Melissa Cynova’s Kitchen Table Tarot is known for its straight talk and insight. Cynova tells it like it is, with sass, compassion, and clarity. In addition to interpretations for each individual cards, she also provides an understanding of what each group of numbered cards means. That is, she explains what Aces, 2s, 3s, etc. mean in general. This is a great way for beginners to start to learn the cards. By looking at them in groups, it breaks down learning meanings into smaller chunks. Start by learning the numbers…there are only ten of them. That is much less daunting than jumping into learning all forty of the numbered cards. This creates a sketch of the tarot structure, which makes it easier to fill in the details for each individual cards because you can see how they all fit together.

For example, here is what she says about the 6s:

We look at the laurels that decorate the Six of Wands and then to the charity witnessed in the pentacles. We see the understanding that one needs to move to safety, as the sworsd urge us to do, and the moving backward to innocence in the cups. The sixes are all about recognition. Whether being recognized for your successes, seeing your place in the world, folding yester-you into present you, or finding a new home, the sixes want you to be aware of where you are, what you have around your, and what you need to do next. They are present-oriented cards.


Written by Barbara Moore
The tarot has been a part of Barbara Moore’s personal and professional lives for over a decade. In college, the tarot intrigued her with its marvelous blending of mythology, psychology, art, and history. Later, she served as the tarot specialist for Llewellyn Publications. Over the years, she has ...