I have written my goals on the remaining pentacles on the vines, focusing on growth and progress. (Don't let these small round numbers get you thinking small- mark your goal and go for it!


Personalize it: Here is where I call upon "The Tarot Coloring Book"- 8 1/2" by 11" glorious coloring space to work with in your own way. The coloring police will not come after you if you color a middle seam on one of the tunic pieces and make them harem pants, or bell bottoms- hmm.... corduroy, or overalls (just saying- have at it!) I've got a book review planned, you'll see!
It's written by the "O.G. of Tarot" herself, Theresa Reed The Tarot Lady, who is writing a great blog series on blinging out your coloring book!
Great inspiration found on her blog Tarot Coloring Book Tutorials



The Tarot Coloring Book  (I bought it on Amazon, it's available in most booksellers)
++ not an affiliate link, this was where I bought my copy

Don't have a copy yet?  Or need a playing card size to color?  This was go-to link before The Tarot Lady's Book. May I share a link?  Well, it's my blog, so I say yes!

These are from The Tarot Taxi blog by Jera Babylon Rootweaver
Tarot Exercise- Color Your Own


Use in spell work: If you can choose significators or identify a situation, what's stopping you?
What's needs to happen or change? What is the goal? How would it happen?
Make it so in cards and ritual.

Internet help-
 I really like this great post from Jess Carlson 's blog Jess Carlson check out Simple Tarot Spells
One of my favorite bloggers (and authors!)  Christiana Gaudet (Blog Tarot Topics ) has a series "78 Magickal Tools" well worth checking into:  Here's a link to a simple spell  that has worked great for me: Make Your Wish- The Simplest Tarot Spell Ever

For a series of some great Tarot spells with aligned moon timing, check out
Diana Chin's Blog posts: Red Lotus Designz

Prefer a book? Now we're talking!
One of the first books offered to the public on the topic was Tarot Spells by Janina Renee.


                                                  ++ Nope, no commission for me here.

It's a great primer and offers a nice variety of spells to work with.

**These types of books deserve their own post. Be on the lookout, it's coming.


Play a Game ... Introducing, Tarot-mid!
I may be the first to tell you this, or I may be the 285th "creator" of this one. I'm not tech savvy enough to play solitaire type games in an app, so you'll have to go tactile with the cards, to play this.
I think this game would be a wonderful way to introduce Tarot in a non-scary fashion, as well as brush one up on their Roman Numerals (if using the RWS) and basic addition.
Basically, it's the game Pyramid Solitaire, except with Tarot.
So, the cards are laid out as follows, cards slightly overlap the row above, as in the photo. the last row has 7 cards.
                         x
                        x x
                       x x x
                   Etc, until 7 cards


As in Pyramid Solitaire, the rule is to remove cards in two's, each pair totaling 13.
Tarot has the advantage of lots of freebies that will open up being 13 and over. Queen = 13.  Death =13  any card higher than 13, is a freebie (as well as The Fool)
Quick hints:
Page= 11
Knight=12
Queen=13
King=14
But you can't just go pulling out cards all free style.
Any card partially covered is not fair game unless it's in immediate play- even the high number cards. For example, see pic
Your remaining cards comprise your "draw" pile. 1 card at at time please, and start at opening the bottom row.



On our posted bottom row, Death comes off right away (13) So does the king (15)
The Knight of Cups (12) can pair with either magician or ace of pentacles (strategy here, which opens up more cards?)  also equals 13
Our moves expose the queen in the 2nd row.
No more current plays.
Time for the Draw pile.
 If your first draw card will not play, but with the 2nd draw card = 13, that still counts.
Discard any one with a number greater than 13. Continue in this fashion, until the draw pile is exhausted, or you have cleared the pyramid, which ever happens first.

Here is my finished game, with the played out discard pile placed horizontally (bottom of pyramid)
+Note- The king cannot be played as it is covered by the 8 of wands.
It's a bit of a thinker, but can be very entertaining!



Tarot is viable in so many projects! Books have been written of new ways have to fun with Tarot.


I recommend  Andy Matzner's  The Tarot Activity Book  ++ not an affiliate link, just reference


I really enjoyed this one. It's definitely written by a counselor and has many self exploratory ideas. It is sadly devoid of pictures- there was a blog (now seemingly defunct- www.beautifulmagickaltarot.com) however Andy is on Facebook.

I have my eye on Alison Cross' of Tarot Thrones blog New Release, which promises no unused/ out of use cards left behind! Tarot Kaizen  

                                                 
 ++ Not an affiliate link; only available as an e-book currently.


