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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd (US) (28 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780764339882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764339882
  • ASIN: 0764339885
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 577,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Do you wish you understood your Tarot cards better? The Tarot Playbook can help. Effortlessly bond with your cards by playing your way through its combination of games, activities, and what-if readings. Practice the ancient art of Taroga. Predict the weather. Try your hand at genetic engineering! With The Tarot Playbook you can explore your deck’s distinctive personality, broaden your reading skills, and mine your imagination and intuition – all without the pressure of “serious” study. Connect with each and every Tarot deck you own – yes, even those buried at the back of the drawer. Never again struggle with a new deck that doesn’t speak your language. With its humorous style and pick ‘n’ mix structure, this is one companion book you’ll want to use with every deck you acquire.

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I would say this is quite a fun book. There are lots of different exercises and games to allow you to play with your tarot cards. The book was not quite what I expected as I wanted a more in depth teaching book, but as the title suggests its novel and will get you on the road to knowing your tarot cards.
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What a great idea - linking play/games with each of the 78 ('traditional') Tarot cards, at first glance just playing but actually and cleverly leading you into a deeper and more meaningful relationship with each member/personality of your deck(s) - this is a book some will perhaps either love or hate, depending upon mindset vis a vis Tarot (ie. the 'Tarot purist', whatever that really means, may pooh-pooh the content) BUT I personally have no problem adding it to my extensive Tarot book and deck collection and have no reluctance to share it with clients - the Universe works in mysterious ways to help seekers on the path of discovery. Money well spent! I am a regular customer of this lady's excellent website, also - Tarotchest.
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This book is amazing . It's packed full of exercises to help you create a bond with your deck . It's a fun way to explore your own interpretations of your cards . Brilliant buy
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x983a7078) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98eb1fcc) out of 5 stars Tarot for Fun! 19 July 2012
By Anna from InannaWorks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Lynda Cowles has managed to come up with a unique approach for working with tarot cards (no small feat in the increasingly crowded world of tarot). In this tongue-in-cheek, light-hearted, but serious book, she invites readers to approach working with the tarot as a game. She speaks of the relationship with a tarot deck as if it were a love affair, suggesting little touches like watching TV with the deck or driving with it on the passenger seat of your car to let the deck know that it's special to you. She discourages keeping a journal about your experiences working with the deck. "Nothing sucks the fun out quicker than paperwork." She warns about scaring the deck away by trying to analyze it Like I said at the beginning, this book is different. It's a breath of fresh air. Don't be mislead, however. There's plenty of serious tarot insight between the covers.

Each chapter is related to a tarot card and illustrated with a striking photograph reflective of the card's symbolism. The chapters are structured so that readers can work with them in order or randomly, according to their mood. If you're interested in tarot at all, this is something you're going to want to try.

(TarotWise.com received a free review copy of this book.)
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9868d930) out of 5 stars Play dates for you and your tarot deck 6 May 2012
By Cher Green - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Tarot Playbook presents a number of play dates for you and your tarot decks. The activities range from fun to ridiculously silly. The contents of the book have a very comical tone, from introduction to the very last page. Lynda wraps up this fun journey with a playlist of activities and a card list to assist you in allowing your deck to choose the game of the day.

From the ancient art of Taroga to predicting the weather, you'll find a wealth of fun, silly, and entertaining activities for you and your tarot deck.

The author suggests using this book to further connect with each of your tarot decks. Through play dates, you erase the pressures of learning and are sure to discover new tarot knowledge after each game. The style of the book allows you to proceed from beginning to end, random pickings, or tarot choice.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to discover a lighter side to using your tarot deck, or to better understand and build a bond with a difficult deck.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9831ec3c) out of 5 stars Fun ways for advanced tarot users to connect 5 July 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Every tarot reader out there has a different way to connect with their deck. Although these little rituals differ from reader to reader it is typically something they have sort of found themselves, something that happened naturally with that deck. My personal favorites' are simply chatting to them, drawing my card of the month and actually listening, and laying with them in the sunlight from time to time.

