Cats are a popular theme for tarot and oracle decks, and for good reason. For centuries cats have been associated with religion, spirituality, and mysticism. Today, cats are much loved, as companions and as symbols of independence and a lack of concern for the opinions of others. We fancy that this spirit is born of an inner confidence that knows exactly what it wants and the best ways to achieve while maintaining a sense of nobility. In many ways, cats are metaphoric role models. Here, tarot expert Barbara Moore discusses the "purr-ks" of using the Mystical Cats Tarot.
When in our tarot "comfort zone," we likely use the same decks for the same clients using the same approach; doing so gives us a feeling of confidence that allows us to do stable and dependable readings. But, anything that stays too long in the realm of the reliable can easily turn stagnant. Here, tarot expert Barbara Moore provides 5 ways we can shake up our ideas and processes to bring new ideas to our reading.
Tarot readers and teachers are often asked, "What is the best way to learn tarot?" All teachers have an opinion, which is generally reflected in their teaching style. What is probably a better question to ask is: How do you best learn? There are various theories about different learning styles and this article will just touch on a few, and I imagine most people are combination learners. So look...
All tarot decks have their own personality and their own strengths. The Tarot of the Hidden Realm, being inspired by the world of the fae, has a flavor all its own. Barbara Moore explains the power and wisdom awaiting users of this new deck.
Being a tarot reader but finding it difficult to read for yourself is a bit like a cobbler whose children have no shoes. "How can I read for myself?" is a common question from tarot readers. Author and tarot expert Barbara Moore addresses this question and provides several tips to help tarotists read their own cards.
The Mibramig Magical Tarot is filled with magic and whimsy. What inspired the artist, Mibramig? And do the animals carry a deeper meaning? Tarot expert Barbara Moore digs into the deck's history and symbolism.
Anyone who wishes to learn the tarot can find a plethora of books on the subject. Anyone wishing to study the Rider Waite Tarot in depth can also find many, many books to choose from. When deciding what book to select, especially when the content is similar, the presentation of the material is often the key factorwhich is what really sets The Ultimate Guide to the Rider Waite Tarot apart from others.
In 2008, Lo Scarabeo asked Tarot expert Barbara Moore to create a pair of decks called The Book of Shadows Tarot. After considerable thought and planning, the Book of Shadows Tarot, Volume I: As Above was born. This is the story of its inception.
The Moon is such an interesting card, with many layers and whose meaning has really changed over the centuries in ways that really reflect (pun intended) our collective beliefs about the world and symbols. It is only natural that as we evolve, our symbols are affected. However, we may lose something important in our enthusiastic re-imagining of the Moon. Here, Tarot expert Barbara Moore discusses the meaning of the Moon.
For many tarot readers, Rachel Pollack's Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom was a sort of bible. Her newest release, The New Tarot Handbook, offers the same sort of guidance and inspiration. Here tarot expert Barbara Moore explains the book's beauty—and the wisdom of Rachel Pollack.
While many of us are attracted to Steampunk because of the aesthetic, can a Steampunk-themed tarot deck be more than simply a novelty? Barbara Moore, tarot expert and creator of the Steampunk Tarot, answers this question, and explains just how the Steampunk genre parallels the journeys of the tarot.
Most tarot readers consider the Major Arcana cards to be doorways to powerful archetypal energy, life lessons, important life changes, and events beyond our control. Like her colleagues, Tarot expert Barbara Moore accepts this view, but she also worries that by imbuing the Major cards with such importance, they may become too heady, too for removed from us, too unapproachable. Discover a technique to reunite the Major Arcana with our physical existence—and maybe discover your ideal healthy activities, as suggested by the cards, along the way.
When Tarot expert Barbara Moore first began studying the tarot, there weren't many books on spreads, and the ones that were available were mostly collections of spreads with no explanations or directions. This left her with many questions, and led to a ten-year tarot journey through spreads. Here she discusses techniques to revamp your tarot spreads (and your tarot practice), as well as her new book, Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings
With so many wonderful tarot decks available these days, it would be difficult to have just one. It can be overwhelming when picking a new deck, given all the choices. How does one begin building a tarot deck collection, or picking which tarot deck to use when? Tarot expert Barbara Moore has some suggestions.
