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How to Deal: Tarot for Everyday Life

Review

How to Deal: Tarot for Everyday Life

Written by Sami Main with illustrations by Marisa de la Pena

HOW TO DEAL: Tarot for Everyday Life is exactly what a reader would imagine it to be. The book is an easy to read guide for those who want to learn about the art of tarot card interpretation. Main explains the basics of card reading as well as the meaning of each of the main tarot cards. In addition, Main ensures that readers understand the overall meaning of each card category with brief descriptions at the beginning of each “chapter.” The guide also includes worksheets after each section in order for readers to fine tune their abilities. As a bonus, Main includes basic layouts for card readings.

Sami Main’s debut book was written with the intent to help people deal. Although it is her first published book, Sami Main has been an author for Buzzfeed, Business Insider and Adweek. According to Main’s website, HOW TO DEAL: Tarot for Everyday Life was in the works for two years before being published. Seeing the handy worksheets included and the illustrations for every card and margin, (courtesy of Marisa de la Peña) it is not difficult to imagine why.

"HOW TO DEAL: Tarot for Everyday Life as a guide is incredibly useful and an interesting read. Main uses lighthearted humor and plenty of colloquial language to make the reader feel at ease."

I love learning new things so it was quite exhilarating to get my hands on this book. The book simplifies the world of tarot cards in a way that I would not have thought possible. As a newbie to this possibly “dark” art I cannot say I wasn’t hesitant to begin reading the book. I thought it would give me a headache to learn about all of the different cards that existed. I was right! However, I know for a fact that the headache could have been much more intense without Main’s book. Main used various literary techniques to simplify the concept behind each card. In addition, the organization was incredibly helpful. Instead of going through each card in alphabetical order as most guides do, Main organized the cards according to one of two overall categories. Then, the card were divided into subsections (depending on which category you were in). Trust me, the book puts this into much simpler terms. With that being said, HOW TO DEAL: Tarot for Everyday Life is all-age friendly. My 11-year-old sister browsed through it and was able to understand a good deal of what was going on.

One thing that may be a downer is that the book does not include tarot cards. That can be overlooked, however, because tarot cards are fairly expensive. Of course, this depends on where a person buys them. In order to truly grasp just how helpful the book is one may want to attempt the art. I decided to attempt reading cards. Luckily, I have a friend that owns tarot cards so I borrowed theirs. My first reading was moderately successful which can be considered a good thing. Of course, I had to flip through the book in order to interpret the cards but the descriptions were incredibly helpful when interpreting her love life. I think that for a beginner’s first time, the results and relative difficulty was satisfying. One dilemma I encountered was deciding the order of the cards when placing them in a layout. The picture is numbered however the drawings made the order somewhat difficult to understand. I do wish Main had gone more into detail about layouts.

If you are a person who enjoys experiencing new things or learning about subjects that are out of your comfort zone then this guide can provide you with the perfect opportunity to give tarot card reading a shot. It will make the experience much simpler than looking each card up. In addition, if you are a person who believes in readings but does not want to continue to pay for the services then why not learn the art yourself?

Before deciding whether or not to buy the book, I would like to remind all of you that Main does not endorse the usage of “dark” magic or anything similar. It is clear from what Main wrote in the introduction that her intentions were to have fun with the cards if you are a casual user. If you are a dedicated reader, Main mentions that she believes it is a great way to channel your inner self and satisfy the questions you wish to be answered. In summary, HOW TO DEAL: Tarot for Everyday Life as a guide is incredibly useful and an interesting read. Main uses lighthearted humor and plenty of colloquial language to make the reader feel at ease. The topic of the book is certainly up to debate when it comes to whether or not it is for each individual. However, like every book, it is not for everyone.

Reviewed by Flor H., Teen Board Member on July 10, 2018

How to Deal: Tarot for Everyday Life
Written by Sami Main with illustrations by Marisa de la Pena