Weiser Books, 2023
Agent: Jill Marr
Finding the Fool is a tarot resource and study guide that goes beyond standardized, traditional interpretations, instead opening the door for readers of all genders, identities, and experience levels to build a unique and personal relationship with the cards. For Meg Jones Wall, the tarot path to your real, authentic self is bigger than what can be found in only one deck, one way, or one teaching. Breaking through barriers to show up as who you truly are—that is the radical journey to self-discovery and transformation.
Featuring clear, inclusive, and contemporary explorations for every card, Meg provides a roadmap for our own radical journey, giving us the tools and information needed to tap into the wisdom that already lives within us. The author provides astrological and numerological correspondences, methods of connecting with the tarot through spiritual and creative practices, and approaches for using different esoteric tools to explore the cards in new ways to help us create a personal, lasting relationship with tarot. Also included are journal prompts for personal insight and study, and suggestions for creating your own unique tarot spreads, making this a powerful companion for readers of all levels.
“In Finding the Fool: A Tarot Journey to Radical Transformation, author Meg Jones Wall takes the reader on a totally unique path. Instead of going with the standard (and outdated) rules of the road, the reader is encouraged to find their own way of interpreting the archetypes and symbols through a personal lens. This is a wholly modern perspective, one that leaves plenty of room for fresh insights and exciting ways of engaging with the cards. Meg’s masterful prose for each card takes you on an experiential adventure where you can channel the essence of the cards while seeing how they apply to your life. With Finding the Fool by your side, you’ll be well-equipped as you walk the path to self-discovery.” —From the foreword by Theresa Reed, author of Twist Your Fate: Manifest Success with Astrology and Tarot
"This is the book I wish I had at the start of my tarot journey. With Finding the Fool, Meg Jones Wall has given us a true guide to the tarot. Drawing from her intimate familiarity with tarot, astrology, and numerology, Wall has managed to demystify the meanings of the cards while also respecting tarot's spiritual malleability. Knowledgeable without being dogmatic, she allows readers to form their own opinions and encourages them to make tarot their own and to integrate it into their lives in ways that work for them. Wall's gifts as both writer and teacher shine here in Finding the Fool—a much-needed addition to tarot literature." —Brittany Muller, author of The Contemplative Tarot
“Finding the Fool is a beautiful book that drops you right into your tarot cards to experience them for yourself. Wall goes on to accessibly break down the astrology, numerology, and tarot theory for each card. She creates a warm, welcoming, info-packed resource for tarot learners at all levels. I absolutely loved this exploration, and this is one of my favorite tarot books I’ve read, maybe ever. Everyone reading or teaching tarot professionally needs this book.” —Cassandra Snow, author of Queering the Tarot
“A fresh voice, Meg Jones Wall has written seventy-eight meditative essays that inspire personal transformation. Drawing upon astrology and numerology, Finding the Fool is part postmodern primer on tarot and part spiritual philosophy.” —Benebell Wen, author of Holistic Tarot
"Finding the Fool frees you from meanings tied to specific tarot imagery and invites readers to explore a couple of tarot’s underlying principles that apply to any deck. Wall’s sample interpretations also expand meaning beyond the personal to an individual’s place in and responsibility to community in a refreshing way.” —Mary K. Greer, author of Archetypal Tarot
“This book had me hooked from the very first line! Finding the Fool is poetically written and deeply generous, guiding readers through all seventy-eight cards—and their elemental, astrological, and numerological associations—in ways that are accessible and thorough, with plenty of room left for personal exploration. It's a perfect companion for both beginners on their tarot journey and seasoned practitioners or enthusiasts looking to build a new, more expansive relationship with the cards. Meg Jones Wall is a gentle, yet radical guide, weaving tradition and progress together to encourage new meaning-making. This will be a staple on my bookshelf from now on!” —Rebecca Scolnick, author of The Witch's Book of Numbers: Enhance Your Magic with Numerology
"Autostraddle columnist Wall debuts with an introspective introduction to tarot card reading, positioning it as a tool for self-discovery. Each entry includes guidance for reading the card and journal prompts to help readers better understand individual signs. Wall’s flexible approach lets readers tailor a tarot practice that works for them; she also foregrounds inclusivity, rendering cards without gendered images and including a list of tarot resources that center marginalized communities. Beginners and experienced tarot readers will welcome the author’s perspective." —Publishers Weekly
“Written from a queer perspective, this book from tarot reader Wall (Instagram’s @3am.tarot) invites readers to look past the limitations and exclusions of previous Euro-centric, binary, hetero-normative interpretations of most decks and read tarot from one’s own personal story. VERDICT: A primer that is also a deep dive, appropriate and inclusive for all persons at all levels of expertise, Wall’s book is a likely candidate to join the canon of must-read guides for the serious student of the tarot.” —Library Journal
“Meg Jones Wall offers an all-levels guide to reading the tarot, a compendium of resources to help beginners and longtime practitioners alike conjure from the cards a deeper understanding of one’s inner and outer worlds.” —Michelle Hart, Electric Lit
“Finding the Fool is the lightning strike that the cartomancy community needs to revitalize its personal and professional readings. Meg Jones Wall reminds us that, by nature, we are perpetual Fools—forever growing, learning, changing, and evolving. She encourages us to earnestly dive into who we are by courageously embarking on the Fool’s journey. Wall’s clear and concise perceptions are without condescension. As she writes, ‘new discoveries give us confidence.’” —Amber Highland,publisher of The Cartomancer Magazine