Book Review – Essential Tarot Mastery by Alysa Bartha

Book Review

Essential Tarot Mastery

by Alysa Bartha

Publisher: Achillea Fortuna Publishing

500 Pages

Published: December 22, 2022



“My love affair with the mystical has been present in my life as far back as I can remember” …this is how Alysa opens the book and begins her About the Author section. The subtitle for the book being “Comprehensive Tarot Readers Guide,” and comprehensive it is.

Alysa’s goal was to create a repository of much information, a collection of the things that were not available to her when she was developing an understanding of Tarot. Not only does she detail the structure of the deck and the meaning behind each card, she goes to great lengths to help the reader understand the stories behind the modern day Tarot Deck. She’s included all the things that she would have liked to find as a collection of knowledge in one place.

In a unique approach the book has been divided not into chapters but into eight Elements. These elements need not be read in succession or in any order but are assembled as a reference guide or perhaps encyclopedia is a better description. Each of these elements delivers specifics important to Tarot. The Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana each hold their own individual element. Among the elements, there is one dedicated to the mechanics of how to develop a relationship with your deck. Yet another element details exercises you can practice to strength train your intuition; an element that articulates how to protect and care for your deck. The final element speaks to corresponding crystals and connections to astrology. The wide range of information about Tarot reflects Alysa’s many years of experience.

The book is available in paperback and hardcover. I’ve elected to purchase the hardcover as I see it as an integral part of my library. Thank you, Alysa, for this amazing gift.


Check out Linda’s interview with Alysa Bartha here!



Since she was 17, Alysa Bartha has found pleasure in helping people understand the energy that influences their lives. All that she has done has germinated from a singular motivation to achieve something worth remembering. Whether it is as an artist, author, spiritual advisor, or mystic, she is intentional that her contribution be something useful. Most importantly, something that will help other human beings ascend to greater levels of understanding within themselves; and the world we all inhabit. You can learn more about her at


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About the Author:

Linda Bischoff

For as long as she can remember Linda has wanted to help people find joy and beauty in their lives. She recalls that some of her happiest childhood memories were of exploring nature’s playground on the farm in rural Manitoba where she grew up.This provided her with the foundation and understanding of how natural elements impact our well being.

Her business, Avalon Lane Studio, focuses on creating meaningful connection with the environment. Linda combines her knowledge of Interior Design, Biophilia and Feng Shui to help create balance and harmony in homes and workspaces.She lives in Halton Hills, Ontario. Visit Linda at and follow her on @avalonlanestudio.