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Tuesday, June 13, 2023

The Mysteries of Tarot: A Work of Imagination by Kirsten Weiss - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Kirsten Weiss and her new book, “The Mysteries of Tarot: A Work of Imagination,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $10 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Kirsten and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

The Mysteries of Tarot:

A Work of Imagination

Tea & Tarot Cozy Mysteries Series

Book Seven

by Kirsten Weiss


GENRE:   Contemporary Mystery / Suspense



The Mysteries of Tarot: A Work of the Imagination

How to Read the Cards for Transformation

When Tarot reader Hyperion Night sent his manuscript, The Mysteries of Tarot, to a friend to edit, it was a simple guide to reading Tarot. Hyperion couldn’t anticipate that his editor’s notes would evolve into a murder mystery, or that his friend would go missing. Shockingly, the annotated manuscript eventually made its way back to Hyperion, who forwarded it to the authorities.

Now this astonishing Tarot guide is available as a book. The Tarot guidebook features:

Tarot basicsHow to manage different interpretations of cards in a spread, how to read court cards, and a clear and simple method for dealing with reversals.

Detailed card breakdowns Keywords, flash non-fiction narratives, and a deep dive into the symbols of each of the 78 cards of the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana.

Questions to apply to the cards for transforming your lifeInsightful questions for each card to help you dig deeper into your Tarot reading practice.

Bonus feature: the guidebook also includes his editor’s comments on the more esoteric and philosophical interpretations of the Tarot, as well as his notes on the baffling mystery that engulfed him.

Gain deep insight from the cards, transform yourself, and solve The Mysteries of Tarot with this work of experimental fiction that’s part Tarot guidebook, part murder mystery.



Ace of Cups

New love. New relationship. Awakening of cosmic consciousness. Channel for spirit. Gratitude.

It’s a little depressing how often I’ve drawn the Ace of Cups. Aces are about beginnings and initiation, and cups about emotions and love. So for me this card has usually indicated a new relationship, though not necessarily a lasting one. Until one day, when the relationship this Tarot card was nudging me toward had zero to do with romance.

I’d been reading Tarot for a couple years by that point. I knew the classic meanings, I could put them together, and I was even starting more intuitive work with clients. I was doing (and still do) my own daily Tarot card reading—just one card. That day, I’d drawn the Ace of Cups. And though I wasn’t expecting a good day, the Ace gave me a lift of hope.

Its meaning unfolded later that day. I was in the hospital visiting my aunt. We’d been taking her there on an almost weekly basis after a cancer diagnosis—I won’t go into the details. But she’d been coming down with one infection after another, with no end in sight.

I was bored, sitting outside the examination room. So although the spring day was drizzly, I wandered to the balcony garden outside. At the moment, the clouds parted, and a sunbeam struck the ocean. The light glimmered, the ocean whitening around it.

And suddenly, I knew. My aunt was going to be okay.

I returned inside. The doctor emerged from the exam room and told us my aunt was in remission.

It was my first knowing. My first true connection. Did I channel? Did I forge some connection with the universal mind?

I’m still baffled. Until that moment, the idea of awakening cosmic consciousness in myself had been entirely theoretical. There are some things you can’t entirely understand until you experience them.

I’m still not sure I do understand. I don’t have these moments of insight on tap. My knowings don’t come on command. But they do still occasionally come.

Aces. Someone once told me that the first card in the suit contains all the energy of that suit. In that moment at the hospital, I felt all the energy of the Cups—intuition, spirit, connection—flowing through me. I was initiated that day by something bigger than myself.

The Symbols

A golden chalice floats above a pool dotted with water lilies, the latter representing eternal life. Five streams (representing the five senses?) overflow from the cup.

The cup is commonly believed to represent the Holy Grail from Arthurian legend. In the story of the knight Parcival, a dove magically empowers the Grail, and in this card, a dove with a communion-type wafer dives toward the cup. The cup also resembles a baptismal font, implying a spiritual initiation.

What Does This Card Mean for You?

How can you be that over-flowing chalice? Because it’s by being loving that we attract love of all kinds to us.

Notes: Ace of Cups

85 Adelaide came to the cottage today with her latest rescue (a Chihuahua). She’d learned about my brother’s threatened conservatorship and wants to help. I’m grateful.

She told me Charles has been trying to get more control of our father’s company for years. I had no idea it mattered to him that much. He’s been the Chief Financial Officer since last spring. I’d assumed he was on track to take the company over, and I would have been happy to let him. I don’t care about managing the money or the company. But I don’t want to be on an allowance at my brother’s mercy either. At least my sister, for all her faults, is on my side.



How to Hold Yourself Accountable

Before I moved to writing, I worked as a financial advisor. It was a lot more sales than I liked, so I gave up after two years. But one thing that job taught me was how to schedule my day, which ties in closely to accountability.

Planners are unforgiving. You spend the booked time doing the work, or you don’t. You hit your to-do list, or you don’t. But planners can also be inspiring. The process of setting goals, of breaking down the steps to accomplish a goal, makes it all seem possible. And the really crazy thing about a planner, is once I’ve got something written down in it, it happens.

I calendar my writing time, editing time, and marketing tasks every day. And I’ve based it on the way my brain works. I discovered that mornings are best for long, focused concentration. Afternoons, I’m easily distracted, which makes them a better time for task switching (i.e. lots of short tasks). For me, this means writing a chapter first thing every morning, editing until lunch, and then marketing in the afternoons.

But this only works if I refer back to my planner every morning to check what has to be done, and every evening to make sure it got done. Usually on Sunday I’ll do a weekly review of what’s happened and what needs to happen next week.

And if this seemed militantly structured, it kind of is. But there’s something freeing about it.

In my new experimental mystery, The Mysteries of Tarot, my character Hyperion writes about the Emperor and the Empress cards. And I’m just going to quote from it here, because I think my fictional Tarot reader said it best:

“In the Empress card, a pregnant woman lounges between cultivated fields of grain and a wild forest. A heart-shaped stone with the glyph for Venus is carved into her throne, littered with comfy pillows.

The power and authority of the Empress’s office is only a thin veneer over her abundant, creative nature. Though nature is chaos, the Empress is not. In front of the wheat field, she symbolizes chaos cultivated to the good—the chaos we need for change, growth and creativity.

Here’s the deal. We’re creatures of both nature and society. Like a farmer’s field, we’re part chaos, part order. The Empress represents the former and her counterpart, the Emperor, the latter.

In their healthy aspects, the Empress keeps the Emperor from becoming too rulebound, rigid, and tyrannical. The Emperor provides structure for the Empress to blossom. Because like the Empress, we need structure and boundaries (at least some boundaries) in order for our personal creativity and purpose to flourish. Whether it’s setting word-count goals or deciding only to paint in hues of blue, boundaries can up an artist’s game.”



Kirsten Weiss writes laugh-out-loud, page-turning mysteries, and now a Tarot guidebook that’s a work of experimental fiction. Her heroes and heroines aren’t perfect, but they’re smart, they struggle, and they succeed. Kirsten writes in a house high on a hill in the Colorado woods and occasionally ventures out for wine and chocolate. Or for a visit to the local pie shop.

Kirsten is best known for her Wits’ End, Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum, and Tea & Tarot cozy mystery books. So if you like funny, action-packed mysteries with complicated heroines, just turn the page…











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