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Tarot for Beginners- A Book Review


So when I find a book that I’m currently enjoying or one that I just enjoyed, I want to tell you guys about it! I like to do the same with tv shows since I essentially have no life and live vicariously through the characters. Am I right?

Anyway, I picked up a copy of Tarot for Beginners: A Holistic Guide to Using the Tarot for Personal Growth and Self Development Campaign by Meg Hayertz and haven’t been able to put it down! I’m almost done with it. Have I mentioned I’m incredibly slow reader? It’s borderline embarrassing but I can’t wait to finish this one.

unlike many book reviews where you can get lost in the paragraphs of someone’s opinion I am going to list why you need to buy this book:

7 Reasons to Buy Tarot for Beginners

  1. The history behind tarot is layed out in a very interesting and detailed way. For example, I didn’t know a woman in the 1800’s is behind the beautiful art you find on Tarot cards.
  2. Your Tarot lessons begin by understanding what is in a deck as well as selecting a deck and caring for it. Additionally, Meg walks you through how you should prepare before a reading.
  3. This book not only helps you learn how to read Tarot cards but how to use it to become comfortable with your own intuition. I mean, how many times have you had an, “I KNEW IT” moment and wanted to have more of them? That is a huge purpose of this book.
  4. Piggy backing on reason #3 above, you are challenged to not only learn what the cards mean, the placement of the cards, etc. but to trust your intuition to understand the story the cards are attempting to tell you.
  5. Different Spreads! Spreads are different ways you can learn about yourself or others when doing a read. Such as an essential keys reading where it allows you to have a high level overview of what’s happening in your life.
  6. Part 2 is dedicated to the cards and diving deeper into them. Each card is beautifully illustrated per page with what everything represents (the number, the element, etc.) as well as a detailed description of each. What I also like is there is a “Posing a question” section to give you ideas when doing a read and what to ask.
  7. Index: Thank the baby Jesus there is a cards and keywords quick reference at the back of the book. I was wondering how I would remember all the terminology and now I don’t need to. Thank you for making it idiot proof for me!

Overall, this was a great book. It’s not a snooze fest like many how-to books can be. It’s straight and to the point, teaching you what you need to know to get started! I really encourage you to check it out if you want a well-rounded, easy to follow Tarot card how-to book. I’ve read it and now I’m ready to buy a deck of cards and get started!

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8 thoughts on “Tarot for Beginners- A Book Review

  1. Fun, I used to read Tarot for people when I was in college. Made a little gas money doing it. I don’t have any cards anymore, but have been thinking about picking up a new deck. I think I could use a book to refresh my brain on the cards.

    1. Yeah, this book was soooo easy to use. Now I just need a deck. I like when books are straight to the point and not soul suckingly boring!

  2. I used to have a “real” deck, ages ago, and did readings for friends and the like. It was useful, as you mention, as an exercise in exploring intuition and forcing an answer to the question “what do I actually want?”

    I also turned cards as a “fortune teller” at my haunted house, but that’s a completely different skill set.

    1. Ok, I’m going to sound like a twit here but what do you mean with the turned cards as a fortune teller? As in somewhat of a con?

      1. Basically. But don’t judge—I wasn’t like those $5 palm readers next to a pawn shop. This was at a haunted house. Technically it was an act, and I was a scare actor. Honestly, most people came up with a bunch of their friends telling them “don’t waste your money, she’s just gonna tell you you’re going to die!” Which was why it was soooo much fun when I said nothing of the sort.

        The trick in that job is reading people rather than the cards, so I watched them very carefully and they always left terrified of the creepy gypsy woman who knew too much about them. But I got repeat customers year after year because my “readings” were spot-on and my advice was solid.

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