Tarot is constantly evolving, both the deck itself and the way we use the cards. Whether or not you personally believe that Tarot is a tool for predicting the future, there are things to take into consideration when doing predictive readings for others. Here, Tarot expert Barbara Moore explains the pros, cons, and hows of predictive Tarot readings.
Usually when we scan an email or an article, we miss important information or significant details. When we use scanning in a tarot reading, as a single step in a multi-step process, it becomes a powerful tool that creates a framework for the message. Here Tarot expert Barbara Moore discusses how scanning a tarot reading can provide valuable insight.
One of the joys of tarot is that there are so many ways to look at, think about, and compare the cards. This is also one of the reasons so many people stay interested in tarot for so long. Every way of organizing and dividing the deck leads to deeper and broader understanding of the cards. This complex web also helps us build our own personal philosophy of life. Tarot expert Barbara Moore shares a few techniques to aid us in our reflections of the meanings of the cards.
Despite being comprised of a finite number of cards, seventy-eight to be exact, tarot opens us to an infinite universe, both within and without. A newcomer can be overwhelmed by the vastness of the tarot landscape. In addition to the general “bigness” of it all, there is that delightful, freeing aspect of tarot that can also be the bane of a beginner’s experience: there are very few hard and fast rules with tarot. Tarot expert Barbara Moore, author of Tarot for Beginners, explains just what tarot newcomers can expect from her new book.
The High Priestess card is one of the most loved and most mysterious cards in the tarot deck. Its very nature, the way we interpret it, everything about this card suggests the unknowable. And yet we continue to try, as we should, for in the very act of seeking we find something. Perhaps not the answers we hoped for, but something of value. Tarot expert Barbara Moore not only presents some commonly accepted truths about the High Priestess but entertains ideas of her role in the scheme of things.
Tarot decks were originally used to play a trick-taking card came called Tarrochi. While the game is still played, particularly in Europe, tarot cards are more often used for readings, with readers approaching tarot more seriously and understanding the wisdom, advice, and guidance that the cards provide. But that close connection between cards (even tarot cards) and games cannot be overlooked, and can actually be used to liven up your tarot practice. Here, tarot expert Barbara Moore provides some fun ideas to play with your cards—and experience the tarot anew.
Learning the meanings of tarot cards is generally not that difficult; even small children can learn to associate a meaning with a particular card or describe what is happening (as far as illustrated Minor Arcana are concerned) in an image. That said, the majority of taroists will agree that the trouble lies in the Court Cards. In this fourth installment in a series on the Court Cards, tarot expert Barbara Moore delves into the Pages of the Tarot.
Learning the meanings of tarot cards is generally not that difficult; even small children can learn to associate a meaning with a particular card or describe what is happening (as far as illustrated Minor Arcana are concerned) in an image. That said, the majority of taroists will agree that the trouble lies in the Court Cards. In this first installment in a series on the Court Cards, tarot expert Barbara Moore delves into the regal Kings of the Tarot.
This article continues my series on the Court Cards. For some background information on this series, see "The Tarot Court, Part I: The Kings of Tarot." For this series, we are looking at the Court Cards as representing other people involved in the situation that the querent is asking about. People describe the Queens as representing nurturing or an internal expression of the suit. In other...
This article continues my series on the Court Cards. For some background information on this series, see "Court Cards, Part I: The Kings of Tarot" and "Court Cards, Part II: The Queens of Tarot." For this series, we are looking at the Court Cards as representing other people involved in the situation that the querent is asking about. Knights are known for focused action that generally gets...
Way back in "Revitalizing Your Tarot Practice, Part I," we began this series by visualizing a horrifying scene: you shuffle your beloved cards, lay them out, stare at them, and suddenly see…nothing! Or worse, you don’t even feel like picking up your deck. Or perhaps you lay out the cards and you feel uninspired and bored. The cards don’t seem like familiar friends full of wise council; instead,...
