Tarot Playbook Paperback – 28 Sep 2012
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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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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.)
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.
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
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!