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Book Review: Awaken to Tarot by Karen La Puma


The Tarot, a visual archetypical language that makes up all of life is a complete system of guidance and exploration of the evolutionary journey…

By Karen La Puma

AWAKEN TO TAROT, Self-Help/Nonfiction/Spiritual, Soul Source Publishing, 420 pp.

I am so excited to be part of the tour for Awaken to Tarot by Karen La Puma! I’ve been reading the Tarot for years and still consider myself a novice or newbie to the whole thing. Tarot is something that has completely fascinated me and left me with questions. Books like Awaken to Tarot are a great help while trying to decipher the messages that the cards may hold and get closer to the answers.

There are several different decks on my book shelf. The deck that I used while reading Awaken to Tarot is the Golden Universal Tarot based on traditional Rider-Waite images.

In my opinion the Tarot is not a dark or evil tool. Some cards may at first seem really intimidating or frightening such as the devil, death or tower. What I have come to understand and what is also explained more eloquently in Awaken to Tarot, the cards are not meant to terrify but to inspire and awaken the reader to possible changes in their current course. There are always options in life and it is not the cards that decide which option is taken.

Karen La Puma has designed a tarot deck that goes with the book Awaken to Tarot. Inside the book each card is pictured in full color with a complete description, planet and astrological sign alignment. There are pages of information for each card, not just a quick paragraph. The author ask questions with each card, giving the reader inspiration when doing a draw or spread. The great thing is, if the reader does not have a set of Awaken To Tarot cards, this information can apply to any tarot deck on hand. That aspect alone makes this a must have for anyone that works with Tarot and the metaphysical.

Although I do not have a set of the Awaken to Tarot cards, I can easily tell by viewing them that they are beautiful. Each card is filled with vivid bright colors and the art is exquisite. There is something very jubilating about looking at incredible artwork that brings light into a reading.

Awaken To Tarot cards are set up with the ten pip cards from Ace to ten and the four face cards Knights, Queens, Princes and Princesses making a suit. The four suits are Swords, Cups, Wands and Disks. In other decks names might be changed to represent each of these cards. Some of the decks I have used Coins in place of Disks, or Knives in place of Swords. Most cards I’ve used the face cards are King, Queen, Knight, Page. Every deck is unique in it’s design.

The author writes with an angelic tone that does not threaten or demean anyone’s beliefs or religion. In fact, Karen provides pages of information for the reader to find a sense of self empowerment to listening and finding the answers that are locked in our unconscious mind. The information provided gives the reader tools, what ever their beliefs may be or however they personally use the Tarot.

Awaken To Tarot is full of valuable information and I feel blessed to have it in my possession to refer to as often as I like when I am doing a tarot reading for myself. I am certain I will go to this book over and over again for inspiration and guidance while working with the Tarot. I want to thank Karen La Puma and Pump Up Your Books for including me in this book tour for Awaken To Tarot.

The Tarot is visual system that reveals both our True Nature and our obstacles. Introducing a new Tarot deck, made with digital collage. Through pictures, symbols, meanings, questions, processes, Kabbalah, key words, and affirmations, you can learn to:

  • Find ways to reflect your inner guidance.
  • Explore the magical journey of evolution
  • Blend Astrology, Numerology, and the Tree of Life with the Tarot
  • Discover the power and implications of the symbols of Tarot

Watch the book trailer at YouTube.

Throughout history we have wanted to understand the circumstances of our lives and our relationships with others. We have had a profound desire to know ourselves on the deepest  levels, to make sound decisions, and to receive guidance from  the Divine.  

The Tarot is a set of universal principles that provide a visual system which reveals both your True Nature and the obstacles to living from this Unified State of Consciousness. Tradition ally and cross-culturally these archetypes communicate all the aspects of existence. Through these rich symbolic mirrors you can receive messages about where you are at present, an external issue, a relationship, your career, and an inner psychological state—in fact all aspects of your evolutionary journey.  In the following pages, you will touch on how to tap into inner guidance and awaken internal allies. This book was writ ten for you to draw assistance from the symbols of your soul’s journey as each card is like a magic talisman. 

As you explore the visual symbols of each Tarot card, you are given different components that add to your understanding of its meaning. After the visuals there are: a short meaning; descriptions; key words to summarize them; reflective suggestions to go into your process; questions to ponder; and an affirmation. In the descriptions there are correlations with Astrology, Numerology, the Tree of Life, the Hero’s Journey, and the general process of evolution. I have included the Hebrew letter for each of the Major Arcana, and the I Ching’s association to the Royalty cards.  

Toward the end of the book, you will learn to find your life’s path, your yearly path, some inner teachers, and sample readings for you to try. Please take what is useful for you and ignore the rest. For those of you who want to dive in deeper, there are several dense teaching chapters that I include in Part VII, “Integrating the Tarot.” Altogether these systems can assist your assimilation of each card, as their cosmic voices can exert a powerful support for you. When you use the cards, you not only have a self-reflective tool, a device to awaken intuition, but also a suggestive magnifier of the qualities you want to infuse into your life.  

This book is a part of a series called, A Toolkit for Awakening, which is based on the eminent mythologist, Joseph Camp bell’s great blueprint, “The Hero’s Journey.” It is from his classic book, A Hero with a Thousand Faces (1948). This formula for spiritual evolution, presented in Chapter 83 and the conclusion, gives the structure and foundation of this series.  

The stage of the Hero’s Journey that this book deals with is called “Supernatural Aids.” You are encouraged to seek helpers, animate and inanimate, seen and unseen, ancient and mod ern. You don’t have to rely solely upon your own innate powers.  Magical helpers appear once you are on the spiritual path as you see abundantly in myths and fairy tales. This book suggests that the Tarot is “a supernatural aid,” for these cards are external mirrors from which you can hear your inner guidance.

Having support is one of life’s most valuable assets. I am thankful for all the support I have received. Yet because I have chosen “a road less traveled,” my deepest gratitude has been to those invisible forces—the archetypes (also called universal symbols). Exploring interrelated metaphysical systems, like Tarot, Astrology, and Numerology have given me the keys to the human journey. “Meta” means beyond, for these maps of consciousness go outside the physical to bridge existence with causality. As you play with the archetypes themselves, they become intuitive and active spiritual allies.  

There is a vast array of metaphysical oracles to help you gain self–knowledge. You can delve into the many different cosmic looking glasses to muse and reflect. You can pick cards, gaze at charts and maps, throw coins, select stones, add some numbers, dream, visualize, meditate, or open a book randomly for a message, and they will become your guideposts and supportive tools that help you to see another way and wake up to the highest aspects of yourself.  

My hope is that the Tarot images, the concepts presented in this book, and the series, A Toolkit for Awakening, will be a source of support for you. The empowering myth of the Goddess Warrior on the Hero’s Journey is the underlying basis of this series. Love and allowing are the ways of the Goddess. Being accountable for your time, attention and intention is how you embody the Warrior. These archetypes become your helpers and infuse higher vibrations to facilitate new states of consciousness.  

My inner and outer helpers guide me and inspire me along my sacred path of expressing Divine Light. 



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Karen La Puma
 is the Author of a series of books called A Toolkit for Awakening, which are based on the Goddess Warrior on the Hero’s Journey. She is a motivational, intuitive, and spiritual counselor in private practice in the Bay Area since 1979. She is a teacher, astrologer, hypnotherapist, reiki master, inspirational speaker, and creative storyteller with a potent and timely message to empower your life.

Her latest book is Awaken to Tarot: Be Your Own Guide with Astrology, Numbers and the Tree of Life.

Visit her website at or connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

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