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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 Role of Court Cards

People ask me a lot about court cards, about how to interpret them in a reading. I’ve written about this before, on other people’s blogs, in my books, in articles. But just in case you don’t know my method, I’ll share a short version of “here’s how the court cards work” speech with you here. […]

How the Kings Manage Time

The Kings and Time Management In addition to playing important roles in readings, the court cards can help us learn about ourselves, show us how to shine our brightest, and clue us into weaknesses that might, if unchecked, get in the way of our happiness or success. As a freelance writer juggling many projects, I’m […]

Personalities of Decks

Many people think of their tarot decks as a collection of 78 wise friends who they can turn to for advice and guidance, and I agree. But many people also agree that decks as a whole have a distinct personality. In our lives, we have many people who we turn to for advice and guidance. […]

Cats Inspirational Oracle Cards

One of the reason I love working for Lo Scarabeo is the interesting assignments they give me. Their instruction of “make a deck called the Book of Shadows that is comprised of 2 different decks” was the most challenging. Their instruction to make a 32 card inspirational deck featuring cats wasn’t quite as overwhelming, but […]

Another Controversial Practice

Earlier this month I mentioned that I asked my tarot friends if they had any beliefs or practices that they thought others would think was controversial. One commonly shared statement was that not letting the querent shuffle was outside the normal practice. And I recently shared my fledging idea that maybe the tarot doesn’t always […]

Too Many Faeries?

Earlier this month I wrote about multiple decks on single themes, specifically cat decks. Today it is fairy or faery or faerie themed decks. I have heard some of my fellow tarot lovers remark on the number of any sort of themed decks. “How many fairy-themed decks do we need?” Or “How many cat decks […]

The Truth or Something Else

For most of my journey with tarot, I always assumed the that the cards told us the truth. As a reader who does predictive readings, I know one of the reasons people often don’t predict is that the future isn’t written in stone and that things can change, by our own actions and those of […]

Victorian Fairies are here!

I know many of you have been waiting for this lovely deck and it is finally here! And you can see more HERE. I also know that sometimes people are disappointed in a long-awaited deck for various reasons. One is that sometimes it feels like the Minors were given short shrift and lack the detail […]

The Hidden Realm

Julia Jeffrey’s Tarot of the Hidden Realm is an incredibly emotional and evocative deck. Working with her on it and in particular writing the book and finding the voice of these cards was an adventure. Because of the nature of the art, which felt deeply elemental and shamanic, I used shamanic journeying techniques for some […]

Controversial Topics in Tarot

Not long ago, I asked some of my peers and friends if they had any beliefs or practices regarding tarot that might be considered controversial by their fellow tarot readers. Some interesting items came up. The question was sparked by a controversial thought that has been bubbling in the back of my mind for several […]