Tarot Prediction & Divination by Susyn Blair-Hunt

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I am testing the waters here with a new type of post which I am dubbing Book Look. The idea came to me when I received three new books last week, and I’d love to share some impressions but I haven’t spent enough time with them to justify a full review. Hence this becomes an informal look at what I think of a book.

My first Book Look is Tarot Prediction & Divination, by Susyn Blair-Hunt. This falls into the category of a new purchase which I haven’t had long enough to give a detailed review, but I want to share my first thoughts.

I haven’t found any new tarot book releases to interest or excite me for some time. I have better luck with older — and often out-of-print — books due to my interests and approach to tarot. I was hoping this new book from Blair-Hunt would break this trend and it is promising.

I like the general tone and style of Tarot Prediction & Divination, and the way it illustrates its concepts mainly by presenting sample readings for each spread introduced. I don’t want to make it sound like it’s simply a book of spreads, although that does seem to form the structure. The author talks about reading the cards on three levels: divinatory, therapeutic and spiritual. I think this is a great idea; I will read the same cards on two levels, which in my case tends to fit categories of prediction or advice.

I like the way the author presents her spreads, which are all general reading tools or diagnostics that fit a certain genre of reading. I’m not sure how to categorize this, because it doesn’t feel like a spread book to me. I have looked at various spread books, and with one exception (Classic Tarot Spreads by Sandor Konraad), I don’t care for them. It’s probably because I tend to favor spreads that have no positional meanings, or that are generalized and comprehensive a la the twelve astrological house layout. Blair-Hunt’s book presents spreads for different kinds of readings — from daily draws to past lives — and yet somehow it works for me. Perhaps it’s the spirit of the book, which seems to be using spreads to teach her tarot reading approach.

She even has a section and spread on channeling, in the sense of spirit communication, which is something you don’t find in many (any?) tarot books!

I found a new style and spread for approaching a daily reading. The author uses five cards intended to be read “like a clock,” thus taking time into account in terms of event progression. It’s a subtle difference to the canonical three card draw, and perhaps it’s not new to everyone, but it’s not a daily draw I’d tried before. Heck, I’ve never liked dailies but I want to incorporate this one for a while!

Perhaps that sums up what the book represents to me: it promises to refresh my tarot practice with new ideas that I want to try. My tarot studies are in need of inspiration to revitalize my approach and I may find some of that in this book’s ideas. I can study many reading examples from someone whose style looks similar to mine; and I can try some spreads that fit my aesthetic sense. As a plus, it includes pictures from my favorite deck the Lo Scarabeo Tarot.

So this book comes at a time where it fits my needs and that’s good for me. As mentioned, I’ve not done more than skim the book, so my opinions may change; and your mileage may vary.

Any opinions on this book? Please, share them in the comments!