Rust Belt Arcana: Tarot and Natural History in the Exurban Wilds

Rust Belt Arcana: Tarot and Natural History in the Exurban Wilds

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, animals, tarot, nature, conservation, broken-americana, midwest, Occult, Nonfiction, Environment

A work of nature writing and art that takes an unconventional approach to the flora and fauna of the Rust Belt. The essays, which are set in the industrial Midwest, are organized by the major arcana of Tarot cards. The chapter on The Fool tells of a bear harassed by car traffic; the Magician chapter follows a trout swimming through industrial rivers; the High Priestess section shows how climate change is threatening the habitat of the snowy owl. Exploring natural history through the Tarot provides readers with a new perspective on a regional landscape often dismissed as unremarkable, as well as our remarkable place in it.

Title:Rust Belt Arcana: Tarot and Natural History in the Exurban Wilds
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781948742122
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    Rust Belt Arcana: Tarot and Natural History in the Exurban Wilds Reviews

  • Mark Schlack

    Stansberry has a distinct voice and a lot to say about humans and the natural world. He speaks from an unusual place: a skilled hunter and fisherman, a very knowledgeable amateur naturalist, born in r...

  • Heather

    Ok, so organizing a collection of eco-essays around the tarot is kinda weird, but it mostly works. (My gut feeling is the tarot as organizing principle should have been developed even further or cut.)...

  • Kevin

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I entered the giveaway, because it seemed like an interesting concept. However, I was not prepared for how truly enthralling and informational thi...

  • Marge Anderson

    A magical and unusual little book. Stansberry combines the major arcana of the tarot with the beleaguered yet resilient wildlife and flora of the rust belt midwest. Voila, meditations on the environme...

  • Mark Fontecchio

    One of the best books I have read in a long time. The essays that shine brightest are those that mix tarot interpretations with the natural world and personal ruminations. I particularly love the ones...

  • Samantha

    this is a very unique book. it's more natural history (well, natural contemporary is a more apt term, really) than tarot, but the tarot provides an organizing structure and extra interest for me. basi...

  • Marci

    Less tarot, more natural history, but such a lovely book. I had intended to read just a bit of it and instead read the whole thing and enjoyed every bit of it.The associated tarot deck is lush and lov...

  • Gail

    A lovely reflection on the natural world in Pennsylvania and Ohio and how the creatures, rivers, behaviors of nature are reflected by the Major Arcana....

  • Dearwassily

    Less about the tarot, more about the way we are rapidly destroying the natural resources around us, and set in eastern Ohio, with some spillage into western PA....

  • Roy

    Rust Belt Arcana by Matthew Stansberry and illustrated by David Wilson is a well-needed and refreshing take on the environmental issues and resurgence in the Great Lakes Region. Stansberry uses interp...