In her article series on revitalizing Tarot practice, Tarot expert Barbara Moore has addressed both decks and spreads. In this article, she approaches using the tarot as a framework for study, to enhance both your knowledge and your practice.
In "Revitalizing Your Tarot Practice, Part I—Decks," tarot expert Barbara Moore looked at ways of recovering from "Tarot Reader Burnout" by using or incorporating another deck. However, what can you do if you only have one deck, do not wish to use another deck, or want to renew your enjoyment of an old favorite deck? Discover techniques that can revitalize your tarot practice by using and creating new spreads.
Seven years ago Ciro Marchetti began a journey into tarot he could never have foreseen, simply by sending a portfolio to a publisher. Now, tarot expert Barbara Moore details just what exactly the legacy of the Legacy of the Divine Tarot is—Ciro Marchetti's latest, and most likely, last tarot deck.
Last week I took a short vacation to the stunning North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. At one point, we decided to attempt a hike down a mountain through the woods on a hardly visible trail. We were warned that it was a hike for experts. After getting lost and feeling like we were in way over our heads, we left and headed for a State Park, with clearly marked and groomed trails. The...
"Tarot Reader Burnout" happens to most tarotists at some time or another. Just as anything can become dull and stagnant, so too can your reading practice or study. Tarot expert Barbara Moore offers a myriad tips and tricks to reinvigorate your tarot practice.
We’ve all done readings that go along very well until suddenly your brain freezes and no words are coming out of your mouth. If you’re reading for someone else, this can be awkward or embarrassing. Even worse, it may cause you to lose confidence yourself or create a disconnect between you and your reading mojo. Luckily there a lot of techniques that can help you overcome just such a moment. And,...
Money is one of the two most popular subjects of tarot readings, and now more so than ever during these challenging economic times. Tarot author and expert Barbara Moore presents three spreads to help you analyze your financial situation.
Spring is a time when possibilities abound and seeds, both literal and metaphorical, are planted with high hopes. What cards in the tarot represent the energy of spring better than the Aces? Tarot expert Barbara Moore details three spreads to use the Aces to their full potential.
Being an ever-practical Capricorn, I’ve never had a close relationship with The High Priestess card. But lately, I’ve been actively seeking her wisdom. Even though I believe I’ve made progress, The High Priestess still seems like a challenging card. She’s not exactly easy to get to know! But she is, ultimately, worth the effort. Not only is she fascinating in her own right, but she reveals worlds...
Selecting a card a day is a popular activity among tarot enthusiasts. Although the activity is basically the same—draw a single card each day—there are different reasons or goals, as well as different approaches. Some reasons include: to learn the cards or a specific deck, to check in with Spirit for guidance or inspiration, to use the image as a journaling prompt, or to predict what to expect...
April Fools Day, a light-hearted day filled with pranks and jokes, heralds the beginning, for me, of Spring Fever—that feeling of wanting to ditch work and mundane obligation in favor of adventure, preferably outdoors. After hunkering down during a long, dark, cold winter, I am ready, even if there is still a chill in the air, to wander. And this, naturally, makes me think of The Fool card. The...
Many people like to gather with others who share their interests. They join, for example, book clubs, sports leagues, knitting groups, political action committees, or neighborhood associations. They take classes. They network and participate in online forums. In this sense, tarot is like any other interest. Tarotists, whether professionals, amateurs, novices, or collectors, gather all over the...
Tarot communicates through symbols and through images. By doing so, it creates a bridge between the conscious and subconscious mind. In this way, by manifesting this world between worlds, tarot allows a unique divinatory experience, accessing our subconscious. Often, however, our consciousness plays just a big a role in how we interpret the cards. Acclaimed tarot writer Barbara Moore explains how the representation of gender and age in tarot decks can affect a reading.
As the practically perfect, ever practical, and wondrously magical Mary Poppins said, “Well begun is half done.” Wise words to keep in mind when facing a New Year. For me, memories of a clean book bag, empty notebooks, and new shoes planted the notion of autumn as the time for new beginnings firmly in my psyche. Although that impulse still remains, January is fast developing its own special...
