I was recently sent a copy of Tarot for Self-Care by Minerva Siegel to review. I’ve tried to read a few other books on tarot before, but I never seemed to really feel connected or aligned with them. Until I found this one.
And what’s really funny about all of this was that I was sent this book like two months before I had the idea to start my own business and become an intuitive card reader. Hello, Universe! I see you!
Anyway, back to the review. I was so excited to receive the book, and it was even more beautiful than I thought it would be in person. The cover is light purple, and most of the text in the book itself is a dark purple. I thought those were really fun touches to make the book stand out from others while also being easy to read and follow along.
Minerva Siegel’s book was divided into different sections: The Art of Reading Tarot, which described ways to set up before a tarot reading, different spread options, etc; Self-Care and the Cards, which included upright and reverse descriptions, self-care practices and new illustrations for each of the cards; and Optimizing Your Self-Care, which talked about several different ways to focus on and grow your self-care practice.
I really enjoyed how the book was laid out because it started with a lot of basic groundwork that I feel like might be in other books but was still presented in a unique and interesting way. Her writing style was friendly and conversational while still being informative and educational. It felt like she was talking right to me.
I follow Minerva Siegel on Instagram, and I feel like her book used the same voice that she does on her social media accounts, which I appreciated. Reading this book was like talking to a friend about tarot and self-care where we both related to each other but still helped each other grow, if that makes sense.
Here’s an excerpt selected by the author:
Mental Self-Care Tip: Make Tarot Part of Your Morning Routine
Infusing mornings with magical intent helps to manifest a great day. Consider creating a morning ritual of your own! As you wake up, sit up and take a moment to think about the day ahead. What do you hope to accomplish? How will you make time and space for self-care? Once you have your daily self-care goals in mind, grab your tarot cards and do a reading. Choose whichever spread you think will give you the answers you need to begin the day with self-care front and center in your mind. Once you’re done, replace the cards in the tarot box, and get your day started! Remember, your morning routine doesn’t need to be elaborate or time-consuming to be spiritually effective. By spending the first few minutes of the day on self-care, you make it a priority in your life, and that’s half the battle!Excerpted from Tarot for Self-Care by Minerva Siegel. Copyright © 2019 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Illustrations by Nicola DosSantos. Used with permission from the publisher, Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.
I absolutely loved the layout, the fonts, the colors and the illustrations in this book. Everything flowed together seamlessly, and the order of the topics made a lot of sense both on their own and when combined together.
I honestly have nothing but positive things to say about this book. I only wish I’d found it sooner on my tarot journey, but I’m sure I got it when it was right and aligned for me to get the most out of it.
Whether you’re brand new to tarot and don’t know where to start, or if you’re a seasoned tarot professional who wants to see someone’s interpretation of the cards and how they relate to self-care to take them to the next level, I highly recommend Tarot for Self-Care by Minerva Siegel.
I usually don’t write or highlight things in books, but with this one I couldn’t help it. I grabbed my pink and yellow highlighters and highlighted it all over the place! I feel like this is a book that I’m going to refer back to several times in the future, and I’m very grateful for that.
As I mentioned, this book has detailed descriptions of both the upright and reversed meanings of the cards, but it doesn’t stop there. It also incorporates self-love in every single chapter, and at times on every page, and it feels like a natural extension as opposed to a ploy to be part of the self-love train that seems to be trending right now.