The Deck and Book Nook – Tarot For Magical Times

by Theresa Reed on February 4, 2012


I’ll admit this: I’m rarely concerned with how astrology aspects affect the world.  Usually when I look at the transits, I’m only concerned with what it means for me.  I know it’s a rather self absorbed approach but I think a lot of astrology buffs tend to do the same thing. 

However, when Pluto entered Capricorn a few years back, I started paying more attention to things that were happening in the outer world.  The last time Pluto was in Capricorn was during the American Revolution.  A lot was happening then as old structures were torn down and new ones were erected.  That same energy is happening right now and will continue for about a decade ahead.  

“Tarot For Magical Times” by Rachel Pollack and Johannes Fiebig (US Games ISBN 1-57281-720-8) addresses this transit in a clear and precise manner with a tarot slant. This is no ordinary tarot or astrology book – it is one that we can find useful for our lives (and the state of the world) right now.  

The authors begin by discussing the significance of Pluto in Capricorn which helps even those who are unfamiliar with astrology understand the importance of this transit.  Thankfully, they refrain from “astrobabble” – they managed to break it down and explain in so everyone can “get it”.  One of the most frustrating things about many astrology books is the over complicated lingo.  The authors avoid that trap and keep it real and accessible.  

After this introduction, they move on to tarot in a section titled: Tarot, Tool of Change.  Here, the authors talk about the history of tarot, the basic structure, its relation to the I Ching, prophecy, and more.  I especially enjoyed reading the passage about The Tower in relation to the events surrounding September 11th – this was a very powerful part of the book that clearly demonstrated how tarot can predict world events.

This section is followed by another chapter entitled “New Life Blossoms In the Ruins” from astrologer Ernst Ott.  This part focuses on the three phases of the Pluto in Capricorn transit: Destruction of Walls, New Life blossoms in the ruins, and Resurrection of all that is buried.  The shadow side of this transit is treated as a gift for transformation with suggested exercises.  Powerful stuff.  

And if this wasn’t enough food for thought, the authors then offer interpretations for each tarot card as well as spreads so that the reader can begin to tap into the wisdom of the cards.  This is the real “meat” of the book.  Divinatory meanings, reversals and actions are all covered – and I was thrilled to see that there are beautiful, full color images of the Rider Waite Smith cards! (All the images in the book are attractive – this is a big selling point for a visually oriented person like myself.  Too many tarot books skimp on this part – US Games got it right!)

The last section in the book, Qualities of Time, covers the “decans” of the twelve months (the astrological timing method where each month is divided into three sections of ten days each).  The Order of the Golden Dawn created a system of attaching a connection between astrology and tarot and the authors explain this and provide interpretations for each decan and card correspondence in a manner that even the astrology novice can comprehend.  They also offer advice that helps you to live in harmony with the wheel of the year.  This section alone is worth the price of the book!

Whether you are a fan of tarot, astrology or simply want to learn more about working with this powerful Pluto transit, I highly recommend that you add this gorgeous book to your tarot library.  It has certainly given me a new way of looking at these transformative times – and a new way to work with the tarot. Well done!



© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2012

Would you like to win a FREE copy of this book?  Here’s how:  pick a tarot card and put your prediction down for the world in 2012 in the comment section below.   I will randomly draw a winner on Sunday February 5th at 5:30PM CST and announce them here!  Deadline to enter: Sunday February 5th at 5PM CST. 


Nancy February 4, 2012 at 6:29 pm

6 / Swords
Seeking a calmer world – unplugging, minimizing, finding a bit of peace in an unpeaceful world.

Amethyst February 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm

4 of Wands from the Archeon Tarot – even though some people continue to spout the same old BS, more people are starting to see it for what it is, and they are rising and soaring above it all. Slowly we are spiraling upward into better times. People learn that they can change their minds ~ for the better.

Karen February 4, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Elder of Air (Gaian Tarot) The global turmoil is going to push people around the world to look within to find their own inner peace in spite of what is going on in the world.

Theresa Reed February 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Ding Ding Ding! And we have a winner! Karen – you have won the book! Woo hoo!


Karen Borusiewicz February 4, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I pulled the 10 of Cups and immediately thought of 2012 ending on a high note as opposed to the doomsday prophecies we have been hearing. The 10 of Cups is a reminder to make time for family this year and to celebrate the important things in life. It can signal the end of a cycle and, as such, represents a great time time to focus on finding peace and harmony and honoring the divine within each of us.

Tanya Malott February 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Theresa, I don’t have a deck. Will you pull a card for me? And recommend a particular tarot deck for me. I would really like one.

Theresa Reed February 4, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Hi Tanya

I would recommend the Rider Waite Smith tarot deck! It’s the perfect starter deck. I can’t pull a card for you regarding this contest as it would defeat the purpose. 🙂


Dara Doolittle February 4, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Ace of Cups from Robin Wood deck.
Bounty and abundance as the economy strengths and the down turn eases. Fulfillment of dreams and plans are favorable Don’t lose hope, keep at it.

Shay Lefebvre February 4, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Lovers from Prairie Tarot: People will learn to accept that there is no “right” or “wrong” choices….just different outcomes.

Mary W February 4, 2012 at 11:05 pm

The Lovers
The world will be distracted from what it needs to do and follow its heart. It will take longer to get things done.

Stephanie February 5, 2012 at 2:06 am

Gilded Tarot – Four of Swords, Rx. The world needs to withdraw, relax and retreat from the stresses of the past year, 2011. 2012 will see us in a rest period, but a fitful one. There may still be outbreaks of stress, like the Occupy movements and the unrest in the Arab countries, but less so than the past year.

