Tarot cards – the magical way to attract women?
When I was originally asked to review M. David Huxley’s book How To Pick Up Women With Tarot Cards, my first thought was that it must be a joke. Surely there must be an easier way to make friends with women at parties. After reading the book, I am now convinced that there is not.
If you’ve ever been to a party where someone is reading tarot cards, you know that the line starts before the reader arrives. For some reason, people, especially women, like to have their cards read. Huxley attributes this to the desire to share trust and understand our lives. I think it’s more a matter of colored cards and a secret belief in magic. Either way, there’s no doubt that people, especially those between the ages of 18 and 30, love to have their cards read.
But does it really make sense for a guy to use this as a way to meet women?
On average, a Tarot card reading at a party takes between fifteen minutes and half an hour. During this time, the reader asks someone, usually a woman, to shuffle the cards and discuss quite personal details from their past, present and future. Such a thing is likely to lead to instant intimacy. As each card falls, the reader explains the meaning of its meaning and its position, and the person being read for usually works hard to see how this information can apply to them.
Having been to more than my share of parties, I have to say that reading my cards or watching others read their cards is more interesting than having a simple conversation. There are so many interesting ways to answer the question “What do you do? Where do you work? Do you have any hobbies?” Even if you’re a romance writer.
It is much more interesting to discuss whether magic is real or not, what the future holds, what the cards mean, and how a random chance can reveal the secrets of the universe.
One thing I really like about David’s book is that he realizes that the goal is to make an interesting show. It provides a brief primer on personality profiles, hypnosis, and NLP, and reveals how you can use these tricks to create a more interesting and fun Tarot reading.
The book is short, only 42 pages, but I think it provides the best introduction to the Tarot that I have read. For someone looking for a new way to break the ice at parties, this is probably perfect. His overview of the major arcana gives some easy-to-remember definitions, and the coverage of the minor arcana is adequate. Tarot cards come with a comprehensive overview of each card.
The only thing I think people might not like about this book is that it’s pretty clear that Huxley isn’t sure that the tarot cards are magical. He seems to attribute their “success” to human intervention in the shuffling and picking of the cards and to people working together to read them. I think some tarot card purists would find this irritating.
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