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Blog Tour & Book Review: The Mysteries of Tarot: A Work of Imagination by Kirsten Weiss



GENRE: Contemporary Mystery/Suspense


Kirsten Weiss will be awarding a $5 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Enter to win at the end of this post.


The Mysteries of Tarot: A Work of the Imagination


How to Read the Cards for Transformation

When Tarot reader Hyperion Night sent his manuscript, The Mysteries of Tarot, to a friend to edit, it was a simple guide to reading Tarot. Hyperion couldn’t anticipate that his editor’s notes would evolve into a murder mystery, or that his friend would go missing. Shockingly, the annotated manuscript eventually made its way back to Hyperion, who forwarded it to the authorities.


Now this astonishing Tarot guide is available as a book. The Tarot guidebook features:

• Tarot basics―How to manage different interpretations of cards in a spread, how to read court cards, and a clear and simple method for dealing with reversals.

• Detailed card breakdowns― Keywords, flash non-fiction narratives, and a deep dive into the symbols of each of the 78 cards of the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana.

• Questions to apply to the cards for transforming your life―Insightful questions for each card to help you dig deeper into your Tarot reading practice.


Bonus feature: the guidebook also includes his editor’s comments on the more esoteric and philosophical interpretations of the Tarot, as well as his notes on the baffling mystery that engulfed him.


Gain deep insight from the cards, transform yourself, and solve The Mysteries of Tarot with this work of experimental fiction that’s part Tarot guidebook, part murder mystery.



Excerpt


The Moon


Messages from the unconscious. Mystery. Confusion. Dreams. Illusion.


Last night, I dreamt of a departed aunt I’d had a contentious relationship with. She walked down the hallway of my apartment and sat beside me in the living room.


Suddenly I remembered she was dead and understood I was dreaming. But instead of the dream ending, like it usually does when I become aware, we talked—the kind of talk we’d never been able to have when she was alive. She apologized for some things she’d said and done and helped me understand why she’d said and done them. And her reasons weren’t awful. They made a lot of sense.


I apologized too, because I hadn’t been innocent in the turn our relationship had taken. We forgave each other. I woke up feeling lighter. Free.


The Symbols


I’m still not sure if it was “only” a lucid dream or a visitation from my relative. I don’t know if it matters. It was all very lunar, very moonlike. And not just because the Moon card can represent dreams. Moons with their waxing and waning also represents illusion and confusion, messages from the subconscious crawling up out of the muck like that lobster creeping from the water in the card. A dog and a wolf, representing the refined conscious and the more primitive subconscious, howl at the moon’s light.


And all of those things had been at play in my life. I’d created a false—or at least incomplete—story in my mind of the cause of my estrangement from my relative (illusion/confusion). But the truth bubbled up from my subconscious in last night’s dream. If it hadn’t, I’d still be carrying that burden.


What Does This Card Mean for You?


When the Moon card appears in a Tarot reading, it suggests we may not be seeing things clearly. But the truth is out there — or in there, as the case may be.


How can you bring your subconscious impulses or knowledge into conscious light? The road between the two towers in the card is long, dark, and winding. Have patience. Be brave.


Notes: The Moon


44 As to The Moon, I feel like I’m swimming in it. At first my father’s death seemed like an accident, a fall from the balcony outside his bedroom. He’s been drinking more than usual lately. But the servants swear he wasn’t drinking that night. And the balcony railing is low. He could have fallen by accident.


I keep replaying our last conversation. Had he been thinking then of taking his own life? Was that why he’d come to see me? Because he knew I’d been a failure when I’d tried my hand at self-deletion? Maybe he wanted me to talk him out of it?


I don’t understand. But I’ll try to keep up with the daily edits, where I feel I have something to add. I need to keep my mind busy. -T



My Review

5 Stars


I have a lot of good memories when my oldest sister would do a Celtic Cross Spread with me when I was a teenager. Although I admit that I do not see tarot card readings as ways to predict the future, this author’s book opened my eyes to new possibilities with tarot cards. In fact, it made me want to dig my own cards out from the boxes in my attic and use this book as a guide for developing my skills in readings. Reading this book made me feel that I can learn to decipher these cards, not to predict the future but more to reflect on my current situation. So what am I saying here? The author sparked a passion inside of me to want to explore tarot card readings again.


Furthermore, I got so enthralled with the tarot card descriptions that I nearly missed the murder mystery! The concept of this book is so original to me, and I applaud the author for it. In fact, I gave it 5 stars for the plot's creativity.


The book is easy-to-read and a quick read. I had a fun time imagining this tearoom where customers can have tarot readings somewhere in California. The idea of such a place is also a fun and interesting concept.


I would recommend this book to anyone interested in tarot cards and in a good murder mystery that is narrated in a unique way. I was provided a free review copy and am leaving this review voluntarily.



About the Author



Kirsten Weiss writes laugh-out-loud, page-turning mysteries, and now a Tarot guidebook that’s a work of experimental fiction. Her heroes and heroines aren’t perfect, but they’re smart, they struggle, and they succeed. Kirsten writes in a house high on a hill in the Colorado woods and occasionally ventures out for wine and chocolate. Or for a visit to the local pie shop.


Kirsten is best known for her Wits’ End, Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum, and Tea & Tarot cozy mystery books. So if you like funny, action-packed mysteries with complicated heroines, just turn the page…


You can find Kirsten at KirstenWeiss.com

Twitter: twitter.com/SBPM_Museum


Buy links – The Mysteries of Tarot:

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0C18BKGXB


Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-mysteries-of-tarot-kirsten-weiss/1143066958


Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kirsten_Weiss_The_Mysteries_of_Tarot?id=Thq3EAAAQBAJ


Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-mysteries-of-tarot


Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/book/id6447194167



Giveaway


Kirsten Weiss will be awarding a $5 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



I received a free copy for review from the author and Goddess Fish Promotions. Thank you to Goddess Fish Promotions for all the work you do to support authors.



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Kirsten Weiss
Kirsten Weiss
Jun 13, 2023

Thank you for taking the time to read and review The Mysteries of Tarot! I'm glad you had fun with it.

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Judy Marianne
Judy Marianne
Jun 12, 2023

Thanks for hosting!

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Carey PW
Carey PW
Jun 12, 2023
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You're welcome :)


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