If you search for the thousands of different ways to connect with your cards, however, you will hear terms such as pathworking, meditation, or other serious rituals that demand time and dedication. What they don’t tell you is along your witchy path you will also have to do dishes, pay bills, and fold the laundry so you will have to make time slots for these rituals and soon it will feel like a part of your never-ending chore list instead of the fun bonding experience it is supposed to be.

When I reached this part of my path and started feeling terrible about getting stuck under the mound of it all I also conducted my search. I wanted something specific, something fun I could do to connect with my sarcastic and sometimes blunt deck, but also something with serious rituals and bonding ideas sprinkled in. It took a few hours but I finally found The Tarot Playbook by Lynda Cowles.

Within this little gem of a book lies 78 different games, crafts, chatting points, exercises (physical and otherwise), and rituals to bond with your deck. What I truly loved about this playbook is that I found myself laughing out loud and I also felt that my cards got to let their hair down for a while.

Sure we were pathworking and meditating but it was written in such a way that I didn’t realize I had done either of those things until I was halfway through the book. It was all practical but hidden in fun.

The writer is witty and keeps you on your toes about what will come next and even offers a ‘playlist’ section of exercises that fit your situation. Do you use a no-nonsense deck? There is something for you. Have a time frame but it’s not exactly a big one? She lists all the quick exercises for you. There is nothing this book doesn’t offer if you aren’t willing to be a little less serious about it all.

The only thing I dislike about this book is that it isn’t longer! I was a little sad for it all to be over but these aren’t one time rituals so I bookmarked the ones I absolutely loved and plan on having tarot fun at least once a week to keep my deck happy.

I do have a few recommendations however. This is not a card explanation book and the meanings are never brought up. This book does not hand it all to you on a silver platter; you have to do some work and get to know your deck as an entity who has likes, dislikes, and pet peeves instead of just a divination tool. If you aren’t at this step yet, that is perfectly fine but this book is not ready for you.

I also think this book is for more advanced readers. This shouldn’t be your first step in getting to know your deck. You should spend time with it and get to know it one on one and develop your personal rituals before looking at templates someone else made for you.

This book is the adventure of the Fool and you are the main character. Take your time and listen to which rituals pull to you and listen. You don’t have to do every single one but if you take the step and allow yourself to get a little uncomfortable, you will have a stronger bond with your deck by the end of this journey than you ever thought possible.

Reviewed by Hawk Running Water for Cinnabarys.com
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98f431c8) out of 5 stars Irreverant, humourous 14 May 2013
By A. Moreno - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the humor the author uses because it takes away some of the more intimidating aspects of the Tarot. The exercises in this book encourage you to be more open and take the card along for the ride. I think this whole book is more about building comfort and report with your cards, rather than textbook learning of meanings/symbols ect. I enjoyed looking through this book the first time and I plan on returning to it again and again.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98f43168) out of 5 stars Not Your Usual Tarot Book! 21 Dec. 2013
By B. Warrick - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking for a book that will take you step-by-step through your tarot deck and teach you the meanings of each card, keep on walking - this is not the book for you. However, if you are looking for a fun book about tarot that will help you warm up to that new deck you just purchased and give you a few laughs along the way, look no further. You have found the book you seek!

This book is not a how-to book - no in-depth analysis of card meanings or layouts of tarot spreads. Just 78 fun activities for you and your cards that will help you get to know your cards like you would get to know a new friend - by spending light and easy time together, just 'messing around'.

I can see how many of the activities will help you to discover the meanings of your cards, but that is almost a by-product of the simple act of spending quality time with your new friend: your tarot deck. Some of the activities are downright silly (in activity one, for example, part of the activity is to get a random stranger to take a photo of you and your new tarot deck! Haha!), but I can see how this is a great way to get to know your cards without making everything so bleeping serious!

Although this book does not teach tarot meanings, spreads, or historical background, I would even recommend it for beginners, the reason being that so much of the beginner's literature is so intense and there is such a huge learning curve that tarot can easily become a very intimidating thing. This book takes the pressure off, and reminds you that learning tarot is supposed to be FUN!

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