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Tarot for Troubled Times: Confront Your Shadow, Heal Your Self Transform the World

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Out of Darkness Comes the Light of Transformation

Each of us has a shadow that darkens our inner and outer lives. In Tarot for Troubled Times, Shaheen Miro and Theresa Reed show us how working with the shadow—facing it directly, leaning into it rather than away—releases power that can free ourselves from negative mental habits and destructive emotions to find healing oursel
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 1st 2019 by Weiser Books
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Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
What I liked:
-I love the spreads. They are -amazing- and really unique. I will definitely be referring back to them.
-I've never delved into tarot "birth cards" and "year cards" and that was a fun exercise.
- The "shadow" descriptions for aspects of the cards.

What I didn't love:
The use of the word "smudge" and the recommendation to just wave a sage wand around to "smudge". There's been lots of recent chatter about sage and use of the term smudge in particular in pagan communities. I'm a nehiyaw w
Hot Mess Sommelière ~ Caro
Sep 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book is the non-fiction equivalent of a clickbait video on youtube.

I regret buying it, and if you think this homunguous pile of hyperboles and metaphores will solve your problems, maybe go to the library and borrow The Secret. It's a stupid book, just like this one. But at least reading it is free.

But don't take my word for it. Just take a look at the stats.

264 pages total (including intro and outro).

Pages 1-76. The world is a bad, bad place. Everything is confusing! Also includes 3 pages d
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. I thought it would go into more detail about confronting your shadow and how the cards would help. There really wasn’t anything new here that I didn’t already know or hadn’t already read. The reviews were really good and I expected so much more. Maybe I’m in the minority on this book but it fell flat for me. Disappointing
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was drawn to this book totally based on its title – because these are troubled times. Then I started to think that denizens of all times might have considered their times troubled. The focus in this work is clear – it is on how the Tarot can help us deal with what we consider to be obstacles/difficulties in our lives. In other words, how we can deal with our shadows. Miro and Reed address the spiritual nature of the Tarot, and how we can move beyond our self-imposed limitations and discover th ...more
Reading Cat
Sep 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: tarot
This book is not good. I hate to admit it, because I like Shaheen Miro and I do enjoy Theresa Reed's works, but this? This was awful. It was poorly edited--absolutely no excuse for all the grammar errors.

For a book called TAROT for troubled times, you would NOT expect that 2/3 of the book is...not about Tarot. At all. Instead, it's crap baby fake wicca without even the absolute BASICS of psychic protection. It mishmashes trashpop new age wicca with hoodoo conjure without even acknowledging thei
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite tarot and shadow work resources.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life
There's so much awesome about this book that it's hard to not just say in my best teenager, "It's awesome, get it." Here are some of the ways the book is unique.
1. The book immediately focuses on how you, as an individual, might be upset. Rather than focusing on changing the trouble outside of you, the book zeros into the dark corners of our personality and use the tarot to reveal where we might be uncomfortable.
2. There are some fun "recipe card" ways of determining things to help you better un
Lauren Davis
More self-help than Tarot. Yes, the symbols of the tarot are used for reflection and journaling, but I was hoping for more guidance on working with tarot spreads and imaginative insight. There is some of that there, particularly in the second half of the book, but not enough for me. Perhaps having read a lot of Jung this just felt like a simplistic rehash. Might be good for someone just starting out though.
Naava Kaiho
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
A disappointment.

Too many things only briefly touched upon. If only it'd been only about the Tarot + shadow work (which I thought it would be) and hadn't included all the stuff about magic and such. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm all about magic but. But. The way this book handled it was very problematic and didn't do any of it justice.
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book seems like it was weirdly polarizing with lots of 4/5 and 1 star reviews here. I really enjoyed it! It discussed the concept of the shadow and how tarot can help you come to terms with difficult aspects of life. The spreads were great. I liked that there were 2 or 3 that concerned addictions issues, just because I’ve never seen that in a tarot book before. My only quibbles were stylistic—the writers each like little asides like ‘Shaheen finds that....blah blah blah’—which just felt awk ...more
Guy Dayen
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really great book. My wife purchased this book as she is the Tarot reader in the family but I am impressed that it is written in such a way that I can follow it too. The concept of delving into our darker recesses to emerge lighter is intriguing. Using this to help understand and navigate the current social and political climate is a bonus. Recommended reading.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: path-work
This book has a lot of words and says very little. At a little over halfway through the book, you’ve learned less about shadow work than you could through a half hour on YouTube or some basic googling. In regards to Tarot, you’ve “learned” how to calculate your birth and year cards and been given some really broad stroke information about the meanings of major arcana cards. If you’re knowledgeable about tarot, this has been a complete waste so far. If you’re not, this is nowhere near enough to s ...more
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book, but I was expecting the book itself to be about using tarot, rather than just two chapters and a few mini-exercises towards the end. I feel like it would be much better-received if the title and description were more relevant to the actual contents of the book. While I think the collection of topics discussed can be quite relevant and useful, I feel like it's more likely to reach the people it's likely to be useful for if it's sold as what it is: a surface-leve ...more
Witch of Brush Hollow
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
I thought this book was going to be something other than what it was. I thought it was going to have a political component, based on the way it was being presented. It also needed heavy editing. The two stars are for the spreads at the end, the three lacking stars are for everything else.
Allie Marini
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's a 2020 tarot book. It has taken me a few months to work through this book because I used the journal prompts as I read it chapter by chapter.

