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Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped-Down Advice

 
The world doesn’t need yet another boring-ass Tarot book regurgitating Waite, Wirth or Uncle Al. Seekers trying to learn the cards are frustrated and fed up—weary from sucking the dry breast of esoterica with no useful milk to show for it. The good news? No Golden Dawn snooze-fest or Crowley catatonia in Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped-Down Advice from the Cards!
 
Spiritual adventurers like you are burning for truth—hungry for ways to affect, and improve, your destiny. Tarot can deliver, but most books offer impractical, confusing, irrelevant and regurgitated card interpretations—causing seekers to throw up their hands to say “I just don’t get it!”
 
Your frustrations are over: with raw simplicity and outrageous honesty, I present a shitload of helpful, hilarious and relevant advice that will forever change how you see the cards—and finally equip you to understand, and read, the Tarot.
 
No punches pulled. No sugarcoating. It’s time to be forearmed, forewarned and foresighted. It’s time to get…naked.
 
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Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped-Down Advice will provide (for each card):
  • Stripped Down Overview
  • Keywords
  • Quote
  • Challenge
  • Gift
  • Occupations/Vocations
  • Disney Totem
  • Animal Symbol
  • Flower Essences
  • Crystals/Gemstones
  • Aromatherapy
  • Body Parts/Systems and Health Issues
  • Mystical Messenger
  • Sabian Symbol
  • Writing Prompt
  • Affirmation
  • Personifications and Embodiments
  • Naked Advice for:
    -- Career
    -- Romance
    -- Parenting
    -- Spirituality
  • Recommended Resources
  • Spread ‘Em (Card layout that serves double-duty as journaling prompts)
  • Sample Readings
  • Bibliography
And the Court Cards? Original, deep psychological profiles off all 16 cards, including correlations with MBTI/Keirsey, ANSIR, the Enneagram, StrengthsFinder 2.0 and more.
 
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Below is a sample chapter from Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped-Down Advice:
 
8 of Coins - Do It Again. And Again.
 
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Stripped Down Overview: In the movie The Karate Kid, martial arts expert Mr. Miyagi instructed his young protégé to do menial tasks such as waxing the car (“wax on, wax off”). Ticked off that his mentor wasn’t teaching him to fight, but assigning him tedious cleaning jobs and repetitive tasks, the kid threw a tantrum. But what the master knew (that his student didn’t…until later) was that these seemingly monotonous jobs were teaching muscle memory—and the basic foundational moves of karate. Or let’s consider a prima ballerina: she doesn’t secure her position and dazzle crowds by sheer luck or even raw talent: behind each exquisite performance lies repetitious barre exercises, grueling pointe work and thousands upon thousands of arabesques, pirouettes, entrechats, fouettés and jetés. And this, my friends, is the core of the 8 of Coins: grunt work and routine. Focus, sustained concentration, dedication and practice—these lead to mastery. Want to become an expert? There are no shortcuts. Sure, some may learn and progress faster, but unless you’re, say, a piano prodigy by the age of five—you gotta put in the time and effort to become adept. 
 
Keywords: Occupation; Perfected Procedure; Formula; Step-by-Step; Practice; Patient Application; Reproduction; One Thing at a Time; Training; Craftsmanship; Constructive Habits; Reliable Employment; Uniformity; Detailed Preparation; Simulation; Chipping Away at an Intimidating Goal; Absorption in a Task; Rehearsal; Repetition
 
Personifications and Embodiments: Piano Scales; Repetitive Exercises; Factories; Assembly Lines; Stencils; Sketching; Paint-by-Numbers; Engraving
 
Quote: Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it. – Horace Mann
 
Challenge: Banality
 
Gift: Proficiency
 
Occupations/Vocations: Factory Worker; Craftsman; Engraver; Carpenter; Precision Machine Operator; Mass Manufacturer
 
Disney Character: The Seven Dwarves (Snow White)
 
Animal Totem: Spider
 
Flower Essence: Hornbeam (Bach)
 
Crystal/Stone: Black Spinel – Supports perseverance while fulfilling duties. Promotes disciplined, structured thinking. Focuses willpower on constructive approaches. Encourages modesty.
 
Aromatherapy: White Fir
 
Body Parts/Systems and Health Issues: Abnormal Cell Growth; Cancer
 
Mystical Messenger: Saint Eligius
 
Sabian Symbol: Pisces 15 – An officer drilling his men in a simulated attack.
 
Writing Prompt: A factory that manufactures custom pets
 
Affirmation: I discover what works—and do it often.
 
