Essence of the Tarot differentiates itself from other Tarot books by interlacing ancient wisdom with modern insight. The first section, "Ancient Wisdom," explores the major themes of each card or archetype of the Tarot. It contains insight from many sources, including astrology, mythology, the Kabbalah, and modern psychology, and focuses on the more meditative aspect of each card. It also includes a traditional divination and ways to interpret the cards in an easy, approachable manner. The second section, "Modern Reflections," reads similar to a diary, drawing analogies from modern cultural experiences such as literature, film, and daily life in the 21st century. It presents the stories behind the images, which help to make the cards real and alive, removing them from the realm of metaphysics and placing them squarely into everyday reality. It also encourages the reader to develop his or her own unique perspective.