Sunday, May 20, 2012

Review “The Tarot Playbook:

“The Tarot Playbook: 78 Novel Ways to Connect with Your Cards”

“Play with your Tarot cards – instead of working with them. Using the 78 fun activities to help bond readers to their Tarot cards, The Tarot Playbook improves your Tarot reading skills when using any deck, with a different experience each time you play.” 

Lynda Cowles
ISBN-10: 0764339885
Schiffer Publishing
176 pages
“Lynda Cowles is a member of the Tarot Association of the British Isles. By day, she runs an online Tarot store; by night, she blogs at Archer Tarot. She currently owns 29 healthy, happy Tarot decks.”

The Tarot Playbook by Lynda Cowels is a fantastically funny and adventurous way to get to know your deck. “Confession”: I never thought of a deck as a living thing and I’m guilty of not having enough fun with cards. No more! Thanks to this witty book with 78 activities that are sure to make the creative brain go crazy with ideas.

The writing style is something that appeals to me because it’s so hilarious and requires “hands on” contact with your deck. In the first section you will find “24 Ways to Get Acquainted With Your Cards” - even if you don’t do anything else in this book you must try these activities! If you happen to have a new deck that you haven’t gotten to know yet this is the perfect way to start. Don’t worry if you have a very, very serious deck, there’s a section in the book for that. If you’re not sure where to start Lynda Cowles has made it easy to just pull a card and go to the back of the book to look up the activity that is listed in the table. I think this is a very nice feature in the book.

The image of the layout of the book will help you get a “feel” for the book and a peek at the fun that’s just sitting there waiting for you to pull out a deck and get started. I think this book would be extremely fun to use if you have a group to participate.

The beauty of the activities in this book is learning while having fun! If you are not one who can follow a heavy duty study program, this book will appeal to your sense of play, it feels like freedom for a person who has a sense of humor but has been reluctant to see tarot in a non serious way.

The idea of taking your deck with you everywhere you go and talking to your deck as if it were your friend is extremely interesting to me. Imagine the possibilities of this…

The other interesting idea here is the suggestion to not keep a journal of your play time with tarot! To me, this really makes sense and it takes away the last little bit of feeling that it’s work. Freedom from note taking!

 Okay! I know you want a little sample right?

Have Fun!

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