Naked Advice for the 8 of Coins
 
Career: In her excellent book for writers Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, author Anne Lamott tells the story of her older brother who, when he was ten, had a report to write. The topic was birds, and the teacher gave the students three months to finish. Except that her brother waited until the day before the report was due to begin. Panicked and overwhelmed, he sat at the kitchen table, surrounded by unopened books on birds, reams of paper and pencils. Their Dad put his arm around the son’s shoulders and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird”. As a writer, I can’t tell you how many times this story has encouraged me over the years. In fact, as I was writing this mammoth book, the excruciating, crushing enormity of my ambition felt like trying to level a mountain with a butter knife and trowel. I’d tell myself “Card by card, Janet. Just take it card by card.” Like a spider returns to spin the same web design even after wind or human tears it down, so we go back to our task—again and again—to do what we do best. Is it always easy? Hell no! Sometimes boring? Hell yes! But this is what expertise looks like, and arises from: sitting our ass down, practicing our craft and relentlessly pursuing mastery. It’s showing up, refusing to “call it in” and doing the job…all because our integrity demands it.
 
Romance: Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are solid, fulfilling relationships. You’re making steady progress, so keep applying what you know, and have learned, about romantic satisfaction. Now’s not the time to go on cruise control, however: just like a healthy garden needs attention and nourishment, so, too, does your partnership or method for attracting a mate. It’s important not to focus on what seems to work for your neighbors or colleagues, because you’re only glimpsing the public facet of their relationship—not necessarily what goes on behind closed doors. Avail yourself to books, podcasts or blogs about romance and attraction, especially if they resonate, because learning additional ways to develop stronger bonds can enhance what you already have. If you’re Facebook relationship status says “It’s complicated”, it’s time to make it more straightforward and simplistic (if only in your head).  
 
Parenting: If you have a son, nephew, grandson—or have babysat young boys—you probably know Thomas the Tank Engine and crew like the back of your hands. Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the railway system on the Island of Sodor, encourages and praises the trains when they are “responsible, reliable and really useful”. When the 8 of Coins chugs into your reading, it’s time to evaluate what it means to be those three “R”s—and teach it to the younger set in both word and deed. Consistent practice and dogged dependability will outshine raw talent (and privilege) most times, so assign tasks of incremental difficulty to give kiddos a sense of confidence and accomplishment. How they perform the “little” things when young (e.g. homework and chores) can translate to how they go on to approach adult responsibilities. Likewise, show them how building upon past efforts can transform into a large creation—so provide jigsaw puzzles, Lego or Erector sets, crocheting supplies, quilting paraphernalia or paint-by-number kits for them to use.
 
Spirituality: With the assembly line, Henry Ford changed manufacturing history. Before his ingenious idea, many people would converge, all working together to complete one car (much like the 3 of Coins approach). But with an assembly line, stationed workers waited for the partially assembled car to reach them via conveyer belt. Each person performed one job…and one job only. Presently, assembly lines are still used, but robotic automation has taken over for humans. Sometimes, our spiritual practice is best approached by sections or compartments, especially if we yearn to see growth. For me, I use the Four Elements approach: if I’m too much in my head with thoughts, ideas and creative plans (Air)—with an abundance of passion, curiosity and energy (Fire)—I know from experience that I need grounding with nature, food and sensuality (Earth), as well as emotional connection, self-care, family time and long, hot baths (Water). Determine what’s lacking, then take small steps to incorporate them into your routine. Over time, you feel more balanced and whole when you address your spiritual “pie” one slice at a time.
 
Recommended Resource: New Yankee Workshop (TV Show); Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals (TV Show); The Weaver by Vincent van Gogh; Ghostly Gourds by Normal Rockwell
 
Card Layout: Personal Stamp Spread
 
1. What is a defining hallmark of my work?
2. What has led to this trademark?
3. What can I do to enhance it even further?
4. What is likely to cause procrastination or decreased resolve?
5. How can I best prevent or cope with such a scenario?
6. Who or what needs my personal stamp most right now?
7. How can I bring my special touch to this situation?
8: Final Advice
 
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Praise for Naked Tarot
 
Janet Boyer’s newest take on the Tarot is sharp and saucy as F*&#. A few reasons you should strip down with Naked Tarot? 1. The correspondences are current and varied (I love interconnection!). 2. The face time given to the Minor Arcana and the Court Cards. Courts are difficult. This book lays them bare. 3. It’s a fun read. Thanks to Janet’s conversational flair, reading Naked Tarot is like chatting with a friend over tea. No. Make that a hot pink cosmo.Natalie Zaman, Wandering Witch and author of Magical Destinations of the Northeast and Color and Conjure
 
