A hip, accessible, and practical guide for artists and creative people looking to tarot for guidance and inspiration in the tradition of The Secret Language of Birthdays and Steal Like an Artist.
What if the path to creativity was not as challenging as everyone thinks? What if you could find that spark, plot twist, or next project by simply looking at your life and your art through a different lens?
Written for novices and seasoned readers alike, The Creative Tarot is a unique guidebook that reimagines tarot cards and the ways they can boost the creative process. Jessa Crispin guides you through the intuitive world of the tarot to get those creative juices flowing again. Thought to be esoteric and mystical, tarot cards are approachable and endlessly helpful to overcoming creative blocks. Crispin offers spiritual readings of the cards, practical information for the uninspired artist, and a wealth of fascinating anecdotes about famous artists including Virginia Woolf, Rembrandt, and David Bowie, and how they found inspiration.
With five original tarot spreads and beautiful illustrations throughout, The Creative Tarot is an accessible, colorful guide that demystifies both the tarot and the creative process.
Tarot card readings can be a "tool for storytelling" to enhance the creative process, according to Crispin (The Dead Ladies Project), book critic and founder of the Bookslut literary blog. In this lively handbook she avoids mystical aspects of the cards, thought to originate in the Renaissance: "This is not about foretelling the future," she writes. "This is about uncovering what you already know." Assuming no previous knowledge, the guide answers common questions, summarizes the history of the tarot deck, and describes how artists and authors such as Italo Calvino have used it as a source of inspiration. The majority of the book is devoted to descriptions of the classic tarot cards; for each one, Crispin explores how its meanings are reflected in the creative struggles of artists, from the famous to the obscure, and provides a short but eclectic list of materials for further exploration, including books, films, paintings, photography, and music. Suggested layouts ("spreads") and sample readings are included. Crispin presents a persuasive case for the tarot's usefulness to writers and artists; her many insights into the creative life as well as her dazzlingly wide array of examples throughout make this a valuable reference for readers not remotely interested in the "psychic arts."