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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.

A Fresh View of Judgement

In my opinion, the Judgement card needs a rename as much as the Hierophant. It is such an important card and so many people seem to misunderstand it. Probably in part due to some holdover from the Christian idea of the Last Judgement. Perhaps long ago, this card was read that way, but as our […]

Time for Reflection

This time of year, from Samhain to Yule, it is natural to turn inward. In quiet darkness there is enough space and solitude for reflection…at least this is true metaphorically. With our culture’s obsession with “the holidays,” it is easy to ignore the important soul work that is so natural to attend to during the […]

Temperance Spread

Temperance Spread The spread for October 21, from Sasha Graham’s 365 Tarot Spreads, is based on the Temperance card because: On this Day Today in 1925, the US Treasury Department announced it had fined 29,620 people for alcohol violations during prohibition. The spread is designed using one of my favorite techniques: pulling symbols from a […]

Magic of Flowers Oracle

Magic of Flowers Oracle By Tess Whitehurst with are by Anne Wetheim This oracle deck was inspired by Tess’s book The Magic of Flowers: A Guide to Their Metaphysical Uses & Properties. When we were working with Tess on the concept, we tried to think about what would make a useful oracle deck. We knew […]

The Green Witch Tarot

Learn more here: CLICK! The Green Witch Tarot is the a deck that I’ve been waiting for ever since Ann Moura wrote Tarot for the Green Witch back in 2003. It is finally here and it is worth the wait. Charmingly illustrated by Kiri Østergaard Leonard, this is a deck full of stories, wisdom, and […]

Exploring the Raven’s Prophecy

Learn more here: CLICK Maggie Stiefvater is a storyteller, a musician, and an artist. She is a Magician, creating worlds that we can all explore. I first came into contact through her early young adult stories published through Flux (the Young Adult imprint of Llewellyn), Lament and Ballad. I fell in love with her work […]

Tarot: Art or Science?

My friend Fordrena Griffith recently asked my opinion: Is tarot reading an art or a science? If science why are not all equal? If an art, what distinguishes gifted readers from others? I think tarot is both an art and a science, in the same way that art or cooking mingles both art and science. […]

New Decks and Conflicting Information

Not long ago, my friend Joanne Matthew asked me how I would advise people to choose a first deck and what we should do with conflicting information in books, what we should be aware of so as not to get discouraged. Many new readers are overwhelmed by the many options of tarot decks available. Most […]

Creating Spreads

Creating spreads is fun. Even when you don’t have a particular question, but you feel like playing with your cards, you can create a spread inspired by the deck that you are using. This is an interesting way to get to know a deck and may reveal some wisdom that you didn’t know you were […]

Tarot Cards as Journal Prompts

Last month I was asked to write about how to use tarot cards as journaling prompts. Five years ago, I wrote an article with some journaling basics and you can find that HERE. I have some other great and/or fun ideas for using your cards as journal prompts for you, too. Write a short story […]