Two things I’m sure about: Most Tarot books are dry as hell, and sex sells. Thus, Naked Tarot: Down and Dirty Advice from the Cards.
The world doesn’t need yet another boring ass Tarot book regurgitating Waite, Wirth or Uncle Al. Judging from the mail I receive as a Tarot expert, seekers trying to learn the cards are frustrated and fed up—weary from sucking the dry tit of esoterica with no useful milk to show for it. No Golden Dawn snooze-fest or Crowley catatonia in Naked Tarot!
No, seekers are hot for truth, panting for ways to affect, and improve, their destiny. Tarot can deliver, but readers must be seduced with raw simplicity and outrageous honesty.
What readers need, I humbly propose, is a stripped-down, in-your-face guide to the Tarot, akin to a nudist camp for the cards.
In my book Naked Tarot: Down and Dirty Advice from the Cards, I offer (for each card):
- Stripped Down (overview)
- Down and Dirty Keywords
- Traditional Keywords
- Disney Character
- Animal Totem
- Flower Essences
- Divine Messenger
- Personifications and Embodiments
- Naked Advice for:
- Recommended Resource/s
- Spread ‘Em (Card layout that serves double-duty as journaling prompts)
- Sample Reading
And the Court Cards? Original, deep psychological profiles off all 16 cards, including correlations wtih MBTI/Keirsey, ANSIR, the Enneagram, StrengthsFinder 2.0 and more.
And so, dear readers, I'm excited to announce this new book I'm working on for Dodona Books (should be out Fall 2013). Below is the chapter on The Hermit.
Stripped Down: When you want to stay in bed, bury yourself under a stack of blankets and shun humanity until the next Ice Age dawneth (and no people are left), congratulations: You’ve just entered The Hermit zone. The Hermit burns a candle for himself, alone, so if you need a light—go buy your own matches.
Down and Dirty Keywords: Get the hell away from me; Fuck off and die; Wake me up when humanity has destroyed itself; What part of “alone time” don’t you understand?
Traditional Keywords: Isolation; Withdrawal; Going Solo; Self-Reliance
Career: In the animated movie Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa was a total dick in the first half of the movie. Like Rudolph’s equally dicktastic Dad, Donner, Santa considered Rudolph a freak, shaming him into hiding his flaming schnoz. Extrapolating this anecdote to your career trajectory, tell your own North Pole Negative Nellies to fuck off. God gave you a unique disposition, unusual talent or flair for the absurd for a reason. One day, it will not only come in handy, put possibly save the day…so shine on!
Romance: Unless playing with yourself constitutes a good time, get the hell out of bed (or your black-lit basement) and go meet some people! A museum, concert, library, church, mall, bookstore…just get out there and mingle already. When it comes to romance—or any endeavor, really—the Universe favors the prepared. So, prepare to meet your match by crawling out of your shell. Now.
Parenting: Look, wallflowers often turn into brilliant scientists, digital wizards or geektastic gurus. And, yes, sometimes brooding musicians, hackers for Anonymous or even serial killers. But never you mind that! Sometimes, kids have to go within to find themselves. If Mary or Johnny is otherwise happy and healthy, then get off your kid’s back about “being social”.
Spirituality: Jesus often withdrew from the crowds to commune with his Father. He gave, a lot, but knew his strength came from a deep well inside. You’re no different. If you keep pouring out without taking time to fill up, you’ll go dry. Unplug from formal religion, legalistic dictates and moralistic “shoulds”, choosing to drink deeply from Spirit on your own terms, and in your own way.
Recommended Resource: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
What do I need to know about solitude?
How do I make the most out of alone time?
What area of my life needs illumination?
What do I need to know about solitude?: 5 of Cups (Traditional Keywords: Disappointment; Sorrow; Mourning Loss, Private Grief) – Solitude is often a time for me to “lick my wounds”, especially when I’ve experienced some kind of loss. Alone time helps me come to terms with my grief, rather than glossing over it (which happens easily when I’m busy or preoccupied). Failure to acknowledge my loss, feel the pain and honor my grief prohibits psychological integration and emotional healing.
How do I make the most out of alone time? Queen of Cups (Traditional Keywords: Nurturing intuition; Tending to relationships; Contemplating Psychic Revelations) – Often seen as the “psychic woman” card, this reminds of The Hermit in that this Queen ignores what’s around here in favor of gazing at the huge chalice she holds. This cup may be a container for something she’s collected, perhaps metaphorical spiritual water, or the vessel of her own Soul. I make the most out of alone time when I ponder what I already know via intuition, and then absorb the resultant insights.
What area of my life needs illumination? Judgement (Traditional Keywords: Karma; Reaping; Calling) – Recently, I was the target of a year-long online smear campaign that included harassment, blacklisting and the boycotting of my work. People are now starting to come forward to admit their mistakes and slanderous actions, even going so far to issue public apologies to me for trying to ruin my reputation. This card illuminates two things for me: karma will balance injustice, and the truth will always out. Eventually.
So what do you think, guys? Is this a book you'd like to read?