In Naked Tarot, Janet Boyer leverages her significant experience with Tarot to break down each of the cards into impressive detail. While other books may tell you how each card’s meaning changes with different questions and points of curiosity, Naked Tarot does it an utterly unique and sassy (sometimes, NSFW) way, calling up contexts and references I haven’t seen in other books. From using the Tarot to explore a personality, find a career, solve a problem and deepen your spiritualityto divining the future and even discovering your Disney totemNaked Tarot covers all the bases. It’s a significant undertaking by someone well worthy of the task. Tierney Sadler, Author/Creator of the Deck of 1000 Spreads
 
Naked Tarot is the fresh voice of contemporary Tarot practice, leading the field toward greater accessibility. It speaks with 21st century sensibilities. Janet Boyer tailors her book to modern culture, organized to fit seamlessly into the busy, hectic, and please-just-give-it-to-me-straight ethos of today. Yet, Naked Tarot deceives somewhat with its light humor: this is a serious, learned text that transfers the benefits of Ms. Boyer’s depth and breadth of Tarot knowledge. The reader will digest every line—because it is just that accessible—and leave knowing more about the cards than most intermediate Tarot readers. In short, Naked Tarot does a phenomenal job of teaching Tarot. I love this book and had so much fun reading it. I laughed and smiled throughout. —  Benebell Wen, author of Holistic Tarot (a much more boring book than Naked Tarot, I’m afraid to say) and The Tao of Craft: Fu Talismans and Casting Sigils in the Eastern Esoteric Tradition
 
Janet Boyer’s writing style is blunt and lively, her knowledge of Tarot based on years of study and experience. I knew I was in for a treat when I read Naked Tarot—and her newest book did not disappoint. Janet conveys the essence of each card in a way that is easy to grasp and remember, largely because of her outrageous honesty. Even experienced readers will come away with a refreshing and novel way to view the cards To paraphrase the cinematic Mary Poppins, Janet provides us with that “spoon full of sugar” that helps the Tarot medicine go down.  Anthony Louis, author of Llewellyn's Complete Book of Tarot: A Comprehensive Guide, Tarot Beyond the Basics, Tarot Plain and Simple and other books
 
Janet Boyer’s Naked Tarot is a comprehensive, straight-talking, irreverent guide to the Tarot—and then some! This isn’t the same old typical Tarot book you’ve already read so many times before. Instead, Janet provides a fresh overview of Tarot, including insightful interpretations on the suits and cards, as well as new, thought-provoking and useful correspondences (flower essences, animal totems, spirits, Sabian symbols, crystals/stones and more)—not to mention a spread for every card. I know that I will actually USE this book, not just read it. Janet has outdone herself; in fact, Naked Tarot may be her best book yet. Judika Illes, author of Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, Encyclopedia of Spirits, Encyclopedia of Mystics, Saints & Sages and other books of magic.
 
So much for the prettified and slightly vague Tarot books of the past. Janet Boyer takes the cards into dangerous territory in her latest book with whip smart advice and a generous helping of humor. Forget the chanting and dewy-eyed mysticism, Naked Tarot speaks to you like a best friend--straight, to the point...and will help you bury the body later. Stacey Graham, co-creator of the Zombie Tarot and author of Haunted Stuff: Demonic Dolls, Screaming Skulls, and Other Creepy Collectibles, The Girls' Ghost Hunting Guide and other titles
 
Vibrant, witty, and full of wisdom, Janet Boyer’s newest book, Naked Tarot, is a gourmet feast for those hungering for Tarot insights. Her words magically and magnetically guide us to consume her instructions and follow her astute pointers, helping us discover our core connections with each card. Because of Janet’s upbeat tone, Naked Tarot is an easy read—yet the content is meaningfully deep and esoterically perceptive. Her reader-friendly discussions on how to use the cards are thoughtfully detailed and well-organized. Positively delightful, the book  assists beginning readers in developing a firm foundation for building their Tarot practice, while also providing tools enabling the advanced reader to soar to new mystical heights. Kooch Daniels, author Tarot at a Crossroads, Tarot d’Amour, Awakening the Chakras and Other Metaphysical Books
 
We loved Janet Boyer’s new book—a modern, clever twist on Tarot that’s chock full of irreverent wisdom. Wickedly witty, piercingly perceptive and delightfully snarky, Naked Tarot will have you laughing out loud. This savvy Queen of Swords cuts straight through to the truth—and oh boy, does Janet know her Tarot! She’s gifted at conveying human strengths and frailties with her interpretations, correlations and spreads for each card.The Psychic Twins (Linda and Terry Jamison), world renowned psychics and authors of Psychic Intelligence: Tune in and Discover the Power of Your Intuition