Lisa February 5, 2012 at 2:22 am

The 6 of Disks from the Thoth Tarot. The Pluto in Capricorn transit will allow us to finally start using the resources of the planet in a sustainable manner. We will finally understand that the input has to equal the output.

Maur Tarot February 5, 2012 at 2:57 am

I too drew the The Lovers card …harmony ….with the earth….with each other…..This has been manifesting over the preceding years but in 2012 it will reach a crescendo. Look for the signs and do your bit to be harmonious in all you do. It will be a wonderful year .

Tanya, until you can purchase your own deck of Tarot cards you might like to use the digital tarot deck at the website.

Bonnie February 5, 2012 at 3:11 am

The Hierophant — Reversed
Old institutions we took for granted will begin to crumble. More than that, we stop looking to authority to tell us what to do and what to think and start looking within for those answers.

Amethyst Mahoney February 5, 2012 at 10:24 am

Interesting, Bonnie. 2012 is a 5 year – The Hierophant! (2+1+2=5)

Bonnie February 5, 2012 at 3:12 am

Forgot to say what deck I pulled from–Universal Waite.

Karen February 5, 2012 at 7:47 am

Using the Waite-Smith deck, I pulled the Lovers. 2012 will be a year of choices for everyone. We must decide what course of action to take, which is right and which is wrong, which is for the Greater Good and which is based on selfish motivation. We must all get in touch with the Angels of our better selves and spend more time Listening.

Annette DiMercurio February 5, 2012 at 7:58 am

The Fool – it marks the moment upon which we embark on a new phase in our spiritual journey. with all it’s symbolism, I’m thinking about the image of The fool in the Rider-Waite deck where he seems to be heading to stepping off into the unknown. I read somewhere that the blue mountain in the back ground could look like a giant blue wave perhaps the end or extreme emotional time.

Fiona February 5, 2012 at 8:12 am

I pulled Knight of Swords from Shadowscape Tarot…
As a card for 2012 my interpretation is that it’s time to collectively cut through our outdated modes of thinking and perceiving, to clear out the cobwebs of stagnant mindsets with a gust of fresh air and explore new and improved ways of communicating & connecting.
With all the pros & cons that the age of technology brings, this year brings a fresh burst of testing out new innovations in sharing skills, knowledge and education, reaching for the skies in ways we may have never thought possible.
It’ll be a wild and wonderful romp of the imagination, but we would be wise to get into a habit of connecting with the earth, our body, heart & emotions to keep it all in balance and motivated for our collective benefit, therefore protecting ourselves from the danger of spinning off into space (‘cyber’ or otherwise!) with out a lifeline. Adventures & exciting times into the realms of possibility…

Robin Dalton February 5, 2012 at 8:19 am

The Nine of Coins using The Golden Tarot. Kat Black says, “Financial Security brings freedom for artistic accomplishment. With all basic needs met, this is an opportunity to appreciate the finer things — art, nature, and literature. Private labors and personal betterment. Lack of materialism and opulence. Constructive use of wealth. Feminine strength. Encouragement of skills and talents.

What does that meant to me? I think 2012 is going to be about finding our inner artist and along with that doing some thinking about what we value. I believe we will all find ourselves, re-evaluating not just what we want, but what truly is important to each of us. I think the world is finally going to hear its wake up call and start creating the kind of world that honours all endeavours, not just those that make the most money.

Resa February 5, 2012 at 8:30 am

The Emperor from the Silver Era Tarot.

2012 will be a year about authority- fighting for it, wanting to be the one in authority. I look at this card and I think of the elections in the U.S. and the turbulence that surrounds society right now, and this will be a year of leadership and going forward to pave a new way.

Catherine Snodgrass February 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Ace of Wands

Ease will replace the dis-ease. The strain will be relieved gradually and tensions will diisipate. Spiritual awakening and enlightenment will come to those who are open to it. All of this will be slow and gradual. So much so we won’t realize it’s happening until we look around one day and see it is here.

Carolyn Cushing February 5, 2012 at 1:27 pm

This is fun … plus you are enticing me with a book I am lusting after.

So I got the Gaian Tarot Four of Earth which shows the figure of a squirrel gathering its nuts together before a cairn of stones in the autumn. So 2012 will be a time of relative stability (hard to believe but perhaps at least the pace of events will slow). But that we should be preparing ourselves for leaner times ahead by tending to our physical (those nuts) and spiritual (the cairn) needs and hungers.

Even if I’m “wrong” about 2012 this is good action to take. Ah, the Tarot is always helpful!

Rob_zenvega February 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm

IX of Pents reversed… orig. Rider deck

A year of income equality, health care for all, prosperous opportunities for all? Perhaps not yet. Perhaps 2012 is the year we’re close to obtaining those achievements. Yet the card drawn implies that we need to go through a period of re-evaluating material wealth and gain. A year to step aside, unplug for a bit to examine and contemplate the social conventions and constructs behind the forces of wealth and material comforts.

Val February 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm

2 of Wands – Rider-Waite-Smith
A man stands with the world in his hand – what an apt image for such a reading!

A daring approach to establish change in how things are done. People become more assertive, outspoken, and action oriented as they step over the wall of “it’s how things are done” to “how to do it *right*!” The world is on the brink of exciting times.

Theresa Reed February 5, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Congratulations to Karen K – she was the winner in the drawing! Woo hoo Karen – and thanks to everyone who entered. GREAT predictions, btw.


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