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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.

The Biggest Challenge

Psychic Tarot by Nancy Antenucci and Melanie Howard In Psychic Tarot, Antenucci and Howard tell us that integrating the wisdom from a reading is the biggest challenge of divination. They say it is the most challenging because it requires change (breaking patterns and forming new habits)…we humans aren’t great at that. Here is their advice […]

Evolving Tarot

One of the main reasons people turn to tarot is because they want answers, clarity, and guidance. Driven by that need, we want to desperately prescribe absolutes to tarot: how it works, how we use it, and what the cards mean. However, I think clinging to that rigidity is counter to the spirit of tarot. […]

The Challenges of Reading Intuitively

Tarot Fundamentals is a big book packed with great information laid out in an interesting and pleasing way. While it is aimed at beginners, there is enough information here to interest even a more seasoned reader. We all don’t know everything and the breadth of ideas presented in this book promises something for everyone. Many […]

Knowing the Question

Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin always have something interesting to share. Their ideas range from connections based on intense research and solid scholarship to innovative, modern techniques. They also have a way of asking interesting questions. In the excerpt below, from Tarot Face to Face, they ask questions about questions. Asking Questions Out Loud—Yes or […]

All About the Star

Anthony Louis is well known for his objective and full understanding of the tarot. That is one reason Llewellyn asked him to author this book, Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Tarot, for their series “Llewellyn’s Complete Books.” In addition to tons of general information about tarot and its various schools (such as Marseilles, Rider Waite Smith, […]

Modifying Tarot Spreads

Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings teaches a great deal about how spreads work, how they are designed, and how to use them to best advantage. One of the key elements of this work is to know yourself as a reader and to understand what works for you and what doesn’t. Some […]

The Heart Chakra and Tarot

Over the decades, we tarot lovers have created associations between lots of different systems and the cards. One of the reasons we love tarot is that it is flexible. In Tarot Companion, Tracy Porter has collected many of the most commonly used associations. While it is not hard to search for and find information on […]

Letting Go of Fear

Christine Jette’s wonderful book, Tarot for the Healing Heart, teaches how to use tarot for issues of health and healing on all levels. For so many readers, this is the core of our work. Solving problems may be the first step, but then we usually dig deeper to find roots or causes that underpin the […]

The Importance of Keywords

Many beginner books on tarot include keywords for the each card. Keywords are a great tool for tarot readers, beginner and otherwise. However, most books do not include important information about keywords, such as how to use them and what makes a good keyword. Mary Greer’s 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card includes lots […]

The Words on the Wheel of Fortune

One thing many students of tarot find fascinating is learning what some of the mysterious symbols on the cards mean. During the Renaissance, when the tarot was invented, people were largely illiterate and were therefore very literate in symbol recognition. Their churches told the stories of their faith in stained glass and granite images. These […]