Basic Decision Help~ For the more free spirited, why not ask your deck what to wear-
Should the Queen of Wands wear a caftan? Pink 1950's maribou feather slippers maybe?
Or where to vacation? (King of Cups just says island to me, but not which one!)
Then there's the big question- "What do you want to eat?"- Psst...whatever the 4 of pentacles one ate, by the look on their face, I don't recommend that!

What other ways could Tarot work with you?

Just an FYI, if you haven't read my profile, I blog as an Tarot observer and reader. I do not post affiliate links nor do I receive promotional consideration- I post what I like, and have cycled thru hundreds of tarot books so I tend to be a bit opinionated as well as well read. I may just start book name dropping in every post, as I love to chat about them.
Are we friends? Twitter @Frindle_Sg  or Facebook at Sg Frindle.

Until next post, Tarot on!



Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Nook Review- She Is Sitting In The Night by Oliver Pickle

She Is Sitting In the Night, Oliver Pickle (2016)


This book blipped on my radar via a review from the very popular Little Red Tarot blog founder, Beth Maiden. Not only is it the newest addition to my collection at about a week, it was just released in 2016; I am hopefully an early reviewer.
I would be remiss if i didn't link Beth's stellar review (and purchase option- there is a shop!)
Review- She Is Sitting In The Night
Should you reside in Canada, it's released by Indy press Metonymy where you can order direct- both options support the small business and independent publishers, as well as promoting the need for more queer voices in literature.

What you'll get:
Smallish trade paperback at 6" x 8" it is slightly shorter and wider than a typical book in this category. It pages in at 187.
To judge this book by it's cover, it has a matte finish; and from the very first touch, the tactile feeling is a slight comfortable resistance to the stroke-unique in the land of glossy paperbacks. You are met with Ruth West's cutout artwork from Thea's Tarot on the front cover, which is the basis for the entire work.

Why you may have overlooked this gem:
Whether or not one is "here and queer" doesn't mean that every book for/by/about the topic may not apply universally. The subject matter and small publisher house, along with the fact that you won't find this one on Amazon, means this is "words from friends" currently. Hey, each one tell one!


Why it's worth it's place in the book nook
Speaking only as the person I am, I find the feminist theme of  Thea's deck entirely relatable. Inside is a celebration of the person. It matters not if the figure is trim or zaftig, sharply or culturally dressed, or in some cases, maybe not clothed at all!
West's images feature celebration, sometimes wild abandonment,other times curling up with a cat and book, or with someone they love.

I see any reader benefiting from this well written book, to be inclusive of all of those who approach you to read Tarot for their guidance, and certainly readers on the on the LGBTIA+ spectrum.
Oliver's definitions are transferable to most tarot decks- no need for Thea's Tarot, although it is a well drawn deck.
At first, I didn't really think the stock cut-out art would appeal to me, but as I really read the book, I felt more attuned to the artist, and began to see the spaces unfold between the heavy lines.

The pictures comprise a single page for each one and are large enough for contemplation and appreciation.
The language of book is written to be as inclusive as possible. Although "she" is a focus of many cards, the language can change within the sentence. ex- " Look at this guy, sitting on a box she just built" from the Eight of Pentacles.

The Face (also called Court) cards often
include an astrological tidbit references, though you will find no in-depth for the minors nor an overall chart of it- this is where another tarot book (such as one of  Oliver's favorites "78 Degrees of Wisdom" could be helpful)
Thea's original meanings are given at the top of each entry.

Do I have sample pages? Yep


Art, a renaming of The Hanged One in most decks


What's NOT in this book (That may be important to you):
Reversals are not featured nor mentioned.
The Celtic Cross is the only spread featured.
No spreads are analyzed, nor any sample reading offered.
The main focus in on the card interpretations themselves.
Several cards have been renamed, and explained.
Justice is 8, Strength is 11.

TL,DR? Too Long, Didn't Read?
*Well written book that fosters inclusivity as well as celebrating feminism
*Wonderful for any reader who is queer or one who wants a book that offers a view on allowing your readings to be more inclusive of all of your clients
*Although you could start to read Tarot with this book, I would suggest more in-depth books to accompany, such as "78 Degrees of Wisdom" (Rachel Pollack)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Tarot & the Tube- Dexter, Pt 1

I'm starting off the Tarot & Tube series with one of my favorite
series:
"Dexter", Showtime's cultish hit show about a serial killer who works in a lab  for law enforcement, and uses his knowledge to play vigilante against murderers and other scuz that have slipped from justice.

