maggie-stiefvater: Kitchen Table Tarot, by Me…


Kitchen Table Tarot, by Melissa Cynova

This will be my new go-to recommendation when folks ask me about starting tarot.

some folks, tarot is a highly mystical experience, requiring ritual and
song, candles and wall-hangings, crystals and gnomes. I respect that.
Go for it. But for me, tarot’s always been a more mundane spiritual
experience, one that notches into many spiritual beliefs and lifestyles.
A conversation starter when people come to my house for the first time,
or for connecting at the end of a long conference day. It’s just a way
to dig into issues that you don’t otherwise know how to solve, celebrate
the good parts of yourself, and connect with people in a way that digs
deep beyond that odious poison, small talk.

Cynova tackles the
tarot with this same big-picture, no-nonsense approach. If you’re
looking for a deep study of the cards’ history or an analysis of why the
color blue appears on such card or a guide for how to spiritually
dishwash the bad energy out of your cards, this isn’t the book for you;
there are others that do that well. If you’re looking for an intuitive
overview of how tarot might work for you and a pragmatic guide to
learning the cards’ core meanings, this book is the one. It’s a warm,
fast read with plenty of swearing, and I wish it could be bundled with
every one of my tarot decks instead of the little one I wrote. It’s that
good. Buy one for you and one for your best friend, and go through it
together. A+

My friend’s book! ❤️