Naked Tarot is a bold, brassy, in-your-face look at the world of Tarot cards and how they relate to humanity in all its glory--including its sexuality, its faults, and its quirks—embracing the beautiful, stark reality of it all. The cards are stripped clean of a “G” rating, no punches pulled. The world of the Tarot and our nitty-gritty lives are laid bare for brutal examination. Janet Boyer’s Naked Tarot is one of the boldest, most honest looks at Tarot interpretation yet. You'll either be laughing your ass off, nodding your head enthusiastically in agreement…or you will be left open-mouthed, newly baptized into what's commonly called “The Real World”. —  Amythyst Raine, author of Tarot for Grownups, Tarot: A Witch’s Journey and The Gray Witch’s Grimoire

Straightforward, different and full of useful advice for the Tarot student seeking new perspectives on the cards. Naked Tarot is refreshingly practical! Melanie Marquis, author of Modern Spellcaster's Tarot, The Witch's Bag of Tricks, A Witch's World of Magick

Janet Boyer’s latest work, Naked Tarot, is destined to be an instant classic! Truly a gift to Tarot readers everywhere, Naked Tarot contains endless juicy contemporary information and associations. I see this book as Janet's Magnum Opus—and a must-have Tarot textbook. This is NOT another dry Tarot “cookbook”, listing the same out-dated keywords and correspondences. Whether you’re a brand new Tarot reader or an old hand, Naked Tarot will help you connect with the Tarot like never before! — Dax Carlisle, DD, CHt, CTM, President of The Tarot Guild       
 
This ain’t yer mama’s Tarot book! Janet Boyer’s newest effort—Naked Tarot: Sharp and Sassy Advice From the Cards—is without a doubt one of the best “boot camp” Tarot books I’ve seen in a long, long time. No frills and no excess verbiage, no mystical waving about of incense or charged crystals, this is a straight up, in-your-face approach to learning the cards. The blunt cleverness of the descriptions combined with snarky, wickedly funny practical applications will bring both a smile to your face and a clear, precise image for all 78 cards. If you have a problem with language (read: the occasional F-bomb), this likely isn’t your book. If you want a dusty reference book that takes itself way too seriously, Naked Tarot is definitely not for you. If you want to have a deep understanding of the cards without having to wade through stacks of inconsequential details, you’ve struck pay dirt.  After all, you don’t need to know how to build a watch in order to tell time. I consider Naked Tarot a wonderful new resource and, at the risk of fan girl gushing, I can’t recommend it highly enough!  Shannon MacLeod, author of The Celtic Cross Spread: Cutting to the Chase and co-creator of the ShadowFox Tarot                                                               

Janet Boyer's newest book Naked Tarot is a hard hitting, belly-laugh inducing, no nonsense guide to Tarot. Its audience, from beginners through experienced readers, can aim for the underbelly with their clients with the help of this book. Drilling straight to the core Naked Tarot enables the Tarot to reveal depth, hurt and hope in a contemporary language. It broadens the reader's horizons with innovative spreads and correspondences--including Australian Flower Essences. I couldn’t put in down; it was like reading a racy Tarot thriller on a rollercoaster! For example, Janet’s description of the Knight of Swords includes the "first rumblings of revolution with spray cans and crowbars". Naked Tarot deserves to be a key Tarot text for those readers with a contemporary, direct style. —  Jenne Perlstein MBBS, BSW, AASW Cert IV TAE, Prof. Member Tarot Guild of Australia, Cert Appl.Astrol. TarotAstroCounselling.com.au

10 Questions for Tarotist Jennifer Sieck

Jenny Sieck
1. What’s your favorite breakfast food?
Hmm…we could go two ways with this…I love making gluten free pancakes with berries and cacoa in them. Also love a really good gluten free scone. My other half has perfected the recipe and makes lemon, great berry chai ones and double coco mint ones. Those are my favorite! With a coffee latte heavy on the frothed hot milk. Light on the coffee…

2. Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? I would say Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind. It is a great read. The part that sticks out for me most is the conversation about why the schools of Psychology are different in England and the U.S., and how they came to be that way. Thoroughly fascinating stuff! Also anything on archetypes by James Hollis holds me enthralled. And finally, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie…a wonderful and profound read! It will make you cry and regather parts of yourself you didn’t know you’d lost.