Faces forward- How do you choose a Significator for someone?
Do you find a card based on their astrological sign? Their profession?
What they look like? What the book says?

I like to play a very enjoyable game where I look at folks and decide their Face Card. Purists avert your eyes; I have seen men in their 30's who are professionals, married with children represented by Queens, as well Women in their 20's who are Kings and the like.
Interesting for me is, most often, people tend to look like either their Sun sign or Ascendant in astrology. I've worked in professions where IDs are a must- so I have practiced. For celebs, I Google like everyone else.
There is a small trend that I like represented in the Slow Holler Deck that renames the court ranks as Student / Traveler / Visionary / Architect-  Wow! I'd like to start using these contexts!
So, who are we talking about?

First off, the show's namesake, Dexter Morgan.

 Dexter has an aloof persona- I'm thinking King of Swords: By day, blood spatter analyst. When it's time, The Dark Passenger takes the helm. Should that need it's own card? The Devil perhaps? Is the Id "Lizard Brain"?
Do you "see the character in the card- literally? Or just match up the qualities? Try this-
Dexter Morgan
)
RWS
Can you see it?
Lotus Tarot
Or is this better? (Lotus Tarot)

Ironically the actor who portrays Dexter (Michael C Hall) is an Aquarius. Representing Air signs as Swords is the most common. 



Debra Morgan, his sister, is a spitfire, with an epic no brain to mouth filter- pardon her french indeed! Page of Wands, this one. Do you see it?
Debra Morgan



RWS

Dreaming Way Tarot
Or is  more like this for you? (Dreaming Way Tarot)
Jennifer Carpenter, the actress that plays Debra, is a Sagittarius.
The Wands typify the Fire sign attributes.


James Remar portrays Dexter's Father and mentor figure. He's an earth sign, but I'd bet he has some water in the ascendant or prevalent in the chart, as I see him as the King of Cups. Does it look more like him in the Morgan Greer Tarot?
Harry Morgan


RWS
Morgan Greer



Being a vigilante serial killer is only cool on TV- but even in that world, you still have to blend in somehow.

 Let's throw in some "normalcy" -a partner.

Rita was a blind date set up by Debra. she's a classic Queen of Pentacles- nurturing, mothering, gentle.
This is a time where all those physical descriptions for the RWS deck gets it wrong- dark woman with dark hair. Not even close!
Rita Bennett
RWS
However, Julie Benz, who portrays Rita, is an earth sign, for the win.       


Here' s a more 'her' portrait from the Connolly tarot look if it helps.
Connolly Tarot

Stay Taroted in for part 2, as there is no drama without antagonists!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Topsy Turvy Tarot- Reversals



♫ Downside up, upside down
Take my weight from the ground
Falling deep in the sky
Slipping in the unknown ♪  " Downside Up" Peter Gabriel 2011

Reversed cards in a reading can distract a good reader, even scare a new reader: Run! To the books and forums, March!
The RWS deck, arguably the most common deck for beginners,gives a LWB with interpretations of gloom at best for those head over heel cards.
"There's 10 swords in your back? Ha ha! Now upside you are left to flail like a turtle shish kabob on it's back- and the sun's coming up, good luck!"
Okay, not a direct quote, it reads both ways...

Ever think about reading reversals?
If not, was it because it wasn't in a book?- Did/do you need confirmation or permission? (**You now have my blessing- you're welcome!)

You want to/are read/ing reversals? Why? Is there a sacred knowledge that cannot be shown in all upright cards? (**Meet me in the spot; flash the card, and we'll use the secret handshake)





Just a reminder, The Hanged One is upside down in most every deck, that's a reversal faced at some time in reader reality.  









Is tarot only good/bad, upright/reversed, good can only get better, bad leads directly to worse?
I'm not here to persuade you. Actually, once you get into your reading groove, you'll probably have a preference (or not, no points docked if you like to change it up)

Asking my cards~

This deck the (RWS) is one of my best friends; not only does it tell me I have something in my teeth, the cards are thin enough to help me get it out!

So, the querent wants to know if their someone has eyes or anything else for another.

The 'Splain- (the Spread explained)
These 3 cards will be read together for as a unit- no spread format.
Card 1 NoW  2 Lovers Rx  3 7s

The Tarotopsy- (dissecting the spread)

For this,we'll read the cards upright and reversal


The "one night stand" Knight running away, the Lovers Rx, and that "cheatin'" card 7 of swords spell out all kinds of "Nope, nope, nope!" for faithfulness here.


