The Tarot Playbook – Review


Why Your Deck Wants You to Read This Book

“It’s the age old story: Tarot reader meets deck, they fall in love – bluebirds sing, hotdogs dance in formation.  But, after a time, for one reason or another, things don’t work out and they’re forced to go their separate ways.  The Tarot reader heads for the nearest metaphysical store, and the deck resigns itself to a life of neglect and anonymity.”


The Tarot Playbook

Author / Lynda Cowles 2012

Publisher/ Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

ISBN:  978-0-7643-3988-2

The title says it all.  Really. defines “novel”: (adjective)  of a new kind; different from anything seen or known before: a novel idea.

There are literally (more than) 78 novel ideas to use in getting to know your Tarot deck.  And, are you ready for it?  They are fun!  How irreverent can you get?  Tarot and fun in the same sentence?  Isn’t Tarot supposed to be all serious and philosophical?  Na! not true.  That’s just an old gypsy-fortune-teller-old-wives-tale.  Or so I’ve heard.

From the time I began reading this book I was chuckling, even laughing out loud and couldn’t wait to get started with the exercises.  Not to mention the fun words I found!  Words like, Biro; squiffy; feminist-fangled; vampire-fangled; just to name a few.

There is also some great advice and tips.   Aha!  I knew there was Method in all this Madness.

  • It’s ok to be silly! Silly is fun and fun is Fun!
  • Don’t bother keeping a journal when working with these exercises, “Nothing sucks the fun out quicker than paperwork.  (That part made me laugh. Yes, I admit it, I laugh…occasionally.) 🙂   I shuddered though when I read the part about dancing with the King of Swords…in the moonlight…with him in my underwear?!?
  • Take your deck with you everywhere you go.  Let it see the sights.
  • Kiss your deck good night.  (time spent with your deck is never wasted. The most amazing readings can occur when Tarot reader and deck are totally in sync, and isn’t that, after all, what it’s all about?)

One of the most difficult things in learning Tarot are the Court Cards.  I’m not really sure why, but, I have heard this many times and found it to be true for myself as well.  There are several exercises where the members of the Court are the main players.  For example, the Casting Couch on page 94.  The gist of this exercise it to cast a movie or play using the members of the court.  Get them to audition for their parts.  Hire the good ones and dismiss the rest.  (See full instructions HERE  password is play.)

In fact, the book is divided into five (5) parts or chapters that deal with the three specific portions of a Tarot deck and as a whole.

  1. Part One – First Contact: 24 Ways to Get Acquainted With Your Cards
  2. Part Two – Stepping Out: 14 Ways to Mingle With the Minors
  3. Part Three – Friends in High Places: 16 Ways to Click With the Courts
  4. Part Four – Just My Archetype: 22 Ways to Make It With the Majors
  5. Part Five – Forever Friends: 2 Small Ways to Show You Care

The 176 page paper back is printed on gloss finish paper with loads of beautiful photographs, one in fact on almost every page. These were a couple of my favorites.

Tarot Playbook

On pages 170-176 you will find more fun things to do with your Tarot Deck(s) in a section called Playlists.  With sub-titles like. Things to Do With Non-Scenic Pips, Things to Do in a Hurry, Things to Do With Friends, Sensible Things to Do With Serious Decks.  A note on that last one…“Some decks just don’t do silly.  If his is your deck, it’s important that you respect its wishes and don’t force it to do anything that would make it uncomfortable.”  Cowles has given a table with page number and name of activity that your more “serious” deck might approve.

All in all a great book loaded with fun exercises in which are, cleverly disguised study aids specifically designed to help you appreciate the incredible intelligence and wisdom hidden in your Tarot deck.  (paraphrased)

If you like a good read with a great sense of humor while it is also teaching you something, then this is the book for you.  I would recommend it to all levels of experience.  There is something here for everyone and let’s face it, we could all use a little more Fun in our lives and our Tarot!

In closing, Lynda Cowles leaves us with this most important advice.

If you spend enough time with your deck, you can’t help but get to know it. Talk to it, play with it, take it for a walk in the park.  But don’t, whatever you do, try to analyze it.  You’ll only scare it away.” 

Until next time, Happy Tarot’ing and here’s Wishing You an Enchanted Journey!

You can get your copy today from the Publisher (link above) or your favorite retailer.



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7 Responses to The Tarot Playbook – Review

  1. WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by
    searching for happiness

  2. Koneta says:

    Hope this changes soon, it’s worth tracking down though.

  3. Koneta says:

    Hi Kat,
    Well, there is no time like the present to get started!

  4. Koneta says:

    Thanks Zanna,
    I agree, it’s a fun book and approach.

  5. david bogie says:

    Thread over on Aeclectic about how difficult this book has been to locate and purchase in May, 2012. Even the author is surprised at how few of them seem to be in stock at various locations. I suggest you drop by your local new age emporium or locally run bookseller and ask them to try to get it for you.

  6. Zanna Starr says:

    Great review, Koneta! I really like this book’s unique approach to Tarot!

  7. Kat says:

    I have a copy of this book but havent had a chance to read it yet. After reading the reveiw, can’t wait to get started reading.

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