Melissa Cynova

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Tarot cards are pieces of paper with a series of symbolic art on them. That's it.

Tarot READERS, though, now there's some magic.

I've been reading tarot cards for 30 years (well, 29.5 technically) and I can tell you that they're not magical, mystical or otherwise. The cards are cards, and you're the one who makes them amazing.

My first book, Kitchen Table Tarot, provides a down to earth, common sense approach to reading tarot cards. It also won the Independent Publisher Award for Best First Book, so that was cool.

My second book, Tarot Elements: Five Readings to Reset Your Life, is coming out in the spring of 2019, and gives you five readings to help you unstick yourself in the home, heart, mind, body and soul.

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I'm so glad you liked the book! I'm actually working on a tarot deck with my friend, Cate Anevski. It will have a companion book and some…more
Hi, Sarah!

I'm so glad you liked the book! I'm actually working on a tarot deck with my friend, Cate Anevski. It will have a companion book and some other goodies, too! I'm also working on a book called Elements, which offers readings and activities for the Home, Mind, Body, Heart and Soul.

Thank you so much for cheering me on! I really appreciate the feedback.

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Melissa Cynova Her tarot cards moved in front of her - Tower, Three of Swords, The Moon. She watched in silent fear and the coffee cup slid from between her hands,…moreHer tarot cards moved in front of her - Tower, Three of Swords, The Moon. She watched in silent fear and the coffee cup slid from between her hands, crashing on the floor.(less)
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So, there I am, fiddling about on Twitter instead of writing my new book (like ya do) when I saw this amazing fan art tarot card of Jared Harris. I know you know who Jared Harris is. He’s died horribly in some of the best movies and television shows out there.









He stars in a show called “The Terror”, which I can never watch because I am a giant chicken. I’m sure it’s an amazing show, however, b...

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“In every deck, the Fool is in a precarious position. Think of all of the idioms we have for taking chances. “Going out on a limb.” “Winging it.” “Break a leg.” “Going for broke.” These all sound really painful, but what they’re about is deciding that being still is not for you. When you see this in a reading, you'll know it's time to jump.”
Melissa Cynova, Kitchen Table Tarot: Pull Up a Chair, Shuffle the Cards, and Let's Talk Tarot

“Be Gentle William Butler Yeats wrote this lovely poem called “Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.” Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
Melissa Cynova, Kitchen Table Tarot: Pull Up a Chair, Shuffle the Cards, and Let's Talk Tarot

“That kind of swagger. The “I got this” energy. That’s the Magician. You see this card a lot with successful people, or with people who’ve just found the correct path in their life and have just had that Eureka! moment. He’s President Barack Obama backed by the P-Funk All Stars. Just sit down, kiddo. He’s got this covered.”
Melissa Cynova, Kitchen Table Tarot: Pull Up a Chair, Shuffle the Cards, and Let's Talk Tarot

“Yes, I was infatuated with you: I am still. No one has ever heightened such a keen capacity of physical sensation in me. I cut you out because I couldn't stand being a passing fancy. Before I give my body, I must give my thoughts, my mind, my dreams. And you weren't having any of those.”
Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

“Zoology, eh? That's a big word, isn't it."

"No, actually it isn't," said Tiffany. "Patronizing is a big word. Zoology is really quite short.”
Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men

“Wanting to be liked can get in the way of truth.”
Delia Ephron, Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc.

“You know, I do believe in magic. I was born and raised in a magic time, in a magic town, among magicians. Oh, most everybody else didn’t realize we lived in that web of magic, connected by silver filaments of chance and circumstance. But I knew it all along. When I was twelve years old, the world was my magic lantern, and by its green spirit glow I saw the past, the present and into the future. You probably did too; you just don’t recall it. See, this is my opinion: we all start out knowing magic. We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand. But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. We get put on the straight and narrow and told to be responsible. Told to act our age. Told to grow up, for God’s sake. And you know why we were told that? Because the people doing the telling were afraid of our wildness and youth, and because the magic we knew made them ashamed and sad of what they’d allowed to wither in themselves.

After you go so far away from it, though, you can’t really get it back. You can have seconds of it. Just seconds of knowing and remembering. When people get weepy at movies, it’s because in that dark theater the golden pool of magic is touched, just briefly. Then they come out into the hard sun of logic and reason again and it dries up, and they’re left feeling a little heartsad and not knowing why. When a song stirs a memory, when motes of dust turning in a shaft of light takes your attention from the world, when you listen to a train passing on a track at night in the distance and wonder where it might be going, you step beyond who you are and where you are. For the briefest of instants, you have stepped into the magic realm.

That’s what I believe.

The truth of life is that every year we get farther away from the essence that is born within us. We get shouldered with burdens, some of them good, some of them not so good. Things happen to us. Loved ones die. People get in wrecks and get crippled. People lose their way, for one reason or another. It’s not hard to do, in this world of crazy mazes. Life itself does its best to take that memory of magic away from us. You don’t know it’s happening until one day you feel you’ve lost something but you’re not sure what it is. It’s like smiling at a pretty girl and she calls you “sir.” It just happens.

These memories of who I was and where I lived are important to me. They make up a large part of who I’m going to be when my journey winds down. I need the memory of magic if I am ever going to conjure magic again. I need to know and remember, and I want to tell you.”
Robert R. McCammon, Boy's Life




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