And now, without reversals.
Same Petitioner, Question, and 'Splain



Card 1 7s  Card 2 3c   Card 3 Devil


The Tarotopsy-



The 7 of swords makes an appearance again, but you can't claim "cheatin'!" alone based on one card- Looking at with the 3 of cups (hmm, multiples) and the Devil? Yeah, it's looking like the querent  shouldn't think they're exclusive, but rather all-inclusive!


TL,DR? (Too long, didn't read?)

The point- Olympic event the High Jump was traditionally done by curving front forward over the bar- that is until Richard Fosbury modified and perfected a technique arching over backwards!
Both ways have been performed in the Olympics; yes, one is now standard- I say choose or not to channel your inner Fosbury- go with the way that works for you.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tarot-Ay-Ee-Tube!



  

 This One!


Tarot and the Tube- a great combination


   

No,Not this tube!                       




   I'm not speaking of shows that have featured a Tarot deck sighting (cool as that is when it happens), I'm talking more of translating the TV into Tarot; or converting your Tarot for TV, your pick.

    Whether newbie or veteran, laterally using Tarot with TV or book can help your:
-Character studies (which face card is represented by this character?)
-Prediction confirmation (read a spread beforehand and see if you were right)
-Situational awareness- what card/s do/es this scene represent
-Imagination- start visualizing alternate scenarios for the show. Have Tarot reflect what you prefer to happen.
-Play matchmaker!- Do the Tarot cards chosen when paired up as on the show work? Why/why not? Do you learn any more insight into either the card or the character in that exercise?
-Of course there's always more! What will you learn?

This post in my introduction into a series of posts I will be writing
about my take on some of my favorite shows from the small screen.

Stay Tuned and Taroted In!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

I Designed a Spread- "Decisions, Decisions"

    Most find, particularly when reading for themselves, a one to five card spread just about covers most of the basic inquiries.

A popular question revolves around, "What am I to do?"

Now throwing your decision as a fated condition to anyone or anything, like Tarot, a pack of paper and ink remember, would be ill advisable at best.

I remember the tale of a someone whom practiced bibliomancy (divining by a random passage chosen in a book) The person in the story was religious, and used a holy book to divine their fate.
Apparently at some point our querant divined "What do I need to do?" and the passage read, "Go hang yourself." The sad story ends with them found hanging in their barn.


    For those of us that prefer to be in charge of our destiny, to the extent of which we are able, Tarot can provide a nice map, even a paper trail GPS if you will- 20 mins as the traffic runs RIGHT NOW. Should a redirection occur in 3 minutes, the path and/or time travel would change. Many GPS systems have an adjustable voice control- your journey can have even be narrated with an accent like Nature films- what accent does your Tarot deck read in?





The 'Splain - The Spread Explained
This is a basic 3 card spread

We have Card 1 at the feet - the proverbial vehicle to get on the path; not consciously choosing this card may give the answer to why you've an uneasy footing.

Cards 2 and 3 are loosely based on palmistry-
Card 2, on the Right, tells us the path most likely chosen; our gung ho "Outta my way!" approach- You might go where angels fear to tread. ( in palmistry, this hand represents what you have chosen to do)

Card 3, on the Left, gives insight to another, perhaps not your dream option, although many a great story has happened "on the way to..." ( in palmistry, this is the hand with what you were destined)


The spread is designed to be useful in helping you identify what your path you could be heading on as a result of your decisions- The pattern forms an arrow which points back to you; Ultimately the answer should always come from within.

As always, ♫ "There's still time to change the road you're on" ♪ (Led Zeppelin, "Stairway to Heaven")

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sudden Tarot- Battle in the Basin

Has it ever happened to you, just living your life and then, suddenly, Tarot? In this case I happened on a 5 of swords scenario.

   This is a candid unstaged photo. When I saw this, I had a camera brought in to preserve the moment.  (My family knows not to ask anymore)

   I saw only the configuration initially; a 5 of swords post "Battle in the Basin". Then I thought about it.
The electric toothbrush takes on the (is it winning?) fighter in the foreground;It's believed to be superior to the standard by my dentist~ does that make it so?




That's one of the best parts about Tarot- the answer is reflective of the question. It's also your intuition and interpretation.

    In the background are standard toothbrushes; they are huddled towards the corner, and get the same results by applying a different approach.
My dentist recommended this fancy gadget years ago due to "prone" teeth.
My offspring has used standard brushes for all his years (now a high school graduate) and never had cavity one.

Hmm, who's the victor in this fight now?

You may see this card saying the figure in the front of the card just had those swords knocked out of their arms, and those others joked and walked away.
Not wanting to appear to be phased, the fore figure starts telling secrets from summer camp- you know, those embarrassing ones. That would make me grin.