Despite the decorations, parties, and gifts of the holiday season (or perhaps because of them), this can be a particularly trying and stressful time of year. During this season of darkness, it helps to be light. Barbara Moore illustrates how to use the Tarot to bring light to a season deserving of light.
There’s nothing like a brand new calendar to give a sense of determination and optimism. It’s a new year! With no mistakes in it! Yeah! There is the temptation (or peer pressure) to make resolutions…to start something or quit something or do something. Before you go too far, though, take a few minutes and analyze where you are at. Take a look at the last year before jumping into a new one....
Although all seasons bring about their own types of changes, those of autumn seem the most spectacular and profound to many. Whatever the season, changes are about letting go of the past and facing the future. Tarot expert Barbara Moore shares a couple of tarot spreads designed to help you embrace and understand change during this season of transition.
Autumn months are always fraught with contradictions for me. Nature overflows with bounty and vibrant color that all too quickly gives way to falling leaves and early frosts; the earth is preparing to rest and rejuvenate. November and December bring the need to review the past year and start thinking of the next. As 2008 winds down, I cannot help but think of all the changes this year has...
Tarot is a tool useful in many ways for many things, from meditation and spiritual insight to divination and fortunetelling. Yet, everytime we consult the tarot, we are in search of some sort of answer. Tarot expert Barbara Moore explains how the questions we ask in hopes of an answer are just as important as the answer itself.
Tarot decks are recognized as seventy-eight cards full of wise advice and a multitude of uses. They are so elegant in design, cloaked in the aura of history, and filled with promises for the future. So why would a tarot user consider an oracle deck? As a former tarot snob (for years I would never consider using an oracle) who has discovered the joy of oracles, I think I can answer this. An...
Of this card, The Sun from The Fey Tarot, Riccardo Minetti writes: "...the Sun is an Arcana that by nature is without any kind of ambiguity. It has no shadows, no veils, no half-measures. The sun represents all truths, all certainties...the joy of fullness and of security, when no doubt troubles the soul."
The Sun card is filled with so much positive energy and is generally considered one of...
“It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.” ~Lewis Carroll Let’s be frank. Most people use tarot cards to try and glimpse the future, right? Even when I’m using the cards to help make decisions, weigh the pros and cons of choices, find inspiration, or make a plan to achieve a goal, I usually always have a card representing a possible or probable future. I just want to know. Don’t...
After laying and interpreting a spread, do you sometimes need to find out the underlying influence in a situation? Or maybe a subconscious motive or desire? Look at the card on the bottom of the deck. It never fails to give additional ...
When it rains, it pours, doesn’t it? We usually have lots of exciting things happening in tarot, but in this issue there are some exceptionally unique things available. Need some variety? There are lots of ways to use tarot cards … for ...
Greetings! Gift-giving season is approaching and, as always, I have ideas for you. The Buddha Tarot Robert Place has created a stunning deck that illuminates the fascinating underlying archetypal similarities between the life of Buddha and ...
Although most people don’t know it, the Tarot is kind of like the Swiss Army Knife of self-help tools. The seventy-eight cards of the Tarot deck are well known as predictors of the future, the favored instrument of fortunetellers. But did you know ...
Greetings to all, and happy New Year. May this year be one of grand adventures, unexpected joy, and much-longedfor peace. In our September/October issue, I wrote about the Reader’s Studio, a wonderful tarot conference held in New York this past ...
Happy New Year to all of you. After all the wonderful indulgences of the holiday season, many of us start the new year by making resolutions. We assess the past year and look ahead. We set goals for ourselves. And sometimes our enthusiasm wanes and ...
The Tarot represents the journey of human experience. Over the past seven centuries, Tarot has enjoyed its own journey, from its humble beginnings during the Renaissance as a card game played by nobility to its somewhat less exalted reputation as a ...
Much of the history of tarot is rooted in France. It’s not surprising that Marseille was famous for its paper manufacturers that specialized in playing cards because other forms of divination were popular there as well. Marie Anne Lenormand ...