Recently, I was given a copy of Kitchen Table Tarot by Melissa Cynova for review. I wasn’t familiar with anything by Melissa Cynova and I have to say that I really appreciate her unique voice. It truly did feel like we were sitting at her kitchen table, just shooting the shit about Tarot, readings, preferences, and symbolism. This book is perfect for a beginning reader, but I certainly took a lot away from the book as somewhat more advanced than that. Her advice about different situations that she’s been in, how she handled them, and ideas for dealing with different possible problems were straightforward and very helpful.
In the past I’ve read books that really seemed to talk down to the reader, but this was not at all like that. It was way more of a, “Here’s what I did, take from it what you will and whatever you decide to do, is perfect for you.” I prefer that kind of approach as there really is no ‘one size fits all’ in most things, especially Tarot and readings. There are ideas for spreads, choosing a deck, and the care and rituals that you might want to try for your deck and it’s all written in a very friendly, conversational tone.
I especially liked a lot of her reverse card reading ideas – a lot that made sense to me, but had not considered before. I read this book cover to cover and walked away with some really useful information. I wholeheartedly recommend this book for anyone who is just starting out reading Tarot, as well as those who can never get enough information (like me) – there is always more to learn and Melissa’s book is like sitting around with a friend.