  When reading a group of cards, it may help to imagine what happened from the previous card that led to this one.

    I know we may not approach every moment looking through a Tarot lens, but do allow for those moments when the flame takes shapes, or the wind whispers, the rocks meditate or the water calms; maybe, suddenly, Tarot is there.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Book Nook review- Everyday Tarot by Gail Fairfield.




I've had this book since it's original inception, "Choice Centered Tarot".
That well worn copy which lasted many journeys was eventually lost to me by water damage. The new edition shiny purple cover didn't change a word inside though~ still like coming home.
Originally published in 1982, this book is as relevant as ever.

What you'll get: a larger than mass paperback/smaller than trade paperback thin edition- Paging in at only 160 total, Ms Fairfield executed editing brilliance: not one word used frivolously.

Why may have overlooked this gem:
Keeping in mind the date of press, not much was available to the masses on the subject- this was a pre-internet treasure trove, though not my first book.

That was admittedly "The Complete Guide to the Tarot" by Eden Gray, also released in mass paperback in 1982, and considered one of the hallmark "ancestors channeling" of Tarot reading as we know it today.
It probably was yours too, or one that would be first recommended to you, if not "78 Degrees of Wisdom", Rachel Pollack's seminal reconstruction inspired by that book as the "Gold Standard" by which all others are held to since.

Prettier cover maybe? Well CCT was a bit unpolished as "Judging a book by it's cover goes"                                    




Why it's worth it's place in the book nook:
+This book called out the overt racism, classism, sexism, gender, age, and body image discrimination found in most every deck in print to that point, which seems to this day still present an issue...
So many extra points for her stating that the gender name on the card is irrelevant to the person whom embodies it. The book's language stays relatively gender neutral as well, allowing the place for  "You", as you are.
+There's no blank areas for your to write in, but this is a workbook!
Gail shows you where to look but does not tell you what to see.
+The chapter "Designing A Layout" aka, creating a spread, is alone worth the price of admission.
+Card interpretations include concise Upright, Reverse, Neutral, Positive and Negative meanings, sort of one and done for any appearance in a spread. I find her explanation of description of the four suits exemplary and suitable for teaching.
+She really touches on most everything- Asking the Question, Appearance of other people in the spread, reading for Skeptic or Child, Timing answers, Alternate Ways to use the Tarot,(dreamwork, anyone?)and a nice list of possible Layout Positions you use.

Do I have sample pages? Yep.





What's NOT in this book (That may be important to you):
-There's no photography, no illustrations of cards,
meanings not attributed for RWS and clones thru description of pictures. -Wands= Fire Swords= Air
-There are no Golden Dawn decan dates or any Astrology explained other than a sentence notating group elemental and compass node of direction.
-The Celtic Cross is about one of eight shown, and there are no sample readings of spreads provided. The emphasis is on creating your own tailored layout.
-58/160 pages are dedicated to card meanings, and tend to rely on non-illustrated pips and numerology meanings- you may want other books to fill you in on the  history, and more in-depth symbolism for illustrated decks.

TL,DR? Too Long, Didn't Read?
*You could learn to read using this book.
*It is also ideal to curb any co-dependency on RWS decks and/or learning to design your own spread.
*The universal concepts within will still apply 20 more years from now.
*Get it.








My Book Nook+ Reading Table

Hello Taroty Folks,
Today I thought I would begin to share in my collection of tarot books that have made it to a dedicated spot on the shelf of my reading table.

Looking at a tarotist's bookshelf is like snooping in a medicine cabinet- admit it, you want to- ever look behind a reader in a photo of them by their shelves? Seeing how much your tastes have in common?
Do you ever chant- "Gooble gobble one of us?"

The all important reveal:

At one point in my travels, I had over 300 books on Tarot, Occult, Metaphysical, and "New Age" per the retailers books; aka Tarot books
Some of them were paired down out of necessity, others for redundancy of information.
I'm currently at "The one in one out rule", meaning it better thrill my soul or it gets resold or given to one who appreciates it.
Of course, nothing stops me from stalking Goodreads, Amazon, pre-orders, or any recommendations I can get to read!
We're gonna need a bigger shelf. This would do...

Yeah, I would so rock this out; I even have some crystals.... (You may recognize this bookcase from the show "Dexter", I'm a fan and this bookshelf is partly to why)

All of this goodness nests beneath the reading portion of the table, where through osmosis and maybe some magick rise collective helping voices of knowledge and insight.