Yesterday, I did a cover reveal for my upcoming book Tarot Guide for Beginners. I am so happy that I can finally show you the cover of my upcoming book. I wanted to say that it took a lot to get here, but when I’m honest, the journey of creating the book went pretty smoothly.


I also need to mention that when I decided in January to grant this book (and myself as the author of it) a grown-up release, I looked at my over ninety to-do’s and felt pretty overwhelmed. How was I ever going to learn all this? How would I ever get all my ducks in a row? How would I line them up to a pinnacle of activities to show my book to the world?

For a couple of weeks, I felt scared and excited. Glennon Doyle would call this scited, I guess.

How it all began

Tarot Guide for Beginners came to this world as Tarot Werkboek, the Dutch version of a pretty different book, back in 2004. Knowing I had only started reading tarot cards in 1997, my understanding wasn’t as deep as it runs today. But still, the foundation was excellent, and I understand why Deltas wanted to publish it. It was a good book, and it still is.

But soon after it was published, I noticed that reading small print and such is essential. Within months a copy of the book was published with a different cover, and a year later, another copy was sold to ECI, a membership book ordering company. They negotiated different prices than we had initially agreed upon, and I felt I had nothing to say about the book. When I also found my book at a Ramsj bookstore (cheap book stores where publishing houses dump their books). It didn’t feel good, mainly because they never informed me of their decisions. I had to find out myself.

Happy readers

Readers traced me on the Internet and asked me questions, making me happy. I was able to build a fun reading and coaching business that kept me busy. I even sent some of them an autographed book, which was as funny as you can imagine – someone wanting an autograph from me 😊

When I met one of them out in the wild one day, I realized I had impacted people’s lives, and that is when the idea started to one day translate the book and republish it. I had heard of indy authors and wanted to learn how to self-publish books.

Indy author

Over the years, I have published several books and even republished the original version of Tarot Werkbook because I needed an updated version for the translations.

Even throughout translations, I improved the book even more. When you dive into a translation and think about what you wrote, you find that you want to word it differently. This is also what translating does because the sentences are built differently.

Working with a real editor

Also, working with a real editor, Emma Jansen helped me tremendously. Up to that point, I had not done that, and I bet my previous books must have been filled with Dutchisms (seeing how many edits she made). Anyway, most of those books have been unpublished, so who cares.

Working with a designer for the cover

When I decided to give this book a grown-up release, it also meant working with a real book cover designer. I found the best one through a contest I put out on 99Designs. It is funny how some contestants didn’t even read the instructions I gave upfront of designs I didn’t want. It made the first selection round easy because I could strike out all the spooky designs with skulls. I don’t associate my craft with stuff like that. Even though I said in my instructions that I was NOT looking for a dark or black cover, you don’t want to know how many dark or black covers I received. At least 80% did not understand my instructions.

To finally choose the winner of that contest made me a bit anxious. What if people would not like the cover? I mean, “they say” that potential buyers want to recognize a book by the cover. If the book is about tarot, it needs tarot cards on the cover. But I feel that tarot is about more than the cards. It is about intuition and trusting yourself that what you feel is okay.

I decided to take a chance and decide that my potential reader could read a title, so the word TAROT has been made as big as it could be 😂

Fyra won the contest because of the use of colors. Also, the giant moon in the middle of the design and the overall atmosphere made me notice it.

Even though it only took a week or two to get from instruction to the final design, I have learned a lot from this process.

cover reveal tarot guide for beginners

Manuscript declared DONE

Through all of this, Emma and I kept working on the manuscript. I made the last edits in May and declared the manuscript DONE.

Next stop

The next stop will be to form an Advance Review Copy team to help me create more visibility for the book at the vendor’s sites and as much noise about the release of this book.

Next time, I will start this step much sooner in my process to smoothly sail on toward the release. Had I organized the ARC team sooner, I could have released the book in June. A good lesson to remember next time.

Release date

The book will be released on August 11, 2022, so I’d better get some work done before I leave!

Writing a prediction analysis with divinatory tools about how my new book Tarot Guide for Beginners will be doing in its first year of release is dangerous, right? I totally agree because what if I’m wrong? But after successfully doing a prediction analysis for the winner of the 2020 USA elections, I want to try again. Beginners’ luck, 50/50 change; I still don’t believe everything I read in the cards.

This time, I combined all modalities I’ve dabbled in to predict the book’s success and how it will affect my life.

A prediction  analysis is only words and numbers

I will use numerology techniques to calculate various tarot cards, and I will go into my Akashic Record to see how they relate.

