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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.

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 […]

Your Tarot Ethics

My friend Michael thought having me write about tarot ethics would be interesting. I think I might disappoint him because I don’t have a set of tarot ethics that I think all readers should abide by. And I don’t think, as some readers do, that unless you follow MY ethics you an ethical reader. I […]

Reading for Yourself

My friend Beverly asked for tips and techniques for reading for one’s self. I’m not sure about you, but reading for myself can be an exercise in frustration. I used to throw down some cards, hoping desperately that they tell me what I want to hear, and look at them for a nanosecond and scoop […]

The Soul Needs Time

Nancy Antenucci’s book Psychic Tarot is filled with great ways to enhance your connection to the cards and to spirit. It is also filled with practical tips for each of the six steps or, as she says, principles of a reading. For example in the chapter on Closure, Antenucci offers this gem: “I suggest my […]

A Unique Approach to Reversals

Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone have a wonderful book called Tarot Tips. It is filled with bite-sized tips that are perfect for dipping in and adding something new to your practice or to bring to a Tarot Meet Up or tarot play date. Reversals are always interesting. Every reader has their own perspective. One offered […]

Answer the Call Spread

Taken from Tarot Spreads: Layouts and Techniques to Empower Your Readings by Barbara Moore. The Judgement card is about, in part, hearing a calling. It is a moment when you feel compelled toward something larger than yourself. These callings can be difficult to respond to, as they can be powerful but sometimes vague or very […]

Wisdom of Swords Spread

Sasha Graham’s book 365 Tarot Spreads has a spread for every day of the year. She also includes an important historical moment from that day and additional tarot tidbits. The book is both fun and serious. The spread Sasha designed for today, April 8, is the Wisdom of Swords Spreads. The spread is inspired by […]

The Secret in the 7 of Wands

Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot It is not often that book comes along that really changes the way we understand tarot. Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin are incredibly thorough and dedicated researchers who have written a book that will change almost everything we think we know about the Waite-Smith Tarot. Using Waite’s own writings (heretofore […]

Role of Intuition in Divination

The Role of Intuition in Divination From Tarot Beyond the Basics by Anthony Louis: “Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.” Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Intuition is such an important topic in tarot divination that this entire chapter [chapter 4: The Role of Intuition in […]