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Ancestral Tarot
Uncover Your Past and Chart Your Future
Author Nancy Hendrickson, Foreword Theresa Reed
ISBN: 9781578637416
Book (Paperback)
Red Wheel Weiser, Weiser Books
6 x 8
224 pages
RW tarot cards, spreads, 1 photo
November 5, 2020

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Ancestral Tarot is unlike any tarot book I’ve ever worked with before. It had a profound effect on the way I feel about my family—and myself. The author’s exercises, spreads, prompts, and suggestions have created a rich body of work that will change generations of people, as well as our understanding of the past. This is a book whose time has come and will surely be a well-used resource for both tarot fans and students of genealogy. When you tend to the roots of your past, your future can flourish like never before.”—Theresa Reed, author of Tarot, No Questions Asked and Astrology for Real Life


“Exploring ancestral patterns can be a painful journey, especially when the road is paved with skeletons that haunt us along the way. Thankfully, Nancy Hendrickson has written a valuable book brimming with useful techniques for uncovering where our ancestral inheritances may have originated and why we sometimes feel the impulse to act them out. Each exercise magically transforms the ancestral agenda and becomes a curative lesson in freeing ourselves from repeating outdated stories. In the end, Ancestral Tarot becomes a sound ally and advocate for healing the generational wound.” —Carrie Paris, creator of The Relative Tarot

“Not all families are happy and sometimes that pain stretches back into the ancestral mists. Nancy Hendrickson's book, Ancestral Tarot, is a wonderful and compassionate guide that will enable people with disrupted or strained family back-stories to heal that rift.  Not only is Nancy an accomplished tarotist and author, but she is also a highly respected genealogist with decades of experience in the field.  Ancestral Tarot’s deep foundations in Nancy's own rich practice, combined with its practical, powerful spreads and journaling exercises allows readers to be very hands-on in their own ancestral healing journey. This is definitely a book to cherish and work through, time and again.”—Alison Cross, author of A Year in The Wildwood and Tarot Kaizen.

Ancestral Tarot gives us the practical tools and spiritual guidance to use tarot for personal healing and exploration in a way that is deep, meaningful, and masterful.”—Christiana Gaudet, author of Tarot Tour Guide and Fortune Stellar

“Ancestral Tarot asks all the right questions to connect with our ancestors, so that we can gain wisdom. The book’s many layouts help us to see family patterns with the detail and nuance we need. Healing our relationships with our ancestral patterns not only heals us -- it reaches forward into future generations enabling us to become what this changing world needs -- wise and whole. This is a 'must have' book!” —Jessica Macbeth, author of The Faeries' Oracle


A practical, hands-on guide for using tarot to connect with your ancestors and gain access to their insights for healing, self-protection, and personal powers.

With a tarot deck in hand, readers will learn how to identify and access ancestral gifts, messages, powers, protectors, and healers.

Tarot expert Nancy Hendrickson guides readers through the basics of finding recent ancestors, and navigating the confusing maze of DNA and ethnic heritage. As a longtime tarot enthusiast, she shows readers how to incorporate a metaphysical tool into a world of tradition.

Ancestral Tarot spreads are included in relevant chapters. Each chapter includes three journal prompts that lead readers into self-discovery around ancestral gifts, wounds, and patterns they may have inherited. The better we know our ancestors, the better we know ourselves.

Nancy Hendrickson is an author with decades of experience in genealogy and tarot. Her published work includes several genealogy books. Nancy is a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine and has been interviewed on the topic of internet genealogy by the New York Times, Kiplingerís, and Better Homes and Gardens, as well as on Family Tree Magazine podcasts. She also writes for The Cartomancer Magazine. Learn more about Nancy at
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Theresa Reed is the host of the Astrology Bytes podcast. She has been a professional, full-time astrologer and tarot reader for over 25 years. Her monthly horoscopes and Star School astrology series are two of the most popular features on her online platforms. She has been featured on Nylon, Refinery29, The Numinous, mindbodygreen, Real Talk Radio, Beyond Worlds, and Spirituality and Health and has appeared on numerous other podcasts, radio shows, and WebTV. Visit her at
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