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Barbara Moore   

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 been active in the American Tarot Association and has spoken at tarot conferences around the United States. Barbara’s articles on the tarot have appeared in several tarot publications and in Llewellyn Publications New Worlds of Mind and Spirit magazine. She has also sat on the Tarot Journal editorial board. Barbara’s own education in the tarot has been and continues to be broad and enlightening. She has studied under renowned tarot scholars Mary K. Greer and Rachel Pollack, and she has taught the tarot to all manner of would-be tarot readers.

Barbara enjoys the challenge of giving a voice to tarot cards and oracle decks. She has had the good fortune to write books for several decks, including A Guide to Mystic Faerie Tarot, The Gilded Tarot Companion, The Hip Witch Tarot, Enchanted Oracle and The Mystic Dreamer Tarot.

Empowering Readings, part 1

When someone asks “what if” they are usually worried about the outcome of something they are considering doing. They may be looking for assurances that either the feared event won’t happen or that if it does, everything will somehow be okay. Although, as readers, we cannot give the assurance that the event won’t happen, we […]

Quick Readings

Being able to do quick (around five minutes) readings is a great skill to have if you read for parties or events. With the holiday season approaching, many of you will find yourself in situations where the quick reading will be helpful, such as for events or at parties with friends. It is also useful […]

A Spread for Guidance

This spread, called Titania’s Dream, is from the Victorian Fairies Tarot companion book by Lunaea Weatherstone (art by Gary Lippincott). It was created for this deck and thus pulls inspiration from the theme. However, most spreads can be used with any deck. It is inspired, as well, from a passage from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s […]

A Spread About You

This spread, called Alive, Dead, and Undead, is from the Vampires Tarot of the Eternal Night book. It was created as a companion to the deck and thus pulls inspiration from the theme. However, most spreads can be used with any deck. With autumn upon us, we often engage in more self-reflective readings, so this […]

Lucky in Lenormand

Rana George’s The Essential Lenormand is quickly gaining a reputation for being a very approachable guide to this fascinating system. Her decades of experience and vivacious personality make the book a delight to read. She makes learning easy. One of the challenges of Lenormand is that the cards don’t simply have a set meaning. The […]

Tarot and Numbers

One of the many things I love about Anthony Louis’ Beyond the Basics is his overview of the historic evolution of so many of the facets of tarot. This really helps modern card interpretations make more sense. For example, in his chapter Number Symbolism and the Tarot, his explanation of how the Golden Dawn numerology […]

Using Signposts

This is a good technique if you are reading for yourself or for someone who is willing to be interactive with you and the cards. I’ve been working with the idea of adding signposts to my readings in various ways. I call them signposts because they mark something specific that you are looking for in […]

Cards of Endings

In tarot, many cards seem to share meanings, or at least aspects of meanings. For beginners this can be frustrating. One way I encourage people to work through this confusion is to compare cards with similar meanings and note both how they are similar and how they are different. For example, there are a number […]

The White Magic Five and Dime

I’ve often heard tarot readers say they wish there were more novels with tarot readers in them. Well, here’s one to add to your summer reading list, especially if you like cozy mysteries with a big helping of humor. The White Magic Five and Dime, by Steve Hockensmith and Lisa Falco, is the first in […]

Midsummer Spread

With the Solstice approaching, I thought I’d share the spread for this day from Sasha Graham’s new book, 365 Tarot Spreads: Revealing the Magic in Each Day. For each day, Sasha includes interesting tidbits about the day and about tarot, as well as a spread. The tidbits for June 20 include: “Russian witchcraft states the […]