Upfront, I want to emphasize that this prediction analysis is just for fun. I’m as proud I can be already. Finishing a book isn’t a small thing, especially when it is a book close to your heart, as the preceding Dutch version has always been.

I am also very aware that when a card comes up that “predicts” mind-blowing success, it doesn’t dismiss me from taking responsibility for making it so. Also, if a sucky card comes up, I’ll dismiss it 😊. We’re only talking about probabilities and possibilities here.

The difference between probability and possibility

When I talk about success for my book in this prediction analysis and how it will affect me, it is essential to distinguish between probability and possibility. These terms come from my work in the Akashic Records, where I often work with outcomes. Most people struggle to understand the difference between them, though.

Probability means an outcome already has a fair chance of occurring as circumstances stand right now, given your current path and past choices. It means that you can’t get a 100% probability if you’re cold to the journey and haven’t decided on a specific outcome before. Since I’m pretty cold onto this journey, I don’t expect a 100% probability of only having written a manuscript. My audience needs to be built, and more people still need to hear about what I’m up to. Also, people need to learn more about my other offerings and what is coming up in that area.

Possibility means that an outcome CAN conceivably occur but most likely needs an amount of adjustment to your path and stepping away from your past choices. This means that you need to be willing to take different actions toward the desired outcome because, let’s face it, the Universe isn’t a genie in a bottle. If you don’t do anything, the Universe will not either.

So I set out to create a table of the probability and possibility of total earnings a year after the release (August 2022 to July 2023). While working on it, I thought about my willingness to make things possible. Since I work part-time and don’t intend to give that up, my time is limited. Also, think about doctor’s appointments, extra work hours, wellness and massage, seeing friends, workouts, sleeping, eating, etc. Thinking and planning as if I always have 24 hours per week available sets me up for failure. I will forever feel behind and, in the end, give up. I’ve been there. Also, if I have to put everything aside to improve the possibility of earning big bucks, I may lose the fun in this project.

What I found in my Akashic Record

To get some answers, I went into my Akashic Record and dowsed some total earnings in 12 months that the book and offers can generate. Notice that the numbers below are not percentages but numbers on a scale from 0 to 100:

Total Earnings in 12 months

Probability Possibility Joy score

< $ 10,000

87 100


$ 15,000

79 96 50

$ 20,000

74 93 55

$ 25,000

72 89


$ 30,000 68 84


$ 40,000 60 46


$ 50,000 45 33


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What these scores tell me

The scores show that the sweet spot of what is probable, possible, and fun lies somewhere around $ 30,000 for me. As I am not financially dependent on this, it is already a hoot to have such an amount of money as earnings in a year – my inner smile just got much bigger!

The table in this prediction analysis also shows that while I consciously feel I have no expectations for the book, apparently, I have subconscious expectations that it “should” be more than $ 20,000; otherwise, it is no “fun.” See how the fun score almost doubles above that? My current beliefs limit me to somewhere between $ 30,000 and $ 40,000. Above $ 40,000 of earnings, things seem to be less possible since the possibility percentage quickly diminishes above that. I found the answer for that in my Akashic Record: it’s because of limiting beliefs. Good to know this!

Let’s move on to the numerical calculations for myself and the book.

Tarot Prediction Analysis for my Book & Business

Calculating my personal year card

Using the same technique as I did in the US election blog, let’s look at several calculations for this current prediction analysis.

Let’s start with my personal year card. The calculation for the personal year card is as follows: I celebrate my birthday on April 12.

12 + 4 + 2022 = 2038 = 13 = 4

Death (13) and Emperor (4)

Looking at the thirteenth Major Arcana card, we see the Death card. This card doesn’t scare me at all; I celebrate it! It does not predict an actual death but a transformation. This is what I write about Death in Tarot Guide for Beginners:

General Theme Death:

Self-induced transition

Keyword Phrases:

Being fired, change of identity, changing old habits, changing status, death and rebirth, disposing of what is not helpful, elimination, end of a chapter, end of a relationship, focus on the essentials, leaving home, moving house, new beginning, resigning, self-induced transition, separation, significant changes, transformation, transition into a next phase

And this is what I wrote about The Emperor in my book:

General Theme Emperor:


Keyword Phrases:

Authority, bound creativity, career, commander, confidence, control, coordination, directive, discipline, government, guide, leadership, logic, masculinity, mission, order, organization, power, promotion, protector, rational, rules, self-assured, self-control, status, strength, structure, systematic, tying up loose ends, vision, wisdom

It’s quite the process I’m going through this year, and I can already acknowledge how most of these keyword phrases are true for me. This project is more than just writing a book and rebuilding a business. I made an essential change in how I approached my business. I let go of the frustration that my business didn’t do what I wanted it to do, and I surrendered to fun and joy. At the same time, learning from my Manifesting Blueprint, I needed to work with goals (which I wasn’t doing anymore because #faileverytime). I approached the project with more structure and control than I was used to and was surprised to see how it improved my confidence.

