This unique and fresh look at reading tarot is written by the creator of Wayhome Tarot and Postcards from the Liminal Space (the latter is out of print, but has a sequel coming soon). I recommend using this guide as a companion to Wayhome Tarot. I find each deck is channeled with a special flare and the writing that is channeled alongside is often the best material for the reading of a particular deck. Not always, but I know you will go with the flow when you need to.
- Mary-Lynne, Founder Buffalo Firefly
Young Blood, Old Magic: A No-Nonsense Approach to the Ancient Art of Reading Tarot
You do not need to learn the tarot because you already know it. It is from this radical jumping off point that WTF Is Tarot breaks down the ancient art of cartomancy. This fresh, accessible and sometimes cheeky guide sheds a holistic light on how to read tarot, from the foundation of magic itself to understanding those tricky court cards to offering readings to others.
In WTF Is Tarot, author and tarot reader Bakara Wintner unpacks the magic of the Major and Minor Aracana with shamanic wisdom and girl boss wit, illuminating their meaning with thoughtful anecdotes and analogies that reveal how deeply rooted these symbols already are in our everyday lives: we can feel the Moon in a howling barefoot run through Prospect Park, accept the grace of Temperance in falling in love or a divine intervention, “ghost the haters” with the Six of Swords, or identify when it’s time to let go of an ex with the Hanged Man.
WTF is Tarot offers far more than a refreshingly candid tutorial on card reading. Bakara goes on to investigate the magic of crystal healing, chakras, meditation and other magical practices. This young witch offers not just a guide, but an invitation for even the most mundane Muggles to welcome magic into their lives, and for experienced wizards to rediscover it once again.
“Bakara Wintner is a welcome new voice in the world oftarot. Whether you’re a curious newbie or a seasoned tarot reader, this book belongs in your personal library.”
―Skye Alexander, author of The Modern Witchcraft Book of Tarot
“This is the book for the person who wants to be real withtheir readings, who probably curses a lot and who is unapologetic about the way they approach modern day spirituality. WTF is Tarot answers questions in the way your BFF would over a glass (or three) of wine.”
―Gabriela Herstik, writer of Nylon magazine's "Ask a Witch" column
“WTF is Tarot has all the hallmarks of a groundbreaking work of magic. Bakara's writing and exploration of the tarot is engaging, vivid and witty, with a certain love and honesty that I have never had the pleasure of reading until now.”
―Danielle Noel, creator of The Starchild Tarot
About the Author
Bakara Wintner is a tarot reader, writer and owner of Everyday Magic. She has been featured by Nylon, Refinery29 and Urban Outfitters. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Autumn Whitehurst has been illustrating for nearly two decades and counts amongst her clients Coca-Cola, Sapporo, the Principality of Monaco, Ray-Ban, Aveda, BBC and countless magazines, publishers and consumer outlets. She hails from New Orleans but now divides her time between Brooklyn and the rest of the world.