There's a lot of territory covered here that doesn't get covered in your average tarot book, and it is not always fun spiritual work to do.

I think it's best suited for people ready to do some heavy shadow work. There's a lot of prompts for unpacking trauma, privilege, and wading through the muck (and keep wading through it.) But you also have to be w
Jun 27, 2022 rated it did not like it
I definitely noticed the polarization in reviews for this title, and after my purchase, I was hoping to be one of the people who would love it. Sadly, I do not. Rather than being an informative book about tarot, it seemed to focus more on "self-help" in a way that I did not find helpful at all. Their advice seemed to be positive to the point that mindfulness is lost, which felt inauthentic to me. There are a lot of other books regarding magick and witchcraft that can help people during their tro ...more
Melissa Clair
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
There are spells in this book and a lot of self help type information. I wish there was a lot more to do with tarot. For the Minor Arcana you get a lot of basic general meanings that you can find in almost any white book, it would have been nice to see them turn each meaning of a card into something more positive and healing. I like all the spreads that there are and I don't hate the spells or the self help aspect of the book but the description didn't say much about them. Overall, I did enjoy t ...more
Tracy Quigley
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was not what I thought it would be. I was looking for a very intense companion to Tarot Shadow Work by Christine Jette. But what I got was very vague references to shadow, and a lot of information recycled from other authors (in one case, uncredited ). The only reason I gave it a four star rating is because the last section on political activism is really very good.
May 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 and a half stars for this as it wasn’t quite what I was expecting, however I do always love a reminder of what my birth cards are and how they relate to the yearly cards energy, particularly when I have two that are within 1 - 22, and this is the section that I’ll dip back into whenever necessary.
Jane G.V.
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Talk about timely! I found this book to be a fascinating analysis and practical guide of how the tarot can work on both a personal and a more-engaged social level. Its spreads are intriguing, its tone is familiar and fun, and it makes me want to be more active with my cards and the world around me. Really well done!
May 05, 2022 rated it liked it
I liked the tarot spreads included but that’s like the second half of the book the other half is about magic and other stuff. My issue was the title and the content being not exclusive to tarot. BUT if you are a beginner to tarot and to other practices, this is a nice book to have. It introduces you to other stuff without being overwhelming.
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Useful, well written, well organized and introduced some tarot practices and thoughts I have not seen in other books. The journal prompts actually made me want to do them, which I rarely feel after 34 years as a diarist.
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great resource for both seasoned readers and those just beginning to get to know the cards. Insightful and honest exploration of our "shadow side" is a highlight of the text. This is a book I will keep close to use for reference purposes. ...more
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
I think i saw single page, really basic descriptions of the major arcana THREE times. 66 pages. Kind of a weird assemblage of content. I do appreciate that they attempted to tackle provocative topics.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the coolest Tarot book I have ever read.
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it
A few helpful tips but really lacked the depth of what your shadow self is, how to recognize it and work with it. The whole point of this book was moot.
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
important. really like how this dives deep into the tarot.
Chalice Mathioudakis
Disappointing. The title over-promises and content under-delivers.
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
There is a lot to unpack in this book and it was clearly written with a lot of love. I had been wanting a book on shadow work and this just happened to pop onto my radar at the right time. Its been a great companion for diving deeper into my psyche & opening up to new ways of thinking. There are tonnes of exercises and I have made my own little reference chart for this book.
May 11, 2022 rated it did not like it
Good concept, but bad execution.

I really wanted to like this book, but I really couldn't get through more than a couple chapters and a light skim past. I found the writing really hard to follow at times, and the content was all over the place (and mostly nothing to do with tarot). I will say I found a lot of the questions presented in this book very thought provoking, and good for self exploration, but the bulk of the writing just felt like buzzwords with no substance.

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