I felt insecure and anxious about marketing anything I made in the past, so I wasn’t doing it (except for some pathetic whispers now and then). Over the last few months, I have learned to become more vocal about what is happening. Because of the structured approach, I was able to pull the release date from October to August.

It is beautiful to see both cards reflected in what I am experiencing now. It always surprises me how numerology and tarot can be used together.

Calculating the card for Tarot Guide for Beginners

Tarot Guide for Beginners will release on August 11, 2022. That date serves as a birthday, which makes it easy to calculate its birth card, and every year after that, I can calculate a year card for the book. In the first year, the birth card is also the year card.

August 11, 2022: 8 + 11 + 2022 = 2041 = 7

This is what I write about the Chariot (7) in Tarot Guide for Beginners:

General Theme for Chariot (7)


Keyword Phrases:

Ambition, assertiveness, authority, being at the helm, being in control, clear goals, competition, concentration, confidence, controlling your emotions, courage, efficiency, initiative, progress by balancing opposing forces, progress over perfection, self-centered, showing leadership, skills, steering in the right direction, success, travel, victory

Well, hello! This feels like quite the journey that I will experience with this book. Of course, it is dependent on how much action I am willing to take. Still, looking at the energy this book releases in my life, I won’t have to worry about willingness—words like initiative, setting clear goals, and confidence. But let’s not skim over balancing opposing forces, progress over perfection, and success.

This book feels like a love baby and a practice run simultaneously. I am learning so much about taking action, organizing my work methods, and showing the world what I’m making that I’m super happy that I’m back in my old niche where I once started. It’s funny how one sometimes has to go on a long journey to end up where you started with the same book (although translated and improved) to take it from there. Let’s say I learned a lot about alignment and flow 😊

How the book will affect me

Lastly, let’s look at the energies on the day Tarot Guide for Beginners releases.

For this I take the day and month I was born and add them to the release day:

12 + 4 + 11 + 8 + 2022 = 2057 = 14

This is what I write about Temperance (14) in my book:

General Theme for Temperance (14):


Keyword Phrases:

Acknowledge all parties concerned, balancing, compromise, discretion, do not overdo it, fruitful combination, getting well, good health, harmony, healing, love, making things easier, middle ground, mixing, moderation, mood-disorders, morality, patience, peace, recovering, self-control, synthesis, tolerance.

It’s funny how you sometimes blank out when you see a specific card. That is what happened when I saw Temperance. As an Aries, I always find this card a bit of nothing. Pouring water from one cup into the other seems so useless. Balancing between the watery emotions and the sturdy earth… yeah. Right.

Egoic resistance

But then I noticed the egoic resistance inside. This is what it is all about. On Release Day, the project ends, but that is not where the journey ends. On the contrary, it is where a new cycle starts! And the energy of Temperance is what I need to bring along!

Slowly the story around this card starts to form in my head. I often look at egoic resistance as parts work, also known as IFS (Internal Family Systems), that I need to do. I was introduced to this form of work years ago, where you work with parts like your inner child, the saboteur, the worker, the inner critic, etc.

Interestingly, this modality pops up again while looking at this card. I have always struggled with parts of me that have their reasons for choosing misalignment. Examples are working extremely hard, combined with a part that is very critical of the outcome, and then feeling hurt when you can’t fulfill those expectations: the worker, the inner critic, and the inner child.

Temperance suggests keeping it easy and doing things in moderation. I’m only at the start of a new journey, so give yourself time to release some old stories that got stuck in your mind about failing, expectations, and stuff from how I was raised. Do I need to say: high expectations?

Calm down, keep it fun, and don’t overdo it. Temperance tells me how to do it and prevent falling into the same trap repeatedly.


This is how far I can take this prediction analysis for Tarot Guide for Beginners. I’ve been looking at other books and their writers. Knowing their businesses and how long they’ve been active online, I know my book will not beat them right away. But thinking about hitting around $ 30,000 in the first year might hold a prediction. And think about this: how much fun would it be to strike Guided Tarot off its #1 spot. If only for a short while? Again: it would be a hoot!

The good thing with tarot books is that they don’t go out of fashion. I have and still use a book by Rachel Pollack written in 1980. She updated and republished it in 2019, and it still hits the top 10! This means I have all the time to build the name of this book and other books.

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