ARC Review: The Big Book of Tarot Meanings: The Beginner’s Guide to Reading the Cards by Sam Magdaleno

Cover for The Big Book of Tarot Meanings by Sam Magdaleno

Title: The Big Book of Tarot Meanings: The Beginner’s Guide to Reading the Cards

Author: Sam Magdaleno

Pages: 256

Release Date: April 12, 2022

4 stars out of five
4 stars – It was really good

This is a wonderful beginners book to understanding tarot cards. This book breaks down each card into eight categories: beginnings, career, finances, romance, friends & family, health, higher guidance, and outcome. Both upright and reversed meanings are given for each of these as well. 

This book uses the Raider-Waite Tarot deck but if you have any deck that is based off of RW deck, which is most decks, this book should work for you. I don’t own the Raider-Waite deck because I don’t really connect to the art, but I do own The Happy Tarot which is almost identical to the RW deck, just cuter and with more candy. I was able to easily use this book with this deck so I believe you should be able to do it with most decks. 

This definitely will be a great reference book for anyone who is a beginner with tarot cards, or even an experienced card user who just wants a good reference book. My only real complaint was that there weren’t any basic tarot spreads provided, so if you are a beginner, you will have to look elsewhere for spreads. 

I will definitely be picking up a copy of this book when it comes out for my collection because this was very helpful for me over the past few spreads that I have done. And yes, I consider myself a beginner, so this book has been very helpful for me. 

*ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.*

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