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

Title:  The Big Book of Tarot Meanings: The Beginner's Guide to Reading the Cards
Author: Sam Magdaleno
Publisher: Fair Winds Press, Quarto Publishing Group 
Genre:  Health, Mind & Body, Religion & Spirituality 
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 591 
Date of Publication:  15 March, 2022
My Rating:  5 Stars

My Thoughts

Without much fanfare, the author cuts to the meat of the book, with the cards and their meanings, and nothing else. I found this very refreshing and appealing, as I personally prefer this style of reference books in practical use. 

The layout is a nice one, pastel colors and black font with images from the traditional Rider-Waite deck. It’s minimalistic simplicity is charming and the book is easy to read. It gets in depth but is written with a breeziness. It’s a great resource for younger beginners; my teens really liked this one too. 

eARC kindly provided by Fair Winds Press - Quarto Publishing Group and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


Find precise answers to your urgent questions—The Big Book of Tarot Meanings takes you beyond typical, generic card meanings by breaking each card down into eight interpretation categories.

Interpreting card meanings is the most exciting aspect of reading tarot. However, it is also the most challenging, especially if you are new to the art. For example, basic tarot interpretation would have you understand that The Lovers card has to do with relationships—but what if your question had to do with career or health? How are you left to interpret the meaning?

The Big Book of Tarot Meanings solves these dilemmas by breaking down each card into the eight most-queried categories, starting with Beginnings and ending with Outcome, with a meaning for each category, upright and reversed. No longer will you have to vaguely extrapolate meaning and insight for diverse questions from the same generic description often given in other beginner tarot books.

In addition to providing fine-tuned interpretations, The Big Book of Tarot Meaningssolves a second common question that comes with a tarot reading—How do I apply this knowledge to my everyday life?—by giving you an action item for each meaning, upright and reversed.

A summary of what this comprehensive tarot meaning book offers:

  • A welcoming introduction to the basics of tarot and instructions for using the book
  • Meanings for all 78 cards of the Major and Minor Arcana, with the various interpretations for each card organized into eight categoriesBeginningsCareerMoneyLoveFriends & FamilyHealthHigher Guidance, and Outcome—both upright and reversed
  • An action item for every meaning, upright and reversed, to give you clear tools to work with and steps to take to move forward in the most aligned way

With The Big Book of Tarot Meanings, you’ll never struggle again to know how the cards are answering you.


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