3. What makes you laugh? Zany improvisation like Whose line is it Anyway? Witty Comedy that pushes boundaries like Eddie Izzard, or Russell Brand. or comedy that humanizes all of us and Brings us together like Ellen Degeneres. Also, sometimes ad libs can make me laugh out loud.

4. Song that never gets old: Anything by Dar Williams or Mary Black…songs that tell beautiful and powerful human stories, especially stories that empower people to be more completely themselves, and take stands for justice and the individual. So, with that in mind I also love Phil Ochs and great topical songs and protest songs.

5. Drink of choice: I used to enjoy a really good Moscow Mule made with strong ginger beer or a good Cabernet. That ship has sailed but I still keep the wine glass for ambiance. Now you will find it filled with what I affectionately refer to as fluffy water. Bubbly water that comes in yummy fruit flavors…celebratory without the after effects.

6. Would you rather be hot or cold? Cold, because you can always make it warmer. And beautiful bed spreads take self-care to the next level. A pretty room makes me feel so much better inside and out.

7. Mountain, beach, desert, or forest? Beach. I used to be an avid sheller and even one contests for my exhibitions of them when I was a kid. There is still nothing like shelling…finding little treasures pulled up from the deep just for you. Which require great awareness to spot. That’s all my favorite stuff to do rolled up into one.

8. Favorite color? Purple’s and greens…even better together. .

9.. Best movie line: From Harold and Maude: "I like to watch things grow. They grow and bloom and fade and die and change into something else. Some are smaller and some are fatter. You see Harold I feel that much of the worlds sorrow comes from people who are this (she points to one blossom) but allow themselves to be treated as that". (She points to a whole field)

10. Last thing you splurged on? For me it’s always beads…I have a business where I design jewelry intuitively and so I get a lot of my beads based on just imagining designs and color schemes in my mind. I will hang on to them a long time sometimes before creating externally. But I am always in some stage of the creative process and purchase them weekly.

Bonus Q: How do you work with the four sacred elements in your life? What a great question. I will say that the natural world is in so many ways what sustains me, heals me, helps me transmute energy and brings me back to my best self. I am particularly drawn to working with these energies of earth, air, fire and water as a balancing mechanism. I l think this holistic perspective is so much more useful than simply pathologizing disease or upset. I like to think of it as a shifting of awareness coupled with noticing a life that offers a deeper goodness of fit, instead of ‘fixing”. I love animal totem work and recently am doing a lot with chakras and working with corresponding totems evoked by the energy of each Chakra and corresponding element that the animal lives in. For detailed information regarding this work check out my YouTube video below:

I am a Leo with three other planets in fire signs, so I really do well with a high level of intuitive listening, although it can sometimes be an emotional balancing act. I love to swim to balance water energy and I get most of my creative downloads in the bath or pool. I am lucky to have crafted a life work balance that offers me the ability to create my own schedule. Suffice it to say creativity, being close to nature, and intuitive work are very much the central tenants of my story. I believe our best and most attuned selves are rediscovered through nature.

About Jenny Sieck: Unlike psychics that focus primarily on divination and prediction, Inner Voice offers a heart centered approach that opens the client up to follow their path more deeply, clearly and & readily. As a practicing intuitive tarot reader, tarot teacher and Jungian focused Counselor, I offer my intuitive gifts to help you discover your unique soul path by helping you learn to recognize your higher self. I can gently tap into your energies and together we can explore choices and possibilities that will lead to greater inspiration, clarity and focus..This in turn helps you naturally recognize and shift dysfunctional patterns to create a more authentic life. I am clairsentient (clear feeling), clairaudient (clear hearing) and clairvoyant (clear seeing). For the last twenty+ years, I have been passionate about helping clients to achieve greater awareness of their unique inner knowing. Recently my Inner Voice Intuitive Tarot classes have helped many tap into their unique way of reading. These private classes are archetypally based yet taught with each individual seeker in mind. For more on my services check out: InnverVoiceIntuitive.com and SacredBracelets.com.


Naked Tarot is FINISHED!

The end nt smallerWoohoo! 104K words! 267 single-spaced pages! After years of work, my 3rd book Naked Tarot is finally done! Here's some snaps of the MS:

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Now, I'm editing--and eagle-eye Ron is proofreading. Hopefully, we'll be all done and ready to submit to the publisher (Dodona Books) next week. Whew! 

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The official page is NakedTarotBook.com where you can see a sneak peek of a chapter, plus read advanced praise. 

So exciting!

-- Janet